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(The Elemental #6)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  2,853 ratings  ·  132 reviews
My name is Ash, and I am an Elemental.

As an Ender, it is my place to protect the royal family at all costs. Despite being the best Ender our world has ever beheld, I have failed time and again as the personal sacrifices continue to mount.

Lark has been banished to the desert by her father who is blind to the manipulation he has again fallen prey to. To bring about
Published August 30th 2016 by HiJinks Ink Publishing, Ltd.
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rose - 忻怡 - Hey, I don't know if you've read this yet but this book has some explanations as to why Ash was turned into a golden eagle and Ash's experiences durin…moreHey, I don't know if you've read this yet but this book has some explanations as to why Ash was turned into a golden eagle and Ash's experiences during Lark's banishment, filling in some of the missing parts of Ash's journey in the series. If you are a fan of Ash, you should totally read this but you could skip it though.(less)

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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

ASH is a backstory / fill-in-the-blanks installment, so even though it’s book 6, timeline-wise the events take place in-between WINDBURN and ROOTBOUND, but you kinda need to read the latter first in order to understand this volume’s plot. I enjoyed what Shannon Mayer put down however, admittedly the ELEMENTAL series is starting to get a tad bit complicated because the titles *should* be experienced chronologically, and yet maybe not.

This is Ash’s version of what came aft
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
A bit better than I expected but not as good as I'd hoped.
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novella is told from Ash's POV and spans the time between "Windburn" and "Rootbound" filling in the missing pieces of Ash's experiences.... although this story answered some pressing questions, it also caused many others to rise; this story continues to twist and turn making me question the characters' motives and intentions; who are the allies and who are the enemies?....How will this magical adventure conclude?... looking forward to reading "Destroyer" and finally having the answers revea ...more
Shakuita Johnson
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ash has been one of my favorite characters for a while now so when I found out he was getting his own book to say I was excited is an understatement! We find out just what happens to him (view spoiler) And boy does Ash go on an adventure. I especially like the introduction of the Yeti. The set up for the next book is perfect and I for one cannot wait. There are wheels in motion and motivations behind deceptions are starting to be hinted it. Bravo for anothe ...more
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57 points/100 (3 stars/5)

Lark has been banished, and Ash is unable to go to her. Yet Ash has to find a way to help Larkspur, whatever it takes. The reality may be more than he can bare, though.

The book Ash is an alternative point of view from Ash (obviously) during the time between books four and five of the series. The author herself says to read this after Rootbound though, to save yourself the spoilers. It takes place
Ashley Critchley
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love this series and we've all wanted more Ash. Honestly though, this one didn't thrill me As Much as the others in the series. I don't know if I just missed them together or what but it was probably the ending. I felt it was a little rushed and not as detailed as I'm used to with Mayer. I'm not usually left with tons of questions in an ending but I feel like the time after "the change" could've been more detailed. I guess it probably doesn't matter too much in the long run but I can't help bu ...more
This is a stop gap for the series and to be honest. I wasn't blown away.

I dislike novellas. They're always a little pointless to me. I did find it somewhat confusing or/and enlightening to see the other things going on that lark is not away of.
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was definitely left wondering what all happened to Ash between WINDBURN and ROOTBOUND, so ASH was a welcomed addition to my review schedule. Fans of the Elemental Series might be tempted to read ASH before ROOTBOUND, but you should read the series in order of book #, so make sure to read ASH after ROOTBOUND. I know it's a bit confusing, but there are things that happen in ASH that need the explanations you get from book five.

ASH answered a lot of questions for me, but also added some new ones
Boundless Book Reviews
I was provided a copy of Ash in exchange for an honest review.  Ash is a part of the elemental world and is a novel from Ash’s POV.  This absolutely CANNOT be read as a standalone novel.  I have read the entire series. I will admit, I felt like I needed to go back and refresh my knowledge. Since Ash doesn’t take place in the current time line but picks up in the past and then brings us to the present. We get to see what he was doing while he and Lark had been separated.  Shannon has a brilliant ...more
Mary Lee

This one was short. I'm not really thrilled with how convoluted things are getting. So some people can apparently see far into the future and are scheming, yet they can't see the real enemies there? We get surprised again and again when the story turns back on itself and completely changed course and we are supposed to believe that these cruel, evil murderers actually have good intentions? In like being surprised in a story, but this series has so much good turning out to be evil and e
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was initially hesitant to read this book. My first thoughts were that we already knew what had happened to Ash and why did we need to knew how it happened.
I started reading and was once again pulled in to the magically world of Larkspur and company. I really enjoyed learning about the relationship between Ash and Peta. My view of one the characters keeps changing. I don’t know if Talan will come good or if he is the puppet master of all of the evil that Lark has endured.
As always, I can’t wa
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook review: This book has left me with a mix of emotions, sad and anger. Sad for Peta, Ash, and Lark. Angry at Talon. Shocked by Casava and Raven. Totally confused by how the storyline had played out. But in the end, I’m just angry.
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4 stars, review to follow on Boundless Book reviews
(3.5 stars)
Pure fantasy at its finest. I would say this is less urban fantasy though than the Rylee Adamson series. Even though it's set in the same world, the Elementals keep to themselves making this a lot more removed from the "normal" world. I think for some readers it will be hard to move between the series - for me personally, I'm a massive "classic" fantasy fan before all else so reading this was like coming home and gave me the same warm fuzzy feelings.

The series isn't really anything new in the ge
Denise Allen
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I want to be perfectly clear with this review. I absolutely adore the writer and the stories that she writes. Her first four in this series were straight up homeruns. Very good, however the story became fragmented The author left out giant chunks of storylines making it very hard for me to keep up with what was going on I have already started book 7 and I still have so many questions which can be answered if you read all her spinoff series of books. Fine and dandy but I thought after stumbling o ...more
Debbie Turk
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pain, Heart Ache, Desperation Then A Failure Due To Meddling!!😔💔🙏😭😲
Such Plots Have Been Woven, Poor Ash!💔😭
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Ash: The Elemental Series #6

Ash tries to right the wrong of Lark's banishment, first with words then deed! Raven steps in & thwarts him using spirit to bend minds against him. Griffin managed to aid him in the dungeon so he doesn't lose his mind then Peta arrives just in time to save him physically!🙏 They escape the Rim to search out & end Cassava, he's convinced
Mirinda Turner
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Even though I like the series it feels so unnecessarily drawn out. I’m getting frustrated with redundant sentences overly used. I read two other books while reading Ash because I needed a distraction from my frustrations. By the end I was finally to the point that I could read at my normal fast pace. I enjoyed having Ashes perspective and Norm’s humor. All the back and forth between Raven, Talen and Cassava is driving me crazy, now we have the ancients that have been sleeping for centuries co
Trace Neale
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No book or author information at Shannon's web page

I found the book "Ash" to be an unfinished ending to the elemental series of books. I love the series and am very caught up in it, but with no guidance from the author as to which books are related to her other book series and no suggested reading order, i find myself disappointed. On top of that, the author directs Their reader the to a link that is the author's name For additional book information and all You are directed to is An unfinished b
Antoinette Lewis
Jul 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Ash's book shed some light on what happen to him in the years that Peta and Larkspur were unable to find him.

His journey highlighted the suffering he endured. I can't wait to see what the end is about as the elemental world endured so much at who's hands we are not sure as well as their agenda is still uncertain even now.

I hope Bella and Flint survives the mother Goddess imposter that ruined and continues to ruin so many of the elementals lives causing many to die and supernatural species to go
Curly's  Ramblings
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Audiobook review: I have liked Ash from the first moment he was introduced in the Elemental series. Like many in love he reacted when he should have thought things out a little more. His lack of foresight leads him on an unintended adventure filled with lies, half truths, and royal machinations. The story is fabulous. The new character Norm was a a great humorous addition. The narrator did a nice job, but I wish she would have stuck with Ms. Fortgang...Ash just doesn’t sound like Ash in the prev ...more
Rebecca Gomez-Estrada

Ash is a great story but then all of Shannon Myers books are great especially they ones that have to do with the Riley Adams series and this is part of that series! There is only one draw back to her books that is a huge problem and has caused a little funhearted conflict in my house and that is I can't put them down once I start reading them they have to be in my hand unless there is a darn good reason they aren't in my hand! Lol!!! Then my daughter and I fight over who likes them more! She g
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed getting to read Ash’s POV. He’s always been one of my favorite characters in the series and I was so curious what exactly had happened to him while Lark was gone. When I initially saw the titles of this series I had hoped ASH would be a present day novel with him and Lark, so I was a tad disappointed about that at first, but this was a good read. Answered questions and wrapped up back in present day.
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Audiobook review: If I am honest, I often struggle when the narrator of a story (in the book or in the audible version) changes. Ash maybe be one of the few exceptions to the rule! Mayer does a great job of providing the reader with a glimpse into the mind and perspective of Ash as he is left reeling after Larkspur's banishment. Micheal Axtell brought Ash to life in a completely new way, making me fall in love with the character all over again. What a great listen! ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Incredible to get Ash's POV. I read this a little out of order, but it makes so much more sense in the overall story line. I love his character and really enjoyed seeing his interactions with the "villains" in the series, Talan, Raven, and Cassava... I can't wait for the next book to see what happens and whether Ash and Lark will ever get together. ...more
Frances Phillips
Lark and Ash are both in terrible danger. Ash is my favorite character so I hope he will find Lark again.

Lark is banished and Ash is trying to find Cassava to remove her forever from their world. Ash and Peta are separated and he searches everywhere for her. Talon and Raven are two wild cards who could cause many problems. Things look bleak for Ash.
angie beth
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You've created an amazing world

These characters are so strong. I loved every minute in this wonderful world. I couldn't but these books down the friendships and adventures are so great. A must read for anyone who wants to read about this outstanding would of adventures and magic and amazing creatures and wonderful characters
Angela James
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Eep! Noooo, I'm still so confused! I need answers and for the sky to be blue like the grass is green because nothing my mind comes up with makes sense or can predict where this is going lol It's so good and it's driving me crazy all at once. (shakes fist) Lark, Ash, and Peta have stolen my heart and it's shredded right now...give me more!
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved seeing things from Ash's point of view. However, I do think that this should have been a book 4.5 instead of 6. I'm just getting frustrated with how Shannon Mayer keeps skipping back and forth between timelines. I'm hoping that book 7, Destroyer, ends the series on a good note. I can't help but think that after Windburn, everything started going downhill. ...more
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

This was an unexpected book for the simple reason that it broke the pattern of the previous books. This one was narrated by Ash, the Terraling Ender. It moved quickly and added a great deal to the series. A must read for fans of the Elemental series.
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