Top positive review
Best. Risk. Ever.
Reviewed in India on 3 April 2020
There are seven hundred fifty million thousand other options I could have chosen for my favourite quote and they all resonate as deeply as this one, but I think whoever goes into this book needs to go into it without the awareness of what they’re getting into. For that cause alone, I’m going to refrain from talking about the characters or the story itself.
From Blood and Ash was the biggest surprise of this year and I applaud everyone who was in on it for not having spoken about it, because this book was really really good. Like gush-about-it-can’t-keep-it-a-secret good. In all truth, I wasn’t sure what to expect from JLA given the choice of genre because this is her first book in the high fantasy genre and to quote her, this is her version of high-fantasy (so feel free to expect swoon, lots of it). From the very first word, I knew just how different this book was from her usual style of writing and for her having taken the risk and writing so out of what was typically expected from her… it must have been daunting, but I’m so glad she did it because she’s told a wonderful story. Truthfully, had it not been for the dialogue and the snark that is so typical of her, I wouldn’t have guessed that she had written this book.
If there’s one thing I always forget every time I start reading JLA’s work, it’s all the tear-jerking. It’s almost as if JLA has a peek into your deepest sorrows and she writes addressing these sorrows. So, yes, there were lots of tears and anger and pain for me as the reader. She wrung out emotions like a pro and had it not been for the fact that the book was so gripping, I would’ve curled in a corner and rocked for a bit just feeling all my feels.
For the first time ever, I was utterly in tune with exactly where JLA was taking the story, which meant, the curves and twists of the story didn’t surprise me. However, I do believe that JLA may not have specifically hidden the suspense from us and kept us focused on it because the destination is what she was fooling us about all along. I was not prepared for a cliff-hanger, now I don’t know what to do with my life. *rocks in the corner*
This book gave me mild Laura Thalassa feels, especially The Fallen World series, even though obviously the link is in my head and understandable only after the book has been read and I love me some Laura Thalassa stories; so throw in JLA and I had no chance of surviving.
I went into this book unsure if I would like it, because it was so different from what I was used to from her; but apparently even comfort food can go through upgrades and still taste like ambrosia
Five stars. Hopefully I survive the wait for book two. Highly recommend. ❤