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Review by Riley

About the King of Bones and Ashes

From the bestselling author of the Witching Savannah series comes the first book in a fascinating trilogy following the quest of a young witch to uncover her family’s terrifying secret history…

Magic is seeping out of the world, leaving the witches who’ve relied on it for countless centuries increasingly hopeless. While some see an inevitable end of their era, others are courting madness—willing to sacrifice former allies, friends, and family to retain the power they covet. While the other witches watch their reality unravel, young Alice Marin is using magic’s waning days to delve into the mystery of numerous disappearances in the occult circles of New Orleans. Alice disappeared once, too—caged in an asylum by blood relatives. Recently freed, she fears her family may be more involved with the growing crisis than she ever dared imagine.

Yet the more she seeks the truth about her family’s troubled history, the more she realizes her already-fragile psyche may be at risk. Discovering the cause of the vanishings, though, could be the only way to escape her mother’s reach while determining the future of all witches.

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Review of The King of Bones and Ashes

The number one reason I loved this book – there are so many utterly fascinating characters. In my advance e-copy, there was a listing of characters at the end of the book. I wish I had realized it was there. It would have been helpful when I got a bit confused when only first names were used. When you read this book, look for that helpful addendum! Back to the characters – like I said fascinating. And oh, so full of surprises! I settled on Alice as the character I was most invested in, however, there are others who are just as key to the story. Pick your own favorite character.

The New Orleans setting is full of history, voodoo, culture, charm, superstition, and folklore. Whether you are a resident or a fan of NOLA, the use of such a rich city to set this story in will draw you in.

The King of Bones and Ashes is about witches, power, family and what could be. All these elements are interwoven to tell a beautiful complex story of horror, mystery and magic.

There is a cliffhanger ending of a sort, but the next book is due out in June. Since I don’t have to wait long to continue the saga, I won’t subtract any points for it. So 5-stars. I loved this book!

Through NetGalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book.

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