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Kings of Ash Release date January ,The much anticipated continuation of the Ash and Sand trilogy Follow the long, bloody journey of Ruka, son of Beyla through the islands of Pyu and the frozen wastes of the Ascom see the return home of Ratama Kale Alaku, the Sorcerer Prince , and the terrifying rise of his miracles Before the end, a shocking history will unravel, ancient connections unfold, and all will learn the cost of unleashing the Kings of Ash [EPUB] ✵ Muerte en Hamburgo (Jan Fabel, Author Craig Russell – 9facts.co.uk bloody journey of Ruka ❮Download❯ ➵ Jazz Age Stories Author F. Scott Fitzgerald – 9facts.co.uk son of Beyla through the islands of Pyu and the frozen wastes of the Ascom see the return home of Ratama Kale Alaku [Read] ➮ Much Obliged, Jeeves Author P.G. Wodehouse – 9facts.co.uk the Sorcerer Prince [KINDLE] ❅ The Wrong Blood By Manuel de Lope – 9facts.co.uk and the terrifying rise of his miracles Before the end ❰PDF❯ ✓ The Customer-Funded Business Author John W. Mullins – 9facts.co.uk a shocking history will unravel [PDF] ⚣ The Affair ✯ Emma Kavanagh – 9facts.co.uk ancient connections unfold ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Summer People & The Little House By Shirley Jackson ✩ – 9facts.co.uk and all will learn the cost of unleashing the Kings of Ash Kings of Ash is a searing second installment from Richard Nell continuing the epic grimdark piece begun in Kings of Paradise Haunting and complex, with graphic and violent events, Kings of Ash burns itself into the reader s mind Emotional, heartbreaking, and bloody This book is Ruka s nearly in its entirety It is the missing narrative that tells Ruka s tale in the time between his first discovering the northern islands, when prince Kale Alaku was but an infant, and the time of his return whi Kings of Ash is a searing second installment from Richard Nell continuing the epic grimdark piece begun in Kings of Paradise Haunting and complex, with graphic and violent events, Kings of Ash burns itself into the reader s mind Emotional, heartbreaking, and bloody This book is Ruka s nearly in its entirety It is the missing narrative that tells Ruka s tale in the time between his first discovering the northern islands, when prince Kale Alaku was but an infant, and the time of his return while Kale is months away from his home, sent to Nanzu in the north by his father king Farahi The time lines are converging, the players in this epic fantasy are drawing closer together and the clash, filled with arcane power, is inevitable.There is no way to describe the plot without spoilers for book one, so this isabout the characters than the story arc Kings of Ash is a straight on continuation of events in Kings of Paradise and so muchThis is a character based story, the thoughts, feelings, actions, and abilities of the cast form the intricate and widespread world building Ruka s journey of knowledge while in Pyu and beyond is detailed and takes center stage while we also get a look into the past of King Farahi, his sister Kikay, and the events that shaped Kale s life, shaped Pyu, and shaped his father, the sorcerer king of the islands Ruka is from the far off southern continent of the Ascom It is a poor land with poor people, cold, harsh, and ruled by a matriarchal society Ruka knew only the harshest kind of life as a child with his mother, but she loved him fiercely before her death in his adolescence After a time as an outcast and an outlaw where he becomes a ruthless killer seeking revenge for her death, he has become a rune shaman of the Ascom, wielding his knowledge of his mother s book of sacred runes to influence and lead outcast or outlawed men He constantly remembers her words telling him that he can conquer the world He gathers men who are displaced, not chosen by women and outcast in Ascom chiefdoms and had created a following of loyal men, then sought revenge against the priestess and law keepers who he feels are responsible for his mother s death.The deformed Noss touched giant with an eidetic memory, Ruka had only known love as a child, but soon learns the evil of men, then of death and betrayal He is a single born child Rare in a land where most mothers give birth to twins His rage against those who would harm him, is so great and brutal that Ruka s personality has split in two, compartmentalized and divided, and he carries his brother, a raging demon of violence, Bukayag, within his mind The two converse frequently throughout his narrative Excerpt He let the cold sea spray catch his face as he leaned off the ship He reached his hand to wipe his eyes and felt the flesh curved and wrinkled on his brow He felt down past the lumpy cheeks to a bulging jaw, crooked teeth exposed and locked He supposed Bukayag was smiling One can only imagine the suffering of a man who cannot forget a single moment of the pain, cold, brutality and starvation he has endured Each sight and sound he has ever experienced is always with him Every horror he has witnessed, every loss suffered, every killing blow dealt, is as if it were just yesterday Time cannot heal his heart or quell his rage Ruka has built a place within his mind to which he retreats, the grove, where he has rebuilt his mother s house and it is populated by the dead Every single person he has killed The dead work for him there in silence, tending gardens, digging graves for those he kills, working the forge, building things as Ruka discovers a wealth of knowledge in the North, and he goes there to both rest and work, often while his body is in Buyaka s control Ruka does his best to restrain his berserker brother s constant urge to simply kill, but when the rage begins or there are life and death fights to be fought, he lets Bukayag have free reign Ruka has found what he considers paradise in the warm and lush, fertile lands of the north in Pyu When the monks of island of Bato agree to let him train as an initiate, he discovers that the runes he learned from the Galdric book of the Order, are also within the temple of the monks there He has found his people s origins in Bato and what he feels is their birthright The richness of life in Pyu, the island paradises, knowledge, and culture he feels should also belong to the oppressed men of Ascom He is bent on conquering the world and giving it to his people.Where most books of this size and scope could have easily fallen off in pace and content, Richard Nell instead takes it up a notch higher quite deftly The story is unpredictable and addictive, proving Ash and Sand will be a series of surpassing excellence ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.4.5 5 stars Kings of Ash triumphed over its predecessor in almost every possible way Kings of Ash is the second book in Richard Nell s Ash and Sand trilogy It s the sequel to the highly praised Kings of Paradise, but the fans of the previous book don t need to worry about stumbling into the infamous middle book syndrome here Kings of Ash surpassed the previous book s quality and it can all be boiled down to one reason this is Ruka s b ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.4.5 5 stars Kings of Ash triumphed over its predecessor in almost every possible way Kings of Ash is the second book in Richard Nell s Ash and Sand trilogy It s the sequel to the highly praised Kings of Paradise, but the fans of the previous book don t need to worry about stumbling into the infamous middle book syndrome here Kings of Ash surpassed the previous book s quality and it can all be boiled down to one reason this is Ruka s book I have mentioned this in my review of Kings of Paradise Ruka s POV was easily one of the best anti heroes POV I ve ever read in grimdark fantasy, and I stand by my words, evenso after reading this instalment Kings of Ash is a different kind of book from its predecessor it s muchcharacter driven Almost the entire narrative was told from Ruka s POV and I m incredibly satisfied by this decision Nell offers a deep exploration of Ruka s character and it makes the storyline feelintimate More importantly, this storytelling style shows Nell s greatest writing strength as an author his characterizationsA lioness cares nothing for the shriek of jackals, old woman Now hear this, and hear it well if she had raised me to hate, I would kill you and all your kin, and no man or god could stop meThere s something I realized while reading this book It seems that I have the tendency to find well written barbarians highly intriguing and compelling to read The Bloody Nine, Karsa Orlong, and now Ruka However, there s something about Ruka that separated him from the other barbarians I mentioned he s a complex genius with an eidetic memory Ruka was an extremely well written character and it s proven by how easy it was to root for him Even when he did so many questionable things with heavy consequences, the motivations and purposes behind his savage actions felt realistic it really brought life to his character I was super invested in his journey and struggles Beneath his demonic facade, he s an honest bloke who takes no bullshit Plus, because of the issues surrounding his birth and physical deformity, the unlikely friendships that he built felt incredibly genuine and, somehow, heart warming One the things about Ruka that Nell did exceptionally well was demonstrate how his eidetic memory capability helped in shaping his character Usually, we think of eidetic memory as a gift I mean, how awesome it would be if we didn t have to reread a book to catch up on an incomplete series, to remember every single detail we ve seen or experienced with a clear vision as if it literally just happened Great, right But how about pain and sadness That also comes with it Ruka s eidetic memory doesn t allow him to escape from anything he encountered it becomes both a gift and a curse in his life In my opinion, this amplified the quality of his characterizations, making his character original and fresh in the grimdark genreAnd how could a man forgive, he wondered, if the memory of his wounds were as fresh as the day they spawned He thought perhaps this was his true curse to remember Other people never truly forgave, he thought they only ever forgot the details, the feelings, the failures But this was not a path open to himThe differences in the cultures and environments of the islands citizens enhanced the originality of world building as well as characters motivations In a way, there seemed to beNorse and Vikings inspiration to the story than before The invasions, weaponry seax , and cultures in Ascom all reminded me of how Vikings used to behave Outside of Ascom, the world seemed to brim with Asian influences Other characters did receive a few spotlighted moments Kale and Dala appeared here too, but their appearances were very brief in comparison to Ruka I personally enjoyed thisbecause from my perspective, Ruka is the main character of this trilogy since the first book If you ve seen my review of Kings of Paradise, you ll notice that I had an issue with the pacing Unfortunately, the problem was still a bit evident here There were a few sections in Part II that felt draggy to read and they don t seem to add a lot of value to the overall content Luckily, Part I and III were thoroughly incredible and the uneven pacing was completely overwhelmed by the remaining stunning content of the book Before I close my review, I would like to also add that Kings of Ash turned the series from low magic fantasy into a high magic fantasy book there was so muchmagic involved within this novel The inclusion of Grove I won t tell you what this is seriously made the bookfascinating The action sequences that Nell put upon the pages of this book was bloody, visceral, and impactful in grabbing my attention Both the arcane magic and the divine power unleashed in full force during the Part III of this book were superbly written, creating one memorably vivid and exhilarating conclusion Ash and Sand meet in the land of paradise and Heaven can only tremble at its convergence I truly wish I could sayabout this, but I ve saidthan enough I need to be extra careful with what I mention in this review because the different timeframes that Nell used in this book make it easy to accidentally spoil the content of the first book You simply must read this for yourself to experience all the emotional and wow moments in their full glorySuccess is not your obligation, boy Success is often luck and to think otherwise is arrogance Your burden is only to try Face your path with courage, and let come what mayMy recommendation is this if you re a reader of character driven or grimdark fantasy, get on this trilogy as soon as you can There s still one book left but I m already confident enough to say that Ash and Sand is one of the next indie success stories in the making Kings of Ash is an utterly magnificent sequel that made the already great Kings of Paradise pale in comparison As far as grimdark fantasy goes, this definitely deserves a place in the big league The last book of the series, Kings of Heaven, comes out next year, and I anticipate its arrival with much excitement Sidenote Thank you to the author for putting my name in acknowledgment section You can order the book fromUKUS You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions One day he would grieve, and accept the price for all the lives snuffed for the great cause of the future, and suffer whatever came But not todayI noticed something early on while reading Kings of Ash A lot of my assumptions after finishing Kings of Paradise were completely wrong My assumption of where the story was headed in book 2, my assumption of Ruka s character, and my assumption of the time line I m sure if I were to go back and read book 1 I may be able to pick up on tOne day he would grieve, and accept the price for all the lives snuffed for the great cause of the future, and suffer whatever came But not todayI noticed something early on while reading Kings of Ash A lot of my assumptions after finishing Kings of Paradise were completely wrong My assumption of where the story was headed in book 2, my assumption of Ruka s character, and my assumption of the time line I m sure if I were to go back and read book 1 I may be able to pick up on these things, but probably not I have to give Richard Nell props for the unconventional layout of this series so far I love being surprised when I m reading a highly engaging story, and he managed to surprise me several times in this one Some of these revelations are not just in the dialogue itself, but like lightbulb moments when you notice the author just revealed something you didn t even know was in question I m catching on to your little tricks Richard Nell, but I do hope you trick me again in Kings of Heaven The heart of this tale belongs to Ruka Outcast, shaman, warrior, genius, and manytitles that I could list belong to this man Ruka s character development in this book was simply amazing I thought he was an interesting character before starting this book, but I had only scratched the surface of this complex individual He is a man of intense passion with a drive and determination that is unmatched A person who sees the wrong in the world, and sets out to change it by any means necessary I never got tired of reading about him Which is a true testament to the great writing in this bookI am not a man, Prince of Paradise I am a thousand years of children buried nameless in rotten earth I am the rage of their helpless mothers, weeping beneath an empty sky I am the bitter fruit of frozen tearsRichard Nell is a talented and crafty writer This was evident to me after finishing Kings of Paradise, but it really showed in Kings of Ash To develop a series the way this one has been so far is very refreshing to a reader At least it is to this reader I won t go into any details, because it would really ruin the fun of discovering these things out for yourself Just know you are in for a treat, and a few WTF momentsA man fails in only two ways He gives up, or he diesThis book had a memorable ending, and a bit of a cliffhanger I m going to be impatiently waiting for the release of book 3, Kings of Heaven I highly recommend this book and series to all fantasy and fiction readers It is a deeply character driven tale, with intense moments, and a distinctive writing style Now, go read the books and thank me laterThen would come the true storm a storm building for two thousand years, made of the sons and daughters of once bitter enemies, an alliance between the lost children of paradise a storm of ash and sandActual Rating 4.5 stars We all should be familiar with the old saying, time heals all wounds Speaking from personal experience, that s not always true Physical wounds leave scars, and emotional wounds linger in the mind And although some details might fade over time, the pain doesn t ever really disappear you just learn to manage it But what if your memory was flawless What if, decades later, you can still remember what the wind smelled like when you held your dying mother in your arms Or if you recall the ex We all should be familiar with the old saying, time heals all wounds Speaking from personal experience, that s not always true Physical wounds leave scars, and emotional wounds linger in the mind And although some details might fade over time, the pain doesn t ever really disappear you just learn to manage it But what if your memory was flawless What if, decades later, you can still remember what the wind smelled like when you held your dying mother in your arms Or if you recall the exact pitch and tone of every innocent scream that was silenced by your blade If every mistake, every decision, and every moment of your life were preserved in perfect state, forever accessible is it ever possible to heal from your wounds This is what Ruka faces every waking moment His gift of eidetic memory is both a blessing and a curse Yet his preternatural abilities don t end there his mind is so expansive and far reaching that there is an evolving society with its own rules of science and nature that exists solely in his thoughts His body is occupied by two personalities Ruka the thinker and planner, and Bukayag the barbaric cannibal, renegade leader, and ruthless killer A constant battle is waged inside Ruka s mind there are times he can control his baser impulses, but other times he lets Bukayag take over when the situation calls for it The results aren t pretty, but they are effective This is a credo that Ruka has grown quite comfortable with It is of my opinion that Ruka is the most fascinating character in all of fantasy There has never been a character quite so unpredictable, so driven, and so dedicated to his own agenda that he ll sacrifice anything to achieve it One of theinteresting facets of his personality is that while he believes the ends justify the means, he fully expects a reckoning for his actions Ruka has tortured his followers, killed innocents, and committed terrible crimes some were in defense of his life, but many were not His follower Egil once said that Ruka is not a good man, but he might be a great man Someone who burns so bright that he will change the world and challenge the gods Ruka philosophizes that he will likely suffer in eternity for his actions, yet still deems his journey worthwhile He may have the power of a god, but he still contemplates an eternity of punishment This vulnerability helped me to further connect with Ruka s humanity, which is a neat trick to pull off, considering we first meet Ruka while eating a dead child Nell somehow manages to make me both love and hate Ruka, to both understand and question him, and somehow root for him to succeed even though he has done so many awful things It s a true testament to Nell s incredible gifts as a writer to instill such powerful feelings of sympathy for such a complex and haunting character There are many moments of Kings of Ash, book two in Richard Nell s brilliant Ash and Sand trilogy, that are truly shocking I do not say this lightly or with any degree of hyperbole Once again, Nell plays with a multiple timeline narrative and the reader s expectations are upended not once, but several times over There are game changing events that completely shatter the direction you think the book is headed, and these events occur early and surprisingly often There are extraordinary revelations that tie the first book to this sequel, and how it all fits together into a larger, seamless tapestry Nell s intricate plotting deserves special recognition as the early seeds of the story grow into meaningful and satisfying payoffs This book somehow makes Kings of Paradise even better, as it fills in the narrative gaps in the story you didn t know existed Minor characters are thrust into center stage, and major players are rcelegated to the sidelines while Kings of Paradise splits its focus between Ruka and Kale, Kings of Ash keeps Ruka in the spotlight for most of its duration And that is a good thing Nothing against Kale, but this is Ruka s story And as exciting as the various shock inducing plot revelations are, it is first and foremost a character based story, with Ruka s emotional journey driving the narrative In the many months and dozens of books I ve read in between Kings of Paradise and Kings of Ash, there hasn t been any character that I ve thought aboutthan Ruka He has set up a secondary Grove and taken residence in my head I find myself trying to relate to his decisions if I had his kind of power, and how I d react if I were suffering from the same environmental and emotional trials that he has faced I ve spent most of this review discussing Ruka without divulging much of the plot This is entirely intentional, as I do not wish to take anything away from the author by revealing something before its intention Nell is one of fantasy s most underrated for now talents, and I find it difficult to fathom how good this series is coming from an author so early in his career I can only imagine what heights the future has in store for Nell, but I selfishly hope it consists solely of writing Kings of Heaven for now In Kings of Ash, Nell has crafted a rare and unforgettable sequel that exceeds its predecessor It will surprise and haunt you, while playing your emotions like an unfinished symphony I give this series my highest recommendation 9.4 10

    [EPUB] ✵ Muerte en Hamburgo (Jan Fabel, Author Craig Russell – 9facts.co.uk bloody journey of Ruka ❮Download❯ ➵ Jazz Age Stories Author F. Scott Fitzgerald – 9facts.co.uk son of Beyla through the islands of Pyu and the frozen wastes of the Ascom see the return home of Ratama Kale Alaku [Read] ➮ Much Obliged, Jeeves Author P.G. Wodehouse – 9facts.co.uk the Sorcerer Prince [KINDLE] ❅ The Wrong Blood By Manuel de Lope – 9facts.co.uk and the terrifying rise of his miracles Before the end ❰PDF❯ ✓ The Customer-Funded Business Author John W. Mullins – 9facts.co.uk a shocking history will unravel [PDF] ⚣ The Affair ✯ Emma Kavanagh – 9facts.co.uk ancient connections unfold ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Summer People & The Little House By Shirley Jackson ✩ – 9facts.co.uk and all will learn the cost of unleashing the Kings of Ash Kings of Ash is a searing second installment from Richard Nell continuing the epic grimdark piece begun in Kings of Paradise Haunting and complex, with graphic and violent events, Kings of Ash burns itself into the reader s mind Emotional, heartbreaking, and bloody This book is Ruka s nearly in its entirety It is the missing narrative that tells Ruka s tale in the time between his first discovering the northern islands, when prince Kale Alaku was but an infant, and the time of his return whi Kings of Ash is a searing second installment from Richard Nell continuing the epic grimdark piece begun in Kings of Paradise Haunting and complex, with graphic and violent events, Kings of Ash burns itself into the reader s mind Emotional, heartbreaking, and bloody This book is Ruka s nearly in its entirety It is the missing narrative that tells Ruka s tale in the time between his first discovering the northern islands, when prince Kale Alaku was but an infant, and the time of his return while Kale is months away from his home, sent to Nanzu in the north by his father king Farahi The time lines are converging, the players in this epic fantasy are drawing closer together and the clash, filled with arcane power, is inevitable.There is no way to describe the plot without spoilers for book one, so this isabout the characters than the story arc Kings of Ash is a straight on continuation of events in Kings of Paradise and so muchThis is a character based story, the thoughts, feelings, actions, and abilities of the cast form the intricate and widespread world building Ruka s journey of knowledge while in Pyu and beyond is detailed and takes center stage while we also get a look into the past of King Farahi, his sister Kikay, and the events that shaped Kale s life, shaped Pyu, and shaped his father, the sorcerer king of the islands Ruka is from the far off southern continent of the Ascom It is a poor land with poor people, cold, harsh, and ruled by a matriarchal society Ruka knew only the harshest kind of life as a child with his mother, but she loved him fiercely before her death in his adolescence After a time as an outcast and an outlaw where he becomes a ruthless killer seeking revenge for her death, he has become a rune shaman of the Ascom, wielding his knowledge of his mother s book of sacred runes to influence and lead outcast or outlawed men He constantly remembers her words telling him that he can conquer the world He gathers men who are displaced, not chosen by women and outcast in Ascom chiefdoms and had created a following of loyal men, then sought revenge against the priestess and law keepers who he feels are responsible for his mother s death.The deformed Noss touched giant with an eidetic memory, Ruka had only known love as a child, but soon learns the evil of men, then of death and betrayal He is a single born child Rare in a land where most mothers give birth to twins His rage against those who would harm him, is so great and brutal that Ruka s personality has split in two, compartmentalized and divided, and he carries his brother, a raging demon of violence, Bukayag, within his mind The two converse frequently throughout his narrative Excerpt He let the cold sea spray catch his face as he leaned off the ship He reached his hand to wipe his eyes and felt the flesh curved and wrinkled on his brow He felt down past the lumpy cheeks to a bulging jaw, crooked teeth exposed and locked He supposed Bukayag was smiling One can only imagine the suffering of a man who cannot forget a single moment of the pain, cold, brutality and starvation he has endured Each sight and sound he has ever experienced is always with him Every horror he has witnessed, every loss suffered, every killing blow dealt, is as if it were just yesterday Time cannot heal his heart or quell his rage Ruka has built a place within his mind to which he retreats, the grove, where he has rebuilt his mother s house and it is populated by the dead Every single person he has killed The dead work for him there in silence, tending gardens, digging graves for those he kills, working the forge, building things as Ruka discovers a wealth of knowledge in the North, and he goes there to both rest and work, often while his body is in Buyaka s control Ruka does his best to restrain his berserker brother s constant urge to simply kill, but when the rage begins or there are life and death fights to be fought, he lets Bukayag have free reign Ruka has found what he considers paradise in the warm and lush, fertile lands of the north in Pyu When the monks of island of Bato agree to let him train as an initiate, he discovers that the runes he learned from the Galdric book of the Order, are also within the temple of the monks there He has found his people s origins in Bato and what he feels is their birthright The richness of life in Pyu, the island paradises, knowledge, and culture he feels should also belong to the oppressed men of Ascom He is bent on conquering the world and giving it to his people.Where most books of this size and scope could have easily fallen off in pace and content, Richard Nell instead takes it up a notch higher quite deftly The story is unpredictable and addictive, proving Ash and Sand will be a series of surpassing excellence ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.4.5 5 stars Kings of Ash triumphed over its predecessor in almost every possible way Kings of Ash is the second book in Richard Nell s Ash and Sand trilogy It s the sequel to the highly praised Kings of Paradise, but the fans of the previous book don t need to worry about stumbling into the infamous middle book syndrome here Kings of Ash surpassed the previous book s quality and it can all be boiled down to one reason this is Ruka s b ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.4.5 5 stars Kings of Ash triumphed over its predecessor in almost every possible way Kings of Ash is the second book in Richard Nell s Ash and Sand trilogy It s the sequel to the highly praised Kings of Paradise, but the fans of the previous book don t need to worry about stumbling into the infamous middle book syndrome here Kings of Ash surpassed the previous book s quality and it can all be boiled down to one reason this is Ruka s book I have mentioned this in my review of Kings of Paradise Ruka s POV was easily one of the best anti heroes POV I ve ever read in grimdark fantasy, and I stand by my words, evenso after reading this instalment Kings of Ash is a different kind of book from its predecessor it s muchcharacter driven Almost the entire narrative was told from Ruka s POV and I m incredibly satisfied by this decision Nell offers a deep exploration of Ruka s character and it makes the storyline feelintimate More importantly, this storytelling style shows Nell s greatest writing strength as an author his characterizationsA lioness cares nothing for the shriek of jackals, old woman Now hear this, and hear it well if she had raised me to hate, I would kill you and all your kin, and no man or god could stop meThere s something I realized while reading this book It seems that I have the tendency to find well written barbarians highly intriguing and compelling to read The Bloody Nine, Karsa Orlong, and now Ruka However, there s something about Ruka that separated him from the other barbarians I mentioned he s a complex genius with an eidetic memory Ruka was an extremely well written character and it s proven by how easy it was to root for him Even when he did so many questionable things with heavy consequences, the motivations and purposes behind his savage actions felt realistic it really brought life to his character I was super invested in his journey and struggles Beneath his demonic facade, he s an honest bloke who takes no bullshit Plus, because of the issues surrounding his birth and physical deformity, the unlikely friendships that he built felt incredibly genuine and, somehow, heart warming One the things about Ruka that Nell did exceptionally well was demonstrate how his eidetic memory capability helped in shaping his character Usually, we think of eidetic memory as a gift I mean, how awesome it would be if we didn t have to reread a book to catch up on an incomplete series, to remember every single detail we ve seen or experienced with a clear vision as if it literally just happened Great, right But how about pain and sadness That also comes with it Ruka s eidetic memory doesn t allow him to escape from anything he encountered it becomes both a gift and a curse in his life In my opinion, this amplified the quality of his characterizations, making his character original and fresh in the grimdark genreAnd how could a man forgive, he wondered, if the memory of his wounds were as fresh as the day they spawned He thought perhaps this was his true curse to remember Other people never truly forgave, he thought they only ever forgot the details, the feelings, the failures But this was not a path open to himThe differences in the cultures and environments of the islands citizens enhanced the originality of world building as well as characters motivations In a way, there seemed to beNorse and Vikings inspiration to the story than before The invasions, weaponry seax , and cultures in Ascom all reminded me of how Vikings used to behave Outside of Ascom, the world seemed to brim with Asian influences Other characters did receive a few spotlighted moments Kale and Dala appeared here too, but their appearances were very brief in comparison to Ruka I personally enjoyed thisbecause from my perspective, Ruka is the main character of this trilogy since the first book If you ve seen my review of Kings of Paradise, you ll notice that I had an issue with the pacing Unfortunately, the problem was still a bit evident here There were a few sections in Part II that felt draggy to read and they don t seem to add a lot of value to the overall content Luckily, Part I and III were thoroughly incredible and the uneven pacing was completely overwhelmed by the remaining stunning content of the book Before I close my review, I would like to also add that Kings of Ash turned the series from low magic fantasy into a high magic fantasy book there was so muchmagic involved within this novel The inclusion of Grove I won t tell you what this is seriously made the bookfascinating The action sequences that Nell put upon the pages of this book was bloody, visceral, and impactful in grabbing my attention Both the arcane magic and the divine power unleashed in full force during the Part III of this book were superbly written, creating one memorably vivid and exhilarating conclusion Ash and Sand meet in the land of paradise and Heaven can only tremble at its convergence I truly wish I could sayabout this, but I ve saidthan enough I need to be extra careful with what I mention in this review because the different timeframes that Nell used in this book make it easy to accidentally spoil the content of the first book You simply must read this for yourself to experience all the emotional and wow moments in their full glorySuccess is not your obligation, boy Success is often luck and to think otherwise is arrogance Your burden is only to try Face your path with courage, and let come what mayMy recommendation is this if you re a reader of character driven or grimdark fantasy, get on this trilogy as soon as you can There s still one book left but I m already confident enough to say that Ash and Sand is one of the next indie success stories in the making Kings of Ash is an utterly magnificent sequel that made the already great Kings of Paradise pale in comparison As far as grimdark fantasy goes, this definitely deserves a place in the big league The last book of the series, Kings of Heaven, comes out next year, and I anticipate its arrival with much excitement Sidenote Thank you to the author for putting my name in acknowledgment section You can order the book fromUKUS You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions One day he would grieve, and accept the price for all the lives snuffed for the great cause of the future, and suffer whatever came But not todayI noticed something early on while reading Kings of Ash A lot of my assumptions after finishing Kings of Paradise were completely wrong My assumption of where the story was headed in book 2, my assumption of Ruka s character, and my assumption of the time line I m sure if I were to go back and read book 1 I may be able to pick up on tOne day he would grieve, and accept the price for all the lives snuffed for the great cause of the future, and suffer whatever came But not todayI noticed something early on while reading Kings of Ash A lot of my assumptions after finishing Kings of Paradise were completely wrong My assumption of where the story was headed in book 2, my assumption of Ruka s character, and my assumption of the time line I m sure if I were to go back and read book 1 I may be able to pick up on these things, but probably not I have to give Richard Nell props for the unconventional layout of this series so far I love being surprised when I m reading a highly engaging story, and he managed to surprise me several times in this one Some of these revelations are not just in the dialogue itself, but like lightbulb moments when you notice the author just revealed something you didn t even know was in question I m catching on to your little tricks Richard Nell, but I do hope you trick me again in Kings of Heaven The heart of this tale belongs to Ruka Outcast, shaman, warrior, genius, and manytitles that I could list belong to this man Ruka s character development in this book was simply amazing I thought he was an interesting character before starting this book, but I had only scratched the surface of this complex individual He is a man of intense passion with a drive and determination that is unmatched A person who sees the wrong in the world, and sets out to change it by any means necessary I never got tired of reading about him Which is a true testament to the great writing in this bookI am not a man, Prince of Paradise I am a thousand years of children buried nameless in rotten earth I am the rage of their helpless mothers, weeping beneath an empty sky I am the bitter fruit of frozen tearsRichard Nell is a talented and crafty writer This was evident to me after finishing Kings of Paradise, but it really showed in Kings of Ash To develop a series the way this one has been so far is very refreshing to a reader At least it is to this reader I won t go into any details, because it would really ruin the fun of discovering these things out for yourself Just know you are in for a treat, and a few WTF momentsA man fails in only two ways He gives up, or he diesThis book had a memorable ending, and a bit of a cliffhanger I m going to be impatiently waiting for the release of book 3, Kings of Heaven I highly recommend this book and series to all fantasy and fiction readers It is a deeply character driven tale, with intense moments, and a distinctive writing style Now, go read the books and thank me laterThen would come the true storm a storm building for two thousand years, made of the sons and daughters of once bitter enemies, an alliance between the lost children of paradise a storm of ash and sandActual Rating 4.5 stars We all should be familiar with the old saying, time heals all wounds Speaking from personal experience, that s not always true Physical wounds leave scars, and emotional wounds linger in the mind And although some details might fade over time, the pain doesn t ever really disappear you just learn to manage it But what if your memory was flawless What if, decades later, you can still remember what the wind smelled like when you held your dying mother in your arms Or if you recall the ex We all should be familiar with the old saying, time heals all wounds Speaking from personal experience, that s not always true Physical wounds leave scars, and emotional wounds linger in the mind And although some details might fade over time, the pain doesn t ever really disappear you just learn to manage it But what if your memory was flawless What if, decades later, you can still remember what the wind smelled like when you held your dying mother in your arms Or if you recall the exact pitch and tone of every innocent scream that was silenced by your blade If every mistake, every decision, and every moment of your life were preserved in perfect state, forever accessible is it ever possible to heal from your wounds This is what Ruka faces every waking moment His gift of eidetic memory is both a blessing and a curse Yet his preternatural abilities don t end there his mind is so expansive and far reaching that there is an evolving society with its own rules of science and nature that exists solely in his thoughts His body is occupied by two personalities Ruka the thinker and planner, and Bukayag the barbaric cannibal, renegade leader, and ruthless killer A constant battle is waged inside Ruka s mind there are times he can control his baser impulses, but other times he lets Bukayag take over when the situation calls for it The results aren t pretty, but they are effective This is a credo that Ruka has grown quite comfortable with It is of my opinion that Ruka is the most fascinating character in all of fantasy There has never been a character quite so unpredictable, so driven, and so dedicated to his own agenda that he ll sacrifice anything to achieve it One of theinteresting facets of his personality is that while he believes the ends justify the means, he fully expects a reckoning for his actions Ruka has tortured his followers, killed innocents, and committed terrible crimes some were in defense of his life, but many were not His follower Egil once said that Ruka is not a good man, but he might be a great man Someone who burns so bright that he will change the world and challenge the gods Ruka philosophizes that he will likely suffer in eternity for his actions, yet still deems his journey worthwhile He may have the power of a god, but he still contemplates an eternity of punishment This vulnerability helped me to further connect with Ruka s humanity, which is a neat trick to pull off, considering we first meet Ruka while eating a dead child Nell somehow manages to make me both love and hate Ruka, to both understand and question him, and somehow root for him to succeed even though he has done so many awful things It s a true testament to Nell s incredible gifts as a writer to instill such powerful feelings of sympathy for such a complex and haunting character There are many moments of Kings of Ash, book two in Richard Nell s brilliant Ash and Sand trilogy, that are truly shocking I do not say this lightly or with any degree of hyperbole Once again, Nell plays with a multiple timeline narrative and the reader s expectations are upended not once, but several times over There are game changing events that completely shatter the direction you think the book is headed, and these events occur early and surprisingly often There are extraordinary revelations that tie the first book to this sequel, and how it all fits together into a larger, seamless tapestry Nell s intricate plotting deserves special recognition as the early seeds of the story grow into meaningful and satisfying payoffs This book somehow makes Kings of Paradise even better, as it fills in the narrative gaps in the story you didn t know existed Minor characters are thrust into center stage, and major players are rcelegated to the sidelines while Kings of Paradise splits its focus between Ruka and Kale, Kings of Ash keeps Ruka in the spotlight for most of its duration And that is a good thing Nothing against Kale, but this is Ruka s story And as exciting as the various shock inducing plot revelations are, it is first and foremost a character based story, with Ruka s emotional journey driving the narrative In the many months and dozens of books I ve read in between Kings of Paradise and Kings of Ash, there hasn t been any character that I ve thought aboutthan Ruka He has set up a secondary Grove and taken residence in my head I find myself trying to relate to his decisions if I had his kind of power, and how I d react if I were suffering from the same environmental and emotional trials that he has faced I ve spent most of this review discussing Ruka without divulging much of the plot This is entirely intentional, as I do not wish to take anything away from the author by revealing something before its intention Nell is one of fantasy s most underrated for now talents, and I find it difficult to fathom how good this series is coming from an author so early in his career I can only imagine what heights the future has in store for Nell, but I selfishly hope it consists solely of writing Kings of Heaven for now In Kings of Ash, Nell has crafted a rare and unforgettable sequel that exceeds its predecessor It will surprise and haunt you, while playing your emotions like an unfinished symphony I give this series my highest recommendation 9.4 10"/>
  • Kindle Edition
  • 665 pages
  • Kings of Ash
  • Richard Nell
  • English
  • 01 July 2019

About the Author: Richard Nell

Richard Nell concerned family and friends by quitting his real job in 2014 to write full time He is a Canadian author of fantasy, living in one of the flattest, coldest places on earth with his begrudging wife, who makes sure he eats.His debut novel, Kings of Paradise, is the first of an epic, coming of age, low fantasy trilogy, and a Canadianbest seller in dark fantasy It s available now.He also writes flintlock fantasy Join his mailing list for news on finished work, freebies, and the occasional philosophical rant.


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