Even the Emperor of Sirlende cannot always do as he pleases, but when custom demands he find another bride after the death of his betrothed, a princess he barely knew, Torric Deveras defies his counselors and changes the rules rather than make a loveless marriage.
Ashara Millende is the only daughter of a nobleman, but had her inheritance stolen from her by her unscrupulous stepmother. A servant in the house that should have been hers, she dreams of escaping the drudgery of her life and finding someone who will love her for who she truly is.
When Torric invites all the marriageable women in his kingdom to a five-day holiday of feasts, tournaments, hunts, and balls so that he might choose an Empress from among them, Ashara never dreams that she can attend, much less catch his eye and win his heart. Then a woman with hidden secrets appears who will give Ashara the chance to win her heart's desire - if only she is bold enough to take the first step.
Christine Pope's Ashes of Roses sets the timeless story of Cinderella in the world of her best-selling Latter Kingdoms series (Book 4 of the Tales of the Latter Kingdoms), weaving a spell-binding tale of royal intrigue, familial deceit, and the magic of love.
©2013 Christine Pope (P)2014 Christine Pope
I would say that, since it kept my mind busy while mindlessly painting the walls of my house, it was time well spent. But under any other circumstance, no.
No. There are many better Cinderella retellings out there. I think, though, that the story might be better than I think. The performance really detracted from the story.
Nope. She did a good job narrating Dragon Rose (by the same author) so I was eager to give this book a listen. Valerie Gilbert was pretty painful to listen to for this story though. Sometimes LITERALLY painful as she used some very shrill and sharp inflections. It was a lot like nails on a chalkboard. But even more notable is that she does not have a good male reading voice, so the chapters read from the emperors POV were particularly hard to hear. She should never have been cast to read a book where HALF of the story is written in the first person of a man.
No. I should have read this book.
I would like to reiterate that the story itself was not horrible. It is important to go into this realizing that it is a Cinderella story. I think I might have enjoyed it in a different format and would recommend the print version over the more expensive audio version.
Something less predictable, Better character development and different narrator
Her story is simply a repeat of Cinderella with a few nods to a more adult audience with various mildy sexual references.
This narrator was most deficient in her ability to change voices depending on the gender of the speaker. In the very beginning, I was surprised to find that she had been speaking as the Prince when she totally sounds like a princess.
The description of the gowns and fabrics in the story was its best feature, though that is not saying much.
I will return this book.
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