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King of Ashes

(The Longsword Chronicles #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  382 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Book One

Gawain, second son of Davyd, King of Raheen, turns 18, and is promptly banished from his homeland for a period of one year and one day. Stunned, he departs the land of his birth, high atop an impregnable plateau, and ventures into the strange world of the lowlands.

During his banishment, a ritual which must be undergone by all royal crowns of Raheen, he travels the
Kindle Edition, 409 pages
Published April 11th 2011
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Dan Hendrickson
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this whole series. The action is fantastic and the relationships between friends and enemies is this series true strength. It was easy to identify with the principle characters and the romance portions were in depth and addictive. Highly recommended!
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Neat! If you like magic and swords and shit.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars.
Joshua Meyer
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I could not get behind this book at all the world just felt so small with bad world building and meaningless places.
Shaun Noble
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-1-2-star
A story that starts quickly and keeps the pace through to the end (all 800 pages). Well worth the read. I look forward to #2 in the Longsword Chronicles.
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Interesting world and history but the characters are not well written, having bursts of emotion that seemingly come from nowhere and motivations that are clearly just to serve the plot rather than being true to the character. The enemy is built up as cunning but through the series just seems ineffectual and silly.
Violence towards friends and allies is treated as almost a noble pursuit.
If you've got nothing else to read, it's worth a go, but if you like consistent characters, it'll grind you dow
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
nice and captivating!!
its just according to my tastes !!
Jun 11, 2014 rated it liked it
An enjoyable read. I liked the storyline and especially the characters. For me it did drag in places but all in all I enjoyed it.
David Mackinnon
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book...went out and got the rest
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GJ Kelly was born near the white cliffs of Dover, England, in 1960. He spent a significant part of his early life in various parts of the world, including the Far East, Middle East, the South Atlantic, and West Africa. Later life has seen him venture to the USA, New Zealand, Europe, and Ireland. He began writing while still at school, where he was president of the Debating Society and won the Robb ...more

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