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Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham : Review

Kithamar is a center of trade and wealth, an ancient city with a long, bloody history where countless thousands live and their stories unfold.

This is Alys’s.

When her brother is murdered, a petty thief from the slums of Longhill sets out to discover who killed him and why.  But the more she discovers about him, the more she learns about herself, and the truths she finds are more dangerous than knives.

Swept up in an intrigue as deep as the roots of Kithamar, where the secrets of the lowest born can sometimes topple thrones, the story Alys chooses will have the power to change everything.

I almost have a massive TBR pile in my apartment these days that I’m slowly trying to work my way through, but when a new Daniel Abraham book releases I have to drop whatever I’m reading to pick it up. I’ve yet to read a book by Daniel Abraham that I didn’t fall in love with almost immediately and this book is no exception. I found Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham to be everything I wanted it to be and more. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that kept me awake till 6 AM when I should have been sleeping before work but this one definitely did that to me.

I’ve always thought of Daniel Abraham as one of the masters of both world and character building and Age of Ash definitely shows this to be true. Alys is easily one of my favorite new characters of the last few years and her struggle with grief hit me really fucking hard. I honestly don’t know that I’ve seen an author manage to so perfectly describe the grief of losing someone and having to figure out how to survive after they’re gone as Abraham has done here. Add to that a fantastically detailed city and the world and you have the makings of an amazing book and series.

Normally I would touch on the things I may not have liked or enjoyed about a book when I’m reviewing it but as I sit here writing this I can’t think of anything that really stands out. I loved every moment of this book and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for something to read. It’s a wonderful introduction to Daniel Abraham and I think anyone who reads this book will soon follow up with the other series he writes. I burned through Age of Ash way too fast and now I don’t know how I’m going to survive the wait for the next book in the series. I’ll probably buy and listen to the audiobook in the next day or so

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 


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