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An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The strange war down south—with its rumors of gods and monsters—is over. And while sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister wait to see who will return from the distant battlefield, they struggle to maintain their family farm.

When Hallie hires a veteran to help them, the war comes home in ways no one could have imagined, and soon Hallie is taking dangerous risks—and keeping desperate secrets. But even as she slowly learns more about the war and the men who fought it, ugly truths about Hallie’s own family are emerging. And while monsters and armies are converging on the small farm, the greatest threat to her home may be Hallie herself.

Goodreads Summary

The world that Hallie knows is still in the air of the end of a major war, and everyone is still learning the details of how everything played out. There were some big powers at play and everyone wants to know if the threat is over, or if there is still some worry afoot. Hallie is at the point where she is struggling to keep her family farm going, and she needs help if she wants to keep up with the heavy load that her daily grind provides. There is trouble heading in on Hallie's town and their whole world is about to be turned upside down.

I feel bad for Hallie and the knowledge that she is trying to keep secret to protect herself and her family. It must be such a burden, and I wouldn't wish that on anyone. The author is great at showing the human character that Hallie is, and you really get to know her as a believable person. I love the idea of the storm brewing and getting closer and closer to the town. It creates a sense of urgency in the air that makes the book exciting, even in the slow moments. I love the title of the book and how it applies so well to the overall theme of the story with Hallie's family being the focus of a lot of the hidden information that comes out. On top of that, I love the characters that come out in the story who aren't who you think they are. It keeps you guessing through the book and never lets you predict everything. Read this one. It will not disappoint.

4 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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