Welcome to my review of An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet. This dystopian-feel fantasy is appropriate for teen and YA readers. Please read on for more about the title.
Starting with a very dark and sad tone, the story revolves around sisters Hallie and Marthe, and their struggles to maintain the family lands and farm. A war has raged on for years, and 16 year old Hallie is responsible for near everything, her sister is pregnant and her husband Thom is still away fighting. The war is a layered one: humans, the Twisted Things and the Wicked God are all struggling for supremacy, and it seems as if their farm is the central location for the battle.
Most certainly different from anything I have read, Bobet shows imagination in the development of unusual characters and backstory to the war. Unfortunately there were so many elements that I was expected to accept with broad brushstroke explanations rather than more detail giving context and adding richness. I want to have the history that puts events in context, and there were moments where I wished for more.
Hallie was a strong character, and wholly sixteen in her moments of self-pity. While those moments played into her doubts, she is far stronger than she realizes, and every ounce of that strength will be needed for what comes next. Most of her time between working the farm or joining with her friends to defeat the Twisted Things is spent keeping Marthe in the dark about just how dire the situation is. While I wish that she was more open with Marthe and would rely on their bond, the disconnect between the two didn’t always work for me.
A budding romance that didn’t delve into a love triangle, thankfully, worked nicely to soften Hallie and give us reason to hope for more in the future for them. Not great, but certainly solid, the read kept me interested even as a hoped for a bit more. But, readers who are of the age to connect better to Hallie, or those who prefer a dark and gloomy read will find this a good fit for their shelves.
Title: An Inheritance of Ashes
Author: Leah Bobet
Genre: Teen Reads
Published by: Clarion Books
Published on: October 6th 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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The strange war down south—with its rumors of gods and monsters—is over. And while sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister wait to see who will return from the distant battlefield, they struggle to maintain their family farm.
When Hallie hires a veteran to help them, the war comes home in ways no one could have imagined, and soon Hallie is taking dangerous risks—and keeping desperate secrets. But even as she slowly learns more about the war and the men who fought it, ugly truths about Hallie’s own family are emerging. And while monsters and armies are converging on the small farm, the greatest threat to her home may be Hallie herself.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.