Spooky Season will soon be upon us, and while I’m planning on reading quite a few spooky reads in October, I got an early start!
I recently read A Curse of Ash and Embers by Jo Spurrier, the first of two fantasy novels in The Blackbone Witches series.
A Curse of Ash and Embers introduces us to Elodie, who is hired on as a servant at Black Oak Cottage. Elodie soon realizes she is working for a witch, named Aleida. Aleida is surprised by her arrival, but takes Elodie in, knowing she could use her help.
Aleida is recovering from a battle with an infamous dark witch named Gyssha Blackbone. She may have won the battle, but the war is far from over. Aleida is suffering from the effects of a curse enacted by Gyssha, and relies on Elodie for assistance.
Soon Elodie realizes that her new job involves much more than she originally thought. Aleida must deal with the remnants of Gyssha’s curse and legacy, none of which are easy feats. Aleida enlists Elodie’s help, confronting monsters that roam the nearby woods, vanquishing a demon tree from her orchard, and providing assistance in spell-casting.
Aleida and Elodie are thrust into battle and Elodie must decide if she will embrace what Aleida has taught her or return to her home and family. Will Elodie risk her life to aid Aleida, the witch? What is in store for Elodie under the tutelage of a witch?
Spurrier does an excellent job of world and story building in this book. While it was a little slow to start out, once the world and story building is in place the magic, suspense, trials, and tribulations are thrilling! I attribute the slow start to providing the reader with knowledge of the world surrounding Elodie and the story that leads us to to the current state of Aleida’s character. This knowledge is imperative as the storyline unfolds and I appreciated the slow start for this reason.
Spurrier has a detailed writing style that allows the reader to visualize events, characters, and monsters in a phenomenal way. This is not a predictable witchy read, it is truly unique. The twists and turns are perfectly placed, engaging, and action-packed.
I truly enjoyed this book, it’s a wonderfully witchy read, perfect for Spooky Season. I rated A Curse of Ash and Embers 4 out of 5 stars. If you would like to grab a copy you can do so here.
The second novel in The Blackbone Witches series is Daughter of Lies and Ruin. I’m looking forward to reading this book as well.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Voyager Publishing for my copy of A Curse of Ash and Embers, which I received in exchange for an honest review. If you would like to read my full review, you can do so here.
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