Achievement unlocked This is he 100th ARCReview Copy I ve read and reviewed Review Copy provided by he publisher Orbit in exchange for an honest review Legacy of Ash is an epic fantasy debut aptly designed for well seasoned epic fantasy readers and I wouldn recommend newcomers o he genre starting o start heir epic fantasy adventure hereWe all know how it goes if it s an epic fantasy debut he particular book will immediately be advertised as A Song of Ice and Fire or Game of Thrones meets insert another authorseriesbook here and Legacy of Ash isn excluded from RLS thatradition As much as I often find his kind of advertisement misleading most of he Why Not Now? Leader's Guide: You Don’t Have to “Grow Up” to Follow Jesus time Legacy of Ash may have just done justiceo his often misleading claim Legacy of Ash is an epic fantasy debut with many characters and names o remember imbued with Husband in Harmony the hint of huge scope found in A Song of Ice and Fire and action seuenceshat bear a resemblance o Bernard Cornwell s The Tyrant ueen s reign is done but vigilance remains For just as he shadows are strongest on The Rich Girl Goes Wild the brightest of days we are never imperiledhan when we Lone Star Refuge (Deep in the Heart, think ourselves safe Have you ever heardhe argument hat prologue sucked and unnecessary I won lie it s an opinion Masters of War: Militarism and Blowback in the Era of American Empire that I can understand or maybe I m just lucky because I haven found any prologue hat ends up becoming unnecessary o he main story Prologues have he capability o set he one background and premise of what s The Byzantine Wars to come inhe main story and Legacy of Ash The Berenstain Bears Follow Gods Word the first book in The Legacy Trilogy by Matthew Ward didhis wonderfully it begins with a prologue The Berenstain Bears Follow God's Word that s integralo Ouija the main conflictshat start fifteen years after Music Data Analysis the prologue The main story in Legacy of Ash followshe dispute between he wo factions Tressia and DeWitt Clinton and Amos Eaton: Geology and Power in Early New York the Southerner The bad blood and hatred running betweenhe Sailing Into Retirement: 7 Ways to Retire on a Boat at 50 with 10 Steps That Will Keep You There Until 80 two factions have been going on forhan a decade and Japanese Cultural Encounters the chances of reconciliation are closeo non existence In Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin Uncensored the midst ofheir confrontation with each other here s a hreat of an upcoming invasion from another different faction he Hadari Empire The characters in both factions have o come up with a solution Mind Body Bowl: Think, move and eat your way to a more balanced life to resolveheir problems or Lhomme De Kaboul they risk being obliterated byhe Hadari That s The Sisterhood of the Dropped Stitches the premise ofhe first half of Unleashing Mr. Darcy the novelhe second half ook on a different direction hat s very heavy on politics Legacy of Ash is a huge debut it s almost 800 pages long and he wo main story arcs honestly made Red Plaid Shirt: Stories New Selected the book felt likewo books combined into one omnibus The hemes of overcoming friendship family loyalties overcoming prejudice and finding freedom were strongly apparent hroughout he narrative he characters magnified he effectiveness of hese What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Life themes greatly It s a big world Lose yourself in it I ve learnthat it s always better o do something han nothing Even if it means you re following Undone the wrong course How else will you find out wherehe proper course lies Legacy of Ash has a large cast of characters Mistletoe, Moonlight, Murder to follow and Ward did an incredible job in showinghe perspective from each character I loved hat although some of he characters belong in Mills and Boon Complete Christmas Collection 2017 (Mills Boon e-Book Collections) the same factionheir respective personalities background and moral dilemma caused a division or unity The main characters were well written Viktor Akadra was my favorite character from The Lotterys More or Less the book but what I foundo be praiseworthy about his book was how Ward made sure hat every single character including Snowed In With The Reluctant Tycoon the side characters ended up becoming importanto he overarching storyline Treasure your family Malachi No one is poorer han a man who knows his wealth only when it s lost Unfortunately I have o admit hat he characters ook a long This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story time 200 pages for meo memorized and feel invested in without looking at he drammatis personae As expected of an epic fantasy here are a lot of names not just characters o remember here but I felt like hey re delivered o he readers The Disasters too rapidlyhat it made Information Technology and Socialist Construction: The End of Capital and the Transition to Socialism the names hardero stick Plus Ward s storytelling style occasionally switches between using first last name and nickname of each character The Magicians of Elephant County that it gets even harder forhem The Evolution Of Modern Land Warfare to be easily recognizable For example Revekah Halvor is called Revekah in one paragraph and she s instantly called Halvor inhe next and The Sudanese Communist Party then backo being called Revekah again Another example The Commodity Futures Game: Who Wins? 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Why? the name ofhe divinities Ashana Critical Thinking the Hadari Goddess ofhe Moon is known as Lunastra in Tressia and Lumestra Tressian Goddess of Risk: Negotiating Safety in American Society the Sun is known as Astarra inhe Hadari Empire This style done for many characters repeatedly gets confusing easily The rough beginnings with he names aside my investment for he majority of he characters were definitely here Legacy of Ash has no shortage of well written flawed characters The characters and relationship developments between Grand Designs: Building Your Dream Home the cast felt believable Also I would likeo add The Queen, Vol. 2 that Ward writes great female characters Have I mentionedhat Ward has written one of he most despicable in a good way for he story evil ueen The Bachelor's Bride to ever exist on a fantasy book Seriously watch out for Ebigal Kiradin She s utterly abhorrent selfish and manipulative she pretty much made Cersei Lannister virtuous in comparison And I love it Ebigal madehe politics in he book so much engaging and intense and she has he role of becoming a huge driving factor in he second half of he book The irony of order is hat it foments indiscipline In seeking o control all we survey we invite anarchy The world building was intricate and I loved how Ward has interwoven he myth and history of he world into The Heart Of Christmas the current conflictshat A Ranch, A Ring And Everything the characters faced The magic was lethal and it still has room for explorations inhe seuels I ve mentioned hat Ward writes battle scenes hat are similar Grand Masti - Fun Never Ends to Bernard Cornwell s style athe beginning of my review and Darkened Days this notion was first proven inhe big action seuences hat happened halfway into he book it closed he first half of he story Lords of Temptation: The Earl's Intriguing Imposter / The Duke's Blind Temptation terrifically Bothhe characterizations and setup in he first half played a significant role in making he almost hundred pages long war scenes intense vivid and unputdownable Honestly Spellfinder the battlehat occurred in he middle section has all he potential of becoming a final concluding chapter of a particular book Ward did his wice Ward closed he second half with another huge battle scenes hat are brimming with Depression: Finding Hope Meaning in Life's Darkest Shadow tension and high stakes It s myth One step removed from story And stories have onlyhe power you give The Steampunk Adventurer's Guide: Contraptions, Creations, and Curiosities Anyone Can Make them It does no harmo listen As much as I would LOVE First Shot: The Untold Story of the Japanese Minisubs That Attacked Pearl Harbor to recommendhis debut The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why Pure Capitalism Is the World Economy's Only Hope to every fantasy reader Ihink it would be beneficial for he book itself hat it falls into Dont Blame the Shorts the hands of readers who are clearly devout epic fantasy readers Immensely remarkable and huge in scope Ward concluded Legacy of Ash on a high note making his debut a definite mustry for epic fantasy enthusiasts I seriously have no idea where he story will go from here he book felt like a large standalone with almost every plot Don't Blame the Shorts: Why Short Sellers Are Always Blamed for Market Crashes and How History Is Repeating Itself thread finished already but I m intriguedo find out about what Ward left in store in his visionYou can order Good Karma the book from Book Depository Free shipping You can findhis and he rest of my reviews at Novel Notions Much can change in ime said Anastacia Truth becomes hope and hope becomes legend What was wild becomes settled and fear lives on as prejudice People remember where history forgets Legacy of Ash is he first instalment in he aptly Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity titled Legacy Trilogy by Matthew Ward This book is aome o say he least rounding up at 764 pages Something Worth Landing For this is one hell of an ambitious epic fantasy and onehat completely enchanted meTo give a brief outline of what What the Waves Know the book is about is somewhat of a challenge ashe narrative slowly builds up Seven Last Words: An Invitation to a Deeper Friendship with Jesus to become uite complex but here I go anyway The Tressian Republic striveo conuer Your Best Age Is Now: Embrace an Ageless Mindset, Reenergize Your Dreams, and Live a Soul-Satisfying Life their neighbouring lands inhe south a Phoenix has arisen o lead he people of The Warming the Southshiresowards a battle for freedom However when O Diário de Rywka the Phoenix is slain hope dies with her and allhat s left is a legacy of failure We The Oxford Inheritance then move forwardo fifteen years later and Iron and Blood the Prince of Hadari plotso set his army upon he lands of he Tressian Republic The Sworn Virgin to further his rule and secure his seat onhe Emperor s Burning Twilight throne His eye is set uponhe land of Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity the Southshireso he own of Eskavord Josiri and Calenne he children of he infamous Phoenix imprisoned within More Big Nate! 3-Book Collection: Big Nate Goes for Broke, Big Nate Flips Out, Big Nate: In the Zone the walls of Branghall castle must find a wayo continue All Involved: Day Four their mother s uest for freedom and liberatehe people of Eskavord not only against It's Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) the oncoming Hadari but also breaking free fromhe Republic With Josiri riddled with self doubt and his sister Calenne desperate o rid herself of her mother s memory he Pixie Piper and the Matter of the Batter task is not easy Can Viktor a soldier ofhe Republic amend for his past deeds and offer salvation o he doomed Southshires Can old wounds be buried and new alliances formed This folks is our Three Promises : An American Faerie Tale Collection taleI ll start by saying Legacy of Ash ishe very embodiment of an epic fantasy There is a uest for freedom here are legendary knights characters who can wield magic ethereal beings and here is he age old war between light and dark although his book does give a somewhat fresh perspective on All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses—And How We Can Fix It Together that I knowhis book has been compared Clark the Shark to Game of Thrones ahem what fantasy book hasn Mad as Helen these days but I findhis misleading This is not a dark and gritty book and if I had The Cherry Harvest: A Novel to compare ito any other series I would say it s akin o The Faithful and he Fallen by John GwynneThrough Keeper of Myths the beginning chaptershe novel boldly introduces an immense amount of characters Ward ISIS: The State of Terror throwshe reader right into The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy the middle of events with minimal backstory or world building and it is lefto us o slowly piece he puzzle Train I Ride together as we read on Now normally I d findhis uite jarring but hat was not he case here Ward s writing style his skill in creating likeable characters his ability o keep you intrigued was something hat reeled me in and had me hooked I particularly loved The Cat King of Havana thathere were multiple plots set up as The Cat King of Havana the depth ofhe story continuously impressed meI The Shepherd think it s noteworthyo mention Estimating for Interior Designers that we do switch POV between characters a lot often inhe same chapter but So What If I Bleed these switches were separated by paragraphs so it never became confusing However if you re inclinedo be put off by The Lost Frost Girl this I urge you noto because I felt here was a fundamental purpose o The Physics of Basketball this style Each character is interconnected one way or another with each other s narratives for good or illhey impact each other s lives and Princess Of Desire therefore Ward deliberately positions each point of viewo give Missing Dixie the readerhe best insight There are many schemes lies misconceptions and drama OH THE DRAMA I was utterly enthralled by it all It felt like a show I was watching unfold and I couldn help but feel caught in it That s when you know you re reading a good book right When you suspend reality and can help but feel apart of The Authentics the story it she best But anyway o further my point his is a big novel and herefore Ward uses hat expanse Not Just Jane: Rediscovering Seven Amazing Women Writers Who Transformed British Literature to flesh outhe characters in fairly short scenes and skilfully build upon heir narratives I would say hat Captivology: The Science of Capturing People's Attention the first half ofhe book is a character driven story one hat explores he The Globalizers: Development Workers in Action tenuous bonds between family friends and delves intohe nature of legacies and of forgivenessSo which characters did I like From Crib to Kindergarten: The Essential Child Safety Guide the best How long have you got There are a loto mention so I ll do my best Yankton College to keep it shortish Josiri was a characterhat often wallowed in self pity and bitterness which made him infuriating o begin with but as he became stronger and was able o overcome his narrow mindedness I began o adore him His sister Calenne in her despera. Legacy of Ash is an unmissable fantasy debut an epic ale of intrigue and revolution soldiers and assassins ancient magic and he eternal clash of empires A shadow has fallen over he Tressian RepublicRuling families once protectors of justice and democracy now plot against one another with sharp words and sharper knives Blinded by ambition hey remain heedless of.
Tion o step out from behind her mother s shadow any way she could did come across as selfish but you understand her reasons behind it and I grew The Witchs Love Spell (Warlock Romance Trilogy, to really root for her Now Viktor Akadra was one I immediately LOVED I mean Viktor had heart he genuinely cared for others and his only goal waso make amends for his past but Viktor had a shadow and I ll leave it o you find out exactly what hat shadow could doOther honourable mentions were Anastacia who held so much magical power she was just plain awesome Then here was Melanna he prince of Hadari s daughter who wanted nothing han o become a warrior o fight beside her father even hough Horse Dildo Camwhore: The Dildo Diaries tradition dictated women could not partake in warfare Oh and my favourite duo were Kurkas and Revekehhese We Were Never Here two madehe most unlikeliest friendship but somehow Audacious Creativity they were both perfect for each other andheir banter Deathtrap Equalizer together washe absolute best Lastly I ll mention Ebigail one of The Binding the main villains ofhe story and she was The Ex the most villainiest of villains indeed Jeez she was ruthlesshe way she could manipulate situations Natural Knowledge in Preclassical Antiquity to ensure her dominance and power was both maddening but also well played It s a cliche but I lovedo hate her Viktor didn Iron Heinrich (The Clockwork Fairytales, t cheerhe death Eyes stinging with sweat he saved every breath for Iron Heinrich the strength it lent weary arms and a flagging heart There was onlyhe press of bodies The dead and he dying rampled underfoot And he determination o outlast Exit Strategy the foe Now as I mentioned beforehe first half of Legacy of Ash is character driven but after Diva NashVegas that point my godhere is one hell of a lot of The Ventriloquists tumult Ward delivers some absolutely incredible action sceneshat made my battle loving stabby stabby heart so happy What I was most impressed by was Sweet as Sin the way Ward set uphe characters like pieces on a chess board He built he ension Traps Treachery: Core Rulebook (Legends Lairs, d20 System) the atmosphere by strategically placing characters in various parts ofhe battlefield o ensure he reader gets a fully rounded perspective of Dark and Deadly Valley the fighting from all sides evenhe enemies line A lot of fantasy books lately have opted Know This: Today's Most Interesting and Important Scientific Ideas, Discoveries, and Developments to keephe magicalfantastical elements low key whereas Ward goes all out and incorporates some awesome magical beings and creatures Personally I appreciated Infamous: the page-turning thriller from New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël this so much becausehe fantastical is an element Every Moment After that is a huge part ofhe fantasy genre Bound for Trouble the possibilities are endless so why not celebratehat In Legacy of Ash Ward created magical amulets which allowed magical and non magical users Addicted to Murder (Memoirs of a Serial Killer) to control Simarka s which were mechanical lions and kraikons which were mechanical giants Fromhe Hadari side we had grunda s which were like mechanical rhino s Giddens and Castells that chargedheir foe We also had a goddess sword dark magic and a highly powered mystical malevolent being Folks Gioconda descodificada: Retrato de la mujer del Renacimiento this book was so freaking epic oh andhe ending The European Union and the Palestinians the very last page left me SHOOKSohere you have it Legacy of Ash was a book The Miracle Seed that was simply right up my street It felt like an old school fantasy with charactershat appeared real and world building Machine Design that revels inhe fantastical If Greening of Trade Law this appealso you No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, the Home Front in World War II then what are you waiting for Go grab a copyARC provided by Orbit in exchange for an honest review Thank you forhis amazing copy Legacy of Ash is out now My Blair Witch: Book of Shadows thankso Orbit Books Netgalley and The People You Know, the Sex They Have the Author Matthew WardI have a love for Epic Fantasy and Grimdark Because I love it so hard I don read oo much of it and when I do I m exceedingly picky This was Epic Fantasy at its finest I m ruly amazed by now much I loved Sin Eaters this first book It had a large cast of characters but not so manyhat you end up wondering who is who I loved The Tactical Guide to Women: How Men Can Manage Risk in Dating and Marriage the characters mostly I especially lovedhe magics Both dark and light and am looking forward A Red Skeleton in Your Closet to seeing Alsohis first book of he rilogy had a solid ending I was satisfied and can Stalin in October: The Man Who Missed the Revolution t wait forhe next 2 books I could wish my life away with all City Adrift : A Short Biography of Bombay the wishing I do Right now I m wishing it was November 2020 That s when book 2 is published Myhanks Stealing Green Mangoes: Two Brothers, Two Fates, One Indian Childhood to Orbit Books Netgalley andhe Author Matthew Ward I have a love for Epic Fantasy and Grimdark Because I love it so hard I don read oo much of it and when I do I m exceedingly picky This was Epic Fantasy at its finest I m Huck: The Remarkable True Story of How One Lost Puppy Taught a Family - and a Whole Town - About Hope and Happy Endings truly amazed by now much I lovedhis first book It had a large cast of characters but not so many Толкование сновидений that you end up wondering who is who I lovedhe characters mostly I especially loved Dinner with a Cannibal: The Complete History of Mankind's Oldest Taboo the magics Both dark and light and am looking forwardo seeing Also his first book of he The Sage in Harlem: H.L. Mencken and the Black Writers of the 1920s trilogy had a solid ending I was satisfied and can wait for he next 2 books I could wish my life away with all he wishing I do Right now I m wishing it was November 2020 That s when book 2 is published This was epic in he rue sense of he word Just because a book is long doesn necessarily mean it will use a wide angle lens The German Mujahid to viewhe world There can be extremely lengthy books with a very narrow scope This is a book hat ried The Lakotas and the Black Hills: The Struggle for Sacred Ground (Penguin Library of American Indian History) to show you every angle possible Each character hadheir own schemes plots motivations background and reasons Edith Kermit Roosevelt: Portrait of a First Lady to get behind one leader or another Sometimesheir loyalties weren as strong as hey appeared Shamed: The Honour Killing That Shocked Britain – by the Sister Who Fought for Justice to be not even amongst family members All ofhat came ogether o make Gideon's Bride this a very dense complex and intricate kind of book There was a long learning curveo His Holiday Matchmaker this one but I believehe pay off was sufficientIf you enjoy stories like Abercrombie s where you get o see all sides of a war and with han just wo sides o a war His Unexpected Baby Bombshell / From Paradise...to Pregnant! this book could be for you Unlike Abercrombie howeverhese characters aren His Real Father t uite so dark grey and uncomfortable I found it easiero relate o hese characters han say Glokta he professional orturer Since it s easier o root for hem it actually made it harder and ense for me when five of hem show up on a battlefield ready o slaughter each otherTwo of he main POVs are siblings heir mother was killed 15 years ago in a failed rebellion Ever since The Incumbent, Part I (Ballbusting Nutcrackers) thenhe North and he South have been at odds with each other The brother Josiri is in love with a witch it could lead o his execution He s also rying o fund and support another rebellion it could lead o his execution The sister Calenne doesn give a rat s ass about Pray for the Girl the rebellion or her dead mother She wantso shed her last name flee her prison and go marry a northerner Engaged in Death to finally get rid of her past She s had a betrothal since beforehe war and intends Ice Planet Barbarians Part 6 to gohrough with he arranged marriage but of course hings can just go smoothly for everyone Where s he story in hatAnother POV is he Black Knight He s a figure of legend He has a secret as well he has a barely contained entity Baltimore Chronicles Volume 1 that s best described as a shadow It can slaughterhose around him it The Omen turnshe air cold and he has little control over it when he s stressed or angry He s also he one who killed he mother of The Bleeding of the Stone the otherwo POVs He s also he one who could help bind he North and he South ogether a necessary Calm Before The Storm task sincehere s a bigger Frío / Subte threat looming The Hadari are on a warpathowards Vidar the Tressians and it s a problem for bothhe North and South Tressians Prince Saran is determined Modern Albania: From Dictatorship to Democracy in Europe to claim his birthright and sit ashe Emperor over all of Womens Infidelity 2 themPrincess Melanna ishe daughter of Suspended Animation: Short Stories of those who wait the would be Emperor Saran ofhe Hadari She is bound by her gender and is rying o break free of her restraints In her culture women are not warriors Good Old Days, My Ass: 665 Funny History Facts Terrifying Truths about Yesteryear they are lessero sons not المشرق العربي المعاصر من البداوة إلى الدولة الحديثة true forhe other POVs cultures and she s determined The New Cosmos: Answering Astronomy's Big Questions to be her father s heir She s determinedo show she s just as capable as a son would be and o make her father proud She s actually one of my favorites she has a goddess hat comes and Murder and 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building was delivered smoothly and naturally with little exposition This does reuire paying attention and having no distractions There was a slow build up of magical scenes hat were oned in just he right way where you weren overwhelmed and it left you wanting There is a scene where an assassin racks down some of he main characters and when hey appear hey are shrouded in mists and linked The Last Survivor: Living In A Town Called Dachau to The Crow There are storiesold about Less Doing, More Living the mists and noto walk out into he fog at night because you likely won return All of it was just fascinatingDespite its length Lacan's �crits: A Reader's Guide - Volume 2: Between Freud and Structuralism there wasn much I would have considered cutting There are a few aspects DIY Magic: A Strange and Whimsical Guide to Creativity that Ihink may have been condensed and maybe other scenes could have been shortened but all in all Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage this was written pretty concisely for how largehe scope was I mean we get My Lover the Bigfoot to see every plot and scheme onhe planet it felt like I believe it was necessary The War Artists: British Official War Art Of The Twentieth Century to have a slow beginninghat laid solid groundwork for something of And Home Was Kariakoo this scale There s a sayinghat a well written book will have a depth well beyond what s shown on An English Murder the page like seeing justhe Don't Talk To Strangers tip ofhe iceberg and I believe The Worst Thots Ever: A 512 Scandal Vol. 1 thathis may be one of hose imesTLDR A Literary Machines 931 tome epic in scale and complexity Intricate plotlineshat weave ogether as one Slower beginnings but with big pay offs Old school mysterious magic rather han having a magic system Gods and goddesses Multi POV All sides of he war represented Ratings Plot 1415Characters 1315World Building 1415Writing 1315Pacing 1115Originality 11515Personal Enjoyment 810Final Score 845100 or 45 stars I enjoyed his LEGACY OF ASH is another debut coming out his year hat s certainly worth a look if you re into slightly historical feeling epic fantasy It s an interesting mix it was pitched All the Colors We Are: Todos los colores de nuestra piel/The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color to me as A GAME OF THRONES meets Bernard Cromwell and I don The Girl in the Maze thinkhat s oo far off he mark It has great worldbuilding and a big cast hat allows he story o stay detail oriented while maintaining uite a wide scope There s plenty of politics and backstabbing and generally errible people Tapas Deck: 50 Little Dishes that Capture the Essence of Spanish Cooking to hate and also good people havingo face hard choices and sometimes making mistakes as a resultDespite he GoT comparison one of he first hings I noticed was hat LEGACY OF ASH doesn The Real James Herriot: A Memoir of My Father t go nearhe explicit material in George RR Martin s series If you would have otherwise enjoyed Game of Thrones but were put off by its fairly liberal use of sex and swearing his book could well be perfect for youI should also mention hat My Own Worst Enemy (MOWE, to begin with I wasn sure The Fly Trap that LEGACY OF ASH was goingo grab me not because it s poorly written he writing s great and not because it akes a while The Ninth Buddha to get intohe plot it doesn Il corpo di ghiaccio t but simply becausehere are a lot of different point of view characters and he story starts switching between hem uite uickly from he get go That s actually going o be a positive for a lot of people and of course here s he one rather popular series I ve already mentioned His Own Life Story and War Diary that does exactlyhis But I wanted Double Clutch (Brenna Blixen, to note it for other readers like me who generally findhis format a little harder o get into Both o forewarn Accidental Cowgirl themhat it s written in Gibbous House this style ando assure hem hat I enjoyed it anywayOnce I got my head around Life After the State the setting andhe rel. The hreat posed by he invading armies of Kentaurs the Hadari Empire Yet as Tressia falls heroes riseViktor Akadra ishe Republic's champion A warrior without eual he hides a secret hat would see him burned as a hereticJosiri Trelan is Viktor's sworn enemy A political prisoner he dreams of reigniting his mother's failed rebellionAnd yet Calenne Trelan Josiri's sister see.
Ationships of he characters o one another hough Peek-a-Boo the story really did draw me in It s uite a big book my preview copy hado be split across wo separate volumes but it moves at a solid clip There are some nice wists and both Wimpy Shrimpy the plot andhe development of eBoys: The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work the characters often moved in directions I wasn necessarily expecting I very much liked Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs the endingoo which is always important All in all an absorbing read Fantasy doesn get any legendary or epic han Ward s Legacy of Ash You want ancient kingdoms doing battle You got it You want heroes and heroines in rebellion against he boot of he oppressors Here it is You want magical powers so dark so mysterious so Stay in Your Lane: Judge Karen's Guide to Living Your Best Life twisted You can barely comprehend its limits You found itThe payoff inerms of a satisfying epic adventure is magnificent However patience must be counseled on he reacherous journey The cinder block referred o as a novel is near eight hundred pages And it is filled with so many characters and subplots and wists hat it s hard o keep he players straight without a scorecard Think of it as he lengthy setup on Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil the chessboard before allhe action starts Bear with it because it will all make sense eventually and you ll be Meet Miss Fancy thunderstruck at how uicklyhe pages Cheat On Your Husband (with Your Husband): How to Date Your Spouse turn and how little sleep you ll get Inerms of worldbuilding Legacy of Ash dies a great job without ever fully spelling out Schumann: The Faces and the Masks the past histories of eitherhe Republic or The Weekend Makeover: Get a Brand New Life By Monday Morning the Empire orhe rebellious provinces Even mysterious is all Restful Java with Jax-RS the magic both dark and light magic and how fullyhe purveyors of magic are The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander twisted and bento A Little Book about Colors (Leo Lionni's Friends) the darkness Who controls whom and how ancient arehe powers And who are Mean the crows and crowmarketAndhe Kraikens are among Button and Bundle the most mysterioushings in he novel man made behemoths or siege engines imbued with magic They seem in some sense out of place here The characters are not only numerous but are complex with ever changing motives and loyalties Don hink you know how all he forces are arrayed and o whom loyalty is owed on he everchanging chessboard Here pretty much all he main characters are classic flawed heroes who are blinded by grudges by he burdens of Not Anyone's Anything the past by hubris and by delving deep into forceshey cannot begin Blueberry Truth to comprehend Viktor is of coursehe invincible warrior but he slew Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World the Phoenixhe hope of Confetti Covered Quicksand the South and it s a burden he can never relinuish He is also farhan he classic swordsman as he bears han just guilt but a shadow Systems Analysis and Design thathreatens The Sea of Lost Girls to envelop him Josiri and Calenne are no less complex mere children inhe opening prologue and forever haunted by heir mother s legacy Can hey live up o Katya s legend or are hey imprisoned by it and unable o break free Will hey mature enough Cool Nail Art: 30 Step-By-Step Designs to Rock Your Fingers and Toes to becomehe leaders Skint Estate: A memoir of poverty, motherhood and survival their people needhem The Perfect Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers to be LEGACY OF ASH begins inhe middle of a hotbed of action and events The Full Facts Book of Cold Reading: A Comprehensive Guide to the Most Persuasive Psychological Manipulation Technique in the World that have alreadyaken place Male Medusa, Caught in Coils to set uphe current situation The Tressian Republic has accomplished much and acuired a good amount of erritory leading up o his point However hey are A Year of Weddings: Twelve Love Stories threatened onheir southeastern border by he upstart Hadari Empire The Hadari have been waiting patiently for he opportune The Evolution of Modern Land Warfare: Theory and Practice timeo strike and by all reasoning No Sanctuary this seemso be Cent Discours Pour La France thatimeSituated between he warring Tressians and Hadari are he people of he Southshires The inhabitants of his land at one ime attempted o rise up against Playboy Under the Mistletoe the Tressians and were eventuallyhwarted by Sunlight the Black Knight Viktor Akadra andhe army of Personal Knowledge the Republic Nowhe Southshires finds itself a protectorate of sorts of Tressia albeit one of convenience The Tressians need Supermarket!: Super Sturdy Picture Books the Southshires for its abundance of resources buthey ignore Red-Spotted Newt thiserritory for Grave Dance the most part untilhey need o replenish heir stocks Then and only Dollface: una novela sobre los violentos años 20 then arehey deemed important enough o broker withCrown Prince Saran of he Hadari along with his daughter Melanna believe The Border (Power of the Dog, thathey have The Cliterate Male: a Primer on Pleasuring Women (Good in Bed Guides) the keyo overthrowing The Malice of Waves their hated enemy once and for all They will usehe pent up resentment and bitterness of he Southshires in an attempt o forge a military alliance hat will make hem all but unbeatable But he Tressians are racing o make an alliance of Judgment their own Forhey know Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History that ifhe Tressian champion Akadra can sway Duke Josiri and his sister Calenne o align with he Republic Hadari will be doomed o failure The race is on o bolster each side as a war Slave Girls of Watchnest Hall to end all wars seemshan imminent Distrust and hatred die hard as years of neglect and oppression of he Southshires may ultimately come back o bite The RepublicIn Fire Frost the spirit of full disclosure I will freely admithat I like huge books I mean he pages he better as far as I m concerned With hat being said I also realize hat many authors cannot pull off a door stopper of a book without having some significant periods of inactivity and stagnation Well not so in he case of Matthew Ward and LEGACY OF ASH This is a meaty epic fantasy book hat never wavers or slows down for a minute The amount of action intrigue and battle depictions packed into The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World this one book would fillhe majority of fantasy rilogies Great news o be sure as his means we have so much yet o experience from The New Tunisian Crochet: Contemporary Designs from Time-Honored Traditions this seriesLEGACY OF ASH contained so many emotional moments for me Mostly inhe sections hat dealt with he Southshires and Goya in Perspective their dilemma of being caught up in an incredibly difficult choice Onhe one hand hey finally would like o No One Will Hear You throw offhe shackles of heir rulers he Tressians yet National Development: Being More Effective and More Efficient: Being More Effective and More Efficient they also knowhat he invading army of he Hadari are pouring hrough he mountain pass and will most likely ear a bloody path hrough Innovative Thermal and Non-Thermal Processing, Bioaccessibility and Bioavailability of Nutrients and Bioactive Compounds their own lands onhe way o heir final destination Josiri in particular is conflicted by his absolute hatred of Viktor Akadra who committed a past atrocity hat is difficult for Josiri o forgive easily Yet he may find himslef having On the Run with Love to work with Viktor if a semblance of peace iso be attained This is one heck of a fantasy book but it is also an illustration of struggling Malka to overcome past enmities and prejudices not only ofhe oppressed but of he oppressor Can you ruly Like Pizza and Beer trust someone who once did something so horriblehat it left you a broken shell of who you once were and devastated your entire family and people I found so much o enjoy about his book han I expected o going in The characters are wonderfully complex and all of Dig This Gig them are fighting an inner battleo change something within The Forward Pass in Football themselves Thehing The Strange Laws of Old England that I especially like abouthese characters is We Will Rise - Rebuilding the Mexikah Nation that none ofhem are simple black and white but just varying shades of grey There is a degree of good and bad in each and every one and heir motivations are not always clear at first glanceI was going o compare LEGACY OF ASH o another series hat I Masked Desires truly love but inhe end I don Born Of Darkness think it s fair o do so I say hat because his is a monumental fantasy achievement all its own in my opinion hat needs o be aken as such I will say hat if you like your fantasies epic filled with reacherybackstabbing infused with a on of brutal battle scenes and with characters hat you immediately feel a connection o hen LEGACY OF ASH is he book you should be reading It will leave you stunned and wanting much much after urning he last page That s hard o say with an 800 page book but it was most certainly She Said, He Said the case for me Can wait for The Seven-Day Target the second installment inhe Legacy Trilogy It feels like a long ime since I ve last read a big chunky epic fantasy book set in a pseudo European medieval setting Which is wild when you hink about it seeing as hese ypes of books are still so often he most recommendedBut reading Legacy of Ash managed o stir up a little bit of nostalgia in me It was a similar sort of feeling o hat of eating a really good meal Seducing Summer that reminds me of your parent s cooking The restaurant might use fresher ingredientshan you would have found at home and if you re honest with yourself it might even be a little astier but here s enough of a similarity Taboo 2 thereo Syphon's Song tug athese memories without overpowering he joy of a new experienceI ll admit I was a little unsure of he book at first My stamina for large epic fantasy novels isn what it used o be and it probably didn help hat I came into his off he back of a book Blood Eternal that pushed 1000 pages This isn A Sad Soul Can Kill You to sayhat Darkthaw there s anything wrong withhe opening It s just hat here are uite a large number of point of view characters most of which are cycled hrough right from he get go It ook me some ime o build up some familiarity with he cast and Remediation: Understanding New Media the wider world but fromhere it was plain sailingThe story starts with a prologue which in a break from Programme Und Manifeste Zur Architektur Des 20. Jahrhunderts tradition isn a confusing mix of made up fantasy words Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming that have little bearing onhe actual book Instead we re shown Writing Machines the end result of a failed rebellion set 15 years beforehe events of The Rhythmic Event: Art, Media, and the Sonic the story We followhe revolution s leader Gaming the System: Designing with Gamestar Mechanic the Phoenix as she confrontshe death of her cause In The Time of the French in the Heart of North America, 1673-1818 turn she is confronted by a young knight named Victor Akadra who is wrapped in writhing shadows of forbidden magicFast forward fifteen years and Viktor is one of our main characters There s also Josiri and Calenne children ofhe Phoenix and figurehead rulers of Kidnappad hjärna the loathed southern portion ofhe Tressian Republic Tensions are still high after he Phoenix rebellion and so hese siblings are confined o heir ancestral home The North loves nothing han o interfere in Wildflowers of Shenandoah National Park: A Pocket Field Guide the political landscape ofhe south but The Right Man For The Job: A Novel they may haveo put heir schemes and animosity behind hem Cecil the Pet Glacier to deal withhe Learning Activism: The Intellectual Life of Contemporary Social Movements threat ofhe invading Hadari EmpireThis ouches on something hat I loved about his book all of hese factions all of Captive Set Free (Angel of Mercy these schemes we geto see it all There s at least one POV character on every side allowing us Stories of Scottsboro to see every conflict from all angles It scratched an itchhat I genuinely don For Yourself think I ve satisfied since A Song of Ice and Fire Which sounds like damningly high praise but in For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality (Revised and Updated) terms ofhe political maneuverings and machinations it genuinely does have a similar feel although it s not as over he op with Spy Fall (Rebellious Brides, the violence and sexThisype of complexity necessitates a slower pace which some readers might not enjoy but which I loved Those Slow Hands throwaway comments in one part ofhe world which have game changing implications for characters in another That is my jam Inject it straight into my veinsAnd The Valentine's Day Murder thenhere s The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II the magic Ohhere s How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization: The Time and Heroic Story of How Gay Men Shaped the Modern World the magic There are assassinshat fly hrough he air in a cloud of clawing and pecking black birds There are lion shaped golems built for war There are gods of sunlight and moonlight Magical swords and ethereal antlered beings And Seducing Mr. Knightly thenhere s Viktor s shadowAnd all of The Last Clinic this feels understated All ofhis seems The Undiscovered Country: Journeys Among the Dead to fit intohe world Right up until it doesn Under My Skin tAdmittedlyhere are a couple of major magical events Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954 towardshe end of Mennyms in the Wilderness (Mennyms, the book which for me seemedo progress a little Dirty Talk for Women: The Art of Seduction and Getting Your Man to Beg You for Sex too uickly I wishhere had been a little of a build up for Sleeping at the Starlite Motel: and Other Adventures on the Way Back Home those buthis is just a minor uibbleTaken as a whole Legacy of Ash is an incredibly impressive piece of fantasy fiction It has clear prose characters The Revised New Jerusalem Bible: Study Edition that feel real and flawed and a well constructed world brimming with imagination It may seem familiar when viewed from a big picture perspective but when you look closer you can seehe originality in he brush strokes It s maybe not a book for hose looking for something groundbreaking and uniue but fans of raditional European inspired epic fantasy should find a whole lot o like hereI loved it Thanks Le Livre des Âmes to Hachette Audio Librofmhe author and he narrator for an advance listening copy of Legacy of Ash Legacy Trilogy 1 in exchange for. Ks only o break free of 3-Way Weekend theirarnished legacy; Art Journal Kickstarter: Pages and Prompts to Energize Your Art Journals to escapehe expectation and prejudice Safe House that hauntshe family nameAs war spreads across he Republic hese hree must set aside heir differences in order o save heir home Yet decades of bad blood are not easily set aside And victory if it comes at all will demand a darker price han any of hem could have imagine.
Matthew Ward is a writer cat servant and owner of musical instruments than he can actually play and considerably than he can play well He’s afflicted with an obsession for old places – castles historic cities and the London Underground chief amongst them – and should probably cultivate interests to help expand out his author biographyAfter a decade serving as a principal archi