Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Ember and Ash (Castings, #4)” as Want to Read:
Ember and Ash (Castings, #4)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Ember and Ash (Castings, #4)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  45 reviews
The old ones will have their revenge.

Two peoples have been fighting over the same land for a thousand years. Invaders crushed the original inhabitants, and ancient powers have reluctantly given way to newer magics. But Ember was to change all this with a wedding to bind these warring people together -- until her future goes up in flames.

Ember's husband-to-be is murdered by
Paperback, 528 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2011)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Ember and Ash, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Ember and Ash

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.63  · 
Rating details
 ·  266 ratings  ·  45 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Ember and Ash (Castings, #4)
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I liked the intricate way that the spiritual beliefs of the characters and magic were interwoven into this story. There is depth in this novel, but it was also an easy read. I'd recommend it to traditional fantasy readers.

Reviewed for Bitten by Books.
Tsana Dolichva
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally posted here:

Ember and Ash by Pamela Freeman is a set twenty years after the events at the end of the Castings Trilogy (Blood Ties, Deep Water and Full Circle). It is technically a sequel, and some of the characters from Castings do pop up again, but it very much stands alone. I think the main thing one would miss from not reading Castings, is a deeper exploration of the past colonial racism and oppression. Oh, and there are some spoilers for wh
Kae Cheatham
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I chose Pamela Freeman’s Ember and Ash because of the world-building elements suggested in the overview. I was not cheated here at all and was introduced to a rich work with eleven domains, each with their own environmental attributes as well as spiritual beliefs. But each Domain is under the influence of the Powers--main elements of nature--even when the people don’t recognize this.

The story develops when the Power, Fire suddenly denies fire to several Domains, beginning with the Last Dominion,
Cheryl Landmark
Apr 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Ember and Ash" takes place several years after the Castings Trilogy, but is set in the same world and some of the characters from the trilogy make an appearance in this book. Ember is the daughter of Arvid, the warlord, and Martine, the stonecaster. Ash is the son of the seer, Elva. I really enjoyed visiting Ms. Freeman's world again and learning more about the elemental gods, such as Fire, Water and Air. The author's world and character building was beautifully done.

Ember was a great character
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ember and Ash is a solid addition to Freeman's Domains. This elemental based book is filled with well rounded characters and an interesting plot coupled nicely with Freeman's lyrical writing. If the plot does lag in places, it's incredibly easy to overlook.

Read my full review here:
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epic
Set 20 years after the events of The Castings Trilogy, it was a great way of catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNC at 60%

Going by the genre and description I really thought this book was for me. But after 300 pages of the most boring female character since Bella Swan I had to put it aside. I might have been able to stick it out in this world if not for the rampant and pointless misogony (there's only so many times you can listen to the main character describe herself as "just a woman") or Ember's lifelong dream of being married off for political gain.

The writing style was ok, but the overload of plant an
Ember and Ash is a fitting installment to the The Castings Trilogy. I enjoyed returning to the Domains twenty or so years post Bramble, Acton, and the Enchanter. Our heroes and heroines are the descendents of characters from Casting. Ms. Freeman takes us on a new journey through the Domains and introduces us to the old gods -- up-close and personal. As before, each Domain has a story and a unique role in the destinies of this new generation. At the conclusion of the Casting Trilogy, the people o ...more
The whole concept of the book is really interesting.

It's really obvious that this book is a sequel to a much more detailed story, or in this case trilogy---The Castings Trilogy.
What's good though is that you don't need to have any prior knowledge of it to still, to an extent, enjoy reading this book. However, it would probably make the book more interesting and effective if you had read the previous books first.
Because, while I was reading it, everything was fairly rushed. We were supposed to fe
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Ember and Ash" is a fantasy set in the Last Domain of the Eleven Domains. The fantasy setting revolves around the Great Powers: Fire, Water, Air, Earth, Forest and Ice. The book starts off with a disastrous wedding followed by an emotional argument between the protagonist and one of the Great powers, whose consequence is that fires all over the domain are smothered and cannot be re-lit. This being a horrible situation in the cold northern domain, the protagonist Ember, the daughter of the warlo ...more
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: earcs, fantasy
This was a really fun book to read. At times the multiple viewpoints made it difficult to follow the plotlines, but everything comes together in the end. The descriptions are moving and evocative, and I found myself rereading parts because they were so good. It appears that this book is set in the same world as the author's previous books, so I think there were some things that I missed because I hadn't read those, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story.

The magic in this novel is
Kate Forsyth
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pamela Freeman is the author of a brilliant fantasy trilogy called ‘The Castings,’ comprised of Blood Ties, Deep Water and Full Circle, which I really loved.

Ember and Ash is a stand-alone novel set in the same universe but a generation after the events of the trilogy. It begins with the wedding night of the heroine, Ember. Her husband is killed within moments of them taking their vows, by a vengeful elemental god. The tragedy re-opens old wounds and destabilises the fragile peace of the land. Em
This book picks up about 20 years after the original series and follows the adopted son, Ash, son of Ash. Brings together many of the older characters from the original trilogy, but is the story of the children of... Fast paced, starts out with a bang and really goes. Multiple story lines, all really enjoyable. A somewhat sad but positive ending.
Joshua Townley
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ember and Ash is a standalone novel set in the world previously established in Freeman’s Castings Trilogy. As I haven’t yet read these books, I did feel like I was missing something at first. The fantasy world is rich in magic, history and customs and it’s clear a lot of time has been spent world building. The elements of magic are really well done, and I loved the idea of ‘Sight’, a gift that some people possess, allowing them to communicate with the gods, or read the future by ‘casting’ (readi ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned, dnf
ugh. full review to come
J.C. Hart
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have always been a sucker for the elements. It’s one of the reasons I decided to request this book for review. That said, I think that they have been done to death in some ways and I was a little worried about that going in. Thankfully, I needn’t have wasted the energy, because for me, the way the elements have been utilized in this story were refreshing and riveting.

Freeman paints a lush and wondrous world in her book, full of a variety of peoples with rich histories and beliefs. I could get
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This really is a book you shouldn't judge by its cover! Cause the cover is just blah and a bit boring and more western looking and the story, OMG, it was AMAZING! Based on the cover I would have expected cowboys (I'm not really sure why) and this book was so absolutely wonderful and was certainly not a western. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just not my thing.

I loved the storytelling! Somewhere along the first chapters I got the feeling there'd been another story set in the same
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-buy-printed
Ember and Ash is a big book. Like really big. I can't say i was tired with it though. I read so many YAs and this one is pure fantasy. The more adult-like. It felt good reading it.

The multiple POVs in the book give the story a different way to enjoy it. You don't just follow the protagonists but people less important and from different tribes, ideas, etc. Result of that is to get a better idea of how the world thinks and acts without being confusing. It's so full of adventure and less battles an
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Eh. This was OK, I suppose. Some parts were definitely better than others - the last few hundred pages were gripping, even if they staled to a lame ending. This book had multiple viewpoints, which worked in the beginning but got increasingly frustrating towards the end where you just want to follow the main story and its protagonists, who I did enjoy as characters. It was well-written and not too riddled with clichés, had a very interesting world filled with gods and Powers, and an cool take on ...more
Lindsay Stares
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Posted at Blue Fairy's Bookshelf on 8/22/11

Ember and Ash
Pamela Freeman, 2011

Recent Release, copy for review provided by Netgalley.

Premise: Ember thinks she has her life planned out. She is going to marry another warlord's son, uniting his land with her father's. Unfortunately, the godlike Powers that allied with her mother's people in the old days have other ideas, and soon Ember and her cousin Ash are plunged into a dangerous journey to save their people from the will of the capricious Powers
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
This tale really feels like it is part of a larger world. It's a good introduction to that world - one where gods are less than Powers, where rolling die can reveal the future, where each element and abstract concept is manifest - but it can all get a little much at times.

This is not a swashbuckling adventure story (the summary make that pretty clear, but it should be stated again for the record). This is a somewhat mild walk through a magical land. People die or become misplaced along the way,
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's fairly obvious to see why this book won the 2012 Aurealis Award in the Fantasy Novel category. There's something very beautiful about the simplicity of the plot; princess goes on quest to retrieve Fire.

Two of the things that I absolutely loved about this novel were the following;

The names. Within the universe that Freeman has created there are different races, different nations, different tribes, and they are easily distinguished by their names. Some are named after trees and flowers and ot
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've never read anything by Pamela Freeman before, and I really love the world she's created here. And, after looking at her website, it seems that her Castings Trilogy books are set in the same world so I may have to give them a read as well.

The world she's created is large and filled with lots of different groups of people. The Travellers are still hated and despised by some of Acton's People, who invaded the Traveller's land to begin with. The land is split into domains which are ruled over b
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really did enjoy this read, and while I didn't quite *like* the ending, it was the right end for the society.

Ember has a path laid out for her life. She's going to marry Osfrid and unite two kingdoms. It's what is planned. Until the part of the marriage cermony where they leap the fire together, and Osfrid is consumed by fire. Fire speaks directly to Ember and sends her on a quest, when she resits he takes fire away from almost everyone, it's never really explained why certain fires remain, bu
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
While the book was interesting and it was nice to see characters return from the Castings Triology this book felt rushed and almost childish. The ending was too simple and came too suddenly. I felt like the concepts could have been developed more.

I also think the reasoning behind why Ember couldn't marry Ash was hogwash. They could have united the two people via trade and not marriage. It was a rushed conclusion and I felt like the autho
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
20 years after the Castings trilogy and dealing with a deeper, more fundamental level of "gods" than the first three, this book logically extends the format of the others by completely eliminating the small personal vignettes that helped the author build her world, and becoming completely plot oriented, although retaining multiple viewpoints. Pretty essential to have read the trilogy first, I'd say. This is a very complex and unusual world, and Ember/Ash extends the complexity in a very good way ...more
Sep 03, 2011 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
I wasn't sure about this one at first. I didn't care for the main character Ember. As I got further into the book though, I could see the character developing. The more she experienced, the more she had to draw on personally and the more more she learned to trust the judgement of those with her. Ember grew up through the course of her quest which is what quest stories are meant to do in some ways. I was mildly disappointed this wasn't beginnings of a series instead of an addition to an already c ...more
Rebecca Fung
I came away from this book feeling like I should have enjoyed this book more than I did. I enjoyed it but I didn't REALLY enjoy it. Yet I appreciated that the story was very well written and constructed. It just didn't grip me as emotionally as I would have liked and at times I felt the pacing was a bit slower than it should have been.

Part of me feels that to do it justice I should read it again and since it wasn't a bad book I wouldn't mind, on the other hand I don't feel the craving for it.

May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Much better than her earlier works, which I found a little too formulaic. It feels like she is getting into her stride as a writer of fantasy with this work.
A lot of fun to read. Enjoyed the story and the characters. Felt the ending wrapped up too completely, and came on too quickly. The end didn't seem to benefit from the same level of effort as the rest of the story, and it felt a bit saccharine.
Well worth reading and re-reading, though! Great work overall.
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Frostgilded (The Harwood Spellbook, #3)
  • The Emperor's Wolves (Wolves of Elantra #1; Chronicles of Elantra #0.1)
  • Masquerade in Lodi (Penric & Desdemona, #9)
  • Lifelode
  • Copper Mountain (Black Dog #4)
  • The Frost Fair Affair
  • Tea and Sympathetic Magic
  • The Hands of the Emperor
  • The Bride of the Blue Wind (The Sisters Avramapul, #1)
  • In the Company of Gentlemen: A Tale of the Nine Worlds
  • The Warrior of the Third Veil (The Sisters Avramapul, #2)
  • The Tower at the Edge of the World
  • The Tower and the Fox (The Calatians, #1)
  • The Seven Brides-to-Be of Generalissimo Vlad
  • Junkyard Cats
  • Knight and Nightrider (The King's Daughter Book 4)
  • Mistborn Trilogy Boxed Set (Mistborn, #1-3)
  • The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)
See similar books…
Pamela Freeman is an Australian author of books for both adults and children. Most of her work is fantasy but she has also written mystery stories, science fiction, family dramas and non-fiction. Her first adult series, the Castings Trilogy (Blood Ties, Deep Water and Full Circle) is published globally by Orbit books. She is best known in Australia for the junior novel Victor’s Quest and an associ ...more

News & Interviews

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” That’s Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani human rights...
28 likes · 7 comments
“The road is long and the end is death, he thought, remembering all the times his mother had said that. If we're lucky.” 5 likes
More quotes…