Monday, 4 May 2015

From the Ashes (Legend of the Liberator #1) by Shelby K. Morrison

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Shelby K. Morrison.

Blurb (from Goodreads):
For eighteen years Aia Wynnald has lived a lie. Raised as a highborn in the Kingdom of Tharien, she’s filled her days with tutors and archery lessons. But simmering beneath her polite surface is a dangerous gift, one which she must keep a secret. Aia is a Bender. And in Tharien, Benders are feared and hunted. When her unruly power breaks free with dire repercussions, Aia’s lifelong goal of independence shatters. As she scrambles to piece her life back together while evading capture, she disturbs a vengeful force intent on destroying the kingdom. Now, with the help of an unlikely ally, Aia will decide the fate of Tharien. To rescue those she cares about will require accepting what she is. But can she risk becoming the monster she’s dreaded to save the very citizens baying for her blood?

From the Ashes by Shelby K. Morrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the Ashes (Legend of the Liberator #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Shelby K. Morrison.)

“That’s why we call them Benders. Because they can bend the world around them.”

This was a good YA fantasy story, with several shocking revelations.

Aia was a strong character, even if she didn’t always make the best choices. It was clear how much she loved her parents though, and she always tried to do the right thing, even when it was hard.

“She refused to believe all Benders were destined to be inevitably evil. If she could control herself, so could others.”

The storyline in this was good, and there were lots of surprises and twists. I did find the story a little hard to follow at points, but I think that was just me! There was plenty of action, and even a bit of gore at points, and I did feel sorry for Aia and Cole.

“The war has shown everyone the true nature of these Benders. They allow themselves to be hosts for demonic creatures. They are pure evil.”

There was a little bit of romance, but not a lot, and I’ll be interested to see where that goes in the future.

“He didn’t care what the Emperor said. He knew who Aia was. And he’d stand by her.”

The ending to this was good, and it will be interesting to find out what happens to Aia and Cole in the next instalment.
7.5 out of 10

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