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A sweeping, action-packed, and romantic fantasy full of dangerous magic and dark choices, perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce and Kristin Cashore - set in the same world as Of Fire and Stars.

Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves.

But Asra's peaceful life is upended when bandits threaten Ina's village and the king does nothing to help. Desperate to protect her people, Ina begs Asra for assistance in finding her manifest - the animal she'll be able to change into as her rite of passage to adulthood. Asra uses her blood magic to help Ina, but her spell goes horribly wrong and the bandits destroy the village, killing Ina's family.

Unaware that Asra is at fault, Ina swears revenge on the king and takes a savage dragon as her manifest. To stop her, Asra must embark on a journey across the kingdom, becoming a player in lethal games of power among assassins, gods, and even the king himself.

Most frightening of all, she discovers the dark secrets of her own mysterious history - and the terrible, powerful legacy she carries in her blood.

©2018 Audrey Coulthurst (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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a fun harrowing fantasy with a bisexual lead

Pros: The fantasy rules set up lead to interesting and nail-biting conflict with magical twists. Well written prose and briskly paced. the book takes place over a year and it zooms by. Strong romance about heartbreak, betrayl and learning to love again. Plus the main character is bisexual and it is never made a big deal. Gripping character drama, some betrayls and double crosses really hit you in the gut and have lasting consequences. Cons: Some world building is not fleshed out enough. The main character sometimes fails to think through their actions and it can be annoying with how little she learns. Some dialogue drags on. The ending is weak and is a poor hand-wave to explain the differences in magic that appear in the sequel. it felt like a last minute note rather than a satsisfying conclusion. overall still a strong engrossing fantasy story. would recommend.

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A bit underwhelming

I was really excited to listen to this after marathoning through Of Fire & Stars. Unfortunately it didn’t capture my interest nearly so much. None of the characters (nor their objectives) held my attention and I finished it more out of a sense of obligation than excitement. It detailed some interesting background on the magical world set up in Of Fire and Stars, being set some several hundred years earlier, but that’s about it.

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Hidden Gem

I liked the voice. The text was easy to follow. It was an enjoyable escape.

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So happy I found this author

Been really enjoying the quality of the books and their narrators. The characters are complex and interesting to match the magic systems, and having a world where queer people exist so naturally is incredibly refreshing.

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Great Prequel

A great prequel, it is at times absurdly sad, but the characters are well written, and the plot is strong.

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A perfect prequel to Of Fire and Stars!

I’m surprised there aren’t more reviews for this book, but I just happened upon it after listening to OFaS. I loved this installment because I could really feel for Asra, there was one point where I was fuming at the turn of events. This story stands alone as a great tale but excitingly alludes to some of the backstory for Of Fire and Stars. I don’t want to give anything away but if you loved that book, this is a must read/listen. The same quality writing you expect but this is told differently and clearly in a different point in time. I can already see what’s in store for Of Ice and Shadows and I’m super excited!!! The really enjoyed this narrator also.!

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I enjoyed it

enjoyable- interesting, complex world and nice to read about a bisexual character without having that define who she is.