Ember and Stone: A Free YA Epic Fantasy Romance Novel

· Ena of Ilbrea Book 1 · Ink Worlds Press
61 reviews

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Enjoy Ember and Stone, book one in Ena of Ilbrea, a new epic fantasy series by Young Adult author Megan O'Russell.

Ena never hoped for a peaceful life. She never dreamt she’d become a killer either. 

★★★★★ - “The story is as good as Lord of the Rings, Wheel of Time, or Song of Ice and Fire…Ena is a surprisingly inspirational creature and she will keep you turning the pages.” 

★★★★★ - “An amazing book! …fast paced and perfect for SJM lovers.” 

★★★★★ - “OMG. This book was absolutely brilliant. Fantastic.” 

★★★★★ - “The characters are flawed and fleshed out beautifully…a smooth and unforgettable read!” 

Ilbrea: A country mercilessly ruled by the seven Guilds where commoners struggle to survive—no one knows the cost of survival better than illegal healer Ena Ryeland. Ena is offered a life of freedom and a chance to fight the Guilds. But she can’t win the battle alone… 

A myth to guide her journey.

A brother she thought she’d lost.

A ghost to steal her fear.

A man to steal her heart. 

An impossible enemy. A hope for freedom. Ena is the only one with a chance of fighting the Guilds—if she can survive long enough to try. 

“David fights Goliath that will pass the Bechdel test!” – Amazon Review 

Ember and Stone is an epic fantasy perfect for fans of Maas and Bardugo. If you’re ready for an epic love story, crave a dose of magic, and need an adventure to carry you away from the ordinary, join Megan O’Russell’s 550,000+ satisfied readers. Download Ember and Stone and begin your journey now!


Ena of Ilbrea is a YA epic fantasy complete with a swoon-worthy paranormal romance. The four-book (and a novella) series follows Ena Ryeland―a powerful young woman made an orphan by the all-powerful, oppressive Guilds―as she transitions from illegal healer to deadly assassin.

This series features sibling rivalry, lgbtq+ characters, sorcery, elemental magic, class differences, and soul-rending love.


Ember and Stone is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J. Maas, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Elise Kova, Kay L Moody, Sarah M. Cradit, W. J. May, Laini Taylor, Sara C. Roethle, Bridget E. Baker, and Jennifer Anne Davis.

61 reviews
Karen Daniel
June 26, 2020
This is a great fantasy with a young adult protagonist that doesn't read like too many YA novels do these days.
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Felicia Thorn
November 5, 2021
This series is off to a great start. Ena grates on my nerves a bit but at least she’s not perfect. I’m curious what her brother is hiding from her. He’s apparently well known among the locals. Liam is an interesting character and the chemistry between him and Ena is thick. I’m enjoying Ena and Finn’s friendship. He brings some much needed humor. I’m looking forward to seeing what role Ena has in bringing down the Guilds.
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Raina Kujawa
March 24, 2021
Loved this book! Ena grows up an orphan in a small village that is under the oppression of the Guilds. She is raised and trained by the village healer. Tragic events force her from the only life she knows in the village to run into the wild mountains and a way of life she didn't know existed. I was hooked and couldn't stop at book one.
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About the author

Megan O'Russell is the author of several Young Adult series that invite readers to escape into worlds of adventure. From Girl of Glass, which blends dystopian darkness with the heart-pounding danger of vampires, to Ena of Ilbrea, which draws readers into an epic world of magic and assassins.

With the Girl of Glass series, The Tethering series, The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, The Tale of Bryant Adams, the Ena of Ilbrea series, and several more projects planned for 2020, there are always exciting new books on the horizon. To be the first to hear about new releases, free short stories, and giveaways, sign up for Megan's newsletter by visiting the following:


Originally from Upstate New York, Megan is a professional musical theatre performer whose work has taken her across North America. Her chronic wanderlust has led her from Alaska to Thailand and many places in between. Wanting to travel has fostered Megan’s love of books that allow her to visit countless new worlds from her favorite reading nook. Megan is also a lyricist and playwright. Information on her theatrical works can be found at RussellCompositions.com.

She would be thrilled to chat with you on Facebook or Twitter @MeganORussell, elated if you'd visit her website MeganORussell.com, and over the moon if you'd like the pictures of her adventures on Instagram @ORussellMegan.

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