Ashes of Gold, a review by Tanya

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Ashes of Gold (Wings of Ebony #2)
J. Elle

Publishes Jan 11, 2022

About the Book:
In the heart-pounding conclusion to the Wings of Ebony duology, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicole Yoon calls “bold, inventive, big-hearted and deeply perceptive,” Rue makes her final stand to reclaim her people’s stolen magic.

Rue has no memory of how she ended up locked in a basement prison without her magic or her allies. But she’s a girl from the East Row. And girls from the East Row don’t give up. Girls from the East Row pick themselves back up when they fall. Girls from the East Row break themselves out.

But reuniting with her friends is only half the battle. When she finds them again, Rue makes a vow: she will find a way to return the magic that the Chancellor has stolen from her father’s people. Yet even on Yiyo Peak, Rue is a misfit—with half a foot back in Houston and half a heart that is human as well as god, she’s not sure she’s the right person to lead the fight to reclaim a glorious past.

When a betrayal sends her into a tailspin, Rue must decide who to trust and how to be the leader that her people deserve…because if she doesn’t, it isn’t just Yiyo that will be destroyed—it will be Rue herself.

My Review:

Another breathtaking cover for Book 2!  I love the strength and power that both of these covers have displayed.

Book 2 is another action-packed thrill ride fantasy.  Showing more depth in Rue’s character, her development and confidence within this story was lovely.

Painful betrayals and exposure of the magical world having so many of our world’s issues (racism, elitism, government corruption…) make this storyline easy to sink into and all too familiar, making it easy to feel the heartbreak right alongside Rue.

The writing is just fantastic.  Easily imagined scenes, from the fantastical magical locations to the neighborhood apartments, every place is easy to picture in my head.  Secondary characters are well-rounded and interesting.  Elle has done a fantastic job of world-building.

This duology is deserving of being on the big screen. I hope Hollywood knocks on this author’s door!

J. Elle

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