Blood of the Chosen
by Django Wexler
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Pub Date 07 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2021
Head of Zeus, Head of Zeus -- an AdAstra Book
Standing on opposite sides of a looming civil war, two siblings discover that not even ties of blood will keep them from splitting the world in two.
Four hundred years ago, a cataclysmic war cracked the world open and exterminated the Elder races. Amid the ashes, their human inheritor, the Dawn Republic, stands guard over lands littered with eldritch relics and cursed by plaguespawn outbreaks. But a new conflict is looming and brother and sister Maya and Gyre have found themselves on opposite sides.
At the age of five, Maya was taken by the Twilight Order and trained to be a centarch, wielding forbidden arcana to enforce the Dawn Republic's rule. On that day, her brother, Gyre, swore to destroy the Order that stole his sister... whatever the cost.
Twelve years later, brother and sister are two very different people: she is Burningblade, the Twilight Order's brightest prodigy; he is Silvereye, thief, bandit, revolutionary.
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'Ashes of the Sun has it all, and comes with the higher than highly recommended tag' LoveReading
'A high-octane, dystopian fantasy thrill-ride' Grimdark Magazine
'Immersive and wondrous' SFFWorld
'Gorgeous writing, powerfully drawn characters, and an exciting storyline!' K.D. Edwards
'Exciting. Immersive. Epic' Peter Clines.
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Average rating from 22 members
Ignore how long it took me to read this book as I sadly lost my dog during this time and hit a reading slump. However, this book distracted me for short periods of time as I became completely immersed in the author's incredibly rich world-building. I love every imaginative aspect of this world and was gripped by every new bit of information.
It's the characters that shone for me though. The push-and-pull relationship between siblings Gyre and Maya was beautifully portrayed and it's rare to enjoy each POV chapter just as much as the other. The side characters are brilliant and I'd love to read a book simply about Varo's many misfortunes.
The ending is a huge cliffhanger but it's one I won't soon forget. If only I could summon the third book into my hands though!
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