Friday, June 12, 2015

Review: From the Ashes (Legend of the Liberator #1) by Shelby K. Morrison


From the Ashes (Legend of the Liberator #1)

For eighteen years Aia Wynnald has lived a lie. Raised as a highborn in the Kingdom of Tharien, she’s filled her days with tutors and archery lessons. But simmering beneath her polite surface is a dangerous gift, one which she must keep a secret. Aia is a Bender. And in Tharien, Benders are feared and hunted.
When her unruly power breaks free with dire repercussions, Aia’s lifelong goal of independence shatters. As she scrambles to piece her life back together while evading capture, she disturbs a vengeful force intent on destroying the kingdom.
Now, with the help of an unlikely ally, Aia will decide the fate of Tharien. To rescue those she cares about will require accepting what she is. But can she risk becoming the monster she’s dreaded to save the very citizens baying for her blood?



I really liked the concept of this story despite the gruesome things they doto benders.

Aia's long held secret about being a bender has been finally revealed. She's on the run from Breakers but there's one Breaker, Cole, who might actually be an ally but he has his own secrets. There's another unlikely ally with a Bender who wants Aia's help in order to seek revenge from Tharien.

This might be a little slow at the beginning but the paced picked somewhere near the end especially with those secrets that were revealed.

I felt for the Benders especially the way they were treated including their family. Not much is mentioned about the history of the Benders except for the mention of the Bender War which doesn't say much, Although where little info about Benders being connected to nature. I liked the idea of the stones aiding them at the same time there's a stone that nullify's their powers.

I understood Illcina in wanting her revenge at the same I thought it was a wrong approach. I'm happy that despite how things ended Aia did her best to try and save her although the death of thise two Benders were such a waste. They would have been a more formidable alliance im the future.

If you're looking fir a romance, sadly it is nonexistent if there was it wasn't obvious but I'm looking forward to the development between Aia and Cole.

I hated the Emperor and Quinn, I knew the latter was up to no good and I had an inkling he may be the reason for Cole's downfall in the end.

If I mention more, I'd practically spoil the surprised but I can say I never saw some of those secrets coming.

I wonder how the next book would be, I can't imagine their life getting any easier.

I received an arc from the author in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

Shelby K. Morrison is the author of Shattered, devout member of the Pointless Research Addicts support group, and was voted Most Likely to Be President in high school. She believes fiction should be an escape and any great escape involves a world of wonder, characters you wish you knew, and good food. She can usually be found in three places; her office, the couch or....well just those two unless an overcast day calls her out of doors. She has a particular weakness for animals, Studio Ghibli movies, and Flamin' Hot Cheetos (resulting in a frequently stained keyboard). She is not opposed to tokens of appreciation, particularly edible ones. But if you really want to make her smile, drop her a line!