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Air and Ash

(Tides #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,562 ratings  ·  208 reviews
Born to privilege.
Trained for command.
Destined for danger.

After a lifetime of training, seventeen-year-old Princess Nile Greysik, a lieutenant on the prestigious Ashing navy flagship, sails into battle with one vital mission--and fails.

Barred from the sea and facing a political marriage, Nile masquerades as a common sailor on the first ship she can find. With a cowardly ca
Kindle Edition, 284 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Danger Bearing Press
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Sylvia Mercedes
You know those books that start RIGHT in the middle of action, leaving you a bit disoriented and wondering why you're supposed to care about these characters whose lives are imperiled? Yeah, I don't care for those either. But that's exactly how this book opened and somehow it just REALLY worked. I don't know if it was the way the author handled it, or the fact that I do have a soft-spot in my heart for a sea epic (I grew up watching the amazing Horatio Hornblower mini-series. Anyone else fans of ...more
Rachel E. Carter
Tides is a seafaring adventure perfect for fans of plucky heroines, elemental magic, and a forbidden (slow burning/high tension) romance!


Like some of my fantasy favorites (Tamora Pierce and Sherwood Smith), Alex knows how to straddle the line between fantasy and the real world, giving us a headstrong heroine that has to work for every accomplishment she earns in a climate that isn’t exactly female-friendly. Tides is Pirates of the Caribbean meets The Assassin's Curse meets The Song of the Lione
Starry-Eyed Jen
4/23/18 - ETA: Re-read so that I can finish the series now that I signed up for Kindle Unlimited and they're available for free on that platform. :)


This tale on the high seas was remarkably similar to Daughter of the Pirate King, which I loved. Except in tone. Where DotPK felt almost playful at times, this book had a much darker feel to it, ominous and deadly and full of portentous events. But I liked that about this story. I've really been jonesing for more nautical stories, especially aft
sher ⚘ (hiatus galore)
Nov 13, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: ya-fantasy




Princess Nile Greysik spent eight years earning her place on the sea when it all goes wrong. The ship she was commanding is lost in battle and she's one of the few survivors.

At home she's faced with her family's decision not to let her sail anymore, and to marry her off to a prince of a neighbouring kingdom. There's nothing else to do but run. So Nile does.

She finds her way onto an unknown ship with a plan in mind, to not only evade her planned future, but to eventually find a cure for her bro
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spfbo4
Full review is here, on my blog! and here, on the Weatherwax Report!

This is the first of my SPFBO books (the first one I read ^_^), and I’m delightfully thrilled to say that it was pretty great, marking this as a good start for me.

I’m also very tired. More on that later.

This was a very interesting and well put together story, to be sure!

This is the story of Nile Greysik, who is the princess of Ashing. Ashing is one of 6 countries that are part of a League of Nations. The Lyron League are at war
Jaime Arkin
4.5 stars!

I absolutely love that we’re seeing more and more YA titles set at sea and on ships!

Princess Nile Greysik has spent her lifetime training to lead the Ashing Navy. When we first meet her she is in the midst of a vital mission and when everything goes south, she’s somehow spared.

When she awakes, she finds that she has been barred from the sea and navy that she loves… instead she’s destined to a political marriage… something that she is determined will never happen.

Joining the first ship
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gods alive! Alex can sure write one hell of an amazing high fantasy! I just finished and I am completely in love with this world and it's characters! I need book 2 now! Only problem is it's not finished grrrr. I can't wait to read more of Nile's story and I need more Domenic now! Also am I supposed to love Catsper as much as I do? I sure hope so because he's all kinds of awesome lol ...more
★Me Myshelf and I★
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Not my cup of tea. Well written and did engage me but don't think I'll be continuing

A world where teenagers are running battleships just goes beyond what disbelief I can suspend

I'll stick to Alex's RH
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Air and Ash is the first book in the TIDES series (I have yet to figure out how many books there will be which is slightly annoying).
Main Character is Nile. She's been at sea since she was eight years old and recently lost her ship and her captain on a secret spy mission to change the tides in a war that does not only threaten her home country but all countries on the continent. Oh, and she just happens to be a princess. Yeah, the full program. With title and castle and king and queen as parents
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great story! I can't wait to listen to book 2. The Narrator was great. I loved the great accent she gave the characters. Nile is a great character! I wasn't sure at first if I would love a book about ship and sailors and such, I usually like that stuff in movies, but this book was great. I would recommend this to anyone! ...more
Aneta Bak
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Air and Ash is absolutely amazing. The characters, the world, the romance, it was all so perfect. I need more from this series.. like right away.

Ashing is at war, and when Princess Nile's ship fails its mission, she is sent home back to her castle. Forbidden to sail the seas and forced to an arranged marriage, Nile runs away and joins a ship where she can escape her life of royalty, and be one with the sea. A strange, new magic awakens in Nile, the gifted are highly frowned upon and if anyone fi
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**
Air and Ash is the first book in the Tides series by author Alex Lidell. The Tides series is an epic high fantasy adventure that takes place on the high seas! Umm, yes please!! I was already kicking myself for passing an early review of Daughter of the Pirate King and I have been kicking myself ever since. I was not going to miss out on all the swashbuckling fun in another highly anticipated pirate adventure. And Air
Kelly Clare
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Young adult writing at its best.
See the full review on YA Books Central >>>
I honestly don't remember adding this to my ever growing TBR list back in 2018 but I am glad that I finally dove into Air and Ash. Mostly because it ended up working for lots of challenges but it was also an interesting book to dive into. After meeting the 17 year-old princess, Nile, it was clear that she loved the sea more than her title. She also wasn't a huge fan of going into a political marriage so when she had the time to board another ship - she did it.

Not sure what's going to wait for he
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Technically a princess, Nile thinks of herself more as an officer of the navy - a job she has been doing since she was 12. When her ship is sunk by enemies, she recovers from her injuries at home and finds her parents plotting a marriage to a foreign prince and her career as a sailor OVER. So, like other heroines, she runs away on a ship leaving for the far reaches of the realm. She quickly finds out that despite working hard as an officer in her father's navy, she was actually pretty sheltered ...more
Splash Of Our Worlds
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again Alex Lidell proves what an amazing fantasy author she is. Air and Ash not only includes an amazing, clever and badass heroine in a role we don't usually see in that kind of books, but also an excellent crafted world full with adventure and magic (an interesting magic system which i hope we delve into deeper in a later date). But those are not even the best part of the book. I usually have problem following all the naval terms from books that include ships and big arcs on the sea, but ...more
Meg (LadyKnightMeg)
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
From the moment I finished the prequel novella, I needed to get my hands on this book. Lidell has a writing style that I very much enjoy, and she weaves a fun and hear pounding tale in this first installment of the Tides series.

Nile is not your typical princess and I loved her character. She was well balanced and flawed. Incredibly realistic. The other characters too, were loveable or loathable (respective to what they were intended to be), but all felt natural and not exaggerated.

The world buil
It's been a long long time since I gave a book a good rating. It's been a long time since I actually finished one. I've been skimming samples for months, and not loving anything and feeling like every writer is absolutely horrible. Until now. This one was rejuvenating, with a character that actually had SOME sense and a love for something other than her big man. She's a sailor, and a good one. I loved the slow burn romance, it gets a little too much at the end, I wish the author had drug it out ...more
Jennifer Ellision
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Welp, I loved this. Definitely should not have waited so long to read it since I also loved THE CADET OF TILDOR.
Raven_Blake (dreamy addictions)
Same Review Also Posted In My Blog: Dreamy Addictions

This book took me by surprise! I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I picked this up right after finishing its prequel novella which I really loved. I'm not familiar with the author's previous works so I really have no idea what to expect but this turned out to be a pretty good read. I love reading books with sea adventures and when I found this book, I couldn't resist and it also says that it is recommended for Sarah J. Mass and Tam
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Ok guys. So this book looked really good, and I loved Nile and Domenic and everything....and then suddenly I just got really bored and everything was being dragged out, the plot with the Gifted and her own powers was stale and slow, the plot with Domenic and her relationship didn't progress fast enough from jerk to nice guy (I know I don't want Indra love but this was pushing it) and I just wish I could have rated this higher but I just can't be bothered. I'm done with books I'm bored with. ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-must-reads
To see more reviews, considering taking a peek at my first in series YA book blog here

3.5 stars

I really hyped up Air and Ash for myself. I shouldn't have because it definitely took away from the reading experience. That being said, it was a squash buckling pirate adventure. And, not generally the nice kind.

Princess Nile has always been a sailor and commander of the seas. She is summoned home only to be banned from the sea and be used as political pawn. Well, she's having none of that. She join
Kasia Burlakoff
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: september-2017
I loved this story from the beginning to end, it practically sucked me into its Universe. It was very well written, with interesting and well developed characters. The plot was excellent, and the pace was fast with many twists and turns.

At the beginning there were some moments which got me slightly confused due to many new characters and unknown universe, but the feeling quickly disappeared and all the puzzle pieces fell into place. The author explained the set up of the world fully, without go
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was fortunate enough to be part of the blog tour for this book, and I'm so excited to share my thoughts on it with you gals and guys today! I told you about it a little while ago, and I said that it gave me such lady pirate feels. However, I was wrong - no lady pirates - but had also lady captains and lady shippers, or, erm, ladies on ships. But it was still great anyway.

This was definitely like any book that I've read. I thought that I had really read every kind of fantasy book, but this was
*Source* Kindle Bargain
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Air and Ash is the first installment in author Alex Lidell's Tides series. 17-year old Nile Greysik is the protagonist for this series. From an early age, Nile has served her country faithfully in the Ashing Navy. She rose to the rank of Lieutenant, and served as second to the Captain. But, after her ship, His Majesty's Ship Faithful, came under attack from the Republic, and loses a very valuable cargo in the process, Ni
Camillea Camillea
I initially read the novella, First Command, thinking I'd first sample Alex Lidell's writing before starting a new series. I was intrigued by the premise of a princess who is a lieutant on a navy ship. Sea adventures have grown on me recently and Alex Lidell did not disappoint!

Nile Greysik is a one of a kind character. She's tough, level headed, kind with a touch of humility. Although I doubt she'd admit to the latter. I love her character because of her ability and determination to turn a situ
Erica Alvendia
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Mmmmmm, I think there's a certain amount of villainy to help a story move along but there comes a point when it really is a bit too much. That's kind of how I felt about this book. The antagonist is supposed to make you despise him but in this book it got to the point where I was beyond annoyed and was pretty much over the storyline. From how the book ended it seems like it's only going to get even worse in that aspect so I'm not even sure I'm that curious to know what happens in the next novel. ...more
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'll write a full review later but I absolutely love this book. It was like Tamora Pierce combined with ships/pirates. Definitely going to be eagerly awaiting the sequel! ...more
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
I am crazy excited to talk about one of today's brand new releases with you! AIR AND ASH is Alex Lidell's second published book. When I found out that she was publishing a new book, I was REALLY excited. In 2012, I helped reveal the cover of her debut novel, THE CADET OF TILDOR, and was on her Street Team. In early 2013, the book debuted and I reviewed it. While that book stands alone, it could easily have become a series and I wish there were more books. It reminded me of two of my favorite ser ...more
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Alex Lidell is the Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANN ...more

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