Published by Clarion Books on October 6, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
The strange war down south—with its rumors of gods and monsters—is over. And while sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister wait to see who will return from the distant battlefield, they struggle to maintain their family farm.
When Hallie hires a veteran to help them, the war comes home in ways no one could have imagined, and soon Hallie is taking dangerous risks—and keeping desperate secrets. But even as she slowly learns more about the war and the men who fought it, ugly truths about Hallie’s own family are emerging. And while monsters and armies are converging on the small farm, the greatest threat to her home may be Hallie herself.
An Inheritance of Ashes is a standalone young adult fantasy. The book takes place after a war has ended. A war between humans, the Wicked God and Twisted Things. That right there should tell you one thing about this book. It is going to be creepy. And honestly the chilling atmosphere that Leah Bobet created was my favorite aspect of An Inheritance of Ashes. Fans of atmospheric reads, will love that about this book. I am not going to lie, the first time that I read the summary, and started the book for that matter, for An Inheritance of Ashes, I thought it was a sequel. It is describing a war that just took place, and I thought I missed the first book that had the war in it. So if you are like me, that is not the case. An Inheritance of Ashes is the first book.
Hallie and Marthe are sister’s, and they are the main characters of this book. They are taking place of the family farm in the aftermath of this war. I don’t want to spoil too much about the book, so I am only going to say that the “drama” or the strife that they face comes from threat of the Twisted Things. An Inheritance of Ashes is an intense read! It is a war time setting and everyone is still reeling from their loss. There is a slight romance, but on the whole the book is more somber in tone. It does leave way for some really cool fantasy elements. I loved learning about the the wicked god and the twisted things. They creeped me out man!
As far as characters go, I really liked Tyler and I liked Hallie. I would have liked to have seem more on the romantic front between the two of them, but what romance was there was really sweet. I love a good friends turned more plot. Hallie and Marthe get along like only sisters can…meaning that they sometimes didn’t get along at all. An Inheritance of Ashes was a different kind of young adult fantasy altogether, and I really enjoyed that Leah Bobet took the plot to such a unique place. I love reading books that make me stop and think, and give me something different than I was used to. If you like creepy, atmospheric reads that develop and build slowly, with really interesting fantasy elements, An Inheritance of Ashes is the book for you!@BookBriefs reviews #AnInheritanceofAshes by @LeahBobet #YoungAdult #Fantasy (& #Giveaway ) #YA Click To Tweet
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