Thank you so much to Crown Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for letting me read a copy of Ashlords early! I read the synopsis and it seemed so cool, so I was super excited to read the actual book and I was definitely not disappointed at all!
Ashlords 5/5 stars
Summary from Goodreads: Every year since the Ashlords were gifted phoenix horses by their gods, they’ve raced them. First into battle, then on great hunts, and finally for the pure sport of seeing who rode the fastest. Centuries of blood and fire carved their competition into a more modern spectacle: The Races.
Over the course of a multi-day event, elite riders from clashing cultures vie to be crowned champion. But the modern version of the sport requires more than good riding. Competitors must be skilled at creating and controlling phoenix horses made of ash and alchemy, which are summoned back to life each sunrise with uniquely crafted powers to cover impossible distances and challenges before bursting into flames at sunset. But good alchemy only matters if a rider knows how to defend their phoenix horse at night. Murder is outlawed, but breaking bones and poisoning ashes? That’s all legal and encouraged.
In this year’s Races, eleven riders will compete, but three of them have more to lose than the rest–a champion’s daughter, a scholarship entrant, and a revolutionary’s son. Who will attain their own dream of glory? Or will they all flame out in defeat?
Ahhh my first book of the year was so good- it was a 5 star read! This book gave me major Hunger Game vibes, which I loved. I really liked both Imelda and Adrian’s points of views, but Pippa’s was…interesting. I thought making the decision to have it narrated in second person was a bold choice that I might not have made, but after the third chapter of Pippa’s point of view, I finally got used to it and I didn’t mind it anymore.
The plot of the book was really interesting and I never had a chance to get bored while reading it, which I loved! The pacing was great and honestly, I’m so, so excited for book two! Ashlords comes out on January 21, so definitely make sure you pick it up when it comes out!