A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
I had heard nothing about this book when I requested it and after realizing it was fantasy I was sold on reading it. I found An Inheritance of Ashes to be a really slow paced, atmospheric and eerie. When I say slow paced I don’t mean boring at all- more the feel of the book was slow (like Mindy McGinnis’ Not a Drop to Drink).
The story takes place right after a war with The Wicked One and his Twisted Things have ravished the land. The people remaining are forced to live in fear and with little conveniences. Our main characters, two sisters, are waiting on Marthe (the older sister’s) husband to come home from the war to help run their farm.
I really enjoyed the characters in this novel and I think because I was so invested in the small things in their lives this book never seemed dull to me. I will say there are many pages where not a whole lot happens. We as the reader deal with Hallie’s internal struggles with her relationship with her sister and the stress she feels trying to keep things together in her life.
My favorite character hands down was the veteran that happened by Hallie’s farm and was hired as an extra farm hand. This character was so wonderful to me and I could do with an entire novel about just him. I really can’t say enough about how expertly he was crafted and how his relationship with Hallie and the farm progressed was wonderful.
There was a minor romance but it does not drive this book nor take center stage. Did I perhaps ship the wrong couple? Why, yes I did. I was a tad disappointed when things didn’t go as I’d have liked but it was rather obvious that I was deluding myself early on.
The setting in An Inheritance of Ashes was beautifully rendered. Because Bobet’s world works on the same rules for the most part as our own the instances of magic felt even more creepy to me. There was a literal hole in the sky and it was so fantastically done I can’t really even say any more about it. Just incredible writing and the entire mixture of the Twisted Things and Hallie’s world was breathtaking. Don’t go into this book expecting a ton of magic or a typical fantasy book. There aren’t dragons or wizards as much as a world much like our own with magic that seemed incredibly realistic.
To me, An Inheritance of Ashes, was a breathtakingly well done novel. I adored the characters and though the book moved at a slow pace it kept my interest start to finish. I do think that many readers might not connect but those that do will without question love this book and the visuals Bobet created.