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In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.
The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love - and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.
Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
Teen & Young Adult
This book was fantastic! I loved the lore and the story-telling, the way that the different elements were woven together. I fell in love with the characters, and thoroughly enjoyed their tale. Ash herself is just a great character, She becomes stronger and braver as the story continues on, and I really liked her.
The narrator obviously knew the story (as she's the author), but she kind of drew me out of the story sometimes. She didn't do bad, but more emotion and a softer tone would've been nice.
And that cover, y'all. OMG that cover. It is amazingly beautiful in its simplicity that manages to speak volumes. This may be one of my favorites covers EVER.