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(Untitled Duology #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  320 ratings  ·  177 reviews
Red Rising meets The Scorpio Races in this epic fantasy following three phoenix horse riders--skilled at alchemy--who must compete at The Races--the modern spectacle that has replaced warfare within their empire.

Every year since the Ashlords were gifted phoenix horses by their gods, they've raced them. First into battle, then on great hunts, and finally for the pure sport
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I reviewed this a long time ago on my blog and Netgalley. I just keep forgetting to get it of my currently reading. That’s why I don’t like to have books currently reading. Either way, I enjoyed it!

Scott Reintgen
Jun 18, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Reminder: This book is out in the world now! Grab your copy today. I'm so excited for the rest of you to jump into the incredible world of phoenix horse racing. This is my favorite book so far.

Shh. Don't tell my other books.
Chelsea Humphrey
I couldn't sleep last night, so I picked this up on a whim and devoured the entire book in one sitting! Scott Reintgen has a way with words; his writing is accessible to readers of all ages, his narrative is captivating and engaging, and his characters are diverse in a way that doesn't feel forced, or for the sake of diversity. Ashlords is a thrilling introduction to a new duology, and per usual the author has me waiting anxiously for the conclusion. This was a fast paced read, a brilliant ...more
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

"Red Rising" meets "The Scorpio Races"!?? OMG!
Are you freaking kidding me?

Take all my money and keep the change!!!
Also can we acknowledge that beautiful cover!
So gorgeous! <333
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
[3.5/5 stars] Scott Reintgen’s creativity always sparks my interest. I loved his Nyxia Triad enough to be sold on a new novel from him before even knowing what it was about.

As it turns out, it’s about racing phoenix horses across the desert. Um, hell yeah, sign me up!

A really cool concept and some great characters drove this story when other things like pacing and idea overload threatened to become issues. There are some well-thought out mechanics on the magic surrounding the breeding and care
With a tagline of ride or die, you know I'm down!!!

Thank you so much, Crown Books for Young Readers, for my early copy!!

Magical Horses.
A competition.
I could not be more excited about this!!!
Loretta (Laughing Listener)
I'm not gonna lie to you guys, the flaming pony is the only reason I'm here.

Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Sol ~ TheBookishKing
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Yes, they die so that they might become something more."

Hello, my friends! I recently finished this wonderful book and figured it would be a great story to review.


Ashlords immediately throws you into this unique world of humans and phoenixes. Phoenixes are essentially horses who have the power to resurrect and burn, and people race them for sport and clout. There are three PoV's in this book and I enjoyed all of their stories. Imelda is a girl who manages to get a spot in the race due
The Captain
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: horses
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 . .

To those new to the crew, ye should know that horses were me first love before the sea stole me heart. So obviously the flaming horse cover drew me in. I have enjoyed this author's work in the past and I just had to read this.

Me favorite part of this book was of course the horses, known as phoenixes, in this particular world. Basically these horses were
Scott Reintgen’s ASHLORDS is a literary powerhouse of imagination! Race along the elite riders in an annual race on phoenix horses that die each sunset, only to be reborn with alchemy the next sunrise. Deceit, treachery, and the need to win at any cost will test three riders from three different walks of life. Who will keep their honor and integrity? Who will fall to the lowest of lows?

A brilliantly told tale that invites readers to ride alongside, peek into the characters’ minds and thrill at
Sheila Goicea
I received a copy of this book from Crown Books for Young Readers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.


It’s the first time I’ve seen it all so clearly. There are two worlds, and I know exactly which one I belong in.

Content Warning: Death, Gore, Brutality, Profanity

Ashlords has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2020. The first
Karen’s Library
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian, netgalley
4.25 stars. After reading and loving this author's first series, Nyxia, I knew I'd need more from him. Ashlords was exactly what I was waiting for! This book centers around horses called Phoenixes that die each night in a burst of flames and are raised from their ashes each morning using alchemy and magic. The alchemists choose what strengths and features their horse will have based on the chemicals used.

It's such a unique premise and I loved it. Ashlords is The Scorpio Races meets The Hunger
Feb 03, 2020 marked it as to-read
synopsys: Red Rising meets The Scorpio Races-
me: shut up and take my money
Austine (NovelKnight)
Check out the original review and more on NovelKnight!

This book was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

For all the books I've read, I'm not sure I've read one likeAshlordsand I. Am. A Fan. This book is fast-paced and exciting and packed with twists and turns much like the very race it's centered around.

I was initially intrigued by the concept of the phoenixes. In this world, they take the form of horses that rise
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Thank you to Netgalley and the Author and Publisher for giving me this ARC to read for a fair and honest review.

Check out this review and others like it on my blog!!!

"This was more than just a race. Our world is about to burn. And the two of us are the ones who will set it on fire."

What makes a book great for you? Is it the characters? The world building? The romance? The action? There's something about certain books that set them apart from the rest,
[actual rating 3.5 stars]

Meh. Not what I expected and a long way from what I hoped for.

I feel like the blurb on the back tells a completely different story than what I actually read but since this seems to be a duology, some of the aspects described in the blurb might find their way into the sequel? I still don't know how to feel about this because I think if you describe what the book is about or what will happen in the book then it should also happen in the book, you know what I mean?

Also, the
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it

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This book caught my eye because, honestly, any book that is compared to Scorpio Races is going to be one that I just have to read. I loved that story! Luckily, Ashlords did not disappoint. It was an imaginative fantasy and I loved the inclusion of the phoenix horses. I also appreciated that the alchemy involved with the resurrections of the horses was complicated and at the same time fallible. It made every resurrection a bit of a nail biter because there was never any guarantee that things were ...more
Sherwood Smith
Dec 15, 2019 added it
Shelves: fantasy
This fantasy gets off to a somewhat slow start, which surprised me a bit after the Nyxia stories' 0-80 speed bang out the gate. But this is also a more complicated world, and a more complicated story being set up.

We've got three POVs, each written in a different style. Reintgen does a fabulous job establishing the three voices through the first half; I noticed that, in spite of the stylistic difference (third person, first person, second person present tense) the voices began to sound the same,
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
I feel very violated that the book ended like that.
How dare you.
Uncalled for.

I loved all the so much. The race was so exhilarating from all perspectives and I somehow I was rooting for them all. Tiny pieces of it reminded me of the Lunar Chronicles which just gave me so much nostalgia.
Nicole (FearYourEx)
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I requested an e-galley of Ashlords from the publisher without reading the synopsis. It had a fiery horse on the cover and the most important part Scott Reintgen was the author. So it was automatic request due to author.

I was not disappointed one bit.
This book follows three main characters Imelda (a Dividian), Adrian (a Longhand), and Pippa (an Ashlord, the favorite) as they prepare for and compete in a race. The Dividians are basically the lowest caste, they make less money, they are governed
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I freaking loved this!!!
From the introduction at the beginning, I was hooked on this story. I love competitions and the world building in this was so well done. The mash up of magic and technology was interesting and the phoenix horses were awesome. We meet three main characters in this book: Imelda, the poor Dividian who is a phenomenal alchemist and gets to the races on scholarship; Adrian, a Longhand looking to spark an uprising against the ruling Ashlords; and Pippa, one of those
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, own
I liked this book. The premise is interesting, the world building original.

But... it’s a lot. There is a lot of stuff.

I loved the dystopian fantasy setting and the sciencey magic system in connection to the horses. I liked it A LOT.

But there are SO many elements, and some of them don’t quite feel like they fit in. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t list them here... but let’s just say that sometimes it can be great to add an unexpected element, and other times it can feel strident and
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya, netgalley
There was a lot going on in this book. The phoenix horses die every night and arise with the sun, and different chemical components change the horses as well. The country is complex and divided with the Ashlords and their gods ruling (and maybe not outwardly oppressing, but oppressing nonetheless) two conquered groups. And then there is the annual phoenix race, which is a combination of creativity, riding skill, fighting skill, and strategy.

The story is told in three points of view. First is
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star


This one is rather hard for me to review, because I had some pretty mixed feelings about it. First, I just want to say that the concept is EPIC!!! Alchemy! Phoenix horses!!! I loved the riders' use of specific alchemical components to basically upgrade their horses. The concept was the shining gem of this book, and ultimately the main thing that kept me interested. I adored the horses and everything about them. The race was cool, too - it had a very Hunger Games-esque feel to it, but more
Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to Random House Children's for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway

DNF @ page 50.

It pains me to dnf this because I was all ready to love the phoenix horses, and I still think that it is a great idea. However the set-up of the book is just not for me. There are 3 point of views that we follow and one of them is written in second person point of view. I found it incredibly jarring to read the constant you's and it makes me not want
Dec 23, 2019 added it
Shelves: arc
-- I received this book through NetGalley against an honest review. --

I had the opportunity to read this book ahead of it published date and frankly, it's a great surprise.

I think the big asset of the novel is it universe. The concept of phoenix horses that need to be resurrected every morning is a great idea. The magic system is frankly well found, I enjoyed discovering the different components of the alchemists, the many possibilities and the functioning of the horses. In addition to this
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
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ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

3.5 stars

What is this book about? Ashlords follows the point of views of three characters from three very different backgrounds as they enter an annual competitive race featuring phoenix horses. Is it as awesome as the premise sounds? Yes.

What did I like? The premise of Ashlords is unlike any other I’ve read. Scott Reintgen did such an amazing job creating the plot and the world in this book. The entire
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020release
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Scott Reintgen grew up in North Carolina, and took full advantage of the fact that he lived on the same street as fourteen of his cousins. It could be a little crowded, but he threw a few elbows and carved out a space for himself as the family storyteller. He enjoyed the role so much that he decided to spend most of college and graduate school investing in the world of literature. This led to a ...more

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