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Legacy of Ash

(Legacy Trilogy #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  32 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 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 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
James Islington
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nick T. Borrelli
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Well this is quite an epic cover! Looking forward to it being released in November.
Ashleigh | 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 such
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
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 of
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Molly Herbert
In short, I enjoyed the book. Nothing particularly novel or noteworthy, but worth reading.

This book uses a lot of familiar fantasty tropes - a noble family being punished for the actions of their deceased mother, a princess determined to prove herself as valuable as a son, users of evil magic are burned, there's a noble laying schemes to get more power and killing off others, etc. It's also set in a land that's indistinguishable from medieval Europe. But reading something familiar is often
Maisie Dickson(SleepyWiredStudios)
This felt like a second book in a series not a starter.

extra star for the smexy cover.
jonathan finn
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I remember reading the Eye of the World well over 2 decades ago a fast paced exciting adventure light against dark, good vs evil Order vs Chaos, I have read literally thousands of fantasy novels since but that opening part of the wheel of time stayed with me even as the rest of the series lurched into incoherence and a
swamp of dead end plot lines, there’s something about legacy of ash that reminds me the Eye of the world maybe it’s the fact that Duality is such theme in the novel, maybe
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good
ARC from NetGalley


A bit slow to start. It's understandable though. There are a lot of threads woven together, and it takes a bit to get everyone in the right position before you start the weaving proper. Oftentimes books will say they are for fans of "yada yada." In this case, it was Game of Thrones, and I thought this to myself at some point, without having read the same before starting. The description says the book is about 3 people. This is a lie. This book is about many, many people.

Skimming through other reviews I see a lot of references to R.R. Martin. Let me just say...NO. It's much better than that with a great deal more magic plus it's well written without relying on an excessive amount of abusive sex.

This is a door stop of a book which throws it into the epic category. I may just wait until the trilogy is complete just because I'm not sure I can remember all the characters.

In many ways this is a standard sword n sorcery trope. Not overly original in its culture
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic
I read a lot of fantasy authors debut books looking for my next Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Brent Weeks, or Peter V. Brett (just to name a few). I often come away with the felling of well that was okay but I'm not sure ill need to read the next one.

"Legacy of Ash" is not one of those! After a pretty good opening hook of a scene you get dumped into a political quagmire of rebellion and petty tyranny, an ineffective squabbling council of a republic which
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It grabs you right from the very beginning and never lets up. This is definitely one of my top five sff books of the year and yes I read a LOT and no i'm not exaggerating. Never that. I didn't want it to end. This epic has something for everyone even a little romance. The story really struck a chord with me as did the main character and without giving anything away, for me the ending is a cliffhanger. I will be pre ordering Legacy of Steel as soon as i can. Honor always.
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*--a debut epic fantasy 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. Highly recommended, I'll definitely be
Sarah (A French Girl)
I added this one. I hope I won't be disappointed. I've seen a reader mention a warrior princess and I'm a bit wary. There isn't a single trope that is more boring to me than that one. No, a girl doesn't need to want to be the son her father always wanted to be cool. But oh well, we will see.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy, fantasy
This really is something special! An amazing debut novel that takes in you in to a realised world that I cannot wait to visit again soon!
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.
Simon Tombides
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ronnie Morriss
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could barely put this one down.

Loved the twists.

Loved the characters, and hated some too.

Highly recommend
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Matthew Ward is a writer, cat-servant and owner of more musical instruments than he can actually play (and considerably more than he can play well). He’s afflicted with an obsession for old places – castles, historic cities and the London Underground chief amongst them – and should probably cultivate more interests to help expand out his author biography.

After a decade serving as a principal

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