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Age of Ash: The Sunday Times bestseller - The Kithamar Trilogy Book 1

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I am still very interested in continuing with this story because there is potential for it to be even better. Also I don't think this book is super action packed/battle heavy but rather is more about the intrigue and mystery - I actually prefer this but I just wanted to raise it so you know what to expect! If we continue to spend most of our time in this city in the future or if we venture out and learn more about the world beyond the walls.

Moreover, Abraham is not afraid to spend considerable time fleshing out the characters and the world. The plot slowed down a little in the middle, but picked up and the book came to an exciting and satisfying ending. Until something does–a job goes wrong–and Alys’s older brother, a person of whom she thinks the world, comes running to her aid and is killed for his efforts. I'd like to thank Orbit Books, Daniel Abraham, and Netgalley for the chance to read and review an early copy of Age of Ash - y'all made my year!In time, she’s pulled into the same vortex as Alys, and how they work together will ultimately determine their fate.

and truly didn't expect to find it here - but absolutely did: beautiful prose, characters with real depth and a plot that - thank you, thank you, thank you - avoided all the usual tired tropes and forged out in directions I couldn't - and still can't - predict. I am going to add a bit under my review in case anyone who was an Expanse fan wants to know if this is for them.

Our main characters Alys and Sammish are both from the poor side of the city and survive by doing "pulls" or schemes to steal and commit petty thefts from wealthier marks.

It is clear that the city is sunlight bright in the author’s mind, a place painstakingly developed and offered to the reader with loving enthusiasm. Abraham reflects the way grief is never a singular formulaic response; when we lose someone we hold close to us we lose a part of ourselves, and the way our mind copes with the trauma is different for everyone. Which is accurate, but as the action of Age of Ash takes place entirely within the city walls of the titular Kithamar it is not epic in a traditional traveling across a continent sort of way. However, the main plot takes a while to get started and it isn’t until about half-way in before you start receiving information on what is going on and where the story is taking us. We know there are at least a couple factions at play, but what the consequences are for each side is not really explored.

I thought they were very likeable and compelling to follow but something held me back from completely falling in love with them and hence enjoying the book that little bit more! Originally a part of the same pick pocket crew as Alys, Sammish’s unrequited love for the main character is what draws her in to the conspiracies surrounding Darro’s death.

The result is a game of intelligence and counter-intelligence as the two friends try to decide how much they can trust the other, and what information they can can share. Or perhaps it would be more apt to state that the story flows like the river that cuts through the city. The first several passages were so gripping, by the time I was “supposed” to be reading it, I was already almost 20% in. As for the story itself I was told Abraham books start slow, but honestly thus never kicked into gear in my opinion.It’s the type of story that gives you the distinct impression that the author has not only every street mapped out, but that he also knows every stall and business on the street as well as who runs it.

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