Kingdom of Ash and Briars

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Kingdom of Ash and Briars
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September 15, 2016
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9780823436514
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Bristal, a sixteen-year-old kitchen maid, lands in a fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she has elicromancer magic in her blood. Elicromancers are an ancient breed of immortal people, but only two remain in Nissera after a bloody civil war. Bristal joins the ranks of Brack and Tamarice without knowing that one of them has a dark secret . . . Tamarice is plotting a quest to overthrow the realm s nobility and take charge herself. Together, Bristal and Brack must guard the three kingdoms of Nissera against Tamarice’s black elicromancy. There are cursed princesses to protect, royal alliances to forge and fierce monsters to battle all with the hope of preserving peace. Building on homages to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen s Emma and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Hannah West makes a spectacular and wholly original debut.

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Kingdom of Ash and Briars is a specular debut for Hannah West. This Young Adult Fantasy novel is the perfect blend of familiar and original stories, making the read both beloved and exciting. West claims to draw inspiration from Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen’s Emma, and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan. These fairytales are quite conspicuous in the book, but are bound together in a new way à la Once Upon A Time, the ABC television series. However, while these old tales play a weighty role in shaping the narrative, it is the new character of Bristal, a freshly made elicromancer, who really drives the plot forward.

Bristal is penned in such a way that she is incredibly likeable. I strongly rooted for her to rise as the victor the entire time. I would have liked to actually see Bristal struggle in choosing good over evil, or in other words, be a bit more dynamic. However, with that being said, the world right now could certainly use a heroine that is pure of heart and well-intentioned. Additionally, the other characters, specifically Brack, Elwood, and Drell, more than make up for it with how complex and complicated their personalities and choices are.

The magic in this book is incredibly fun. The elicromancers, those who survive the Water and receive an elicrin stone, have great powers, all of which vary from person to person. In many ways, this is reminiscent of the graces in Graceling by Kristin Cashore, and those who liked Cashore’s novel will love Kingdom of Ash and Briars. What makes the magic so interesting in West’s book is that the power is limited. For instance, Brack has the ability to heal serious wounds, while Bristal must deal with injuries for the most part like a normal human. Therefore, there is a great vulnerability to each magical being, which makes the stakes higher and more serious.

Additionally, there are many other wonderful elements of the book; the world that West creates is so picturesque and vibrant, the love story between Bristal and Anthony is sweeping and epic, and the villain is absolutely terrifying. Overall, Kingdom of Ash and Briars is romantic, electrifying, maddening, and worth the read. It is an absolute page-turner and impossible to put down. While it works beautifully as a standalone book, I cannot help but want to read a second and third novel set in the same place.
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