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The Tiger's Watch (Ashes of Gold #1)

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Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every mov
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Kindle Edition, 180 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Harmony Ink Press
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Julia Ember Hi Shade! Thanks for your question! Tashi is a genderfluid protagonist. Although they were born with a male body, they do not identify this way. Tashi…moreHi Shade! Thanks for your question! Tashi is a genderfluid protagonist. Although they were born with a male body, they do not identify this way. Tashi is really adamant about being seen as a person, without the expectations of gender. They don't want to feel bound to a series of "shoulds" and want to express themself according to how they feel at the moment. Some of the ways their body is changing (Tashi is 16) also cause them anxiety, as Tashi wants to maintain their androgynous look.

Being misgendered and forced to change their appearance in order to hide is a source of conflict in the novel. It is not the central plot conflict, though.

Hope that clears it up!(less)
Julia Ember This book is written in first person, past tense. Thanks for your question!
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Cait (Paper Fury)
I had pretty high expectations going into this! But yet I...I have quibbles. Which bugs me because everyone else seems to be marrying this book at dawn, and like, mate, that COVER. And that PREMISE. I am so onboard with the premise. And it stars a nonbinary protagonist who is super sweet and also badass (epic combination, let's be real here). Plus if the cover accidentally became, like, a hat...I'd wear it.

L I K E S
I really liked Tashi! Even though I'm lowkey bitter about their decisions, but
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Julia Ember
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I am the author! This is my second novel (that I wrote, but it won't be the second one published!) and the start of a series.

It is a much darker type of fantasy than Unicorn Tracks and writing a trilogy has presented completely new challenges.

This book is a bit of a feast of queer ... In this book, two of the MCs are bisexual and the third is pansexual. Series pairings include gq/m, m/m as well as f/f in book 2.

I've had some questions about Tashi's pronoun use. Tashi is nonbinary. Tashi is rea
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⚔ Silvia ⚓
Failed BR with Lorenzo il Magnifico and this crossover person between Inej Ghafa and Santa Elena

I was sent this book as an advance copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

DNF @ 45%


How sad. I really wanted to like this book. I was prepared for not loving it, which is fine because not every book can be your favorite, and it’s not even fair to say I completely hated it. If I had more time and if I was a faster reader I would have forced myself to
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Elise (thebookishactress on wordpress)
I'm officially DNFing this out of frustration. This was a FAILED buddyread with Silv and Rin -links lead to their reviews. All of us DNFed which doesn't seem like a great sign??

➽ The biggest issue here was the worldbuilding. The beginning of this book is incredibly frustrating. We are thrown into the middle of war with Tashi and their friend running away and it's not explained... at all. I think Julia Ember wanted to avoid info-dumping and made up for it by explaining... nothing. That's not a g
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CW (Read Think Ponder)
For a book that boasts a fantastic premise with very needed representation, I was excited to read this book and I was ready to love it. Unfortunately though, I am sad to say that I was a little disappointed by The Tiger's Watch. I have such mixed feelings about this book too, but I'll do my best to articulate them all.

There were many things that I liked about The Tiger's Watch. What had attracted me to read this book was the idea of humans, or inhabitors, sharing a magical bond with an animal, a
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The Bookavid
GENDERFLUID PROTAGONIST
I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE
Avery (Book Deviant)
See more of my reviews on my blog the Book Deviant

I would like to thank Julia Ember and Harmony Ink Press for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Be prepared for this review, because it’s basically just going to be a ton of gushing for the story and Julia.

I have to admit that I had high expectations for this one ever since I heard about it, which was around the time that I had read Unicorn Tracks. In absolutely no ways did this one disappoint. In fact, it blew me away
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Laura (bbliophile)
AMAZING. I loved this book so much I don't even know what to say. My review is going to be a mess, that's for sure.
Inge
After reading The Seafarer's Kiss, I was really excited to jump aboard The Tiger's Watch. Though I was a bit hesitant about the length of the book (a high fantasy novel written in 180 pages?), the premise promised me awesome things, and on some levels, it delivered; on others, it did not.

First of all, the length of the book showed in its lack of development. While we did get a sense of the world-building and ongoing politics, it was just that - a sense. I would have liked a little more history i
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Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
I wish I had paid more attention to the synopsis before I requested this from Netgalley. If I had, I would’ve noted that the MCs are all 16-17, usually much too young for me when it comes to books. I haven’t been that age in quite some time and really can’t related to stories told from the POV of teenagers.

I requested this for 2 reasons. 1) Because I thought the idea of someone having a “bondmate” with an animal, where you can feel each other and see through each other’s eyes, sounded really fu
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Manon
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, lgbtqqiap
*3.5 Stars*

I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I will not summarize this book, I’m gonna throw you into the review, just like I was thrown into this book.
See, when the book started, I was lost, I almost wondered if my file was defective and I started it in the middle of the story. But, no. This book just has an abrupt start.
After that, the main character, Tashi tried to give us some backstory but still, even though I liked this captivating, original world, I felt
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Jennymort 🐍The Dark Lord, House of Slytheread🐍
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**in exchange for an honest review**

Let us see how this one goes. Though I won't get around to it till probably next week.
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rin (lorenzo)
we_tried_br w/ birthday girl 🎂 and this cutie

did someone curse me and silvia or smth, we only had 1.5 good BRs???

DNF @ 59%

so i requested this arc because i found the idea very intriguing. genderfluid MC in a fantasy world (not my place to speak about it, but i think genderfluidness was presented really well)! bounded to the tiger (kind of feels like soulmates but with an animal)! who has to spy on enemy invaders!

sadly, apart from promising idea and great take on Tashi's (the MC) genderfluidness,
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Jackie
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS BOOK.

RTC
Morgan Blanch
Dec 20, 2016 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-release
Hi guys.
This book has a genderfluid protagonist. And it's a fantasy.
Okay, that's all.
Bye.
Mihlean
I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and voluntary review

Rating: 4,5 stars!

I'm! Screaming! This was so cool?

The world building was impeccable. Julia Ember's writing immediately hooked me from the start. The Tiger's Watch is obviously a fantasy book, which usually requires a helluva world building and info about how this particular world works, what makes it tick. In this book, this is done extremely well despite its shortness. We never get overwhelmed wi
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The Captain
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this young adult fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here be me honest musings . . .

Well, yet again, an interesting cover led me to take a look at this book. Gender-fluid protagonist who is bonded with a giant golden tiger? Yes, please. This book certainly was a quick read at 180 pages. I read it in one evening. It was an enjoyable read for me but not a fantastic one.

The pros:

- Gender-fluid protagonist. Hooray for diversity! Also Tash
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Flavia
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first heard about this book when I was browsing through diverse book lists back in January or February (somewhere around that time), and I remember being very intrigued by the plot because I had never read a book containing a gender fluid character, much less as the main character! This made me realize two things. One we are finally progressing toward a broader representation of genders and sexualities. And two, that due to this being the first book with a gender fluid MC for me, it means that ...more
Cody
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to hear Julia was writing a YA fantasy series with a gender fluid main character, something that is sorely lacking in literature today. The fact that The Tiger’s Watch was also going to have human-animal bonding, magic and a badass heroine going behind enemy lies to spy was just the icing on the cake! It instantly became a must read. However as much as I wanted to love it, I’m sorry to say that I had a few issues with The Tiger’s Watch.

I had a slight issue with Tashi, well more
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Louise
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tiger's Watch is another great novella from Julia Ember. I've loved all of her stories -- there's always something new and original.

The plot and premise of The Tiger's Watch is really different and the isolated monastery setting really adds something to the story. My absolute favourite thing was the characters. Pharo is brave and kind and I completely saw why Tashi loved him. Xian was more complicated. He's charming but unpredictable, vicious and vulnerable. He's not as obvious a love-inter
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Olivia
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, arc
Julia Ember did it again. This book, though short, was absolutely amazing. I loved the world, the magic, the characters, everything. The idea of inhabitors was unlike anything I'd read before, and I loved Katala with all my heart. I was hooked from the first page all the way through to the end. Tashi, Pharo, and Xian were complex, distinct characters, and I liked them all. I don't ship Tashi without anyone though, at least not at the moment. And that ending!! Omg!! I need the sequel now!! 😍

Note:
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Ann Elise Monte
I received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest… and rather late review. Sorry!

I really enjoyed Julia’s debut, UNICORN TRACKS, so I’ve been pretty excited to see more of her work, though I’ve been a bit snowed under with other books this year so I’ve had limited time to do that. Julia’s also really lucked out with her cover artist at Harmony Ink Press. Love the watercolour designs.

Details at a glance:

Genre: YA Fantasy

First published: 2017

Format: e-ARC

Pairings: M/NB

Sexual content: Se
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Hiba Sajid
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
"The animal sees something in you that draws them, but as you bond,the thing that makes you successful as a pair may be something else entirely. Balance. At all times balance within yourself. Do not focus in on that one trait."


I am having very hard time gathering my feelings for this book. You see, it has every thing that I like about a Young adult fantasy book : interesting plot, great setting, complex characters. But then there were so many things missing that stopped me from enjoying the
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Lin
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
SPOILER FREE REVIEW

At the beginning I was a little bit confused as the whole gender world is a bit new to me and I needed some time adapt to it. Do not get me wrong I have nothing against non binary people nor the way they decide to define themselves I am totally OK with that. 

This clarified let me jump into the

THINGS I LIKED

The cover! Seriously it is cover-porn I could stare at it for hours and would not get bored

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0.0 should I be worried about this??

The Asian vibes I am all about Asia!! You s
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Melissa Souza
Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, lgbtq
**Thank you to Harmony Ink Press and Netgalley for sending me an ARC in return for an honest review.

2.5 to 3 stars!!!

When I had first read the synopsis for this book, I was pretty excited. The concept of the novel really hooked me. However, I'm quite disappointed because the story hasn't really lived up to my expectations. All in all, this book was a rather average read for me with a few key highlights.

Firstly, I'd like to applaud the author for creating a genderfluid protagonist. I liked how th
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Danielle
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I already feel I will not be able to do this book justice with my review. When I read the blurb for The Tigers Watch I was intrigued. However, I wasn't sure if it was going to be for me. I'm so glad I gave it a shot. The writing style sucked me in, and I really enjoyed the story. The Tigers Watch just got better, and better. I can't wait for the next one. I want it now!

Tashi has a bonded animal who helps her to spy and kill enemies. She has to leave the capital after it is over run. She end
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Andrew
That cover though O.O
I need this so much-

*Received from Netgalley*
Read my review on my blog
Lilly (Lair Of Books)
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
***4 STARS***

Full review can also be found on my blog Lair Of Books:
https://lairofbooksblog.wordpress.com...


PLOT

The Tiger’s Watch is a diverse YA Fantasy centered around Tashi our gender fluid main character. Tashi is a inhabitor which by definition means you are bonded with an animal. This also means your life lines are linked & so when one dies, the other does too. Tashi is bonded to a golden tiger named Katala who if need be they can inhabit. As a soldier trained to be a spy, Tashi and th
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Laura
I'm in two minds about this novella. While there was a part of me that was intrigued by the general premise, there were still too many moments of confusion and poor characterisation for me to fully immerse myself in the story.

WORLDBUILDING & PLOT

One of my issues is the world building, or lack thereof. The novel starts after the conclusion of a major battle, with Tashi, the protagonist, and their best friend on the run. We don't actually discover what happened until further in the novel, whic
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Sharon Mariampillai
I received a copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

Thank you Julia Ember for the opportunity to read your book. This was an alright read. I was supposed to read this in July, but I am glad that I finally read the book. I thought the book started off great, but then started to get more boring as I continued to read. I thought the characters were interesting, but I did also find them a bit annoying and stupid at times. I did not love them, but I did not dislike them either. I felt
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Originally from Chicago, Julia Ember now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. She spends her days working in the book trade and her nights writing teen fantasy novels. Her hobbies include riding horses, starting far too many craft projects, PokemonGo and looking after her city-based menagerie of pets with names from Harry Potter. Luna Lovegood and Sirius Black the cats currently run her life.

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