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Storm of Ash

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A riveting, dynamic read - one to stay up late into night flipping the pages furiously, devouring 1 tense, fast-paced scene after another! A perfect conclusion to a wonderful trilogy! Some of the tropes were a bit cliche. The story slowed down a bit but i was HOOKED all the way through the second half. Definitely reccomend this one!
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This is the final installment of the Book of Fire series, and what a fantastic ending it is! The world that the author has created foe her characters is phenomenal. The plot is full of action and intense emotions. The characters are fully realized and multi dimensional. This is an epic fantasy novel to conclude and fabulous series.
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Fabulous finish to an excellent series. The author really done the last book some serious justice. The book started straight into the action with no messing around, fast-paced and exciting. A 4 star read for me.
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Thank you NetGalley and HQ Digital for this ARC.

I couldn't read this, I tried many times but wasn't engaged with it.

Hence was a DNF for me.
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While I was beginning to read this book I was thinking that this book was standalone, but to my surprise, there was no introduction or anything! I was almost completely lost. So I started looking for the reason - it's a book three in a trilogy! But my review will be based only on this book as I had only read this one.
This story has an intriguing premise that if made more sense would be much more pleasures to me. Mythology, quests, journeys romance, twists and an arch enemy.
As I don't know what would be a spoiler here I will not say any names or situations, just that it will be a wild ride for sure!
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I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have been a big fan of the Book of Fire series for many years now. I found them when book one had just been released and I fell in love with the universe that Michelle Kenney had created. As sad as I am to see this series end, this was the PERFECT way to close this door. 

Michelle Kenney has such a unique and interesting writing style that just seeps into your mind and alters your perspective. It is engaging and intriguing. Every book has just gotten better and better. This is the ultimate story of good vs evil. 

Kenney’s world building is unlike any other author I have found and I just really enjoy being involved in this world. I secretly hope she will come out with a sequel series (or even a prequel!) 

I don’t want to go into deep detail because I do not want to ruin this ending for anyone but O M G. THAT WAS SO INTENSE.

I loved this book. I loved this series. I cannot believe how lucky I was to get an ARC! Thank you SOOO much to Michelle Kenney, HQ Digital, and NetGalley for letting me review this amazing book!
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This was a DNF for me. I tried reading through the first few chapters but there wasn't anything that completely grasped my attention.
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Storm of Ash is the third and final instalment in The Book of Fire series, and we return to Arafel with protagonist, Talia. Michelle's writing has a way of searing into your mind and each book has gotten progressively better and more compelling. I would advise reading the preceding books prior to starting this one as it will be confusing otherwise as events from the previous two books are referred to and directly link to what happens in the plot. Talia is still reeling from the aftermath of the incidents in City of Dust and returns to Arafel and her family. She is in the fight for her life against Pantheon who has taken everything that was most precious to her. Cassius is also still on a rampage desperate to locate her and take her life. He has shown he will not be deterred from his mission for anyone or anything. But who will succeed in claiming what's rightfully theirs?

This is the ultimate good vs bad/protagonist vs antagonist young adult dystopian fantasy and the worldbuilding is up there with the most accomplished, complex and detailed I have had the pleasure of coming across. The plot is full of emotion, danger, twists, turns, action and dramatic incidents, all of which keep you engrossed in the well-crafted story. The world, as in the previous two books, had me immersed and living every single moment with Talia and hoping she can win back what's hers despite being the underdog. Both the central characters and the peripheral ones are developed beautifully and are, as a cast, interesting and engaging with a fascinating dynamic. A highly entertaining fantasy from start to finish. Many thanks to HQ Digital for an ARC.
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I didn’t realise when I requested this was not the first in the series, so it was hard for me to follow at times and I felt a bit lost, however my fault so not going to judge the book because of this. I enjoyed the world building thought it was really good, the characters were well written and very relatable, the story itself was interesting and entertaining once I did catch on with the plot. An overall entertaining read.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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*THANK YOU to HQ Digital and Netgalley for graciously providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

I will start with the obvious - the book cover of Storm of Ash is just gorgeous and very much in sync with a key event in the book.
This beautiful action packed fantasy with Roman vibe,keeps you on your toes the whole time, and on every turn you have plot twist.
It all starts with the aftermath of the previous book City of Dust and our main heroine Talia ,returning to her forest home Arafel with all of her loved ones lost or dead in the Dead City river, while at the same time she's bringing two Insiders and exposes her home village.
"Because of me. While I was still here, beside two Insiders instead of my childhood companions, and expected to explain their absence in a way that made it bearable."
While she had to explain what happened ,she also have to describe to them what evil is coming,and not only for them,but for all Outsiders as well.
A "Biotechnical Programme ,mythical creatures, creatures with which he intended to repopulate the world, and the destruction of my home was only the beginning"
Long forgotten creatures , that were not meant to be recreated was the main goal of emperor Cassius....until there is no Outsiders left and he is in control of the mightiest of them all creatures Hominum chimera.
Full of heroic sacrifices and loss,all Outsiders and others, tired of living in dictatorship ruling ,make a final push to put to an end once and for all those unnatural experiments and fight fot the belief that every living creature has the right to live freely!
And i will end with the perfect quote :
"Come what may, nature finds a way"

Enjoyed to the fullest that rollercoaster of a journey and it was unexpected breath of fresh air,as a plot idea and atmosphere combination.

I can't help it and have to add a perfectly fitting quote,from the ultimate villain(I'm sure most will remember who...)
"No resurrections this time"

(posted review on retail site)
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This is the third book in the Book of Fire series. It absolutely can be read as a standalone novel, however I would highly recommend reading Book of Fire and City of Dust to get a better overall view and to be able to enjoy the vision and complexity of the storytelling.

This book starts with the conundrum Talia faces when it comes to Lake. The draco-chimera has become a potential threat to everyone, as Talia always thought she possibly would. Can the power be tamed and controlled or is Lake destined to be an object of destruction?

It's difficult to talk about this third part without giving too much of the plot away, so I am going to keep the details to a minimum. Needless to say both Lake and Talia bring fire to the table in their own specific way. The bond between them since the day Talia discovered the chimera will be drawn and chipped at, but perhaps not quite in the way certain adversaries expect it to be. Belief, friendship and ultimately trust is what speaks from their connection to each other.

Kenney writes fantasy the way it should be written. She wants her readers to sink into the folds of the intricate world-building and become immersed in the worlds she weaves. Much like a spider, she spins a web that one cannot help but fall into.

I was impressed by how many different elements the author wove into the structure of the story. History, mythology, evolution and of course the power of magic, which is defined and controlled only by the boundaries of her imagination. It is however also without boundaries, exceptionally expressive and simultaneously filled with rivers of emotion that flow throughout the story as it evolves.

It's high fantasy with elements of evolution, history and magic. The powerful world-building is combined with strong descriptive writing and an excellent plot. It's a cracking read, especially if you enjoy your fantasy intense, complex and relentless.
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This book was received as an ARC from HQ Digital in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This book was very hard to follow and I realized that it was the third installment in a series. With that said, you definitely need to read the other two first in order to fully appreciate this one. My review is solely on this book itself as I had not read the others.

Michelle has done an outstanding job creating a diverse world where sacrifice is prominent and drives the story line. You feel the emotions of each character, especially Talia's, on a level that pulls at you. The writing illustrates the plot so well that you find yourself immersed in her journey right from the start. Amazing world building and very entertaining with all the action!
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This book was received as an ARC from HQ Digital in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This book was at first really hard to follow but when I saw that it was the third installment of the Book of Fire series, a lot of the context made more sense and I was able to follow along a lot better. Talia is still in battle with the Pantheon after stealing everything she has including her family. Cassius is still on the hunt for her and will stop at nothing to end her. It's the fugitive vs. the ruler and it all comes down to who is stronger that will escape and take back what is theirs. I am always ruling for the underdog or in Talia's case the outcasts because they have a lot more at stake than the rulers or villains. Despite not having read the first two, I did enjoy a lot of this book but it was very difficult to put the pieces together since not reading the first two books. I definitely do not recommend reading this series out of order.

We will consider adding this title to our YA collection at our library. That is why we give this book 4 stars.
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An excellent fantasy, engrossing and entertaining.
I like the amazing world building which is complex and fascinating, the well thought cast of character, and the gripping and action packed plot.
Even if it's not the first in a series I had no issues with the plot or the characters.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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