Jul 3, 2015

Recent Reads: From the Ashes by Shelby Morrison

From the Ashes (Legend of the Liberator #1)
From the Ashes by Shelby Morrison
Series: Legend of the Liberator #1
Publication Date:  May 3, 2015


Format: ebook
Source: From the Author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way has altered my opinion or review.




Goodreads Synopsis: 
For eighteen years Aia Wynnald has lived a lie. Raised as a highborn in the Kingdom of Tharien, she’s filled her days with tutors and archery lessons. But simmering beneath her polite surface is a dangerous gift, one which she must keep a secret. Aia is a Bender. And in Tharien, Benders are feared and hunted.
When her unruly power breaks free with dire repercussions, Aia’s lifelong goal of independence shatters. As she scrambles to piece her life back together while evading capture, she disturbs a vengeful force intent on destroying the kingdom.
Now, with the help of an unlikely ally, Aia will decide the fate of Tharien. To rescue those she cares about will require accepting what she is. But can she risk becoming the monster she’s dreaded to save the very citizens baying for her blood?
From the Ashes is a story about a teenage girl who has the gift of bending - she can manipulate the world around her, and where she comes from that means death. We follow Maia/ Aia through her journey to get away from the powers trying to kill her. 
I love a good fantasy and this is just that - a good one. I was happy to have read it and the plot was very good but for some strange reason I found myself dragging through it. 

Side rant: Maia goes by the name Aia and for a long time I was reading I didn't notice the name changes then all of a sudden I did and though there were a lot of typos - then I realized that apparently the main character was going two names but for a whole 5 minutes I was very confused (too much reading maybe)

Anyways - Aia is on the run, she is a teen girl who has up until today been hidden and fro the beginning it was hard for me to grasp her age, sometimes it reads like she is 14 and other times 18, but the plot was a very good one. The readers gets to view the search for Aia from her perspective and from a Breaker - one of the guys in charge of finding her and I really enjoyed that. However what I enjoyed the most were all the twists in the plotline - there were quite a few of them. Some you can see coming both others were very out of nowhere and I loved it. The chase for Aia to hide and Cole to find her were riveting.

Like I mentioned though, I felt somewhat disconnected to the character, her age is stated but sometimes isn't too believable. So I found it hard to engage with her - thus the dragging of the book for me and the 4 and not 5 star rating. 

Overall, it was a very good read.


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