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An Inheritance of Ashes

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,205 ratings  ·  333 reviews
Six months ago, the men of the lakelands marched south to fight a dark god.

Weeks after the final battle was won, sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister, Marthe, are still struggling to maintain their family farm—and are waiting for Marthe’s missing husband to return. After a summer of bitter arguments, Hallie is determined to get Roadstead Farm through the winter—and keep
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Clarion Books
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Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Rating: 2 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

The strange war down south—with its rumors of gods and monsters—is over. And while sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister wait to see who will return from the distant battlefield, they struggle to maintain their family farm.

When Hallie hires a veteran to help them, the war comes home in ways
Erin Bow
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Scholastic Canada sent me the ARC of this (they are co-publishing with Clarion in the US). I adored the writing in ABOVE, Bobet's first novel, and so was certainly willing to give this a shot, even though my reaction to the first handful of pages was: "Gee, gorgeous, but I don't know if I'm in the mood for a gritty contemporary set on a family farm that's -- OH WAIT." At that point the bird hit the window, and then caught fire.

If I had been paying attention to those first pages -- or the cover,
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, youngadult, fantasy
I just . . . I just . . . There's so much . . . It's just . . .

Listen. I've tried three times to describe this book, and it's just not happening.

This is without a doubt one of the most interesting, layered, well-written books I've read all year. There's a LOT going on here, but it's all going well. What ties together all the bits of the plot: the family drama, the war, the demons, the small-town power struggle, is that the characters are amazing. The descriptions of ordinary life on the farm a
Jul 10, 2015 rated it liked it

It’s been several days since I finished this book and I still don’t know how I feel about it. I certainly felt things a few times but it wasn’t quite what I expected. I think 2.5 stars fits best. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it, it was just ok.

That cover is gorgeous though – love it!

The story is about sisters Hallie and Marthe and their struggle to keep the family farm by themselves. They’re waiting for Marthe’s husband to return from the war with the Wicked God when another vet
Paula M
Aug 12, 2015 marked it as dnf

That's just me the whole time.
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My Thoughts:
I had heard nothing about this book when I requested it and after realizing it was fantasy I was sold on reading it. I found An Inheritance of Ashes to be a really slow paced, atmospheric and eerie. When I say slow paced I don’t mean boring at all- more the feel of the book was slow (like Mindy McGinnis’ Not a Drop to Drink).

The story takes place right after a war with The Wicked One and his Twisted Things have ravished th
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully written story filled with rich characters and emotional depth.
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When the world has already ended and the war against a Mad God has already been fought and won, a sixteen-year old struggles to deal with her family and community.

Hallie lives on the family farm with her heavily pregnant sister Marthe. They're not getting along, because Marthe's husband has not returned from the War where the Mad God was killed and that's placing a lot of pressure on their already strained relationship. Which is only one of a long history of strained relationships in this sad fa
Jun 10, 2015 added it
Shelves: dnf
I was hoping to finish this, and I tried but this was just.... Odd. Hope to maybe one day finish it.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
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First, a brief look at what we're getting into. Please note the lack of information that I have for you on this most basic of summaries:

Hallie and her sister live on a farm... somewhere. Their dad died and now they run this big farm. Her sister, Marthe, is pregnant, and her husband is off in a war that just ended. A veteran named Heron comes along and Hallie lets him stay to help since they are kind of not doing great on their own with t
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
If you like a bleak, gray (really gray), desolate world where all the characters are angry/raging, sad/depressed, afraid, and have no hope than THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU. :D

Fill me up with a little cheer, why don't you? Typically if the tone of a book is this angry and black & white, than my feelings become like a chameleon and I end up feeling the same way about the book too.

This book was strange in a bad way. It almost didn't make sense. There's this rip in the world where these other crea
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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An Inheritance of Ashes is a dystopian novel with a twist! It’s got a unique fantasy/paranormal/sci-fi concept, a dramatic pair of sisters, and an inherited farm. This book takes from basically every genre to create one whirlwind of a book.

I really enjoyed the “end of a war” concept in An Inheritance of Ashes. Typically, when I read a dystopian, the book is about a current war, not the aftermath of one. This book is filled with Twisted Things, a Wicked God, and var
Meghan (TheBookGoblin)
This was a DNF at 40% for me. The writing style was actually quite good and the premise was interesting but basically NOTHING was happening and the story was dragging along. I think it could make a cool Tim Burton film or something but as a book it just wasn't working for me. Might go back to it one day not sure.
Joelle (Throne of books)
*September 2015 : This book was received in exchange of an honest review.*
*4 stars*
This was not what I was expecting. It's very Stephen king's "The mist".

Right from the beginning we're thrown into a world where a war against the wicked God and his twisted things has just ended. At first, I was very confused with what was going on. Who was this wicked God? What were these twisted things? The twisted things were absolutely eerie and terrifying.

Like Stephen Kings "the mist" these creatures
Gin Jenny (Reading the End)
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
An Inheritance of Ashes is up my alley in so many ways, and it delivered on every front. It’s about two sisters who cannot find a way both to run their jointly-owned farm and to relate easily and kindly to each other. It’s about the bravery of leaving and the bravery of staying to fight, and the ways people get those things terribly wrong. It’s about the stories we tell about ourselves and our ability to escape from those stories. It’s about the aftermath of a war and the wounds it leaves in peo ...more
Aug 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
I received this book via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Uhm. Messy. An inheritance of ashes is a messy mix of good ideas there weren't put together as they should have. There are good elements and good ideas but they are so poorly developed that the result was a mess.

The relationship between Marthe and Hallie was one of the worst things about this book. Marthe is a complete asshole for most of the book, while Hallie spends half of it feeling sorry for herself and whining about ever
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2019-read

An Inheritance of Ashes is like a future post-apocalyptic Wild West story. It follows Halfrida Hoffman, half owner of Roadstead Farm. She works the farm with her sister who is pregnant and her husband never returned from the war. See the world is tormented by creatures known as Wicked Things. No one knows where they came from and if one touches you horrible things happen like your skin burning off.

While the War is supposedly over, these creatures are definitely from the Wicked God and they
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
The story takes place in the south where a war between humans, The Wicked God and Twisted Things has just ended. While sisters, Hallie and Martha, wait for Martha's husband to return, with winter coming on they decide to hire a veteran to help with the farm.

I had a hard time getting into this book, I'm not going to lie. There was a whole lot that didn't come together for me. The pacing was slow, my mind kept wondering and I lost interest easily. I had questions while reading the book and after f
Merrie Haskell
Creepy, homey, magical

This is the second time I've read this book... The first time was when it was first published, and since then, this book has lived in the back of my head, quietly talking to me. The emotional beats are so resonant. The setting is amazing: creepy, homey, magical. On this read through, I got out the maps a dozen times and googled park acreage in Detroit. I have made up my mind as to where Roadstead Farm is set, on the Detroit River.
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Not what I expected - shades of Gaiman in the mythology, but with some beautifully nuanced emotion underneath. One of my top reads of the year.
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Many of the books that have shaped my reading life in profound ways have maps at the start. Before the reader finds any text they are invited to pore over the landscape of a fantasy world. There might be bordering countries, or a region, or a large city with all of its crooked streets picked out. Topographical details may be sparse or plentiful. Whatever the case, these maps usually herald my favorite sort of story: A journey, a courageous hero or heroine, and triumph over evil/survival/happily ...more
Some books have slow beginnings peppered with enough small bits here and there that make you want to keep on reading to see if it delivers what it promised, and this one is one of those. From 40% onwards it became better and better and ended up earning 4 stars.

An Inheritance of Ashes is one of those books that needs to be given a chance because they develop slowly and hides its secrets quite well. For a good part of the book I wasn't sure if it should even be considered fantasy because despite
Who could read the synopsis of AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES and not be really excited? Because I know I was. A recent trend has been to buck the Chosen One trope and this sort've fits into that, but more than that it's what happens to the people, to the world, after it's been saved. That's what this book explores.

It's heartbreaking, tense, awful, desolate but still beautiful. The struggle to survive not only in what remains of the ashes of the world but with those who stayed behind, and the agony of
C Hellisen
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an enjoyable read. In truth it's been on my TBR pile for a while because as much as I've enjoyed Leah Bobet's writing in the past, I am feeling very leery about reading YA fantasy these days as I'm often left disappointed. I need to remember there are authors I trust for a reason, and Bobet is one of them. She writes complex, nuanced relationships, and her fantasy is a split-rooted tree - half tethered in reality and half in a dreamy haze of weirdness.

While the one "mystery" at play was bar
Vikki VanSickle
An evocative, moody read for those who love their fantasy dark, subtle, and rural. Bobet has created a vivid and dreary winter setting tinged with horror. This world is very physical, a place of fires, hearty stews, wool, and dirt. There are hints that this is our world, a century or so post-apocalypse, which adds a delightful layer of recognition and delight. The mythology is subtle and Bobet makes you work for it a little, doling it out naturally instead of in convenient, expository chunks. I ...more
E.K. Johnston
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was pitched to me as "post-David Eddings dust-bowl fantasy", and I was in from the get go. Bobet's incredible talent shines through, and her tendency towards weird makes the details even starker. I got to hear her read the prologue out loud, and it was heart-stopping, and the book just continues on from there without pausing for breath.

Beautiful, sad, epic, hopeful, and personal, this is a novel to remember.
2.75 stars<\b>

This book started really strong, but then it lacked the thrilling elements that would keep me going. I found that the pace too slow and although it matched the soothing atmosphere of this book, it hindered me from enjoying this book in a thrilling, intriguing way. It took me so much time to finish this book and in the end, I just skimmed to end this book just for the sake of finishing it, not because I wanted to know what would happen and how to deal with it, because I already knew
Christa Schönmann Abbühl
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reading this book was a very emotional and sometimes disturbing experience for me. The setting seems to be in a near future, and there are some strange elements, more horror than fantasy. At first I did not understand about the war and the Twisted Things, and then I realised that it was the same for the people in the book: they had no way of understanding either. I cared instantly and deeply about the girl, Hal, and since her life, and the lifes of those around her are hard, I cried a lot. The s ...more
☼Book her,   Danno☼
"No reason to say what it was. The war was won
when John Balsam, a man simple and small, lifted
his dagger and cut out the Wicked God Southward's
dark heart. Tyler Blakely had carried the tale home
three weeks past midsummer, limping on a leg once
hale and thick, his eyes blasted pale with the sight
of it."

INHERITANCE OF ASHES is scifi with a depth of field and an acuteness of character that you don't see very often in YA. And in fact I'm not sure why this book is sold as YA. It's perfectly goo
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My first novel, Above, was shortlisted for both the Andre Norton Award and the Prix Aurora Award, and my second, An Inheritance of Ashes, was the winner of the Prix Aurora Award, the Copper Cylinder Award, and the Sunburst Award; an OLA Best Bets Selection; and shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Award

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