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Soul of Ash

(Death's Embrace #2)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  17 reviews
'You can run, but you will never be free.'

Half a year after the events of Heart Of Dust, Doran Ó Seanáin now finds himself trapped between two worlds while belonging to neither. Held in contempt by the upper class for the turmoil he caused during Archon Bryson's reign and resented by the miners for selling out, Leonora Darkwater's bid to purchase the mines from the crown
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 5th 2020 by H. L. Moore
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Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense, must-read, crime
OMG, OMG, OMG this was so much more than the first book and I LOVED it! First, the author included Nate's POV, and not only did it add so much to the complexity of the story and the characters themselves but showed the depth of emotions Nate felt for Doran. It was nail biting and heart breaking but also so heart warming at times. Never has longing sounded so sincere and $*xy.

The story was steadily paced and wrought with political intrigue, infighting between miners and classes. I enjoyed Doran
Xia Xia
I've been marveling at the worldbuilding of Death's Embrace since I first read Heart of Dust. I love how complex everything is-from the mythology, history and races, to the monthly calendar or construction of family names .

This second book continues in the same vein as the first. There is a mystery that needs to be solved, and the culprits are those who seem innocent at first glance. The intrigue is manifested via political battles for the control of the mines, cutthroat moments, and unexpected
Joyfully Jay
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sue
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

Soul of Ash is set shortly after the end of Heart of Dust and these books must be read in order. There is simply too much world building and story development to try and read them as stand-alones. And, if like me, you read Heart of Dust when it first came out a couple years ago, you might want to re-read it right before Soul of Ash. I found that it helped me follow the storyline a bit more.

I loved Soul of Ash, even more than I did the first book in the series. It ha
Justyna Małgorzata
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
(extremely minor spoilers below, mentions of a character's development)
4.5 stars.
This is an excellent sequel to Heart of Dust. Although the plot is, shall we say, less immediate than in the previous book, it is no less appealing. H.L. Moore instead presents a masterclass in building tension with a building mystery, just the smallest hints that something is wrong, and the scattered clues throughout the novel are very rewarding to spot (and some I only spotted on second reading). There are more pl
Andrea Mountain
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reading copy of this book, and I absolutely had to sit down and review it.

Soul of Ash is the continuation of the first book in her series, Death's Embrace and it lived up to the hype the first one kindled within me. It was moving, and filled with a kind of tension that made me keep turning the pages, even when I needed to put the book down. The characters are real, and flawed, and its for their flaws that I loved them and cheered for them.

Doran's struggle felt personal,
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
When I finished Heart of Dust I immediately bought Soul of Ash and here I am after finishing the sequel NEEDING the next book. I don’t want to spoil things for people who haven’t read either book so I’ll just do a vague list of things I enjoyed and hopefully that will pique your interest!

·     NATHANIEL POV CHAPTERS: I really, really love Nathaniel. Some major – and painful – truths about him came out in Heart of Dust and all the characters are still continuing to work through these revelations.
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh geez. Oh lord. Oh damn.

Those are my thoughts as I finish reading this.

A strong sequel to Heart of Dust, a second book that expands further into the lore of the Death's Embrace universe. I was impressed by the amount of thought that went into the building of the world, the cultures with their appropriate elements, songs, languages, and wow! that was a lot to take in! but I liked every single moment of it.

I absolutely loved Nate's POV chapters, my mind went like "finally, a CULTURED man" (aft
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I love how in depth this world is that the author had created. I just wish I had had time to reread the first book because I think it would have helped me jump into this book better.

The romance between Doran and Nathaniel is still not a priority in this story, though by the end the events in this story bring them closer together. There were so many twists and turns you have no idea who is lying or telling the truth. It was nice to see that Doran is slowly rebuilding a relationship with his daugh
Joshua Robinson
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've been waiting for this sequel for some time now since I read Heart of Dust, and it's definitely been worth the wait. It's got all the stuff I love about a good sequel - a hefty expansion not just to the characters, but the world as well. I'm very much excited for Throne of Lies, and whilst I realise I will have to wait patiently, I'm sure it will meet expectations.

And without giving any spoilers away, I feel like I've come away with a new favourite character in the series in the form of Leo
Tears. Omg. I loved this so so much. Having Nathaniel's POV gave me LIFE and watered my crops. I am so happy with every single thing about this book and I need the next one like RIGHT NOW. Thank you, HL Moore for such a triumph. ...more
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
this cover caught my attention. it is gorgeous and creepy and i enjoyed it a lot... the story was amazing and wonderful.. creepy writing.. amazing storyline and the emotions are real and raw. very good
Dani Sinclair
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely amazing sequel to a great beginning. The characters are amazingly written. Moore is a master of "show, don't tell", and it really shows in Nate's relationship with Gerald. You know that he loves the boy like a son, without it ever being explicitly stated. Everyone is complex, with their own wants and needs, so the world feels even more alive than before. I'm left with a feeling that something big is coming, and I'm sure Moore will deliver. ...more
H.L. Moore
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Is it tacky for me to rate my own book? Almost definitely, but I'm doing it anyway! ...more
Nov 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Like the first book, this was again a quick, easy and enjoyable read - both that and this one play out a bit like a great action thriller with danger, chase scenes, fights and mysteries, except the love interest is an ex-assassin now turned herbalist and an equally (or even perhaps a smidge more) magnetic hero (ah the scene in the alley! Is it just me or does Doran make a great damsel in distress?), so my hopes for the third book are probably that our two heroes-in-love get into more mysteries, ...more
ConAffetto Kiko
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the second book of the Death's Embrace series, Moore has capitalized on the success of the first book and written a sequel that supersedes the original.

Absent of the occasional awkward pacing of the first book, Soul of Ash drops us back into the action immediately. Moore has also expanded the POV to include Nathaniel, the second protagonist. This is a wise move, as the development of secretive Nathaniel's backstory would have been impossible otherwise. Juxtaposing Nathaniel with his apprentic
A.L. Lester
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for this sequel to Heart of Dust for two years and I'm not disappointed.

Where Heart of Dust focused on Doran, Soul of Ash has the addition of Nathanial's point of view. It's a beautifully crafted continuation of the series, with rich world-building sitting behind the complex plot and the slow-burn love story between Doran and Nate.

I'm pleased to hear there's a third book in the wings--these are already on my reread list and knowing there's more to come will keep them there.
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H. L. Moore is an Australian writer of LGBT+ fiction. She holds a Master of Arts in International Relations (2015) and a Bachelor of Media in Communications and Journalism (2012), both from the University of New South Wales.

She is a Jewish lesbian of Middle Eastern (Egyptian) heritage. She has been writing stories since she was old enough to hold a pen. Her biggest literary influences are Adrian T

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