Friday, September 29, 2017

[Short Story Review] Ash and Steel by T.L. Branson

Book Review of Ash and Steel by T.L. Branson

Ash and Steel by T.L. Branson is a short story that is inspired by the world and characters of the upcoming release of the first book in the Soul Stones series, Soul Render.

While short, this story is action packed and very well written! I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more releases from this author!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Ash and Steel by T.L. Branson 

Alexander Drygo, king of Sunbury, is reeling from the loss of his wife. Despite his best efforts using an incredible power, she is no longer among the living.

When a rival kingdom seeks to take advantage of this delicate time in Drygo’s life, he is thrust into a battle for the future of his kingdom.

Can he save his people where he could not save his queen?

My thoughts:
First of all... how interesting is that cover?! That drew me in immediately!

As for the novel, I have to say that I'm not usually a huge fan of short stories. However, I was totally captivated by this one! The storyline itself was very intriguing and perfectly paced, and the whole thing was also so wonderfully written.

I loved learning a bit about the setting and the characters of the series. While lacking a bit of world building and explanation, I thought what the author did here was absolutely brilliant! He gave you just enough information to really draw you in. The lack of information, rather than irritating me, just made me antsy to get my hands on the next book so I could learn more!

The characters were also interesting, though we didn't get the chance to really get to know them just yet. I do hope to see more of Callum and Drygo in the upcoming series! *fingers crossed*

This author has a wonderful way of describing things. As I was reading, I could not only picture things, but I could also hear all of the sounds that were being described in my head. This truly hasn't happened for me in quite a while!

Check out this updated cover design:

Updated cover design of Ash and Steel by T.L. Branson

My favorite passages:
The shing of swords being drawn and the heavy pounding of boots filled the room.

Drygo steeled himself and slid his sword from its sheath, gripped its solid hilt in both hands, and prepared for the coming onslaught.

Flames rose up above city rooftops. Black smoke billowed high into the sky. The metallic smell of blood mixed with that of burning wood.

His face contorted in anger, an ache in his heart.

My final thoughts:
I loved this short story! I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on Soul Render so I can dive back into this world!

Download Ash and Steel for FREE on Amazon while you can!!

Thanks for reading!

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