“We lose ourselves in books, we find ourselves there too."

“I will cherish it always.
No matter what may befall the world.
No matter the oceans, or mountains, or forests in the way.”

Now before we start, I should tell you – I was warned that this book would be boring. That actually I should tandem read it with Empire of Storms as the events in these two run parallel to each other. But I didn’t. I read them as sequels. But if you did tandem read them, then please fast forward to Kingdom of Ash.

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Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the famed Torre Cesme for the wounds Chaol received in Rifthold.

“Every step. Every curve into darkness. Every moment of despair and rage and pain. It had led him to precisely where he needed to be. Where he wanted to be.”

After enduring unspeakable horrors as a child, Yrene Towers has no desire to help the young lord from Adarlan, let alone heal him. Yet she has sworn an oath to assist those in need—and will honor it. But Lord Westfall carries shadows from his own past, and Yrene soon comes to realize they could engulf them both.

“You would be surprised by how closely the healing of physical wounds is tied to the healing of emotional ones.”

Chaol, Nesryn, and Yrene will have to draw on every scrap of their resilience if they wish to save their friends. But while they become entangled in the political webs of the khaganate, deep in the shadows of mighty mountains where warriors soar on legendary ruks, long-awaited answers slumber. Answers that might offer their world a chance at survival—or doom them all . . .

“I have no interest in easy friends—easy people. I think I trust them less than the difficult ones, and find them far less compelling, too.”

In actual fact, this has to be my favourite book of the series. It focuses entirely on Chaol and Nesryn. I love how this book took two side characters and allowed them to be stars in their own story. It shows more about who they are, and there’s no shortage of tension, political or otherwise. There’s action, and even some romance. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, with the connections and revelations that are made. This is a great story about redemption, character development/growth, using leftover bits from the other stories to make a great story, and characters finding their own place.

“We don’t look back. It helps no one and nothing to look back.”

Yrene is a fun character and the only downside is we only have this book and Kingdom of Ash together :(.

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She’s selfless. She allows herself to be this way by not allowing her to be self-centred. But she’s also fearless. Strong. Independent. Determined. She spreads her knowledge. She teaches young girls to defend themselves. She’s a true warrior. I love that about her. And I love the fact that she repeats that to herself. So to remember.

Nesryn also gets some character growth which is fully deserved. We meet the woman beneath the uniform. The girl beyond the fighter. She is truly amazing. She gives off this vibe of the girl used to giving so much but to receive so little that it doesn’t even bother her anymore. But it does. She’s used to not being good enough for anyone. And she suffers deeply about that. Nesryn is good enough. Nesryn is beyond. And the sweet, delicious shameless flirt that Prince Sartaq is, totally sees that. And lets her see that too.

“The heart he’d offered and had been left to drop on the wooden planks of the river docks. An assassin who had sailed away and a queen who had returned.”

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Until next time where we move onto the grand finale, Kingdom of Ash.

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