The Lantern's Ember by Colleen Houck

The Lantern's Ember

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not...

Details The Lantern's Ember

TitleThe Lantern's Ember
Release DateSep 11th, 2018
PublisherDelacorte Press
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult Fantasy, Witches, Vampires, Magic, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Did Not Finish

Reviews The Lantern's Ember

  • Colleen Houck
    I wrote this one so I'll leave it at that. ;)
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Unfortunately this one wasn't what I had hoped it would be. The blurb promises a scary read, but this felt a little more like middle grade fiction than something on the YA spectrum. I think my lack of preparation for the book it turned out to be is an indication of the "right book, wrong reader" syndrome, and would highly recommend readers give this one a try for themselves rather than going by my word alone. Full review to come. *I received a re...
  • Jennymort ♔ The Dark Lordette ♔ House of Slytheread
    *ARC received from Delacorte Press.***2.5 stars**Halloween-y, Witches, Vampires, Werewolves, Lanterns (aka headless horseman), witch power.I honestly love this cover but it is a little off putting compared to the actual story. The timeline for this is somewhere after the Salem witch trials but doesn’t focus much on her hometown. We learn more about the otherworld, which is far advanced compared to the human world in regards to technology due to...
  • Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
    This was a fun, adventurous Halloween-y type of book. At first I didn’t like the main character, Ember because she was so naive and would not listen to reason whatsoever. Her guardian, Jack told her not to go to the Otherworld because it is dangerous. Do you think she listened? NOPE! To make matters worse, she followed a complete stranger, (and a vampire at that), to go with him to the Otherworld. Did she not see any danger there?! Ugh she was ...
  • Kaleena ★ Reader Voracious
    The line between greatness and villainy is as thin as a garrote wire. Friends, I was really excited for The Lantern's Ember from the moment I saw this stunning cover and read the synopsis, and I was so excited to get an opportunity to read an advanced copy for review. While the book started strong and appeared to be full of spooky folklore, overall it unfortunately this book did not live up to my expectations as it quickly descended into drama, ...
  • Breanna
    THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and PaperbacksARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.Disappointed would the be the best word to describe my reading experience. I wanted to love The Lantern’s Ember so much. Not only is that cover is absolutely stunning, but the synopsis was intriguing and promised all sorts of paranormal goodness. Sadly, the story and characters were lacking.I went into The Lantern’s Ember expecting a cool, spooky story s...
  • FictionNoChaser
    Overall Rating: ★★Heroine: We need some character growth up in hereDude: We can’t take pumpkin carrying men seriously Creepiness: It’s no “Are You Afraid of the Dark”Plot: Halloweentown, Steampunk & Sleepy Hollow, Oh My! We received an advanced reader’s copy of Lantern’s Ember from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author! The Lantern’s Ember reeled us in from the moment we saw it on Net...
  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    You can find this review and others on my blog shades of paper “It comforted him to see his ember’s glow in the pumpkin’s expression. The light warmed him, giving him hope that somehow, somewhere, there was a spark of freedom waiting for him, even if it was at the end of a very long, weary road.” I was so excited to read this book because it seemed like the perfect spooky book for the fall season or Halloween, and the premise sounded su...
  • Teri
    This cover is stunning, and initially what drew me to this book, and the title is very clever.  Once I started reading, the world-building enchanted and intrigued me and, along with Ember, I enjoyed learning about the Otherworld, its rules, and the creatures inhabiting it.With his pumpkin and Headless Horseman comparison, Jack is my favorite character in this book, but I have to admit, Dev is one of the most charming vampires I've come across in...
  • Tiffany Heitz
    Really enjoyed this book!!!
  • Literary Weaponry
    (This review and others can be found at I stumbled upon this book I must admit that I was pretty excited to get a chance to read it early. First of all, just look at that cover. That is a work of art. The black skull with gold scroll work is simply gorgeous and whatever artist put that together needs some kind of award. I’m in love with the cover art. Secondly, doesn’t that book description just pull you in? I...
  • Kaitlin Galvan (somehowimanageblog)
    I received an e-ARC from Net Galley for my hones review. Actual review: 4.5 stars.     I've been a fan of Colleen Houck since I first read her Tiger's Curse Series years ago. She has a way with dialogue and lore that makes her stories really come to life. I was so excited when this book popped up as available to request on NetGalley because I haven't read her work is so long. I had no idea what to expect when I read the synopsis, but this book ...
  • Jackie
    Have you ever wanted to love a book so much that you make excuses and push yourself to keep reading even though it’s doing absolutely nothing to keep your attention?“The Lantern’s Ember” manages to intertwine urban legends, movie monsters and the Otherworld giving us the story of Jack, a once mortal man now bound to a pumpkin whose deal with the devil makes him the keeper of all things that go bump in the night and when his path crosses w...
  • Sasha Hibbs
    *This ARC was given to me in exchange for an honest review* ~Thank you to the author and publisher. First .... that cover! Even without reading the blurb the cover is strong enough to stand on its own. Stunning! Secondly, what's inside was good, too! This will be right in time for a great Halloween read. I loved the fresh spin on what I thought would be a Sleepy Hollow retelling of sorts, and I guess it kinda is, but it's so much more than that. ...
  • Shell Hunt
    Release Date: Sept 11, 2018My question after finishing this book is can this book be saved by the ending? The Lantern's Ember is a book by an author with a stack of books on my "to read" list and that cover, guys, is perfect. This one is a Halloween story about a "lantern" named Jack who protects entrances to the Otherworld. He really likes this witch, Ember, she's totally gorgeous and he can't do the right thing by turning her in the the high wi...
  • Taylor Fenner
    To start off, I was really excited about this book when I first heard about it. The author described it as a retelling of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow (which I love!) but to be honest... I've read better reimaginings of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. This book just kind of fell flat for me. It has a gorgeous cover, don't get me wrong, but the story inside is just kind of ... meh. I didn't care for our naive heroine, the fact that all of the male cha...
  • Carly
    Arc recieved from netgalley. You would think that book that involved witches, sleepy hollow, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, pirates and the boogeyman would be complicated and jam packed but colleen made it all work. I thought this would have to be 2 books but she made it all come together quickly at the end. It didnt seem rushed but i felt like after how well i liked the first 90% of the book that the ending didnt do it justice.I wouldnt say there...
  • Eva
    I haven't read any of the authors previous books. I also read very few YA books. I finished the galley and I have to say I enjoyed it. I really liked Jack. Totally made me think of Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians meets the Headless Horseman from Sleepy Hollow. Did anybody else feel that way? I don't know. Maybe it is just me.I enjoyed the adventure. And my favorite part was that it was a stand alone story. It felt good to read a book all th...
  • Mikala
    I received a free ARC of this book on Netgalley. This book was a fun read. It will definitely put you in the mood for Halloween. It’s very atmospheric. A little bit of steampunk with magic is in this book. Ember is a strong female character, that knows what she wants and is definitely stubborn. There was a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming! I loved the ending of this book. It was great. While reading this, you’ll see a lot of differ...
  • Jessica Strange
    First things first, I LOVE the cover. It’s what drew me in. This one ended up being a very enjoyable read! It’s not scary, but the Halloween atmosphere makes up for it. It’s a little predictable, but it’s ok for me, as I enjoyed this book. I will definitely be buying the hardcover when this comes out, and plan to read this on Halloween! I recommend this one! Thank you Netgalley for the chance to review!
  • Savannah Porter
    *I received an ARC from Delacorte Press (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.*As a big fan of Colleen Houck’s Tiger’s Curse series, I was excited to start this Halloween spin-off tale. I was surprised at the difference in style between the two (having not read the Reawakened series, I can only compare to Tiger’s Curse). For a quick summary of what this book is about, click here.First, Houck chose to write in third person omnisci...