Sunday, December 2, 2018

[Book Review] Weight of Ashes by Rook Winters

Book Review of Weight of Ashes by Rook Winters

Weight of Ashes by Rook Winters was an awesome read set in a dystopian aftermath that was filled with action, devastation, and a whole lot of heart!

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

Let's dive in!

Weight of Ashes by Rook Winters

Court didn't plan on becoming a revolutionary.

Fifty years after first contact, the Qyntarak dominate the planet politically and economically. Now things are about to get much worse.

When Elle's adoptive father is killed for smuggling alien secrets, she and Court are thrust into a desperate mission to save humankind.

Grieving and ill-equipped, they need to stay alive long enough to get those secrets into the hands of people who can use them. But how much more will they have to sacrifice to see it through to the end?

And by then, will it be too late?

My thoughts:
This was such a enthralling read! Right from the start, I was drawn right into the action and it never let up! I was constantly on edge; just waiting to see what would happen next. So needless to say, I thought that the plot was incredible and the writing style was fantastic! It was so easy to get totally immersed in the tale and everything from the dialogue to the action sequences, it all flowed so well.

I loved the characters, even the villains. They were all so wonderfully developed.

Each of the main characters were so interesting. I really enjoyed that there was a great variety; we had the young man that gets thrown into a situation that was way over his head, an older wise man who is guiding his people but also doesn’t hesitate to do what’s right, the young girl that is also thrown into a very intense situation where she has a crucial mission to carry out, the woman with all the connections, the man with the elusive tech, the woman helping save many lives, the man that was helping to do whatever he can in hopes that he will see his wife again, the woman on the other side who just wanted to help the good guys, and many, many more!

From the villainous side of things, the creatures that had taken control of the planet were incredibly eerie! These creatures were called the Qyntarak and they were large (8 feet tall) and terrifying creatures, with four spindly legs, six arms, and a long, curved body that looked “like a branch bearing too much fruit.” Yikes! Even more terrifying? They can sense heat which can tell them how exactly how a human is feeling and they also eat people from time to time. These creatures weren’t all bad, however.

And of course, the Qyntarak also had many humans under their control who would do their bidding. One of these humans was a man named Kane who had no problem killing other humans in order to stay on task.

All of the gadgets and technology that was included in this tale was so interesting! For example, there were the grav control flyers which were large ships that hardly make any noise. These ships had the ability to shoot a weapon that opens up a black hole, momentarily sucking things into it and spitting out nothing just dust. There were also nanobots that could heal injuries very quickly.

My favorite passages:
It was a beautiful day. Late summer or early fall, depending on one’s point of view. A day too beautiful for death and dying.

Through an old door, they descended stairs that groaned with each step and Walker feared one would give away before he made it to the bottom.

Despite a lifetime of being taught that violence was rarely the best course of action, Court had an intense urge to introduce Maud’s forehead to the top of her desk.

My final thoughts:
I can't recommend this one highly enough! It was such a fun and interesting read! I would love to see a follow up to this novel!

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And bonus! 10% of proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to global relief and development aid by Mr Rook Winters.


  1. It certainly sounds a bit different from the usual dystopian. I might check this one out at some point.