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  1. says:

    ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review Kings of Ash triumphed over its predecessor in almost every possible way Kings of Ash is the second book in Richard Nell’s Ash and Sand trilogy It’s the seuel to the highly praised Kings of Paradise but the fans of the previous book don’t need to worry about stumbling into the infamous middle book syndrome here Kings of Ash surpassed the previous book’s uality and it can all be boiled down to one reason this is Ruka’s book I have mentioned this in my review of Kings of Paradise “Ruka’s POV was easily one of the best anti heroes POV I’ve ever read in grimdark fantasy” and I stand by my words even so after reading this instalment Kings of Ash is a different kind of book from its predecessor; it’s much character driven Almost the entire narrative was told from Ruka’s POV and I’m incredibly satisfied by this decision Nell offers a deep exploration of Ruka’s character and it makes the storyline feel intimate More importantly this storytelling style shows Nell’s greatest writing strength as an author his characterizations “A lioness cares nothing for the shriek of jackals old woman Now hear this and hear it well—if she had raised me to hate I would kill you and all your kin and no man or god could stop me” There’s something I realized while reading this book It seems that I have the tendency to find well written barbarians highly intriguing and compelling to read The Bloody Nine Karsa Orlong and now Ruka However there’s something about Ruka that separated him from the other barbarians I mentioned; he’s a complex genius with an eidetic memory Ruka was an extremely well written character and it’s proven by how easy it was to root for him Even when he did so many uestionable things with heavy conseuences the motivations and purposes behind his savage actions felt realistic; it really brought life to his character I was super invested in his journey and struggles Beneath his demonic facade he’s an honest bloke who takes no bullshit Plus because of the issues surrounding his birth and physical deformity the unlikely friendships that he built felt incredibly genuine and somehow heart warming One the things about Ruka that Nell did exceptionally well was demonstrate how his eidetic memory capability helped in shaping his character Usually we think of eidetic memory as a gift I mean how awesome it would be if we didn’t have to reread a book to catch up on an incomplete series to remember every single detail we’ve seen or experienced with a clear vision as if it literally just happened? Great right? But how about pain and sadness? That also comes with it Ruka’s eidetic memory doesn’t allow him to escape from anything he encountered; it becomes both a gift and a curse in his life In my opinion this amplified the uality of his characterizations making his character original and fresh in the grimdark genre “And how could a man forgive he wondered if the memory of his wounds were as fresh as the day they spawned?He thought perhaps this was his true curse—to remember Other people never truly forgave he thought—they only ever forgot the details the feelings the failures But this was not a path open to him” The differences in the cultures and environments of the islands’ citizens enhanced the originality of world building as well as characters’ motivations In a way there seemed to be Norse and Vikings inspiration to the story than before The invasions weaponry seax and cultures in Ascom all reminded me of how Vikings used to behave Outside of Ascom the world seemed to brim with Asian influences Other characters did receive a few spotlighted moments Kale and Dala appeared here too but their appearances were very brief in comparison to Ruka I personally enjoyed this because from my perspective Ruka is the main character of this trilogy since the first book If you’ve seen my review of Kings of Paradise you’ll notice that I had an issue with the pacing Unfortunately the problem was still a bit evident here There were a few sections in Part II that felt draggy to read and they don’t seem to add a lot of value to the overall content Luckily Part I and III were thoroughly incredible and the uneven pacing was completely overwhelmed by the remaining stunning content of the book Before I close my review I would like to also add that Kings of Ash turned the series from low magic fantasy into a high magic fantasy book; there was so much magic involved within this novel The inclusion of Grove I won’t tell you what this is seriously made the book fascinating The action seuences that Nell put upon the pages of this book was bloody visceral and impactful in grabbing my attention Both the arcane magic and the divine power unleashed in full force during the Part III of this book were superbly written creating one memorably vivid and exhilarating conclusion Ash and Sand meet in the land of paradise and Heaven can only tremble at its convergence I truly wish I could say about this but I’ve said than enough I need to be extra careful with what I mention in this review because the different timeframes that Nell used in this book make it easy to accidentally spoil the content of the first book You simply must read this for yourself to experience all the emotional and “wow” moments in their full glory “Success is not your obligation boy Success is often luck and to think otherwise is arrogance Your burden is only to try Face your path with courage and let come what may” My recommendation is this if you’re a reader of character driven or grimdark fantasy get on this trilogy as soon as you can There’s still one book left but I’m already confident enough to say that Ash and Sand is one of the next indie success stories in the making Kings of Ash is an utterly magnificent seuel that made the already great Kings of Paradise pale in comparison As far as grimdark fantasy goes this definitely deserves a place in the big league The last book of the series Kings of Heaven comes out next year and I anticipate its arrival with much excitement SidenoteThank you to the author for putting my name in acknowledgment sectionYou can order the book from UK | US You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions


  2. says:

    One day he would grieve and accept the price for all the lives snuffed for the great cause of the future and suffer whatever came But not today I noticed something early on while reading Kings of Ash A lot of my assumptions after finishing Kings of Paradise were completely wrong My assumption of where the story was headed in book 2 my assumption of Ruka's character and my assumption of the time line I'm sure if I were to go back and read book 1 I may be able to pick up on these things but probably not I have to give Richard Nell props for the unconventional layout of this series so far I love being surprised when I'm reading a highly engaging story and he managed to surprise me several times in this one Some of these revelations are not just in the dialogue itself but like lightbulb moments when you notice the author just revealed something you didn't even know was in uestion I'm catching on to your little tricks Richard Nell but I do hope you trick me again in Kings of Heaven The heart of this tale belongs to Ruka Outcast shaman warrior genius and many titles that I could list belong to this man Ruka's character development in this book was simply amazing I thought he was an interesting character before starting this book but I had only scratched the surface of this complex individual He is a man of intense passion; with a drive and determination that is unmatched A person who sees the wrong in the world and sets out to change it by any means necessary I never got tired of reading about him Which is a true testament to the great writing in this book “I am not a man Prince of Paradise I am a thousand years of children buried nameless in rotten earth I am the rage of their helpless mothers weeping beneath an empty sky I am the bitter fruit of frozen tears” Richard Nell is a talented and crafty writer This was evident to me after finishing Kings of Paradise but it really showed in Kings of Ash To develop a series the way this one has been so far is very refreshing to a reader At least it is to this reader I won't go into any details because it would really ruin the fun of discovering these things out for yourself Just know you are in for a treat and a few WTF moments “A man fails in only two ways He gives up or he dies This book had a memorable ending and a bit of a cliffhanger I'm going to be impatiently waiting for the release of book 3 Kings of Heaven I highly recommend this book and series to all fantasy and fiction readers It is a deeply character driven tale with intense moments and a distinctive writing style Now go read the books and thank me later Then would come the true storm—a storm building for two thousand years made of the sons and daughters of once bitter enemies an alliance between the lost children of paradise—a storm of ash and sand Actual Rating 45 stars


  3. says:

    We all should be familiar with the old saying “time heals all wounds” Speaking from personal experience that’s not always true Physical wounds leave scars and emotional wounds linger in the mind And although some details might fade over time the pain doesn’t ever really disappear – you just learn to manage it But what if your memory was flawless? What if decades later you can still remember what the wind smelled like when you held your dying mother in your arms? Or if you recall the exact pitch and tone of every innocent scream that was silenced by your blade? If every mistake every decision and every moment of your life were preserved in perfect state forever accessible – is it ever possible to heal from your wounds? This is what Ruka faces every waking moment His gift of eidetic memory is both a blessing and a curse Yet his preternatural abilities don’t end there; his mind is so expansive and far reaching that there is an evolving society with its own rules of science and nature that exists solely in his thoughts His body is occupied by two personalities Ruka the thinker and planner and Bukayag the barbaric cannibal renegade leader and ruthless killer A constant battle is waged inside Ruka’s mind there are times he can control his baser impulses but other times he lets Bukayag ‘take over’ when the situation calls for it The results aren’t pretty but they are effective This is a credo that Ruka has grown uite comfortable with It is of my opinion that Ruka is the most fascinating character in all of fantasy There has never been a character uite so unpredictable so driven and so dedicated to his own agenda that he’ll sacrifice anything to achieve it One of the interesting facets of his personality is that while he believes the ends justify the means he fully expects a reckoning for his actions Ruka has tortured his followers killed innocents and committed terrible crimes; some were in defense of his life but many were not His follower Egil once said that Ruka is not a good man but he might be a great man Someone who burns so bright that he will change the world and challenge the gods Ruka philosophizes that he will likely suffer in eternity for his actions yet still deems his journey worthwhile He may have the power of a god but he still contemplates an eternity of punishment This vulnerability helped me to further connect with Ruka’s humanity which is a neat trick to pull off considering we first meet Ruka while eating a dead child Nell somehow manages to make me both love and hate Ruka to both understand and uestion him and somehow root for him to succeed even though he has done so many awful things It’s a true testament to Nell’s incredible gifts as a writer to instill such powerful feelings of sympathy for such a complex and haunting character There are many moments of Kings of Ash book two in Richard Nell’s brilliant “Ash and Sand” trilogy that are truly shocking I do not say this lightly or with any degree of hyperbole Once again Nell plays with a multiple timeline narrative and the reader’s expectations are upended – not once but several times over There are game changing events that completely shatter the direction you think the book is headed and these events occur early and surprisingly often There are extraordinary revelations that tie the first book to this seuel and how it all fits together into a larger seamless tapestry Nell’s intricate plotting deserves special recognition as the early seeds of the story grow into meaningful and satisfying payoffs This book somehow makes Kings of Paradise even better as it fills in the narrative gaps in the story you didn’t know existed Minor characters are thrust into center stage and major players are rcelegated to the sidelines; while Kings of Paradise splits its focus between Ruka and Kale Kings of Ash keeps Ruka in the spotlight for most of its duration And that is a good thing Nothing against Kale but this is Ruka’s story And as exciting as the various shock inducing plot revelations are it is first and foremost a character based story with Ruka’s emotional journey driving the narrative In the many months and dozens of books I’ve read in between Kings of Paradise and Kings of Ash there hasn’t been any character that I’ve thought about than Ruka He has set up a secondary Grove and taken residence in my head I find myself trying to relate to his decisions if I had his kind of power and how I’d react if I were suffering from the same environmental and emotional trials that he has faced I’ve spent most of this review discussing Ruka without divulging much of the plot This is entirely intentional as I do not wish to take anything away from the author by revealing something before its intention Nell is one of fantasy’s most underrated for now talents and I find it difficult to fathom how good this series is coming from an author so early in his career I can only imagine what heights the future has in store for Nell but I selfishly hope it consists solely of writing Kings of Heaven for now In Kings of Ash Nell has crafted a rare and unforgettable seuel that exceeds its predecessor It will surprise and haunt you while playing your emotions like an unfinished symphony I give this series my highest recommendation 94 10


  4. says:

    We have lift off Can't wait for you all to get reading For those who haven't started the series I'm running an ebookaudiobook give away for Kings of Paradise on Reddit here for anyone so inclined Give away We have an ebook release date On January 17 the Kings of Ash escape their frozen prison and let the tears flowYou can read the first two chapters right now on my websitePre order available on Very excited to share this next installment of the story with you all Pick your team folks


  5. says:

    You’re all slaves But I will free you I will drag you from this place kicking and screaming if I must Seuels are hard As a reader I want to know what happens next but when I’m about to pick up a seuel to a book that devastated and enthralled me impatience and hunger mix with anxiety What if the story I loved loses a sense of direction or disappoints? It’s happened than once After I finished Kings of Paradise I wasn’t sure how and if Richard Nell could top himself I mean where do you go from there? To the inevitable clash of titans? Or maybe you twist things and prove readers wrong?Nell did both He delivers a heart wrenching and devastating story with real believable characters you care for despite their monstrosity He doesn’t give much humor save situational one Instead he gives strong intrigue tragedy and a terrifying insight into the inner workings of the greatest mind of a generation  Kings of Ash focuses on Ruka It tells his story unravels his past and shows what drives him and how he’s been made It’s not a story for the faint hearted as it contains graphic violence physical and sexual abuse mentions of rape and cannibalism It’ll make you hate love fear and cheer for Ruka It won’t give you the answers you’ll desperately need Is he a mad prophet a semi god god or something entirely else? I hope we’ll get the answers in Kings of Heaven in 2020Dala and Kale appear but they get just a fraction of screen time compared to Ruka Not a problem for me as I consider him one of the greatest characters in contemporary fantasy To make things interesting Nell gives plenty of exposure to another fascinating character from KoP King Farahi I was right to consider him complex and intriguing You may wonder if KoA is better than Kings of Paradise and as flawless as my ramblings may suggest My answer may surprise you no it isn’t It has minor flaws like repetitive descriptions of Ruka’s preternatural skills especially near the end or few long winded parts of the story with small impact on the over arching plot Additionally in places I found extreme and graphic violence disturbing and perhaps unnecessary And then there’s the ending I’ll brood on it for weeks Was it really the only way? That said Ruka’s story made me experience moments od deep and genuine emotion and this means a lot to me That’s the reason I’ll round the rating up and will await 2020 with growing impatienceI don’t want to say anything about this book Because it is a direct follow up to Kings of Paradise anything I tell you about the story of Kings of Ash will tell you how KOP ended Let’s just say that the story develops in few timelines and when they converge Nell will prove you wrong and then break you I‘m not saying If you want the rest go read the books 


  6. says:

    Ruka may be my favorite character That's a bold statement because I didn't specify that he was my favorite character in this book in fantasy or even in books That was intentional The growth he experiences throughout this book is phenomenal I'm not going to say much about the plot But damn the twists in this will snap your head back I was blown away uite a few times If you're interested in reading this one you've probably read Kings of Paradise If you have haven't read that one what are you waiting for?Disclaimer I volunteered to help proof this book I had purely selfish reasons for doing so as I got to read it before almost anyone But that in no way influenced my review It did however turn me into the Bukayag of WordsBonus Disclaimer I made the acknowledgements section


  7. says:

    I'll try to write a coherent review who am I kidding? when I find some time Or maybe I'll just write about Ruka who is one the most fascinating characters I've ever had a pleasure to read about But for now I'll just leave a short message for Richard Also thank you for the nod in the acknowledgment section You're too kind


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    I’ll leave a thorough review when I have a chance but this is getting a 5 and will probably be on my favorite books of the year list I thought Kings of Paradise was a brilliant book but I didn’t love it it was just a little too dark for my taste and my “movie in my mind” The book felt like it was in black and white with the tundra and grim nature The setting of this book changed that black and white feel and the writing brilliance was still there This book is just epic and the ending was so unsatisfying in the best way possible haha I want the next book right awayRuka just might be one of my favorite characters in any book I've read in years Jaelen from TRW by Mark Lawrence is the only one that comes to mind immediately he's such a fun and likeable character Ruka is a monster in many ways but he's also earnest and truly trying to help his people even though they would have left him to the elements when he was a baby and shunned him when he was older His magic system in his Sacred Grove in his mind is just plain amazing I'd put it on par with almost any other magic system I've read for coolness factor His Sacred Grove adds so much to the development of his character in addition to driving the plot forwardAs a character I didn't care for Kale as much as the story continued on or as much as book 1 As he grew in his own powers he seemed to lose his humanity as opposed to Ruka who felt much human to me the powerful he grewThe world building continued to be wonderful and I loved how the info dump sections were expertly woven into Ruka's learning of his history and his own growing powerI felt like book 1 was brilliantly written but the bleakness caused me to see the world in black and white in my mind and that affected my enjoyment level The setting of this novel enabled me to see in color and I absolutely loved it


  9. says:

    This seuel to Kings of Paradise picks the story up where it left off and we’re shown progression leading up to a tragic and inevitable war An attack filled with political risk jeopardizes the fate of the cultures on both sides Three compelling leaders each empowered in ways they don’t themselves understand are set on a collision course that terrifies fate itself “I am not a man Prince of Paradise I am a thousand years of children buried nameless in rotten earth I am the rage of their helpless mothers weeping beneath an empty sky I am the bitter fruit of frozen tears”Much of this book shows events from years past to give the reader an exclusive sort of insight into the lives of Ruka Farahi and Kale Fans of the first book will appreciate the deft storytelling and calculated ease at which the stakes are revealed All along we’re haunted by the mantra It matters why And why indeed Ruka fights for his people for a future filled with warmth peace and bounty for something beyond mere survival Farahi’s goals are much the same a unified island chain surrounded by safe seas a future in which his family line is secure And Kale who has risen to every challenge driven by his love for others continues to ascend in the face of turmoil The author expertly weaves through the years and drama of their lives building to a cinematic final battle that tore me open and left me in tears If you’re looking for epic high fantasy that’s vivid and grand you will cherish this series


  10. says:

    45This was one hell of a book It’s taken me weeks to gather my thoughts which are still all over the place meaning this is me just talking it out than an actual review And truthfully I really didn’t have anything new to add to all the great reviews that are out there anywayKings of Ash picks up directly after the first book and the heart of this story is of course Ruka It’s been a couple of years since I read Kings of Paradise and I was glad to see a “what came before” included though I found I didn’t need it as much as I though I would because Ruka does tend to leave an impressionIn all my reading life I have never felt so divided on a character as I was of Ruka I loved him I hated him I freaking couldn’t stop reading about him Ruka falls in that muddy well with characters like JekyllHyde or OdettaDetta that walk on that razor edge for the audience or at least this audience of good and bad redeemable or not?His Bukaya identity can be brutal and remorseless He craves the violence and destruction like I crave popcorn and I would never be able to root for a character like him without the humanity that might be too strong a word that Ruka’s side of the personality brings to himI am not sure what it is that makes me want him to succeed in his goals Bukaya certainly doesn’t deserve it and I’m not sure even that Ruka does Maybe it’s the obvious remorse that we see through the dead in Ruka’s grove Proof he does regret and remember each and every soul that has sacrificed for his goals?Or maybe it’s because his goals are mostly altruistic and outside of a little deserved revenge for his mother Ruka genuinely wants things to change for the better of society And with that success we can hope he keeps Bukaya suashed down and feel “good” wins over “evil” making up for all the horrible things that were done to get there? I don’t know the answers but whatever it was it worked for me because here I sat engrossed and rooting for this genius serial killer character wanting someone to love him and fix his hurt soul all the while wondering where the hell did my values go? To continue on I am just going to touch on a few other things that I liked and a couple I didn’t I don’t want to get into too many spoilers being this is a second book be wary there may be a few and it’s hard to stay out of them with a character like Ruka who is so much of the driving force behind the plotI loved how the Grove does double duty as a kind of magic source as well as keeping us in touch with the kinder side of Ruka The grove also weirdly works as a way to remind us of past events like having visual glossary maybe that’s triple duty then? Loved all the scenes where Ruka pulls items armour weapons etc through from the grove They were incredible check out the uote if you’re reading on the blog I am a visual reader and these scenes lit up my mind If I couldn’t have Kale whom I missed a lot for a good portion of this book I have to say I was happy with the trade off for King Farahi who uickly became one of my favourites Especially his friendship? Alliance? Two men who admire each other but don’t trust each other? Not sure what to call the relationship that grew between Farahi and Ruka but I loved every minute of itI did have some “feet finding” issues in the beginning of the book I caught on fairly uickly I think especially after I double checked with few other bloggers thank you Mihir Lukasz Swiff that I was on the right track with what I was thinkingMostly though the “feet finding” had to do with expectations I had some serious theories how the story would run its course some of those may still come about and I expected things to go a certain way because this was a direct follow up This didn’t go in any predictable way so I kind of struggled for awhile trying to place events and people not expecting to look back before going forward It was a rather genius move in storytelling actually and I get to eat my words for the second time this year about something that I said in an earlier review about a writing choice that I wasn’t a fond of and the author came back and proved to me I don’t what the hell I am talking about On that note I do think this story could have used some trimming but I tend to think that about almost everything I read these days especially the door stoppers Mostly it’s because things get feeling repetitive and I catch myself skimming or putting the book down often Super strong follow up to Kings of Paradise I am really looking forward to completing this series with Kings of Heaven which came out a couple weeks ago


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Kings of Ash

review ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ó Richard Nell

F his 'miracles' Before the end a shocking history will unravel ancient connections unfold and all will learn the cost of unleashing the Kings of A. I’ll leave a thorough review when I have a chance but this is getting a 5 and will probably be on my favorite books of the year list I thought Kings of Paradise was a brilliant book but I didn’t love it it was just a little too dark for my taste and my “movie in my mind” The book felt like it was in black and white with the tundra and grim nature The setting of this book changed that black and white feel and the writing brilliance was still there This book is just epic and the ending was so unsatisfying in the best way possible haha I want the next book right awayRuka just might be one of my favorite characters in any book I've read in years Jaelen from TRW by Mark Lawrence is the only one that comes to mind immediately he's such a fun and likeable character Ruka is a monster in many ways but he's also earnest and truly trying to help his people even though they would have left him to the elements when he was a baby and shunned him when he was older His magic system in his Sacred Grove in his mind is just plain amazing I'd put it on par with almost any other magic system I've read for coolness factor His Sacred Grove adds so much to the development of his character in addition to driving the plot forwardAs a character I didn't care for Kale as much as the story continued on or as much as book 1 As he grew in his own powers he seemed to lose his humanity as opposed to Ruka who felt much human to me the powerful he grewThe world building continued to be wonderful and I loved how the info dump sections were expertly woven into Ruka's learning of his history and his own growing powerI felt like book 1 was brilliantly written but the bleakness caused me to see the world in black and white in my mind and that affected my enjoyment level The setting of this novel enabled me to see in color and I absolutely loved it

characters Kings of Ash

Release date January 17 2019 The much anticipated continuation of the Ash and Sand trilogy Follow the long bloody journey of Ruka son of Beyla thro. One day he would grieve and accept the price for all the lives snuffed for the great cause of the future and suffer whatever came But not today I noticed something early on while reading Kings of Ash A lot of my assumptions after finishing Kings of Paradise were completely wrong My assumption of where the story was headed in book 2 my assumption of Ruka's character and my assumption of the time line I'm sure if I were to go back and read book 1 I may be able to pick up on these things but probably not I have to give Richard Nell props for the unconventional layout of this series so far I love being surprised when I'm reading a highly engaging story and he managed to surprise me several times in this one Some of these revelations are not just in the dialogue itself but like lightbulb moments when you notice the author just revealed something you didn't even know was in uestion I'm catching on to your little tricks Richard Nell but I do hope you trick me again in Kings of Heaven The heart of this tale belongs to Ruka Outcast shaman warrior genius and many titles that I could list belong to this man Ruka's character development in this book was simply amazing I thought he was an interesting character before starting this book but I had only scratched the surface of this complex individual He is a man of intense passion; with a drive and determination that is unmatched A person who sees the wrong in the world and sets out to change it by any means necessary I never got tired of reading about him Which is a true testament to the great writing in this book “I am not a man Prince of Paradise I am a thousand years of children buried nameless in rotten earth I am the rage of their helpless mothers weeping beneath an empty sky I am the bitter fruit of frozen tears” Richard Nell is a talented and crafty writer This was evident to me after finishing Kings of Paradise but it really showed in Kings of Ash To develop a series the way this one has been so far is very refreshing to a reader At least it is to this reader I won't go into any details because it would really ruin the fun of discovering these things out for yourself Just know you are in for a treat and a few WTF moments “A man fails in only two ways He gives up or he dies This book had a memorable ending and a bit of a cliffhanger I'm going to be impatiently waiting for the release of book 3 Kings of Heaven I highly recommend this book and series to all fantasy and fiction readers It is a deeply character driven tale with intense moments and a distinctive writing style Now go read the books and thank me later Then would come the true storm—a storm building for two thousand years made of the sons and daughters of once bitter enemies an alliance between the lost children of paradise—a storm of ash and sand Actual Rating 45 stars

review ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ó Richard Nell

Ugh the islands of Pyu and the frozen wastes of the Ascom; see the return home of Ratama Kale Alaku the 'Sorcerer Prince' and the terrifying rise o. You’re all slaves But I will free you I will drag you from this place kicking and screaming if I must Seuels are hard As a reader I want to know what happens next but when I’m about to pick up a seuel to a book that devastated and enthralled me impatience and hunger mix with anxiety What if the story I loved loses a sense of direction or disappoints It’s happened than once After I finished Kings of Paradise I wasn’t sure how and if Richard Nell could top himself I mean where do you go from there To the inevitable clash of titans Or maybe you twist things and prove readers wrongNell did both He delivers a heart wrenching and devastating story with real believable characters you care for despite their monstrosity He doesn’t give much humor save situational one Instead he gives strong intrigue tragedy and a terrifying insight into the inner workings of the greatest mind of a generation  Kings of Ash focuses on Ruka It tells his story unravels his past and shows what drives him and how he’s been made It’s not a story for the faint hearted as it contains graphic violence physical and sexual abuse mentions of rape and cannibalism It’ll make you hate love fear and cheer for Ruka It won’t give you the answers you’ll desperately need Is he a mad prophet a semi god god or something entirely else I hope we’ll get the answers in Kings of Heaven in 2020Dala and Kale appear but they get just a fraction of screen time compared to Ruka Not a problem for me as I consider him one of the greatest characters in contemporary fantasy To make things interesting Nell gives plenty of exposure to another fascinating character from KoP King Farahi I was right to consider him complex and intriguing You may wonder if KoA is better than Kings of Paradise and as flawless as my ramblings may suggest My answer may surprise you no it isn’t It has minor flaws like repetitive descriptions of Ruka’s preternatural skills especially near the end or few long winded parts of the story with small impact on the over arching plot Additionally in places I found extreme and graphic violence disturbing and perhaps unnecessary And then there’s the ending I’ll brood on it for weeks Was it really the only way That said Ruka’s story made me experience moments od deep and genuine emotion and this means a lot to me That’s the reason I’ll round the rating up and will await 2020 with growing impatienceI don’t want to say anything about this book Because it is a direct follow up to Kings of Paradise anything I tell you about the story of Kings of Ash will tell you how KOP ended Let’s just say that the story develops in few timelines and when they converge Nell will prove you wrong and then break you I‘m not saying If you want the rest go read the books 

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