Review: Ashes on the Earth

  • Title:
    • Ashes on the Earth
  • Author:
    • Sarah Ashwood
  • Release:
    • September 29, 2021
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Melissa Kay Benson
  • Series:
    • Stones of Fire, Book 1

I’ve stated before that I have a weakness for this type of story. I’m a big fan of secret, underground battles between paranormal entities. I made the mistake of reading the summary before listening to the book, something I normally never do. While I was expecting the reveal that shifters were real, it still felt well done and caught me off guard.

The premise of a shifter needing to protect an innocent human is interesting. It constantly puts them in situations that are intense and exciting, sure to keep you glued to the page or listening to see what happens next. The chemistry between the protagonists, even if they refuse to admit it or acknowledge it has my inner romantic smiling.

The characters and their motivations are all realistic and compelling. Even the villains aren’t evil for the sake of being evil. It’s sensible that both sides feel they’re in the right and it makes for a better story. Every character brings something to the story and I can’t wait to start book 2 to see where things go.

At the time of this review, only the first 2 books are on audible. Normally this would be something I’d be upset about. But this is one of those rare books/series that I discover and know I’m likely going to be purchasing a full physical set.

The narrator is good, for the most part. I got seriously sick of hearing her mispronounce familiar and prescription over and over. Prescription is bad enough, learn how to read, the r is before the e. But farmiliar is just insufferable. Where the hell do people get a second r from? I can’t stand listening to narrators mispronounce basic words over and over, it’s a distraction from the story in the most annoying way possible.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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