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Legacy of Ash

(Legacy Trilogy #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  955 ratings  ·  231 reviews
Legacy of Ash is an unmissable fantasy debut--an epic tale of intrigue and revolution, soldiers and assassins, ancient magic and the eternal clash of empires.

A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic.

Ruling families -- once protectors of justice and democracy -- now plot against one another with sharp words and sharper knives. Blinded by ambition, they remain heedless
Kindle Edition, 800 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Orbit
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Matthew Ward It's coming later this year. Official announcement's probably not that far away.…moreIt's coming later this year. Official announcement's probably not that far away.(less)
Matthew Ward A little of both. While Legacy of Ash is part of a trilogy (with threads and characters that will be explored later down the line), it's written prima…moreA little of both. While Legacy of Ash is part of a trilogy (with threads and characters that will be explored later down the line), it's written primarily as a self-contained story with a satisfying beginning, middle and end.

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Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Achievement unlocked: This is the 100th ARC/Review Copy I’ve read and reviewed!

Review Copy provided by the publisher—Orbit—in exchange for an honest review.

Legacy of Ash is an epic fantasy debut aptly designed for well-seasoned epic fantasy readers, and I wouldn’t recommend newcomers to the genre starting to start their epic fantasy adventure here.

We all know how it goes; if it’s an epic fantasy debut, the particular book will immediately be advertised as A Song of Ice and Fire or Game of Th
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
My thanks to Orbit Books, Netgalley and the Author Matthew Ward. I have a love for Epic Fantasy and Grimdark. Because I love it so hard, I don't read too much of it, and when I do I'm exceedingly picky! This was Epic Fantasy at its finest. I'm truly amazed by now much I loved this first book. It had a large cast of characters, but not so many that you end up wondering who is who. I loved the characters, "mostly." I especially loved the magics? Both dark and light, and am looking forward to seein ...more
James Islington
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this! LEGACY OF ASH is another debut coming out this year that’s certainly worth a look if you’re into slightly more historical-feeling epic fantasy. It’s an interesting mix – it was pitched to me as A GAME OF THRONES meets Bernard Cromwell, and I don’t think that’s too far off the mark. It has great worldbuilding, and a big cast that allows the story to stay detail-oriented while maintaining quite a wide scope. There’s plenty of politics and backstabbing and generally terrible people ...more
Nils | nilsreviewsit
‘[[Much can change in time,]] said Anastacia. [[Truth becomes hope, and hope becomes legend. What was wild becomes settled, and fear lives on as prejudice. People remember where history forgets.]]’
Legacy of Ash is the first instalment in the aptly titled Legacy Trilogy by Matthew Ward. This book is a tome to say the least, rounding up at 764 pages, this is one hell of an ambitious epic fantasy and one that completely enchanted me.

To give a brief outline of what the book is about is somewhat of
Fantasy doesn't get any more legendary or epic than Ward's "Legacy of Ash." You want ancient kingdoms doing battle. You got it. You want heroes and heroines in rebellion against the boot of the oppressors. Here it is. You want magical powers so dark, so mysterious, so twisted. You can barely comprehend its limits. You found it.

The payoff in terms of a satisfying epic adventure is magnificent. However, patience must be counseled on the treacherous journey. The cinder block, referred to as a novel
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to Orbit Books, Netgalley and the Author Matthew Ward.
I have a love for Epic Fantasy and Grimdark. Because I love it so hard, I don't read too much of it, and when I do I'm exceedingly picky! This was Epic Fantasy at its finest. I'm truly amazed by now much I loved this first book. It had a large cast of characters, but not so many that you end up wondering who is who. I loved the characters, "mostly." I especially loved the magics? Both dark and light, and am looking forward to seeing
Nick Borrelli
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LEGACY OF ASH begins in the middle of a hotbed of action and events that have already taken place to set up the current situation. The Tressian Republic has accomplished much and acquired a good amount of territory leading up to this point. However, they are threatened on their southeastern border by the upstart Hadari Empire. The Hadari have been waiting patiently for the opportune time to strike and by all reasoning, this seems to be that time.

Situated between the warring Tressians and Hadari
Hiu Gregg
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
It feels like a long time since I’ve last read a big, chunky epic fantasy book set in a pseudo-European medieval setting. Which is wild, when you think about it, seeing as these types of books are still so often the most recommended.

But reading Legacy of Ash managed to stir up a little bit of nostalgia in me. It was a similar sort of feeling to that of eating a really good meal that reminds me of your parent’s cooking. The restaurant might use fresher ingredients than you would have found at hom
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was epic in the true sense of the word. Just because a book is long doesn’t necessarily mean it will use a wide-angle lens to view the world. There can be extremely lengthy books with a very narrow scope. This is a book that tried to show you every angle possible. Each character had their own schemes, plots, motivations, background, and reasons to get behind one leader or another. Sometimes their loyalties weren’t as strong as they appeared to be, not even amongst family members. All of tha ...more
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Hachette Audio,, the author, and the narrator for an advance listening copy of Legacy of Ash (Legacy Trilogy #1) in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this ALC did not influence my thoughts or opinions on the novel.

George R. R. Who? A sprawling epic filled with multi-dimensional characters, political intrigue, intense magic, and large-scale battles, Legacy of Ash is sure to be at the top of many “Best of” lists in 2020. A perfect blend of Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
DNF @ 52%

Legacy of Ash is an epic fantasy telling the story of multiple characters in a vast world. Such a vague description that can describe just about any fantasy novel on the market, right? If you were to ask me what Legacy of Ash is about, that’s the only description I would be able to give you. Though I didn’t finish the novel, you would think after reading half the novel I’d be able to give a better description, but no.

I had a hard time getting into the novel. There are a lot of characte
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Reading-wise, this has been a month of ups and downs, with plenty of surprises but also some disappointments. Then there are books like Legacy of Ash by Matthew Ward which fell somewhere in the middle, making it a tough one to rate. You know how it is with epic fantasies—especially debuts. Often they are highly ambitious, full-hearted, and brimming with potential, but at the same time, you just can’t but feel there’s somet
Jan 15, 2020 added it
DNFed @ 59%
Might get back to this in the future, it's an investment that costs time and effort and I can't afford that atm.
S A M | The Book in Hand
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked Legacy of Ash up in a Kindle deal but I pretty much listened to it all via audiobook after listening to a sample of Hampton's lovely narration.

Here are a few things you can expect from Legacy of Ash :

A BIG book that is huge in scope;
An incredible start (I think it’s my favourite prologue EVER);
An EPIC and masterfully complex plot;
Warring peoples with a history riddled with injustice and oppression; and
An incredible world with even better characters.

A little bit about the narration…

DNF @ 15% into the book.

I actually have been reading this one on the side. It was available on Amazon but I was cleared to read it as an ARC.


It has characters and it has a dense story. However, after 15% cleared in the book I have no idea what the hell is going on. I don't care about anybody, I cannot connect to any one. I just don't know who or what I am following.

The prologue was interesting and I thought that the brother and sister whose mother was slain is who we would be following? Not
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked the writing in this one and some of the characters were interesting, but the world-building felt constricted and there was way too much magic or maybe better put, magical, all-powerful beings for my taste. Still, a strong narrative kept me turning the pages somewhat to my surprise and I definitely plan to keep an eye for the next book if only to see where it goes as the ending is quite interesting.
KitKat The #BookNerd KBbookreviews
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.75 Stars

Legacy Of Ash, by Matthew Ward is an extraordinary and epic fantasy, it is vast, complex and glorious. I positively adored this book, it truly reached the epic complexity so many fantasies aim for.

Synopsis: The Tressian Republic is falling, a shadow looms over it. In the aftermath of a failed rebellion and on the brink of a war with the Hadari, the leaders meant to represent justice and democracy are at war with eachother. As they fight among themselves with poisonous words and deadly
Traveling Cloak
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Legacy of Ash is the epitome of epic fantasy. Told from multiple perspectives, the story is complex, the world building rich and steeped in a deep history. It has magic, and deities, and a whole lot of intrigue. As a reader, one cannot ask for much more out of an epic fantasy novel. This is true epic fantasy down to the core.

That is not to say it is familiar in any way; in fact, the opposite is true. Legacy of Ash is one of the most unique stories I have ever read. And it is action-packed. As I
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, arcs, epic-fantasy
This was a solid first book in a trilogy which left me interested to read more. While the pacing could, in my opinion, be a little meandering at times, it was more than made up by strong characterisations and worldbuilding.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now some of you know that my love affair with Epic Fantasy has taken a knock over the last couple of years. I’ve started too many books with high expectations only to find that unoriginal and repetitive plots, silly names, major coincidences just for the sake of plot and just bad characterisations and worse dialogue have killed them dead for me. Usually by the halfway point, I’ve reluctantly given up. It still pains me to type that I’ve abandoned way more than I’ve finished, much as I hate to do ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this book deserves a lot more attention. It is a huge volume, true, but while I had a great year in books, this one definitely gets in top ten.

Legacy of Ash is a story with a well-constructed worldbuilding and a large cast of characters. I know that this may discourage many people to read this book but I tell you, it's worth it. First of all, unlike many so big books, when there are many PoV's - here characters are so clear that it's hard to get lost in who is who. There aren't difficult
William Gwynne
Jul 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
Well this is quite an epic cover! Looking forward to it being released in November.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I haven't written a proper review in over a year lmao, so pls bear with me :" )

Just a little note: I've started using the CAWPILE rating system and spreadsheet so kindly provided by The Book Roast in this video. Though I usually make up my own reading stats spreadsheet every year, the rating system in this one had me intrigued and I wanted to give it a go. So far it's been very helpful! Would recommend.

CAWPILE rating: 8/10.
STAR rating: ★★★★✰

REVIEW: I didn't have that many expectations for Legacy
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, favorites

I really wasn't sure what to expect from Legacy of Ash--an epic fantasy debut that's nearly 800 pages is no joke--and although it took a little while to get fully acquainted with the world, once I was hooked I didn't want to stop reading it. This is a perfect example of modern epic fantasy in my opinion: it has some classic fantasy vibes and general ideas, but it's incredibly innovative and has some really exciting characters and storylines.

Legacy of Ash has a wide cast of characters and PO
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion. This is available now.

I’ve seen recommendations for Legacy of Ash everywhere and I am delighted to report that this book lives up to the hype. It’s a vast, complicated fantasy, the kind that sucks you in and keeps you interested. It has been compared to Game of Thrones (let’s be honest; hasn’t pretty much every new fantasy book been by now?) and I am not a huge fan of the comparison, simply because Legacy o
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-2020
I'm bad at writing reviews but I'll try to give this one a shot. I think my 3 star review is a bit misleading and maybe I should bump it up to 4 stars. Just give me half stars already GR!

My biggest problem with this book is that I feel like it's 1 1/2 stories crammed into one book. There's a solid wrap up ending but then the book continues on, shifts the main location, and quickly runs through another plot. I just felt like either this plot should have more strongly wove through the whole book s
Cori McCarthy
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book took me awhile, but it was so worth it! This is such an epic read full of magic, mystery, amazing cast of characters, and such a beautiful world. I cannot say enough good things about this book, and I highly suggest to anyone and everyone to read this book! If I had to compare this book to another, I would definitely say “Kingdom of Ash” by Sarah J Maas. They both had epic final battle scenes, characters struggling to survive, and just amazing scenes crafted by these authors. It is suc ...more
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Fantasy worlds aren’t meant to be familiar. They aren’t supposed to feel accessible. They should feel fresh, enthralling, memorable. They should be eye-opening, filled with thrill and threat, seductively seducing yet dangerously destructive. To be thrown into a fantasy world is to be ready to take on a universe that is beyond our own understanding, to allow ourselves to learn, to indulge the impossible, and to seek comfort in intangible values,
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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You would think that a book this long would have some boring bits, but no, this one was quite packed with action, magic, and political intrigue from start to finish. I started this 28 hour long beast one day and finished it in just short of four days, which is… really quickly, for me.

This is the story of the Tressian Republic. There are two factions who have been warring nearly constantly for the last fifteen years or so. Josiri Trelan is the son an
The Coycaterpillar Reads
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Massive thanks to Orbit books for my review copy of Legacy of Ash. I’m a complete junkie for all things dark fantasy and grimdark and this lit a fire within my core in which every page I raced through kept stoking. The first book in the series, aptly named Legacy. This is a serious Tome sitting at 800 pages. It felt like I had the fantasy bible in my hands, every page sucked me in and enraptured my imagination. An extremely imaginative and ambitious debut with a whole new magic system, ancient k ...more
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