ARC Review: An Inheritance of Ashes

Book cover for An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet.

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: An Inheritance of Ashes
Author: Leah Bobet
Publisher: Clarion
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): The strange war down south—with its rumors of gods and monsters—is over. And while sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister wait to see who will return from the distant battlefield, they struggle to maintain their family farm.

When Hallie hires a veteran to help them, the war comes home in ways no one could have imagined, and soon Hallie is taking dangerous risks—and keeping desperate secrets. But even as she slowly learns more about the war and the men who fought it, ugly truths about Hallie’s own family are emerging. And while monsters and armies are converging on the small farm, the greatest threat to her home may be Hallie herself. 

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An Inheritance of Ashes is a dystopian novel with a twist! It’s got a unique fantasy/paranormal/sci-fi concept, a dramatic pair of sisters, and an inherited farm. This book takes from basically every genre to create one whirlwind of a book.

I really enjoyed the “end of a war” concept in An Inheritance of Ashes. Typically, when I read a dystopian, the book is about a current war, not the aftermath of one. This book is filled with Twisted Things, a Wicked God, and various other elements that make a phenomenal sci-fi/fantasy. An Inheritance of Ashes is very interesting and so different from other dystopian novels.

One of my favourite things about An Inheritance of Ashes is the theme of sisters. However, the sisters in this book aren’t necessarily on the best of terms. Hallie believes that she is only capable of disappointing Marthe and Marthe is extremely bossy and pretty demanding of Hallie. Most people may say that they dislike this idea, but I think it mixes things up and adds a bit more drama to the book. It also sets the stage for some real theatrics towards the end of the story.

In An Inheritance of Ashes, the Hallie and Marthe have inherited a farm from their father. The farm is the perfect setting for a bit of paranormality and some monsters from the dark side. Bobet certainly uses this eery setting to create a mood in this book that is so mysterious and creepy.

An Inheritance of Ashes has a unique dystopian concept, two sisters who aren’t the best of friends, and an interesting farm setting. I recommend An Inheritance of Ashes to everyone because it honestly has something for everyone, paranormal, fantasy, even a bit of mystery. This is really the perfect fall read because of its spooky and dark concept.

6 thoughts on “ARC Review: An Inheritance of Ashes

  1. Jaime Lynn says:

    This sounds like a story that I would very much enjoy! I love the mix of genres, and I really like the idea of Fighting between sisters. The farm setting is really interesting too. Not something you see every day. I really enjoyed your review, and I look forward to checking this one out!

  2. sfmclaren says:

    The cover for this one is lovely, and the story sounds really interesting. I also like that the sisters aren’t so close in it – sounds like it breaks away from the norm a little! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

    Shaunna @ Books Over Bros

  3. Jamie @ Books and Ladders says:

    I think this might move up on my TBR. Your review is great and you made me want to read the book even more. I like that it is a sister relationship in this too — and that it is a good dynamic between them. Sounds different than lots of books that have familial relationships in them. I’m excited to pick it up now!

  4. Olivia Roach says:

    I have a copy of this one so it really is just a matter of time before I get around to reading it. I am very much looking forward to that moment and seeing what I think of it! I like the idea of this one being set during the aftermath as well, which makes it so unique. That never really happens! I have been on the look out for good dystopia as well, to suck me back into the genre.

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