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Ashes of the Tyrant

(Brimstone Angels #5)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  419 ratings  ·  39 reviews
In a direct follow-up to her fourth book in the Brimstone Angels series, Fire in the Blood, Erin M. Evans thrusts her signature character Farideh into a fast-paced murder mystery rife with political intrigue.

In the wake of the war brought on by the Sundering, Farideh’s adopted father Mehen has been called back by the clan that cast him out, and Farideh and Havilar mean to
ebook, 432 pages
Published December 29th 2015 by Wizards of the Coast (first published October 20th 2015)
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Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Ashes of the Tyrant is another great book from Erin M. Evans as she’s managed to make again a very good and enjoyable story with lots of action, mystery and suspense; while also bringing a more classic D&D feel than the previous two books in the series and making it even more entertaining.

The story picks up a few days after Fire in the Blood left off with Farideh, Havilar and Mehen reaching the dragonborn city, Djerad Thrymar. However, when they get there they will discover that someone,
I would consider this a good addition to the world of the Forgotten Realms, but not a great one. In terms of length, this title is longer than most of those being penned by R.A. Salvatore, Ed Greenwood, and other authors in this universe (my opinion is not definitive here; I have read almost all of Salvatore's books but only a sampling by other F.R. authors). However, for good or ill, a lot of those pages are filled with little action and a lot of waffling. I don't recall any other author having ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: d-d-novels
The good news? This book was an enjoyable, fast-paced read. And Erin Evans (and Farideh) deserve to be at least as popular as RA Salvatore and Drizzy!

The bad news? Now I have to wait for the next novel in the series!
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The tales of the twins continues in this latest installment. If you haven’t read previous novels in this series, I would suggest at least starting at Adversary, the Sundering novel featuring these characters. This will introduce you to their current incarnations.

What I loved about this novel was the introduction to the dragonborn society. From a role playing standpoint, the introduction of tieflings (Faridah and Havilar’s race) and dragonborn (Mehen’s race) were huge starting with 4th edition.
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Erin Evans is a relatively new author to the forgotten realms, and may an be a relatively new author in general. However, what is clear is that she is getting astonishingly better as an author with each book, and this ones her best yet. This series is one of the best in the Forgotten Realms library, and even stands on it's own in fantasy. This book, however, is one of the best Forgotten Realms books ever written, and the series itself would be interesting to anyone. I was
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually was supposed to get this book in January, not May. I had the signed pre-order on my Christmas list (it was released 29 December 2016) and my dad promised he would get it for me. Then a week went by and Christmas was over, the release was tomorrow and he still hadn’t gotten it. I reminded him. He said he would do it that night. He didn’t. I reminded him again, several times all to know avail. I gave up and hoped one day soon I could have enough income to justify getting such a recent ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took me a bit longer than the previous one. I felt it had more trouble getting everything on the road. The set-up for the ending was less great than the previous one.
As soon as the story took more shape, and Farideh and her companions started getting an inkling of what they were dealing with, the book took off. Too bad this took almost half the book to get there.
Nonetheless, enjoyable read and really curious about how this will all conclude in the next book. Really feeling the D&D
Alexander Sedge
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This series is exceptional, though the author has a weird habit of opening chapters with surreal dream/nightmare scenes that force you to stop and try to figure out if it's supposed to be prophetic, symbolic, character-developing, or something else entirely... and this book turns that up to 11 by having about four or five different perspective characters experiencing this MULTIPLE TIMES.

For this reason alone I docked a star. Still a great story.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
The middle became a bit tedious for me, seeming to focus more on setting up scenarios for the next book than confronting the present ones. With that said, it's a solid D&D fantasy novel, and now I'm certainly looking forward to digging into the next one.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Sometimes got a little soap opera-ish. But definitely does a good job of making you want to continue reading, and preparing you for the final finale book of the series. Can't wait to read the final one.
George Ramos
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A brilliant end to the storyline.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book. I like the fact that they are bringing back material from 1st edition D&D like Enlil and Graz'zt.
Sep 08, 2017 added it
The story of the twins remain a soap opera, now with a vague demon hunter plot. Their story arcs makes good progress, but is never more than mildly interesting.
Jay Quietnight
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Five books in and the Brinstone Angels series is still going strong. Ashes of the Tyrant is full of action, surprises and romance that weave nicely into this engaging story.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, just not as much as the previous entry.

This book has a lot of information about the Dragonborn and that helps flesh out the story.
Thomas  Wyndham
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the best in the series, but still enjoyable
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Having aided Raedra and saved Suzail from conquest, Farideh and her family venture to a land that weighs heavily on her and Havilar's upbringing, despite them never setting foot there: Djerad Thymar, the center of dragonborn culture in Faerun. While the tale begins as a simple answer to a summons, the family quickly becomes swept up in the mysterious murder of a dozen young dragonborn. All the while, Dahl is on the other side of the world, coming to grips with the fact that he might never be ...more
Kendra Lawrence
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Evans has a great way of balancing the overreaching, epic plot of what is going on in the world with the characters' personal lives (such as their relationships). Havilar and Farideh are both young women, and they have the wants and desires of young women, but they are also involved in world struggles, and are the Chosen of Asmodeus, thus having real, serious issues to deal with. They can't constantly focus on who their "brightbird" is. Evans makes us care about all her characters.

The intrigue
Michael Adams
Nov 25, 2015 rated it liked it
ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for a honest review:
First off I want to say that I am a massive fantasy fan and devour the genre and all its subgenres in any way I can. I have been involved with D&D for 24 years and reading the novels for about the same amount of time. Erin Evans continues right where Fire and The Blood left off with Brin, Havi and their family going to Tymanther and Dahl back home after his agreement with Lorcan. The previous book was very heavy on the political
Nicolas Carrillo-Santarelli
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I do not give five stars easily, but this book deserves them. Actually, I dare to say that it and her writer are among the best in the Dungeons and Dragons universe fiction.
Erin M. Evans is a superb writer, and this book demonstrates why. First of all because the author provides fresh ideas and style with the discussion of feelings and emotions between the characters, which is welcome in a fantasy book. Actually, I think that such portray of feelings makes the reading much more interesting and
Star Bookworm
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The previous book was largely courtly intrigue and relationships. We were in the human lands of the Forgotten Realms. Most of the characters and cultures were familiar. Farideh and Havilar created tension by being the odd people out and made a fun novel to read. This novel we gear towards mystery and politics when an entire group of youngsters comes up murdered. All of this is happening in Djerad Thymar with the Vayemniri. And all 30 years after Mehen was exiled. Now Farideh and Havilar aren't ...more
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may be my favorite of the series to-date. We get a much closer look at the culture and life of the dragonborn, and while it feels a touch Klingon, it’s not forced or flat. Farideh gets closer to understanding what’s happening to and around her. Her father gets some closure with his old lover and a few of his ghosts. We finally get the story behind his exile.

We also get a lot of time with Dahl and his family, which goes a long way towards making him a more sympathetic character and, in this
It seems like Farideh and her sister, Havilar, are constantly thrown more than their fair share of challenges. They've escaped demons, imprisonment, a mad wizard, the wrath of deities--the list goes on and on. But just as they thought they might get some calm, their adopted father, Mehen, has been called back by the clan from which he was exiled years ago. While some expect it's just a formality to inform Mehen of the death of his father, he knows they wouldn't go through the trouble to call him ...more
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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The introduction of this book is well done, but it requires the reader to have knowledge of the series in sequential order. Without this, do not expect to pick up this book and comprehend the setting nor character development.
The story is intriguing and in-depth, but it goes a tad too far into the Dungeons and Dragons mythology and lore. There are mentions of type of beings that will lack a physical description on them. Therefore, as a reader you are pausing and searching the
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another great book in the story of Farideh and Havilar. I really enjoyed the setting in Djerad Thymar. Erin is awesome at developing fun and interesting details for the world and her characters. Every book of hers that I have read has inspired a new RPG character idea that draws on some setting detail that she has introduced.

It was great to learn more about Mehen's background and about the dragonborn. Dahl also gets a lot of interesting backstory development. His grandmother is awesome. I don't
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not my favorite book in this series, partly because the ending is so terribly D&D; an obscure ritual we really don't know the details about must be performed and its completion... well, ends the story. Evans cuts the tension somewhat by building up our sympathies for all the villains, even as they tighten the screws on our heroes. I still cared about the characters as the climax approached, but I didn't feel much tension or suspense. The Gordion Knot is sliced through with a blade of magic ...more
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read and enjoyed the previous four books in this series, it is no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed this one. We got to continue to hear the stories of our main characters (Mehen, Farideh, and Havilar), and address some of the big changes that came at the end of the previous volume. It all tied together nicely despite being in far flung locations and I appreciated getting to see more of the culture of the dragonborn, which hasn't really been addressed in other Forgotten Realms books that ...more
I really enjoyed reading this. At this point in the game, I am trying to clear my read schedule so I can go back and read all of Erin M. Evans's novels. I'd like to read the Brimstone Angels series from the beginning so that I am ready for the next book in the series.

Erin participates in the discussion group at the The Sundered Book Club. It is a rather fun experience especially with the author right there as you read through her novel.
Kasey Cocoa
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I may be a tad bit biased when it comes to fantasy set in FR, or I may be a bit too harsh in my critique. In any case, I enjoyed the read and loved the setting. The pace was quick without feeling rushed. I enjoyed the characters and look forward to the next installment. That said, I did find the ending a bit of a quick tying up of threads instead of feeling well developed, but not enough to drop a second star. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The most intriguing aspect of this story to me is Sessaca Peredur. I really hope they expand on her past and her future. The only gripe i have at all is how weak wiled Farideh seemed to be when it comes to lorcan. To me their should be no choice between him and Dahl. but she seems to have zero confidence in herself seems to run in her family "cough" Mehen. All in all great book so glad i ordered it cant wait for the next book.
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