Blade of Ash (Scepter and Crown, Book 1)

About the Book:

The only way to beat death is to chase it.

Newly crowned, Red blames one person for his father’s murder: the secret sorceress sworn to protect the king.

Alyana Barron, Royal Sorcerer to the throne of Tandera, fears her magic is weakening.

When Red is cursed, his life entwines with Aly’s in ways neither of them expected. Together, they chase after a cure that will heal the king and restore her magic, but the closer they get to a cure, the nearer they step toward death, for the path to the cure is as dangerous as the curse itself.

Blade of Ash is the first in a new, epic YA fantasy series perfect for fans of enemies-to-lovers romance packed full of royal intrigue, legends, and plenty of ballgowns. If you like female bodyguards and forced proximity with life-and-death stakes… this story is for you!

Review:

I was nervous about this book, but it ended up being really good. The world-building and plot development in this book were incredible.

I really enjoyed the plot in this book. I was unique, interesting and full of surprises. The world0building was always growing, however I would suggest reading the prequel “SHIELD OF SHADOW” to help you understand the beginning and magic system better.

Okay, so characters. I loved Alyana from the get go. Red, however, didn’t but the author did amazing character development on him. He went from a character who sounded like a ‘brat’ to one that I could see ruling a kingdom.

Overall, this book was pretty good. I enjoyed reading, even if it was a bit slow in the beginning and middle. The end was fast-paced and always made you want more. I also loved the character development done in this book – you normally don’t see much in the first book of a series, but not in this one.

**I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.**

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