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An Inheritance of Ashes

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An Inheritance of Ashes

Leah Bobet’s AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES is a stunning, unique paranormal romance that pulled me in from page one. I didn’t quite know what I was getting into when I first picked up this novel, but I definitely don’t regret it.

Hallie and her sister Marthe live in a world full of magic, gods and war. The girls have been waiting for Marthe’s husband to return from battle ever since the war ended with the death of a god. Things are getting rough, and Marthe’s pregnancy isn’t helping matters. But when Hallie takes in a veteran returning to his home in the north, life becomes more exciting than anyone could have imagined. Suddenly, the girls and their neighbors are embroiled in a conflict spanning two different worlds and altering life as they know it.

A stunning, unique paranormal romance that pulled me in from page one. Every aspect of this standalone was vividly imagined and perfectly described.

I’m still upset that there won’t be a sequel to INHERITANCE OF ASHES because I want to stay in Bobet’s world longer. Every aspect of this standalone was vividly imagined and perfectly described. Each character felt unique and entirely their own. I sympathized deeply with Hallie, Ty, and Heron and found myself laughing along with Nat. However, the “good” side wasn’t the only place I felt compelled to investigate. I was also completely absorbed by the antagonist, Asphodel Jones, a morally gray character who believes so wholeheartedly in his schemes that it is impossible not to sympathize with him at least a little bit. The setting made AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES even more engrossing, as I could clearly imagine every detail Bobet described about the landscape and the country’s social structure.

I REFUSE to add spoilers but I will say one thing: there is a secret identity that I found incredibly predictable. It didn’t detract from the wonder that was the rest of the novel, but I would have preferred something more surprising. Nonetheless, this book was a hit for me.

I always like to include a take on the violence a novel contains, and I don’t think this had anything too over the top. It remained pretty clean and was not explicit in any manner of speaking. All in all, it is an entertaining, breathtaking read.

This incredible adventure tells of the different ways a heart can be mended and the redeeming power of doing good. With a little romance thrown in, AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES is a perfect friend for fans of dystopians and high fantasy.

Reviewed by Maggie D. on October 7, 2015

An Inheritance of Ashes
by Leah Bobet

  • Publication Date: October 11, 2016
  • Genres: Fantasy, Youth Fiction
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0544813227
  • ISBN-13: 9780544813229