Ty behind them to deal with the threat of the invading Hadari EmpireThis touches on something that I loved about this book all of these factions all of these schemes we get to see it all There s at least one POV character on very side allowing us to see very conflict from all angles It scratched an itch that I genuinely don t think I ve satisfied since A Song of Ice and Fire Which sounds like damningly high praise but in terms of the political maneuverings and machinations it genuinely does have a similar feel although it s not as over the top with the violence and sexThis type of complexity necessitates a slower pace which some readers might not njoy but which I loved Those throwaway comments in one part of the world which have game changing implications for characters in another That is my jam Inject it straight into my veinsAnd then there s the magic Oh there s the magic There are assassins that fly through the 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 thereal antlered beings And then there s Viktor s shadowAnd all of this feels understated All of this seems to fit into the world Right up until it doesn tAdmittedly there are a couple of major magical vents towards the nd of the book which for me seemed to progress a little too uickly I wish there had been a little of a build up for those but this is just a minor uibbleTaken as a whole Legacy of Ash is an incredibly impressive piece of fantasy fiction It has clear prose characters 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 see the originality in the brush strokes It s maybe not a book for those looking for something groundbreaking and uniue but fans of traditional European inspired pic fantasy should find a whole lot to like hereI loved it My thanks to Orbit Books Netgalley and the Author Matthew Ward I have a love for Epic Fantasy and Grimdark Because I love it so hard I don t read too much of it and when I do I m xceedingly picky This was Epic Fantasy at its finest I m truly amazed by now much I loved this first book It had a large cast of characters but not so many that you nd up wondering who is who I loved the characters mostly I specially loved the magics Both dark and light and am looking forward to seeing Also this first book of the trilogy had a solid nding I was satisfied and can t wait for the next 2 books I could wish my life away with all the wishing I do Right now I m wishing it was November 2020 That s when book 2 is published LEGACY OF ASH begins in the middle of a hotbed of action and The Accidental Beauty Queen events that have already taken place to set up the current situation The Tressian Republic has accomplished much and acuired a good amount of territory leading up to this point However they are threatened on their southeastern border by the upstart Hadari Empire The Hadari have been waiting patiently for the opportune time to strike and by all reasoning this seems to be that timeSituated between the warring Tressians and Hadari are the people of the Southshires The inhabitants of this land at one time attempted to rise up against the Tressians and wereventually thwarted by the Black Knight Viktor Akadra and the army of the Republic Now the Southshires finds itself a protectorate of sorts of Tressia albeit one of convenience The Tressians need the Southshires for its abundance of resources but they ignore this territory for the most part until they need to replenish their stocks Then and only then are they deemed important nough to broker withCrown Prince Saran of the Hadari along with his daughter Melanna believe that they have the key to overthrowing their hated nemy once and for all They will use the pent up resentment and bitterness of the Southshires in an attempt to forge a military alliance that will make them all but unbeatable But the Tressians are racing to make an alliance of their own For they know that if the Tressian champion Akadra can sway Duke Josiri and his sister Calenne to align with the Republic Hadari will be doomed to failure The race is on to bolster ach side as a war to nd all wars seems than imminent Distrust and hatred die hard as years of neglect and oppression of the Southshires may ultimately come back to bite The RepublicIn the spirit of full disclosure I will freely admit that I like huge books I mean the pages the better as far as I m concerned With that being said I also realize that many authors cannot pull off a door stopper of a book without having some significant periods of inactivity and stagnation Well not so in the case of Matthew Ward and LEGACY OF ASH This is a meaty Crown of Stars (Crown of Stars, epic fantasy book that never wavers or slows down for a minute The amount of action intrigue and battle depictions packed into this one book would fill the majority of fantasy trilogies Great news to be sure as this means we have so much yet toxperience from this seriesLEGACY OF ASH contained so many motional moments for me Mostly in the sections that dealt with the Southshires and their dilemma of being caught up in an incredibly difficult choice On the one hand they finally would like to throw off the shackles of their rulers the Tressians yet they also know that the invading army of the Hadari are pouring through the mountain and will #Most Likely Tear A Bloody tear a bloody through their own lands on way to final destination Josiri in particular is conflicted by his absolute hatred of Viktor Akadra who committed a past atrocity that is difficult for Josiri to forgive asily Yet he may find himslef having to work with Viktor if a semblance of peace is to be attained This is one heck of a fantasy book but it is also an illustration of struggling to overcome past nmities and prejudices not only of the oppressed but of the oppressor Can you truly trust someone who once did something so horrible that it left you a broken shell of who you once were and devastated your ntire family and people I found so much to This Forsaken Earth enjoy about this book than Ixpected to going in The characters are wonderfully complex and all of them are fighting an inner battle to change something within themselves The thing that I The Summer Palace: A Captive Prince Short Story (Captive Prince Short Stories Book 2) especially like about these characters is that none of them are simple black and white but just varying shades of grey There is a degree of good and bad inach and very one and their motivations are not always clear at first glanceI was going to compare LEGACY OF ASH to another series that I truly love but in the nd I don t think it s fair to do so I say that because this is a monumental fantasy achievement all its own in my opinion that needs to be taken as such I will say that if you like your fantasies Campfire epic filled with treacherybackstabbing infused with a ton of brutal battle scenes and with characters that you immediately feel a connection to then LEGACY OF ASH is the book you should be reading It will leave you stunned and wanting much much after turning the last page That s hard to say with an 800 page book but it was most certainly the case for me Can t wait for the second installment in the Legacy Trilogy My thanks to Orbit Books Netgalley and the Author Matthew WardI have a love for Epic Fantasy and Grimdark Because I love it so hard I don t read too much of it and when I do Fantasy doesn t get any legendary orpic than Ward s Legacy of Ash You want ancient kingdoms doing battle You got it You want heroes and heroines in rebellion against the boot of the oppressors Here it is You want magical powers so dark so mysterious so twisted You can barely comprehend its limits You found itThe payoff in terms of a satisfying pic adventure is magnificent However patience must be counseled on the treacherous journey The cinder block referred to as a novel is near ight hundred pages And it is filled with so many characters and subplots and twists that it s hard to keep the players straight without a scorecard Think of it as the lengthy setup on the chessboard before all the action starts Bear with it because it will all make sense Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars eventually and you ll be thunderstruck at how uickly the pages turn and how little sleep you ll get In terms of worldbuilding Legacy of Ash dies a great job withoutver fully spelling out the past histories of Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life either the Republic or the Empire or the rebellious provinces Even mysterious is all the magic both dark and light magic and how fully the purveyors of magic are twisted and bent to the darkness Who controls whom and how ancient are the powers And who are the crows and crowmarketAnd the Kraikens are among the most mysterious things in the novel man made behemoths or siegengines imbued with magic They seem in some sense out of place here The characters are not only numerous but are complex with ver changing motives and loyalties Don t think you know how all the forces are arrayed and to whom loyalty is owed on the verchanging chessboard Here pretty much all the main characters are classic flawed heroes who are blinded by grudges by the burdens of the past by hubris and by delving deep into forces they cannot begin to comprehend Viktor is of course the invincible warrior but he slew the Phoenix the hope of the South and it s a burden he can never relinuish He is also far than the classic swordsman as he bears than just guilt but a shadow that threatens to Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society envelop him. The threat posed by the invading armies of the Hadari Empire Yet as Tressia falls heroes riseViktor Akadra is the Republic's champion A warrior withoutual he hides a secret that would see him burned as a hereticJosiri Trelan is Viktor's sworn nemy A political prisoner he dreams of reigniting his mother's failed rebellionAnd yet Calenne Trelan Josiri's sister see. .
Thanks to Hachette Audio Librofm the author and the narrator for an advance listening copy of Legacy of Ash Legacy Trilogy 1 in xchange for an honest review Receiving this ALC did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novelGeorge R R Who A sprawling pic filled with multi dimensional characters political intrigue intense magic and large scale battles Legacy of Ash is sure to be at the top of many Best of lists in 2020 A perfect blend of Martin s A Song of Ice and Fire and Bernard Cornwell s The Last Kingdom If you njoy Black Heart, Red Ruby epic fantasy in any capacity whatsoever make sure this one is on your wish listNow before you ask Legacy definitely deserves a 5 star rating but I had to dock it down to a 45 due to a few things at the beginning and throughout the novel First off while I can recommend the audiobook as Suzannah Hampton does a phenomenal job with the narrationven with a heavy dose of male characters you may be better off grabbing a physical or digital copy and reading along if you can afford to do so Main reasons I say that are thus and they are actually the same issues I had when first attempting Adrian Selby s Snakewood there is a large cast of characters given to you in a short period of time AND you are thrust directly into the action from the get go Names alone at least for me need time to gel before I can really get rolling in a novel With the way this book consistently ramps up in pace it can become a chore remembering who is whose daughter son mother father tc when you do not have a list handy The action thrusting wasn t a huge deal honestly but I did need to give myself a couple of run throughs with the preuel chapter as I may have just not been in the right mindsetHaving said all of that very single character that Ward has written into this hefty tome has significant importance to how the story plays out Much like GOT New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood even the minor characters deal a hand or two into the game in order to shake things up a bit While we play around in the POVs of several major players I did feel that we could have been given insight into their true thoughts and motivations but when you are at such a rigid pace for 784 pages I can see why that may have taken a back seat at least for part 1 of a trilogyWhat really shines in this novel aside from the political machinations and characters is the magic system Giant war golems assassins disguised as massive tangles of blackbirds goddesses of the sun and moontc Magic is used heavily throughout the story and Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey every bit is bigger andxplosive than the last There is also one VERY important magical aspect that I ll let you see for yourselfI urge you not to hesitate giving Legacy of Ash a go I know that large tomes specially debuts can be a little harrowing but I waited on Brian Lee Durfee s The Forgetting Moon for what seemed like forever and loved the heck out of it Sometimes all it takes is a recommendation from one person you trust and you ll be glad you joined the bandwagon Also if you wanted to read A Song of Ice and Fire but didn t care for all of the xplicit material Legacy of Ash is a no brainer This was ЯED epic in the true sense of the word Just because a book is long doesn t necessarily mean it will use a wide angle lens to view the world There can bextremely lengthy books with a very narrow scope This is a book that tried to show you very angle possible Each character had their own schemes plots motivations background and reasons to get behind one leader or another Sometimes their loyalties weren t as strong as they appeared to be not ven amongst family members All of that came together to make this a very dense complex and intricate kind of book There was a long learning curve to this one but I believe the pay off was sufficientIf you The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs enjoy stories like Abercrombie s where you get to see all sides of a war and with than just two sides to a war this book could be for you Unlike Abercrombie however these characters aren t uite so dark grey and uncomfortable I found itasier to relate to these characters than say Glokta the professional torturer Since it s Moreno easier to root for them it actually made it harder and tense for me when five of them show up on a battlefield ready to slaughterach otherTwo of the main POVs are siblings their mother was killed 15 years ago in a failed rebellion Ever since then the North and the South have been at odds with Monsieur Pain each other The brother Josiri is in love with a witch it could lead to hisxecution He s also trying to fund and support another rebellion it could lead to his A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author execution The sister Calenne doesn t give a rat s ass about the rebellion or her dead mother She wants to shed her last name flee her prison and go marry a northerner to finally get rid of her past She s had a betrothal since before the war and intends to go through with the arranged marriage but of course things can t just go smoothly forveryone Where s the story in thatAnother POV is the Black Knight He s
A Figure Of Legend Hefigure of legend He a secret as well he has a barely contained ntity that s best described as a shadow It can slaughter those around him it turns the air cold and he has little control over it when he s stressed or angry He s also the one who killed the mother of the other two POVs He s also the one who could help bind the North and the South together a necessary task since there s a bigger threat looming The Hadari are on a warpath #towards the *Tressians And It S A Problem For *and it s a problem for the North and South Tressians Prince Saran is determined to #the Tressians and it s a problem for both the North and South Tressians Prince Saran is determined to his birthright and sit as the Emperor over all of themPrincess Melanna is the daughter of the would be Emperor Saran of the Hadari She is bound by her gender and is trying to break free of her restraints In her culture women are not warriors they are lesser to sons not true for the other POVs cultures and she s determined to be her father s heir She s determined to show she s just as capable as a son would be and to make her father proud She s actually one of my favorites she has a goddess that comes and talks with her and adds a whole layer of mystery to the storyI definitely love hate it when I can t decide who I want to come out of a battle alive because my favorite characters are opposing one another in the war It s a sign that the characters and different perspectives of the cultures have been well xplored so that you can The Exhaustion Breakthrough eually sympathize with any of the factionsI m also a sucker for people who don t likeach other having to work with one another for a common goal The fact that the Black Knight has to work with the two kids he orphaned created a lot of tension and intrigue into how things were going to play outThe writing was The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good excellent I listened to this on audiobook and that can really make infodumps stand out in ways that may come across with subtlety in text The world building was delivered smoothly and naturally with littlexposition This does reuire paying attention and having no distractions There was a slow build up of magical scenes that were toned in just the right way where you weren t overwhelmed and it left you wanting There is a scene where an assassin tracks down some of the main characters and when they appear they are shrouded in mists and linked to The Crow There are stories told about the mists and not to walk out into the fog at night because you likely won t return All of it was just fascinatingDespite its len It feels like a long time since I ve last read a big chunky Supplemental Book epic fantasy book set in a pseudo European medieval setting Which is wild when you think about it seeing as these types of books are still so often the most recommendedBut reading Legacy of Ash managed to stir up a little bit of nostalgia in me It was a similar sort of feeling to that ofating a really good meal that reminds me of your parent s cooking The restaurant might use fresher ingredients than you would have found at home and if you re honest with yourself it might Hark! The Herald Angels Scream even be a little tastier but there snough of a similarity there to tug at these memories without overpowering the joy of a new Colloquial Polish: The Complete Course for Beginners experienceI ll admit I was a little unsure of the book at first My stamina for largepic fantasy novels isn t what it used to be and it probably didn t help that I came into this off the back of a book that pushed 1000 pages This isn t to say that there s anything wrong with the opening It s just that there are uite a large number of point of view characters most of which are cycled through right from the get go It took me some time to build up some familiarity with the cast and the wider world but from there it was plain sailingThe story starts with a prologue which in a break from tradition isn t a confusing mix of made up fantasy words that have little bearing on the actual book Instead we re shown the nd result of a failed rebellion set 15 years before the vents of the story We follow the revolution s leader the Phoenix as she confronts the death of her cause In 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 of the Phoenix and figurehead rulers of the loathed southern portion of the Tressian Republic Tensions are still high after the Phoenix rebellion and so these siblings are confined to their ancestral home The North loves nothing than to interfere in the political landscape of the south but they may have to put their schemes and animosi. Legacy of Ash is an unmissable fantasy debut an Bidadari yang Mengembara epic tale of intrigue and revolution soldiers and assassins ancient magic and theternal clash of Red River Girl empires A shadow has fallen over the Tressian RepublicRuling families once protectors of justice and democracy now plot against one another with sharp words and sharper knives Blinded by ambition they remain heedless of. Josiri and Calenne are no less complex mere children in the opening prologue and forever haunted by their mother s legacy Can they live up to Katya s legend or are they imprisoned by it and unable to break free Will they maturenough to become the leaders their people need them to be Much can change in time 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 the first instalment in the aptly titled Legacy Trilogy by Matthew Ward This book is a tome to say the least rounding up at 764 pages this is one hell of an ambiti I La strada delle croci enjoyed this LEGACY OF ASH is another debut coming out this year that s certainly worth a look if you re into slightly historical feelingpic fantasy It s an interesting mix it was pitched to me as A GAME OF THRONES meets Bernard Cromwell and I don t think that s too far off the mark It has great worldbuilding and a big cast that allows the story to stay detail oriented while maintaining uite a wide scope There s plenty of politics and backstabbing and generally terrible people to hate and also good people having to face hard choices and sometimes making mistakes as a resultDespite the GoT comparison one of the first things I noticed was that LEGACY OF ASH doesn t go near the xplicit material in George RR Martin s series If you would have otherwise njoyed Game of Thrones but were put off by its fairly liberal use of sex and swearing this book could well be perfect for youI should also mention that to begin with I wasn t sure that LEGACY OF ASH was going to grab me not because it s poorly written the writing s great and not because it takes a while to get into the plot it doesn t but simply because there are a lot of different point of view characters and the story starts switching between them uite uickly from the get go That s actually going to be a positive for a lot of people and of course there s the one rather popular series I ve already mentioned that does The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth exactly this But I wanted to note it for other readers like me who generally find this format a little harder to get into Both to forewarn them that it s written in this style and to assure them that Injoyed it anywayOnce I got my head around the setting and the relationships of the characters to one another though the story really did draw me in It s uite a big book my preview copy had to be split across two separate volumes but it moves at a solid clip There are some nice twists and both the plot and the development of the characters often moved in directions I wasn t necessarily xpecting I very much liked the nding too which is always important All in all an absorbing read Achievement unlocked This is the 100th ARCReview Copy I ve read and reviewed Review Copy provided by the publisher Orbit in Pretty Reckless (All Saints High, exchange for an honest review Legacy of Ash is anpic fantasy debut aptly designed for well seasoned pic fantasy readers and I wouldn t recommend newcomers to the genre starting to start their pic fantasy adventure hereWe all know how it goes if it s an The West Transformed epic fantasy debut the 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 txcluded from that tradition As much as I often find this kind of advertisement misleading most of the time Legacy of Ash may have just done justice to this often misleading claim Legacy of Ash is an pic fantasy debut with many characters and names to remember imbued with the hint of huge scope found in A Song of Ice and Fire and action seuences that bear a resemblance to Bernard Cornwell s The Tyrant ueen s reign is done but vigilance remains For just as the shadows are strongest on the brightest of days we are never imperiled than when we think ourselves safe Have you ver heard the argument that prologue sucked and unnecessary I won t lie it s an opinion that I can t understand or maybe I m just lucky because I haven t found any prologue that nds up becoming unnecessary to the main story Prologues have the capability to set the tone background and premise of what s to come in the main story and Legacy of Ash the first book in The Legacy Trilogy by Matthew Ward did this wonderfully it begins with a prologue that s integral to the main conflicts that start fifteen years after the prologue The main story in Legacy of Ash follows the dispute between the two factions Tressia and the Southerner The bad blood and hatred running between the two factions have been going on for than a decade and the chances of reconciliation are close to non xistence In the midst of their confrontation with ach other there s a threat of an upcoming invasion from another different faction the Hadari Empire The characters in both factions have to come up with a solution to resolve their problems or they risk being obliterated by the Hadari That s the premise of the first half of the novel the second half took on a different direction that s very heavy on politics Legacy of Ash is a huge debut it s almost 800 pages long and the two main story arcs honestly made the book felt like two books combined into one omnibus The themes of overcoming friendship family loyalties overcoming prejudice and finding freedom were strongly apparent throughout the narrative the characters magnified the ffectiveness of these themes greatly
It s a big world Lose yourself in it I ve learnts a big world Lose yourself in it I ve learnt it s always better to do something than nothing Even if it means you re following the wrong course How The Complete Polly and the Wolf else will you find out where the proper course lies Legacy of Ash has a large cast of characters to follow and Ward did an incredible job in showing the perspective fromach character I loved that although some of the characters belong in the same faction their 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 book but what I found to be praiseworthy about this book was how Ward made sure that VOYAGES DE GRANDE CROISIERE every single character including the side charactersnded up becoming important to the overarching storyline Treasure your family Malachi No one is poorer than a man who knows his wealth only when it s lost Unfortunately I have to admit that the characters took a long time 200 pages for me to memorized and feel invested in without looking at the drammatis personae As A Riesling to Die expected of anpic fantasy there are a lot of names not just characters to remember here but I felt like they re delivered to the readers too rapidly that it made the names harder to stick Plus Ward s storytelling style occasionally switches between using first last name and nickname of Pookie-Pie: A Sweet Bedtime Story each character that it getsven harder for them to be asily recognizable For xample Revekah Halvor is called Revekah in one paragraph and she s instantly called Halvor in the next and then back to being called Revekah again Another xample the name of the divinities Ashana the Hadari Goddess of the Moon is known as Lunastra in Tressia and Lumestra Tressian Goddess of the Sun is known as Astarra in the Hadari Empire This style done for many characters repeatedly gets confusing asily The rough beginnings with the names aside my investment for the majority of the characters were definitely there Legacy of Ash has no shortage of well written flawed characters The characters and relationship developments between the cast felt believable Also I would like to add that Ward writes great female characters Have I mentioned that Ward has written one of the most despicable in a good way for the story A Warlocks Dance (The Cursed Princes, evil ueen tover xist 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 made the politics in the book so much ngaging and intense and she has the role of becoming a huge driving factor in *the second half of the book The irony of order is that it foments indiscipline In seeking to control all we *second half of the book The irony of order is that it foments indiscipline In seeking to control all we we invite anarchy The world building was intricate and I loved how Ward has interwoven the myth and history of the world into the current #Conflicts That The Characters Faced #that the characters faced magic was lethal and it still has room for My First Kitten explorations in the seuels I ve mentioned that Ward writes battle scenes that are similar to Bernard Cornwell s style at the beginning of my review and this notion was first proven in the big action seuences that happened halfway into the book it closed the first half of the story terrifically Both the characterizations and setup in the first half played a significant role in making the almost hundred pages long war scenes intense vivid and unputdownable Honestly the battle that occurred in the middle section has all the potential of becoming a final concluding chapter of a particular book Ward did this twice Ward closed the second half with another huge battle scenes that are brimming with tension and high stakes It s myth One step removed from story And stories have only the power you give them It does no harm to listen As much as I would LOVE to recommend this debut tovery fantasy reader I think it would be beneficial for the book itself that it falls into the hands of readers who are clearly devout pic fantasy readers Immensely remarkable and huge in scope Ward concluded Legacy of Ash on a high note making his debut a definite must try for Ks only to break free of their tarnished legacy; to scape the Pin-Up expectation and prejudice that haunts the family nameAs war spreads across the Republic these three must set aside their differences in order to save their home Yet decades of bad blood are notasily set aside And victory if it comes at all will demand a darker price than any of them could have imagine. ,