Make your choice, Ember Carter. And make it count.
Ember Carter has escaped the flames of death. But will she ever be free from Chief Titus? When the orchard goes up in smoke and her family turns up missing, Ember returns to Frankfort hoping to find her brother and father, and to get Titus to drop the death wish he has against her.
But Titus is always one step ahead. When Ember faces him head-on, she’s captured, only to receive another death sentence. But on her way to her execution, plans go a little askew, and Ember finds herself traveling to the one place no one dares travel: Louisville. If the outskirts of Ky were a ghost town, the ashen city is the borderline of hell itself, but it’s the one place Ember can find refuge from the people who want her dead.
In the ashen city, Ember must learn that being a hero is more than doing what is right because she can, but doing it for the good of the people. And when plans take a turn for the worst, she must decide if it’s worth risking her life to save her country.
Do you guys remember last month when I posted about Black Tiger and geeked out over how great it was? So you can probably imagine how excited I was to be able to read an advanced copy of the second book in the series and participate in the blog tour, right? (Insert all the excited and book-related emojis here.) Well, Ashen City made its debut yesterday and I finally get to geek out about it with you!
I will admit that I tend to get nervous when it comes to reading the second book in a trilogy because, in my opinion, book 2 is always infamous for being the “boring” book, the book that creates the dip in the arc of the overlying story line of the series. But that was not the case with Ashen City. The book starts with a bang and we are dropped right back into the action between the Resurgence and Titus. And the even better part? The action continues throughout the entire book. At no point in these pages did I set the book down because I was bored, nor did I ever wonder when things were going to get good again. Baysinger was able to keep the story line moving forward at a perfect pace while keeping it fresh and engaging.
If you loved the first book in this series, Black Tiger, you will definitely want to jump into Ashen City. There are some new exciting developments with the characters, and the plot thickens (!) as the Resurgence continues to push back against Titus and his minions. But that’s all I’m going to say. Well, except for this: how long do we have to wait for book 3????
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About the Author:
Sara Baysinger grew up in the heart of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador where she spent her childhood exploring uncharted lands and reading all things magical. She now lives among the endless cornfields of Indiana with her husband and two young children. Sara enjoys writing and reading anything out of the ordinary, and has a bad habit of zoning out at the most inopportune moments. She is currently considering seeking medical attention for her potentially life-threatening coffee addiction.