* Book Beginnings is a meme hosted by Rose City Reader, where every Friday, bloggers post the first sentence (or few sentences) of their current read, as well as their first impressions of the book! *
I’m going with An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet since I haven’t heard about it anywhere else, and stumbled on it by chance, but am really enjoying it!
“Hallie” The voice whispered around the broken chairs and cobwebs, and I breathed out because it wasn’t my father.
Uncle Matthias edged past the snapped spinning wheel, over a pile of fishing nets set aside for mending, “You can come out, sweetheart,” he said. “It’s over.”
While I’ve been blogging and reviewing what I read for over a year now (and have read TONS or ARCs) I decided to start by sticking to my roots. I found this wonderful book at the library in one of my latest ‘treasure hunts’ where I scan the shelves for books that look or sound interesting and catch my eye. This one happened to have both things going for it, and I just knew I had to read it! I’ll share ARCs and new releases but as I review them anyway, I wanted to shine a light on a book that’s from a few years back.
So far I’m only a few chapters in, but things have just picked up, and strange things have started happening in Hallie’s world. The tone in perfect for a gritty, dark fantasy. It’s unlike anything I have read before, and I’m excited to see what happens!
Below is the synopsis for the book, which it the part that made me so excited to read this book!
Six months ago, the men of the lakelands marched south to fight a dark god.
Weeks after the final battle was won, sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister, Marthe, are still struggling to maintain their family farm—and are waiting for Marthe’s missing husband to return. After a summer of bitter arguments, Hallie is determined to get Roadstead Farm through the winter—and keep what’s left of her family together, despite an inheritance destined to drive them apart.
But when Hallie hires a wandering veteran in a bid to save the farm, every phantom the men marched south to fight arrives at her front gate. Spider-eyed birds circle the fields, ghostly messages write themselves on the riverbank, and soon Hallie finds herself keeping her new hired hand’s desperate secrets—and taking dangerous risks. But as she fights to keep both the farm and her new friend safe, ugly truths about her own family are emerging—truths that, amid gods, monsters, and armies, might tear Roadstead Farm apart.
Leah Bobet’s stark, beautiful fantasy explores the aftermath of the battles we fight and the slow, careful ways love can mend broken hearts—and a broken world.