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From The Ashes [Kindle Edition]

Ian Alexander , Joshua Graham
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Amazon.com multiple list #1 Bestseller
FROM THE ASHES, a young adult epic fantasy novella set in the Sojourner Saga.

Five hundred years before the rise of The Great Deliverer (Once We Were Kings), before the founding of the Sojourner Union, Ying, a young peasant fights for the hand of the beautiful princess of Bai Kuo. He finds his destiny amidst betrayal, treachery, timeless love and sacrifice, and sets into motion a watershed moment in history.

Includes free sample chapters from the multiple award-winning Amazon.com #1 Bestseller: Once We Were Kings, the first epic fantasy novel in the Sojourner Saga.




About the Author:
When Ian Alexander's debut young adult epic fantasy novel ONCE WE WERE KINGS first launched in ebook format in May 2011, it instantly hit three bestseller lists on Amazon.com.  Mr. Alexander first wrote in the fantasy genre because of a commission by a very important and influential person: His 6-year old son.





ONCE WE WERE KINGS (#1 Bestseller Amazon.com in multiple categories)  is the legacy left to Mr. Alexander's children and the first in a series of epic fantasy novels which appeals to readers ages 8 through 98.





The Top Shelf said of ONCE WE WERE KINGS:
"...invokes awe in the reader that I've only felt with J.R.R. Tolkien, David Eddings and before them both, C.S. Lewis."
 
In 2011 Once We Were Kings won the following honors:
  • Award-Winning Finalist in the SciFi/Fantasy category of The USA "Best Books 2011″ Awards
  • Award-Winning Finalist in the Young Adult Fiction category of The USA "Best Books 2011″ Awards
  • Award Winner in the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards in the Teen/Young Adult category
In 2012:
  • #1 Amazon.com Bestseller in multiple categories.
 
Ian grew up in Brooklyn, NY where he lived for the better part of 30 years. He holds a Bachelor and Master's Degree from Juilliard and went on to earn his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.   During his time in Maryland, he taught as a professor at Shepherd College (WV), Western Maryland College, and Columbia Union College (MD).  Today he lives with his beautiful wife and children in Southern California.




Graham's next Suspense Thriller DARKROOM is available now for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and will be published by Simon & Schuster/Howard Books in May 2012.
ONCE WE WERE KINGS is available in hardcover through Amazon.com.


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Product Details

  • File Size: 673 KB
  • Print Length: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Dawn Treader Press (June 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WSFP86
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,074 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
With this story, Ian Alexander allows the reader to gain a deeper and broader understanding of the world that encompasses the epic fantasy, Once We Were Kings.

Set several centuries prior to the events in OWWK, we find Ying, an ambitious peasant, battling all comers in the fighting arena. And what is he risking all for? The hand of the woman he is in love with - the Princess Mei Liang.

If this weren't enough at stake, later that evening he stumbles across a plot to overthrow the Princess' rule and her entire kingdom. But how can he, a lowly peasant in the middle of a brutal contest, get anyone to listen to him?

The stylized narration of this story, the divine prophecies, the magic channeled by acts of faith and will should please readers who enjoyed OWWK. And if you haven't yet delved into Ian's epic tale, take heart: a sample is included here for your enjoyment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting book! January 13, 2012
By suzie
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was so exciting! It reminded me of days of old when I still thought of Princesses and Princes and castles and such. It really took me back and made me "believe" all over again. Ian is such a fabulous writer. His book is a page-turner from beginning to end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing world of fantasy and hope!!!! January 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Ian Alexander (award-winning author,Joshua Graham) has deepened the lore and history of the story he began in "Once We Were Kings" by providing us with a prequel set 500 years before the events of that book. This NOVELLA helps readers of the first book in the Sojourner Series understand the importance of the events and references at the beginning of that novel. Told with his usual wit, grace, and flowing prose, Alexander (Graham)pulls his readers in with the first paragraph. These are characters we care about and want to know better. I, for one, hope he keeps deepening the history of this lovely world he has created. I used to think that this was in the vein of Tolkein - but his writing is very cinematic - perhaps an HBO miniseries in the style of George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones" would be in order - the books certainly paint vivid pictures in the mind's eye.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "For the hand of a princess, a man will risk all." January 13, 2012
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From The Ashes, the second book in The Sojourner Series, is the prequel to Once We Were Kings and takes place 500 years before the reign of the Great Deliverer.

Ying is a young peasant who is found fighting Prince Moh-Gwei for the hand of the lovely Princess, Mei Liang. Ying met Mei Liang briefly, six years before, when they were about sixteen years old. He didn't know if she would even remember him, but he knew he had to try and win her hand in the tournament.
After a grueling day of fighting, Ying moved on to the final round, to be fought the next day. That night, he went outside to read by moonlight. As he began his devotional time with a prayer, he heard voices and the sound of men on horseback approaching. He quickly hid behind a rock and listened to their conversation. Ying learned that Princess Mei Liang and her entire kingdom were in grave danger. He had to warn her, but how.

Ying had learned by reading and listening to the teachings of Aunt Pei, of the ancient sojourners. He knew to trust his inner voice.

Follow Ying, as he searches for a way to reach Mei Liang before it is too late. You will be transported to another time and place and you will battle, along with Ying and his friends, to save the kingdom.

I have never been a fan of the Fantasy genre of books, but Ian Alexander has changed my mind. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would highly recommend it to everyone! Give it a try, even if you don't usually read fantasy. You might change your mind...I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another stunning work from Joshua Graham January 13, 2012
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As is the norm for Joshua Graham, FROM THE ASHES begins with a bang, drags you at a running clip through the story and then leaves you breathless in that "Oh. My. Goodness!"-moment that he does so well with his climax. A must-read. You don't want to miss this one. -Susan Wingate
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More About the Author

When Ian Alexander's debut epic fantasy novel ONCE WE WERE KINGS first launched in ebook format in May 2011, it instantly hit three bestseller lists on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Mr. Alexander first wrote in the fantasy genre because of a commission by a very important and influential person: His 6-year old son.

ONCE WE WERE KINGS (#1 Bestseller Amazon.com in multiple categories) is the legacy left to Mr. Alexander's children and the first in a series of epic fantasy novels which appeals to readers ages 8 through 98.

The Top Shelf said of ONCE WE WERE KINGS:

"...invokes awe in the reader that I've only felt with J.R.R. Tolkien, David Eddings and before them both, C.S. Lewis."



In 2011 Once We Were Kings won the following honors:

*Award-Winning Finalist in the SciFi/Fantasy category of The USA "Best Books 2011″ Awards
*Award-Winning Finalist in the Young Adult Fiction category of The USA "Best Books 2011″ Awards
*Award Winner in the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards in the Teen/Young Adult category

In 2012:
#1 Amazon.com Bestseller in multiple categories.


Ian Alexander grew up in Brooklyn, NY where he lived for the better part of 30 years. He holds a Bachelor and Master's Degree from Juilliard and went on to earn his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. During his time in Maryland, he taught as a professor at Shepherd College (WV), Western Maryland College, and Columbia Union College (MD). Today he lives with his beautiful wife and children in Southern California.

Graham's next Suspense Thriller DARKROOM is available now for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and will be published by Simon & Schuster/Howard Books in May 2012

ONCE WE WERE KINGS is available in hardcover through Amazon.com as well as Barnes and Noble.

ONCE WE WERE KINGS
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ONCE WE WERE KINGS is the legacy left to Mr. Alexander's children and the first in a series of epic fantasy novels which appeals to readers ages 8 through 98.

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