Ashes

Seeds of America, Book 3
Narrated by: Siiri Scott
Series: Seeds of America, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
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Return to the American Revolution in this blistering conclusion to the trilogy that began with the bestselling National Book Award Finalist Chains and continued with Forge, which The New York Times called "a return not only to the colonial era but to historical accuracy."

As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Forge - but their relief is short-lived. Before long they are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel's little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state - where bounty hunters are thick as flies.

Heroism and heartbreak pave their path, but Isabel and Curzon won't stop until they reach Ruth, and then freedom, in this grand finale to the acclaimed Seeds of America trilogy from Laurie Halse Anderson.

©2016 Laurie Halse Anderson. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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Excellent conclusion to the series!

So glad I finally got around to listening to this book. Forge was good, but suffered from middle book syndrome. All that is forgotten in my love of this conclusion. I love the historical accuracy of the book and Anderson's unflinching honesty about what life was like for enslaved and free blacks during the Revolution with both sides using their desire for freedom against them. Yet, she also shows why so many were willing to sacrifice for a country that wasn't offering them freedom, because they believed that they needed to fight to gain their freedom. It made me sad to read it with two hundred plus years of hindsight, realizing how long the struggle would continue for ever basic civil rights.

The story of Isabel, Corzon and Ruth was compelling as well. The characters we met in Chains are older and have gone through a lot, but it isn't hard to empathize with their struggle to find freedom and peace amidst the country's struggle for the same things.

A very satisfying conclusion!

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A difficult topic (slavery during the Am. Rev)

What made the experience of listening to Ashes the most enjoyable?

For the third time, Ms. Anderson has scored. I was excited to read the last book in this trilogy, and I was not disappointed.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end - but I can't say more without giving it away. Suffice it to say, this was a good ending to a good book (or really, set of three books).

Any additional comments?

If you are interested in the American Revolution or slavery, I strongly recommend all three of these books - Chains, Forges, and Ashes.

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The perfect way to end this trilogy!!!!

I have a new read-a-loud for my 4th graders ! Now I want to go back and listen to the other two books now! Bravo Mrs. Anderson, you did it again!

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The BEST book series

Laurie Halse Anderson is one of my favorites authors already! I've only read Chains because I got recommended this by a friend I thought it would be very boring. But my mom and I fell in love with this series after we read forge we had to read Ashes!

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there's still work to be done

such a beautiful story, but as isabel said...

there's still work to be done.

freedom does not yet belong to us all...

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An amazing conclusion filled with heart, struggle, and triumph!

The story of this trilogy’s characters is one of the best in historical fiction. Not only do the characters seem fully realized, but they feel alive as well. As though once real people, their essence blazes brightly with their impactful insight into life. It is no surprise they are like this for Mrs. Anderson crafts an accurate depiction based on multiple sources. As such, it is a brilliantly woven tale. Despite the story in this conclusion being both heartfelt and powerful, the performance was lacking slightly.

It is only by the merit of the narrator that the performance garnered three stars from me. She reads it well, voicing all the characters with distinct tones and dialects. However, it is her voice that did not suite the piece. In the recording of the first novel, the narrator was perfectly cast — an older woman chose to narrate the story, as if reflecting back upon it. In this conclusion, the narrator is much younger with a lighter and less seasoned voice. Overall, a good performance from her — but a miscast nonetheless.

In a whole, this audiobook is of a high caliber. With such a shining story, it would be nearly impossible for it not to be. Though not perfect, it is still a great testimony of the strength and reward someone has when they conquer and overcome their struggles both inward and outward; and the peace they can feel by speaking their truth. This, in and of itself, is the hardest struggle of all. A pillar in historical fiction and children’s literature, this trilogy is well worth the addition to anyone’s library.

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really excellent historical fiction

enjoyed and appreciated the point of view of the characters and really felt good about where the author left it. wished there were more books to the series. characters were engaging and interesting. very enjoyable.

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Fabulous

This was an excellent series. I did not want to put the book down. It is amazing to think that slaves actually went through what they did.

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Just wow

I loved this series. Powerful, lovely, and a well-researched book. Makes anyone who reads it care deeply for Isabel.

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Really good

So basically i had to read thi book for school and I wasn’t mad about it like I already read the first and i think the 2nd one too. Anyway this was a very good book that is a must read even if you haven’t read the other 2