- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 2 hours and 20 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Starling Publishing
- Audible.com Release Date: April 6, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DUSJBYE
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Of Fire and Ash: Fairy Queens 3 Audible – Unabridged
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Top Customer Reviews
Nelay is only nine years old in this novella and you get to know her as she’s making her way through the desert, alongside her father and brother. While struggling to survive she’s forced to go against everything she’s been taught and make decisions that will change her life forever. I love Nelay; she’s so brave and strong, and I can’t wait to see more of her in Summer Queen. She’s most definitely a new favorite!
I really do like the setting of this novel and how well Argyle describes everything, from the fairies to the landscape. Everything feels so vivid, like you’re walking there, alongside Nelay in the desert. I also really like Argyles take on fairies. I’ve never read anything quite like it before and I was really intrigued. They’re both fascinating and a bit scary at the same time.
The story is really fast-paced and as soon as I’d started it I couldn’t put it down. I just had to know what was going to happen. And when I was done, I wished for more. That’s exactly how I think a prequel novella should be. It should leave you wanting more. Much more. And Of Fire and Ash really did that. It made me super excited for Summer Queen, and I highly recommend it to everyone who’s interested in the series.
I found Nelay a mix of childlike hope and fighter spirit. She will do anything to save her father, but mourns the loss of her sheep at the same time. Her brother is cruel, her mother is broken from too much grief, and her father is dying. She is placed in an impossible situation, and chooses to ask the fairies for aid.
The fairies themselves were each unique, which I loved! They were cold, and uncaring about the world of man, but something about Nelay catches their attention. They maintain the Balance, without sympathy for the pain it causes others. I found their blend of beauty and indifference to add a strong sense of foreboding for Nelay's future.
This book is a novella, so it a quick read. It will be great to see where her character goes in the upcoming Summer Queen, the second book in Amber Argyle's Fairy Queens series.
Of Fire and Ash is a novella. It doesn't take long to devour. And that's exactly what I did: I devoured it. It's unlike anything I've read.
We meet nine year old Nelay, battling the harsh and unforgiving dessert, struggling to survive not only the land, but also her twisted relationship with her jealous and brutal older brother.
Nelay is gifted. She sees fairies, but she must never let them know she sees them. Because if they know she has the sight, they will come for her. But what happens when the life of a loved one and her family's very future is threatened? Does the Rule still apply? And what happens if she breaks it?
I loved the imagery, I loved the edgy, dark fairies, I loved Nelay, I loved it all. This was a great bridge story, and I cannot wait to keep reading.
**I received a copy of Of Fire and Ash in exchange for an honest review.**
Nelay, a young girl growing up in a dessert-like place, is placed in a tough situation where she ends up betraying her fairy-sight to receive a favor from the fairies. In this short story there is pain and suffering, family issues and deep loss, but there is also love and hope.
It's a very quick read - being a novella and all - and it leaves enough in the end to make me really excited for the next book in this series - Summer Queen.
I think this is a really great novella to pick up if you're not sure you want to read the series. It gives you an idea of the universe and a peek into the fairy world; and hopefully, after reading this, you'd run to get the other books in the series.
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Enjoyed this quick read and looking forward to following Nelay's journey with the priestesses.Read more