- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (October 5, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031604010X
- ISBN-13: 978-0316040105
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 272 customer reviews
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In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.
The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.
Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: 10/5/2010
- Pages: 272
- Reading Level: Age 14 and Up
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It was a bit surprising to find out that that the author was also the narrator. I mean, most of them just don't have the skills to narrate their own book. Sadly, this wasn't an exception. She wasn't bad, but it was dull. There was one moment when I was listening to it and my husband walked into the room, stayed a bit to listen to it (as he usually does to see if it's worth listening to while he's at work) and then gave me a disgusted look before walking out and saying that he'd fall asleep if he was forced to listen to any more of it.
...so I switched to the ebook version, and it was much better.
This was a much darker version of Cinderella, using the fae in lieu of the fairy godmother as an example. Also, there is supposed to be a sort of love triangle going on.
I loved the fantasy aspect of it, but the love story fell short. I wish there was a little... more to it. Anyway, I do not recommend the audio version but the story itself was pretty good.
The biggest problem is how little interaction Aisling and Kaisa have for the vast majority of the story. I just didn’t feel much in the way of chemistry between them until near the end. Their budding friendship as the Huntress taught Ash to ride was never elaborated upon - it just sort of happened. The only time they clicked as a couple for me was at the ball, when Kaisa saw Aisling in her enchanted finery for the first time and returned her love at last. It was only at that point that the book had me well and truly enthralled. The ending is beyond worth it. The poetry, the delicateness of the dance, the sense of unstoppable doom as Ash realizes what it is that she’s traded away - and the gorgeous solution to a problem which seemed intractable. If the entire book were like the final third, there would be no problem.
It’s definitely a solid first novel and worth reading, if you can make it through the sluggish beginning. My interest is piqued enough to pick up “Huntress” at some point in the near future. I can just barely see the shadow of greatness in the author - and know that she has it in her to do better in the future.
the actual novel was decent. mainly, it left me wanting more. I wanted more details, more insight on the nature of the relationship aisling had with Clara, more details of aisling and kaisa falling in love, more about kaisa's life as the Kings huntress, more about the fairy world and sidhean, more about the nature of magic in humans, more about aisling's mother, etc. in the end, it's very plot driven and the characters are left feeling a little simple
I enjoyed it tho. I'm going to give huntress a shot
Set in a non-specific magical realm where faith and science vie for dominance, *Ash* readily conforms to most conventions of the fairy tale genre. What makes it distinct is the absolute dominance of female characters—with the exception of a few minor male characters (e.g., since it’s a Cinderella story, a Prince is pretty much required) and Sidhean the fairy, whose gender is nearly irrelevant. By adapting the familiar fairy tale format, this young adult novel depicts a young woman who overcomes oppression and empowers herself to determine her own fate and seek happiness that does not depend on a male presence in her life. While the pastoral setting and the passages of extended lyrical prose might bore some readers—there is a noticeable lack of “action” and narration far exceeds dialogue—*Ash* is a powerful tale of female young adult agency.
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ASH has been sitting on my list of "books I really want to read" for a while now, but I had never gotten around to purchasing it.Read more