Review: Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward

44287627._sy475_I’ve had this book on my kindle for a good while, and have meant to read it but haven’t ever had time (it is a bit chonk at 800 pages, amirite?). After Orbit was so nice as to send me an ARC of the paperback copy, I moved it as far up my list as I possibly could.

…and ended up listening to the audiobook, which I also had because of course I did. ^_^ What can I say? I usually have a plethora of time at work for audiobooks.

But, all the same, thanks to Orbit for the review copy!

A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic.

Ruling 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 the threat posed by the invading armies of the Hadari Empire.

Yet as Tressia falls, heroes rise.

Viktor Akadra is the Republic’s champion. A warrior without equal, he hides a secret that would see him burned as a heretic.

Josiri Trelan is Viktor’s sworn enemy. A political prisoner, he dreams of reigniting his mother’s failed rebellion.

And yet Calenne Trelan, Josiri’s sister, seeks only to break free of their tarnished legacy; to escape the expectation and prejudice that haunts the family name.

As war spreads across the Republic, these three must set aside their differences in order to save their home. Yet decades of bad blood are not easily set aside. And victory — if it comes at all — will demand a darker price than any of them could have imagined.

The irony of order is that it foments indiscipline. In seeking to control all we survey, we invite anarchy.

You would think that a book this long would have some boring bits, but no, this one was quite packed with action, magic, and political intrigue from start to finish. I started this 28 hour long beast one day and finished it in just short of four days, which is… really quickly, for me.

This is the story of the Tressian Republic. There are two factions who have been warring nearly constantly for the last fifteen years or so. Josiri Trelan is the son and heir of the former leader of the Republic, a woman who was branded a traitor and killed by Viktor Akadra. Josiri and his sister Calenne have been more or less held prisoner since that time.

When an army from the Hadari Empire comes marching in, both of the faction will need to put over a decade of bad blood behind and unite to fight them off.

We see this story through several points of view, not just that of Viktor, Josiri, and Calenne, though those seem to be the more important of them. The author did a good job making each of these points of view clear, so I never found it confusing, exactly, though I will admit that with so many characters to recall, it did take me a few hours to really feel comfortable with remembering who everyone was. It doesn’t help that several of the characters are known by different names, or by surname or given name, depending on who they are speaking to, or where they are.

The world was really well built and easy to imagine, but this story was very character-driven in my opinion. It has tons of really well written characters in it. I really liked Calenne as a character, because even though she has pretty much been held prisoner her entire life, she still doesn’t let a paltry detail like that stop her from doing her very best to achieve her goal. Her goal of course being to get the hell out of her prison and escaping the name of Trelan and all the awful legacy that the name entails.

I also really liked Viktor. He is the Republic’s champion, and is very well respected but he hides a secret that would see him hanged if anyone knew about it. Seeing from his own point of view was really excellent as well, because you can see how much he grew over the course of the book. Anastasia, Malachi, Rosa, and Melanna were also fantastic characters.

And, this one had that one character that is just so sinister, you can’t help but love to hate her. Ebigail Kiridin, I am looking at you, lady.

Susanna Hampton nailed the narration here. I loved her narration of a few other books, and so I was excited when I saw that she narrated this one as well. She made each character their own, making it a bit easier for me to retain who was who in the long run. Each person from a different faction or a different part of the world had different accents, and I really enjoyed it. Very well done.

All told, I enjoyed my time with Legacy of Ash! It was a fantastic debut that started a fantastic story that I am excited to continue! 4.5/5 stars!

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