25 thoughts on “Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward

  1. Nice. This is one I might enjoy so I’ll keep a watch for it. Always looking for that next great epic fantasy that somehow manages to bring together all the right elements at the right time for me to thoroughy enjoy it. Great review, Lashaan.

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      1. Just finished The Black Prism, and though it didn’t hit me quite the way it did you, I did thoroughly enjoy it and look forward to seeing where the story goes from here.

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  2. I’ve had this book on my radar for a while now, but was uncertain about adding it to an already too-busy TBR: now that I’ve read your review I’m certain this will have to be a “must read”. You quoted the combination of “politics, magic and history” and this sounds like the perfect recipe for a full immersion in a wonderful new world. Thank you so much for sharing this! 👍 😊

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  3. Yes you are out of the “low rating trend”! Now I love when we follow different ùain characters. This seems also epic. Excellent review!

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  4. This first book of the trilogy sounds great and your reviews are always so interesting! Now that I don’t have as many books to read (at hand, not in my infinite tbr) I really miss the huge and amazing bookstore that was so close to home… I should start writing down which books I will prioritise when they’ll reopen 😀 Thanks for sharing Lashaan!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Juliette! I feel you there. I miss visiting bookstores so much and finding books I never thought I could find in second hand bookstores too! I like your plan and I think you should totally do that! Nothing like a but of planning to make sure you get around to doing certain things, like reading those books! 😂

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  5. “Hauntingly gargantuan” cast of characters… Hmm.
    Love your review, Lashaan, and your enthusiasm, quite contagious and inviting to a lively discussion (for example, I believe the best fantasy worlds are the ones imbued with the characteristic of being uncanny – at once similar and different from our own world), but as for the book, I remain unconvinced 🙂 I might be spoiled by Cook and Erikson in that matter… I think I will wait for your reviews of the remainder of the trilogy 😉

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Ola. Truly appreciate it; especially when it comes from a phenomenal wordsmith like yourself!

      Between you and me, Legacy of Ash is not in the same league as Erikson (based on my current progress through Gardens of the Moon) and most likely not Cook (based on your praise for the dude’s Black Company series). It’s just another fun epic fantasy trilogy that fills that void for people looking for something relatively challenging epic fantasy world.

      I have no idea when the sequels will be out but I fear the wait will have me forgetting a lot of what happens in this book… Especially when I’m planning to read a bunch of “challenging” fantasy books in the upcoming months hahahah

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      1. Thank you, Lashaan! 😊
        I guess I’ll try out Gwynne first, and besides I still have the Black Prism series to continue… Both have a plethora of characters and there’s lots of politics and war involved, apparently 😉
        Somehow I steered toward ambitious SF lately, but I’m on a lookout for a solid epic fantasy series – it’s just this one doesn’t feel exactly right, especially when you admit you’ll forget a lot before the sequel’s out 😉

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