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Ashes of the Sun

(Burningblade & Silvereye #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,630 ratings  ·  282 reviews
Long ago, a magical war destroyed an empire, and a new one was built in its ashes. But still the old grudges simmer, and two siblings will fight on opposite sides to save their world, in the start of Django Wexler’s new epic fantasy trilogy

Gyre hasn't seen his beloved sister since their parents sold her to the mysterious Twilight Order. Now, twelve years after her disappea
Paperback, 592 pages
Published July 21st 2020 by Orbit
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Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars inspired fantasy
ARC provided by the publisher—Head of Zeus—in exchange for an honest review.

4.5/5 stars

A captivating start to a series; if you’re worried whether Ashes of the Sun will be as good as The Shadow Campaigns or not, feel free to incinerate those doubts away now.

Almost three years have passed since I finished reading The Shadow Campaigns military fantasy series—a very underrated series—by Django Wexler, and ever since I heard that Ashes of the Sun will mark Wexler’s return to the adult fantasy scene,
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
My thanks to Orbit, Django Wexler and Netgalley.
It's funny, "in an odd way funny." Two or three years ago I would never have read a book like this. My idea of fantasy was very fantasized! I still believe that Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series is the best thing ever. Sanderson also rock's, although he will never finish the books I want him to. Not in my lifetime. However, somewhere between waiting for Sanderson, and Martin, I discovered Jay Kristoff and his Nevernight trilogy. Mark Lawrence an
James Tivendale
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, freecopy
I received an uncorrected advance copy of Ashes of the Sun in exchange for an honest review. I'd like to thank Django Wexler and Orbit Books for the opportunity.

The first entry in the Burningblade and Silvereye series begins when Va'aht Thousandcuts - a centarch of the Twilight Order - turns up at a farm dwelling to take away a child from the family that resides there. The youth in question, five-year-old Maya, does not wish to leave the household. Unfortunately, as she suffers frequently from p
Django Wexler
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
ASHES OF THE SUN is finally out! I hope you all have as much fun with it as I did.
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Putting it out there that this has f/f! One of the POV characters is a lesbian. Ok, continue scrolling.
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[3.5 stars] Although there were a lot of things I really enjoyed about Ashes of the Sun, I didn’t like it as much as I think I should have… and I can’t quite pinpoint why. From an evaluation standpoint, it had all the elements I expect from a high fantasy: intriguing world-building, great characters, an interesting plot, good pacing, and a more than adept writing style. It had a good mix of exciting action scenes and slower character development moments. So what’s my malfunction?

I think part of
Ashes of the Sun is a fast-paced, exciting epic fantasy that pits siblings against each other in an epic battle of good and evil. Four hundred years earlier the great civilization of the Chosen defeated the ghouls and their army of constructs, vanquishing them forever. On the ancient ruins of empire, a select few are trained from a young age to be the guardians of the Republic and carry on the traditions of the Chosen, the Twilight Order. They are trained to wield the light of the sun and gradua ...more
Holly (The GrimDragon)
"Blood was painted across the cobblestones, vivid crimson in the lamplight."

Ashes of the Sun is the first book in Django Wexler's new series, Burningblade and Silvereye.

Epic fantasy is such a comforting, nostalgic genre for me. It gives me the warm and fuzzies! It was so goddamn nice getting lost in this chonky fantasy. It was exactly what I needed! I've been struggling to focus and somehow, this big floppy beast of a book had me devouring 600 pages in five days, which.. these days? That is pret
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I’ve read by Django Wexler and I really enjoyed myself. It’s main strengths are it’s characters and their believable and stakes raising relationships, a mysterious magic system that offers great fun especially in terms combat, an exciting style and pace and of course a story that puts all of these things to excellent use.

Ashes of the Sun revolves around two main characters, Maya, a young farm girl who suffers mysterious bouts of sickness and Gyre her loving and protective
Though I had never read anything by this author before, I dont know why had a bit of high expectations from this one and I guess that’s the main reason it didn’t seem to wow me.

Maya was definitely a standout character with both her badass as well as vulnerable moments whereas Gyre felt a little one dimensional with just wanting to burn everything down. I really didn’t connect much to any other characters and I never got the emotional payoff I always expect from a good fantasy novel. I was also n
Brenda Waworga
“Ashes Of The Sun” was my 1st Django Wexler’s book, I heard amazing things about this author and so happy I gave this book a shot because I love it

This epic fantasy story is a mixed between traditional fantasy world and modern fantasy world like there were elemental magic and also modern things like cabs and bombs.. the worldbuilding is one of my favorite aspect in this book

Once upon a time there was a war between the Chosen and the Ghouls that destroyed an empire, people believe there are still
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
The theme to my life recently, it seems, is being late. This released last week, gah!

I actually picked up the audio already for this, I had 20% left to go on release day and I needed to get through it quickly and I didn’t have time to physically read. The audio is pretty good, although, the first rating on audible was a 1 star. I do think this narrator could be marmite-like. She is a very expressive narrator that uses a lot of accents and tonal changes to create the characters voices. She also h
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
On my blog.

Rep: lesbian mc, bi character with heart problems, wlw & mlm side characters

CWs: violence, gore

Galley provided by publisher

When I first opened this book, I have to admit I was a little intimidated by its length. I mean, not solely length, because I’ve read longer, but its length and the fact I had no idea what I was getting into style-wise, since I’d never read the author before. I needn’t have worried though, because this book pretty much ticked every box for what I want from a f
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Without a doubt, Ashes of the Sun is one of my favorite reads of 2020.⁣

Originally, I listened to this as an audiobook (Imogen Church is the narrator and holy fuck was she ever amazing) but immediately after finishing it I ordered a physical copy as well cuz I NEEDED to have this on my shelf.⁣

This is the first book in Django Wexler's brand new series, Brightblade & Silvereye, and having never read any of his previous work I have to say...I'm really friggen impressed.⁣

The world is a really cool
Kaffeeklatsch and Books
It appears that my opinion is going to be an unpopular one.

I was anticipating "Ashes of Sun", but was quite disappointed. My eARC didn't come with a cover, map or glossary, but I've found that other reviewers copies did come with a glossary. I had a hard time imagining the creatures and world and I found some names extremely cringy - "Suddenstorm" and "Thousandcuts" and "unmetal" to name a few made me roll my eyes.

The writing felt more YA to me than the epic adult fantasy I expected.

The plot is
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well it's not often that I read a 600 page book in a few sittings, but this sucked me completely in. I should have a longer review to come, but damn that was a fun book. ...more
Hiu Gregg
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wish there was a bit more complexity in certain areas. Found myself annoyed at the simplicity of some aspects, and at how some plot-lines ended. It was fun, for sure, and I thought it was very well paced throughout (3 nights worth of reading, more than a few hours of lost sleep). But I'm left with that nagging irritation of "I liked this, but I could have loved it."

Might write a full review later, might not. We'll see how my feelings on it settle.

Can some up my current feelings with "I wish it w
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Devoured this.
Love the world, great fight scenes and some nifty character moments.
More soon!

*copy from Netgalley in exchange for a review*

Ashes of the Sun is the start of a new fantasy series from Django Wexler, whose Shadow Campaigns series I’ve gushed about repeatedly in the past.This is a new series, in a new world, and, just to get it out of the way, it’s really rather good.

One of the reasons that’s the case is the world, and the hisstory that weaves its way through the background of the mor
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I feel bad that it took me so long to get around to reading this book. Honestly, it wasn’t really my choice. I’ve been busy and life just keeps happening. That being said, I finally put some time aside to really tackle this beast and I’m glad I did. This book was a joy to read, and a joy to look at (that cover art is amazing).

I will be honest, dear reader, that I was a bit reluctant going into this one. For some reason, I had it in my head that this would
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good solid character driven sci fi/fantasy. Best world building as expected from this author, looking to reading the books in this new series.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, fantasy
Synopsis: When they were young children, Maya was separated from her family and from her brother Gyre: one of those single-man-army centarchs of the Twilight Order took her away. Gyre stood ground, but lost an eye, and ever since was called Half-Mask.

In alternating chapters, the story follows the faith of the siblings twelve years after Maya's kidnapping: 20 years old Gyre in a Robin Hood like behavior steels from the Order and passes some wealth to the forgotten folk of the undercity. 17 years
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
The copy of Ashes of the Sun I recieved was provided generously by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

By first impressions, Ashes of the Sun was a book I was incredibly excited to read: the cover is beautiful, the description presented a new and interesting fantasy world with a unique spin, and the author is an already well-known fantasy aficionado. And, largely, my first impressions of the book carried through with surprising longevity, and the novel was a great experience to
Adrianna (anntokki)
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
Thank you, NetGalley for providing me a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

(This was more of a 2.75-star read, but I rounded up to 3 stars)

Before you start reading this book, definitely check out the glossary in the back. Unless you'd like to decipher the language Wexler uses yourself. Because I jumped right into the story, I found myself very lost at the beginning of the book. It wasn't until I made the connection that the terms being used were similar to those in Star Wars. The
Morgan (dragonsandpages)
When Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler showed up on my doorstep I was SO EXCITED. A huge shoutout to Orbit for sending a beautiful finished copy my way!
This book really hooked me from the very beginning. We are thrown into a unique almost sci-fi/apocalyptic fantasy world. This book felt like a very new and fresh entry into the fantasy genre the whole way through. One thing that Wexler did so well, in my opinion, was making you feel that you knew what was going to happen next and then completely
Kara Babcock
One of the reasons Brandon Sanderson took off, I suspect, is that he manages to bring an urban fantasy feel to more high fantasy or epic fantasy settings. In Ashes of the Sun, Django Wexler accomplishes a similar feat. This is a book set in a world incredibly different from our own, a land reminiscent of the epic fantasy books that for a time dominated this genre, yet the pacing and style are much closer to urban fantasy. I find that very appealing, and even though it took me a few more days to ...more
I'd rate this at somewhere between 2.5 and 3 stars. Though it certainly has potential and I'm more than a little interested in seeing what happens next I'm not sure the world building or even characters were really here for me to get super into the story.

I like the concept a lot. The world of Ashes of the Sun is one built on the bones of an ancient war. 400 years ago the Chosen and the Ghouls fought it out for world supremacy and the Chosen lost and the Ghouls vanished. They left behind amazing
Al Burke
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finally got the review for this - ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is my first of Django Wexler’s books, though I’ve been aware of him for years. It’s not going to be the last, and not just because this is first in a trilogy. This book was a great way to end my 2020 year in reading.

This book is set in a world a few hundred years after the end of a war between elder races, who wiped each other out. Human society was built by the Chosen, who arranged things so civilization would continue after they were gone (albeit with a lower standard of living). But the
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm so hlad this author has returned to adult fantasy. Years ago an empire was destroyed by a magical war. Gyre and maya are siblings who get separated atva young age, as Maya attends a school called the Twilight Order. From here we get amazing world buidling, plotting/action and beautiful characterisation. The authors strengths lie in its characters, especially the females. We get great representation of different identities and amazing themes, very reminiscent of Star Wars. Dont get me wrong, ...more
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A sprawling, epic fantasy with plenty of exciting action, high stakes, and sparkling characters, Ashes of the Sun is a fantastic start to a new series. 

A race to find a powerful magical artifact, heists, deals, doublecrossing characters and much much more, I had a blast with Ashes of the Sun . This is my first time reading
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Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays g ...more

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