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Legacy of Ash

(Legacy Trilogy #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  201 ratings  ·  82 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
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.
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…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.

You'll want to read the next one because you enjoyed this one, not because you feel you have to get the full story. (less)

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Achievement unlocked: This is the 100th ARC/Review Copy Ive read and reviewed!

Review Copy provided by the publisherOrbitin exchange for an honest review.

Legacy of Ash is an epic fantasy debut aptly designed for well-seasoned epic fantasy readers, and I wouldnt recommend newcomers to the genre starting to start their epic fantasy adventure here.

We all know how it goes; if its an epic fantasy debut, the particular book will immediately be advertised as A Song of Ice and Fire or Game of Thrones
James Islington
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this! LEGACY OF ASH is another debut coming out this year thats certainly worth a look if youre into slightly more historical-feeling epic fantasy. Its an interesting mix it was pitched to me as A GAME OF THRONES meets Bernard Cromwell, and I dont think thats 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. Theres plenty of politics and backstabbing and generally terrible people to hate ...more
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
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[[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 a
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
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 ...more
Hiu Gregg
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It feels like a long time since Ive 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 parents cooking. The restaurant might use fresher ingredients than you would have found at home
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 Martins A Song of Ice and Fire and
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was epic in the true sense of the word. Just because a book is long doesnt 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 werent as strong as they appeared to be, not even amongst family members. All of that ...more
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, thats the only description I would be able to give you. Though I didnt finish the novel, you would think after reading half the novel Id be able to give a better description, but no.

I had a hard time getting into the novel. There are a lot of characters
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.
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.
Will.J.R. Gwynne
Jul 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
Well this is quite an epic cover! Looking forward to it being released in November.
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
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
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. Ive 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, Ive reluctantly given up. It still pains me to type that Ive abandoned way more than Ive finished, much as I hate to do so. ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2020

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
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
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
Ash | Wild Heart Reads
Magic, betrayal, and enemies new and old collide in Legacy of Ash, a fantasy of epic proportions and despite it clocking in at 800 pages it left me wanting yet more. 

A phoenix shall blaze from the darkness.
A beacon to the shackled;
a pyre to the keepers of their chains.

I got Vaelin al Sorna vibes from Viktor, so I couldn't help but love him. Calenne and Josiri I took a little while longer to warm up too but as each of them came into their own I couldn't help but grow attached. And there's
Jon Adams
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's a damn long book, but worth it.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An exhilarating debut that packs all the essential elements of a voluminous epic fantasy filled with magic, political intrigues, action, and complex characters. Reading this book reminded me of Brian Staveley's Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne and GRR Martin's A Game of Thrones blended into an exciting whole that tackles the themes of power, familial legacy, ambition, war, and vengeance. The writing is elegant with sharp philosophic observations in places, and the plot is multilayered as is ...more
Jason Aycock
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Are you looking for your next new Epic Fantasy read? Well, look no further. Legacy of Ash may be this years top nod to fans of the sub-genre.

OKwhere to begin? As with any epic fantasy theres so much going on with this book. For some readers epic fantasy isnt a favorite. I get that. If thats true for you then you may not like this book especially as it comes in at nearly 800 pages. Thats a lot of reading. But if you LOVE epic fantasy, and 700+ pages doesnt daunt you, then read on good reader and
Unseen Library
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Legacy of Ash from Hachette Australia to review.

Rating of 4.5.

From impressive new author Matthew Ward comes Legacy of Ash, a massive and entertaining new fantasy adventure that was amongst one of my favourite debut novels of 2019.

Legacy of Ash is set within the Tressian Republic, a powerful nation controlled by a council of nobles. The Tressian Republic is beset by many dangers, including the constant threat of invasion from the massive Hadari Empire on its border; open
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
[Or, a brief review for such an enormous book.]

A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic.
While the armies of the Hadari Empire invade the borderlands, the Republics noble families plot against each other, divided by personal ambition.
But as Tressia falls, heroes rise.
Viktor Akadra is the Republics champion and conqueror of the rebellious south. A warrior without equal, he also hides a secret that would see him burned as a heretic.
Josiri Trelan would gladly see Viktor condemned to the
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Actual Rating: 2.25 Stars.

As I say in most of my reviews, I dont know where to start with this one. I wish I had a better way to start this one, but I dont. This book had so much potential and I feel like it was wasted. I really had no opinions going into this book so no expectations, but somehow it still disappointed me.

My main problem with this book is that its a watered down 4 book series stuffed into 700 pages. What does this mean? I didnt care about the characters because none of the
gwendalyn _books_
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

Perfect for the seasoned epic fantasy readers.

My thanks to Orbit Books,and the Author Matthew Ward.
Epic fantasy - political intrigue- magical secrets - incoming invasion...

Legacy of Ash is the first instalment in the aptly titled Legacy Trilogy by Matthew Ward. A epic proportional vast book, at almost 764 pages. This ambitious fantasy is
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
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Aaaaand, finished!
800 pages! Woowee! When I requested this on @netgalley I had no idea how long it was! Truly though, I don't regret it at all! Yes, it took some time to get through, but an entire world was built and I am so excited to see how the series progresses! So many things are up in the air that I might end up with a book hangover from this one. The possibilities are endless for these characters and I am itching to find out how things conclude for them!
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