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Kingdom from Ashes

(Kingdom Saga #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  249 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Princess Bennua is to be married. The daughter of a sultan, her duty is to marry a powerful yet cruel warlord to be her husband, sealing an alliance that will scare the desert of Sahrahn into submission. But the wedding is halted in place when the infamous Raider Prince, king of thieves and leader of the dark city Ashana, threatens to take her city by force. Sacrificing ...more
Paperback, 244 pages
Published May 2nd 2015 by Gryfyn Publishing (first published April 11th 2013)
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Stephanie (Bookfever)
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Stephanie (Bookfever) by: kariny v
First of all I want to thank Megan Linski for being so kind as to give me an ARC of this book. Second, I Iove that although, just like the author says in her author's note, that Sahrahn is a fantasy land that is inspired by pre-Islamic Middle East and some traits from Islamic society. I've been wanting to read more books that have that.

The story is about Princess Bennua, a sultan's daughter who is about to get married to the powerful Quasim. She soon finds out that he is as cruel as he's
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Pretty good! On to book 2!
Apr 14, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a DNF. Where do I begin with all of the things in this book that didn't make sense? Should I start with how a tiny band of thieves, who wanted to improve their bad reputation with the rest of the world, thought the best course of action would be to... infiltrate a palace and threaten to murder the sultan's son if he didn't trade one of his daughters to go back home with them to "learn about what a nice and peaceful people they really are?" (Spoiler alert: our heroine volunteers as ...more
kariny v
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*free copy from publisher*

This book has an Islamic background and gives an amazing insight on the Arabian culture!!

Bennua is a princess and is engaged to get married to Quasim, the most handsome and powerful. She abides by rules of her country-don't talk to men, were a veil and so on but she longs for freedom. Quasim has already had two wives before her and they warn her that he is vile and cruel. Bennua knows that if she marries him, she will be more restricted than before but she is ready to
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
A wonderfully empowering book! I had a hard time putting it down. The story follows Bennua a young princess who is to be married to a warlord. Her duty is to follow her husband and the law, being a submissive wife. All Bennua can crave is freedom. When the Raider Prince threatens her kingdom she gives up everything and become his prisoner to save her family. The more time she spends with him, the more she questions everything she's been told. In the end, Bennua is force to decide what she wants ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just want to start off by saying I received a free copy for an honest review. I almost turned this down and I’m so glad that I didn’t!

Princess Bennua is the youngest and kindest princess in her country… and the last one to be married off. As her father is terrible at creating marriages and alliances, marrying Princess Bennua off the powerful Quasim should have been a no-brainer. Except, Quasim isn’t anything like how he’s described to Princess Bennua. While he is handsome and powerful, he is
Kudakwashe Simbi
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one I can think of...
Recommended to Kudakwashe by: goodreads smh
I've been wanting to do another fully juicy beefy review for awhile... I mean I was hoping I would actually LIKE the book but whatever I guess.

I should start by saying that I DNF'ed this book at exactly 28% (I calculated 'cause I'm THAT person.)

quick blurb this book is about a princess named Bennua who is supposed to getting married to this famous warlord named Quasim (btw this mans' already has 2 whole wives, don't ask me why he needs another.) anyway our special snowflake of a main character
Book Junkie
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
May be some spoilers so read with caution.

Kingdom from Ashes is more of a pre-story like novel. Bennua is a princess, the youngest, and is about to be married to Quasim, a horrible and cruel man who mistreats everyone. The night before the wedding, she takes her horse for a ride and runs into some of the Raider Prince’s men, but manages to escape. The next morning she awakes to find that the Prince’s men are in the palace court with her father, demanding to take her with them and threaten to
Carolyn Injoy
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, reviewed
Kingdom from Ashes by Megan Linski I received a complimentary Kindle copy of Kingdom from Ashes by Megan Linski, published by Gryfyn Publishing as an Advanced Reading Copy in exchange for a fair review.

I gave this book four stars.

Bennua is being fitted with her wedding dress when her eldest sister Pottina is critical of her future groom not being pleased with her. “He will be, for you better not shame us, Bennua,”

Mother warns. “Quasim is the greatest prince in all of Sahrahn. He’s the finest
Carolyn Injoy
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, reviewed, 2019-read
I received a complimentary Kindle copy of Kingdom from Ashes by Megan Linski, published by Gryfyn Publishing as an Advanced Reading Copy in exchange for a fair review.

I gave this book four stars.

Bennua is being fitted with her wedding dress when her eldest sister Pottina is critical of her future groom not being pleased with her. “He will be, for you better not shame us, Bennua,”

Mother warns. “Quasim is the greatest prince in all of Sahrahn. He’s the finest husband your father could ever find.”
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, 2017, megan-linski
This was a great book! I love that if you wanted to, you could end it with this book. Because of this I'm not quite sure what to make of the next two...I'm very excited to find out though! Definitely recommend this book! It was a nice easy going read with just enough action and a bit of romance.
juanita dennis
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kingdom from Ashes

This is not a Christian romance novel but one of some unknown god. Even some of them question their god's validity.
Marianne Boutet
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Not bad at all. A good little tale of coming of age, in a sort of Arabian Nights environment.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
This book is so beautiful. I loved it so much. I don’t understand how this saga is not more known.
Dec 12, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
FREE on Amazon today (12/12/2019)! ...more
Barbara Senteney
Bennua is a Princess whose father has promised to marry Quasim the ruler of another country. She hates the idea, but it is her duty. Upon meeting Quasim she dreads it even more, She can see he is cruel and untrustworthy. One of his other wives warns her of his brutality and tells her to run, but she stands proud willing to do as her father bids her.
The Zahid shows up, The Prince of Thieves, and threatens to bring 10,000 soldiers and kill everyone if a member of the family does not accompany him
Teresa Henderson
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bennua was to married to Prince Quasim, who was a bad man. The Raiding Prince well he was no so good but not in a bad way. He was only trying to do right by his people.
So when he and his 2 rebels came to palace demanding someone come with them or else. Bennua jumped and said take me.
She cursed and yelled until Mirkh wanted to gag her. Toshana was happy to have her alone. The Prince well he was up to something. Bennua kept trying to run off, but she always got caught by the Prince. Then she had
Constance Roberts
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An ARC was provided to me by Gryfyn Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I expect a lot from a book with a beautiful, intriguing cover. This one promises adventure in an exotic land, hidden magic, daring escapes, blossoming romance, and a dark force threatening on the the horizon. Kingdom From Ashes does not disappoint.

Right from the first page I was enchanted with Bennua and her desert palace. A kindhearted princess, she has the makings for a just ruler in a land where women are
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks-own
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Christine Karmelreads2665 W.
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Received this book for an honest review.

This story pleasantly surprised me. When I started reading my first thought was, "Oh my another "princess story" something sugary sweet that would turn my stomach. Well, this book was not that kind of story, thank you author!!!

You have a young woman named Princess Bennua that has been raised in a shelter home where woman are not educated other than to be good wives and not to possess strong thoughts. They are taught to adhere to their religious teaching or
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Thank you Megan for the opportunity to read this ARC.
Bennua is a princess who has been told what to do all life. Her father has accepted Quasim as her future husband, as she prepares for her wedding she starts to question certain aspects of the Onarri that they have followed since her father became Sultan. The kingdom of Haya-Maa has prospered from following the Onarri but Bennua feels that some restrictions are to harsh. She does not want to marry Quasim but will so as not to insult her
Carrie Bartkowiak
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kingdom from Ashes transports us to a culture where women are second-class citizens seen only as property, who are subject to arranged marriages, must cover themselves in public, and have no say in their own lives.
Princess Bennua is a strong-willed young woman who feels the pressure of duty to her ruling family, despite her own wishes that things were different. She's never been outside of her own city's walls and leads a very sheltered, if pampered, life. Just as she is about to marry a
Diana Page
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
1st off, I recieved an ARC in exchange for an honest review from the author. That being said I truly liked the 1,001 Arabian nights feel of the story. Megan Linkin managed to build a female character, who while naive about what happens outside the palace walls, is still a strong, family oriented woman, who will do whatever it takes to save her city and family. The story starts with an arranged marriage between Princess Bennua and Warlord Quasim ( her father the Sultans effort to keep the peace). ...more
Linda Hamonou
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I was given this good as an ARC in exchange for a fair review.

Welcome to 1001 nights. This story takes place in a desert where a princess is to be married to a prince. The world is build on Arabic culture with a touch of western Robin Wood values. The entire book turns around the value and believes of the different characters as the main character, Bennua travels and learn about the world around her. Every city has a different interpretation of the law of the book and a different
Sue Davis
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
Young Bennua, (the 7th daughter of a Sultan and only unmarried one) is promised to a Prince Quasim for his 3rd wife. Unknowingly her father has promised her to a cruel and deceptive man who really only wants his country and see's Bennua as a easy way to get it. It seems that by their laws if the Sultan
Hayley Guertin
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"From diverse characters to an interesting storyline, Megan Linski has delivered a novel that stole my heart from the very first page. I'll definitely be reading this wonderful book again." - Hayley's Reviews (Quote in book).

Kingdom from Ashes was an AMAZING read! I fell in love with it the moment I started reading, and read it in one sitting. The book was really well written, and you can tell that the author did her research in terms of where the story is supposed to take place.

The first thing
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Recived free copy from author for honest review*
If you loved The Wrath and the Dawn and A 1001 Nights, then you'll definitely love Kingdom from Ashes.

First off can i just say i am at un utter loss for words. Megan Linski just leaves you at a cliffhanger that just....... no words. This book gives a not much seen setting in YA with amazing world building, love, betrayal, friendship and so much more.

I loved that this story took on a different insight of the world and not from a western
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Princess Bennua is a generous person that everyone in her family takes advantage of from her parents and her sisters. Bennua is the last daughter to be married don't get her wrong she has nothing against arranged marriages she's unsure what to make of the whole process. Bennua's betrothed is Prince Quasim arrives at the palace completely charming to Bennua's family. Yet Bennua can't shake the feeling that something isn't right with Prince Quasim. Bennua is gifted with a horse as a bridal gift. ...more
Donna Vaughan
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bennua is the last daughter of the sultan of Haya-Maa is to marry Prince Quasim from a neighbouring kingdom to make an alliance. Prince Quasim is a cruel as he is handsome and the last thing Princess Bennua wants to do is marry him and lose the little freedom she has.
When the Raider Prince Zahid invades her town and threatens to kill her brother she agrees to go with him to save her brother’s life and her country. Zahid is trying to force an alliance between his
Sarah Miles
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Linski that I've read, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well it sucked me into the story. Bennua, the youngest daughter of a sultan, is set to be married off to Quasim before the Raider Prince decides to take her instead. In a way, the story reminded me of Aladdin. Bennua's a bit rebellious (*very* rebellious when compared to her older sisters), and the Raider Prince is a self-made prince, not born royalty. And the Raider Prince is basically exposing her to A Whole ...more
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Megan Linski is the owner of Gryfyn Publishing and has had a passion for writing ever since she completed her first (short) novel at the age of 6. Her specializations are romance, fantasy, and contemporary fiction for people aged 14-24. When not writing she enjoys ice skating, horse riding, theatre, archery, fishing, and being outdoors. She is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness and ...more

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