Air and Ash by Alex Lidell

Air and Ash

Master and Commander meets Tamora Pierce in a seafaring adventure of duty, love, magic, and a princess’s quest to protect her kingdom on her own terms. After a lifetime of training, seventeen-year-old Princess Nile Greysik, a lieutenant on the prestigious Ashing navy flagship, sails into battle with one vital mission—and fails. Barred from the sea and facing a political ma...

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Air and Ash Reviews

  • Ryley

    I received an ebook copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review...

    you will not be disappointed, trust me.

    I haven't exactly read a book that mostly takes place on a ship before (I think I might have read one before but I wasn't he biggest fan) but this book was spectacular and I am really interested in reading more books like it.

    If you are about to run out and get this

    I received an ebook copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review...

    you will not be disappointed, trust me.

    I haven't exactly read a book that mostly takes place on a ship before (I think I might have read one before but I wasn't he biggest fan) but this book was spectacular and I am really interested in reading more books like it.

    If you are about to run out and get this book (which I suggest, although it comes out in May so you'll have to wait a little), make sure to check out the prequel novella (which is out), It is

    The writing in this book is incredible and I just flew through the pages, wanting more, needing more. I found myself continuing to say 'Just one more chapter' every chapter was spectacular and had the habit of ending on a mini cliffhanger where I needed to read more (perfectly fine by me though)

    As for the plot, it was very intriguing, I cannot think of any books I have read that have similar plot lines to this one, but I do think there was a moment when one of the characters reminded me of Rowan from the Throne Of Glass Series.

    The characters were all very interesting characters and I do plan on reading the next book the moment it is available, not only do I need to know what happens next, but I need to read more about these characters. The main character, Nile, is very independent and head-strong, but at the same time goes out of her way to ensure the safety of others (mostly by breaking every rule none to man)

    All in all I did really enjoy this book and cannot recommend it enough, I sort of have no clue what to do with my life until I can get my hands on the next book in the series.

  • Rachel E. Carter

    Like some of my fantasy favorites (Tamora Pierce and Sherwood Smith), Alex knows how to straddle the line between fantasy and the real world, giving us a headstrong heroine that has to work for every accomplishment she earns in a climate that isn’t exactly female-friendly. Tides is Pirates of the Caribbean meets

    meets

    Like some of my fantasy favorites (Tamora Pierce and Sherwood Smith), Alex knows how to straddle the line between fantasy and the real world, giving us a headstrong heroine that has to work for every accomplishment she earns in a climate that isn’t exactly female-friendly. Tides is Pirates of the Caribbean meets

    meets

    , with a heroine you can root for, a fantasy trip riddled with the gritty reality one would actually find asail. Alex doesn’t shy away from the struggles our heroine faces -and that’s probably what I admire most. Nile has to prove herself again and again, endearing herself to the reader and members of the crew, as she struggles to stay true to herself. And yet that barely scratches the surface of the elements I admired most -the world-building, the terrifying magic system, and the unexpected friendships Nile encounters along the way. I’d recommend Tides to anyone in search of a real heroine, because that’s exactly the kind of girl Nile is. Alex excels at gritty, real life heroines of the fantasy world, and Nile is no exception!

    WELL DONE, ALEX <3

  • Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)

    Gods alive! Alex can sure write one hell of an amazing high fantasy! I just finished and I am completely in love with this world and it's characters! I need book 2 now! Only problem is it's not finished grrrr. I can't wait to read more of Nile's story and I need more Domenic now! Also am I supposed to love Catsper as much as I do? I sure hope so because he's all kinds of awesome lol

  • Jaime Arkin

    4.5 stars!

    I absolutely love that we’re seeing more and more YA titles set at sea and on ships!

    Princess Nile Greysik has spent her lifetime training to lead the Ashing Navy. When we first meet her she is in the midst of a vital mission and when everything goes south, she’s somehow spared.

    When she awakes, she finds that she has been barred from the sea and navy that she loves… instead she’s destined to a political marriage… something that she is determined will never happen.

    Joining the first ship

    4.5 stars!

    I absolutely love that we’re seeing more and more YA titles set at sea and on ships!

    Princess Nile Greysik has spent her lifetime training to lead the Ashing Navy. When we first meet her she is in the midst of a vital mission and when everything goes south, she’s somehow spared.

    When she awakes, she finds that she has been barred from the sea and navy that she loves… instead she’s destined to a political marriage… something that she is determined will never happen.

    Joining the first ship she can hiding in plain sight as a common sailor, she finds herself on a ship filled with problems and one first officer who knows exactly who she is. But she has more problems … she feels forbidden magic within her and if anyone finds out it’s there, her life is over.

    I thought this was an amazing start to a series that I can’t wait for more of.

    With a determined heroine, a captivating story and a slow-burn romance, once I started reading, I just couldn’t put this one down. Filled with action, the pacing was wonderfully done and the story itself was intriguing and interesting. I absolutely love how strong and capable Nile is in this story and it’s hard not to be completely captivated by her and her story. I kind of loved that Domenic was the only one on board who knew who she really was.

    But the relationship forming between Domenic and Nile isn’t the only thing going on here… There is the added complication of the current Captain. Rima is a coward and incompetent and it’s obvious that he’s got more going on than he’s sharing with his crew. Navigating him and his temper is proving to be difficult and when things come to a head there will be repercussions.

    I know I mentioned this forbidden magic the flows within Nile’s blood… her twin brother suffers the effects of his magic and part of her mission on this voyage is to find a cure if it’s possible. But Nile isn’t prepared when she suddenly starts feeling the effects of magic and she’s afraid of what it will do to her. This for me is where the story lost me a bit … mostly because I wanted more info on the origin of this magic… what it meant, why it happened to certain people… how it affects others… why it was so forbidden. I felt like some of that was glossed over and could have been explored a bit more.

    But seriously that was my only issue here in an otherwise amazingly crafted story.

    Air & Ash is filled with action and adventure from the very first page to the last, and fans of Tamora Pierce and Sarah J. Maas are absolutely going to love this!

  • Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*

    Once again Alex Lidell proves what an amazing fantasy author she is. Air and Ash not only includes an amazing, clever and badass heroine in a role we don't usually see in that kind of books, but also an excellent crafted world full with adventure and magic (an interesting magic system which i hope we delve into deeper in a later date). But those are not even the best part of the book. I usually have problem following all the naval terms from books that include ships and big arcs on the sea, but

    Once again Alex Lidell proves what an amazing fantasy author she is. Air and Ash not only includes an amazing, clever and badass heroine in a role we don't usually see in that kind of books, but also an excellent crafted world full with adventure and magic (an interesting magic system which i hope we delve into deeper in a later date). But those are not even the best part of the book. I usually have problem following all the naval terms from books that include ships and big arcs on the sea, but Lidell managed to teach me a thing or two and actually make me care about them. It's the first time, i actually enjoy a "ship/sea story" that much, not only because of its action or the characters included in it but because i understand and feel exactly what's happening, the danger, the difficulties, all the bad and good things. I can't wait for the next one, and oh how i wish this one was longer!

  • Aneta Bak

    Air and Ash is absolutely amazing. The characters, the world, the romance, it was all so perfect. I need more from this series.. like right away.

    Ashing is at war, and when Princess Nile's ship fails its mission, she is sent home back to her castle. Forbidden to sail the seas and forced to an arranged marriage, Nile runs away and joins a ship where she can escape her life of royalty, and be one with the sea. A strange, new magic awakens in Nile, the gifted are highly frowned upon and if anyone fi

    Air and Ash is absolutely amazing. The characters, the world, the romance, it was all so perfect. I need more from this series.. like right away.

    Ashing is at war, and when Princess Nile's ship fails its mission, she is sent home back to her castle. Forbidden to sail the seas and forced to an arranged marriage, Nile runs away and joins a ship where she can escape her life of royalty, and be one with the sea. A strange, new magic awakens in Nile, the gifted are highly frowned upon and if anyone finds out that Nile harbours the power of the wind she will be kicked off the ship or worse, killed. That is, if her power doesn't kill her first.

    I was addicted from the very first chapter. Although a few chapters after the first were a bit boring, once Nile got back to the sea the story was absolutely fantastic. I love Nile's personality, even though she was raised to be a royal, she's a person who would rather work for her living than be handed things. She's a natural leader, she's intelligent and so down to earth. She is extremely relatable, I'm sure everyone will fall in love with her.

    The romance. Oh my goodness. I did not like Domenic when we first met him in the book, but after seeing him on the ship... well damn, I fell in love. He's definitely got that rough exterior but is so nice and caring when its just him and Nile, I love it.

    For the first time in my life, I was actually hoping that there would be a love triangle. Shocking right? Catsper is definitely one of my favourite characters on board the ship. He's funny, athletic and very intelligent... honestly I can't pick which guy I like more. Maybe its a good thing theres no love triangle in this story, that means I can have Catsper all to myself.

    The world building in this story was perfect. As I was reading, I actually felt like I was on a ship. The dialogue, the descriptions of the boat and the sea, it was all wonderful. The author did such an amazing job with the world and the story that he created, I am seriously impressed.

    When I finished the book I immediately said "What? That's it? No! I need more!"

    I seriously did not want this book to end. The climax and the ending of this story was really good, but I just felt like there should have been more. I would have loved to see this book be a little longer, and include more about Nile's life aboard the ship.

    I can't wait to read the next book, I'm dying to find out what happens to the main characters and the story line. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves high fantasy, adventure, or pirate books. You will definitely love this one.

    Happy reading,

    Aneta

  • Sylvia Mercedes

    This book was my pick for

    because it's fantastic! I'm offering a two-book giveaway,

    Now, to the review . . .

    Okay, this one wasn't classic literature status like STRANGE THE DREAMER. And it wasn't hit-me-in-all-the-nostalgia-buttons perfect like SPINDLE. But . . . this book was ridiculously awesome!!! I honestly didn't expect to love it like I did but . . . well . . . I DID!

    You know those books that start RIGHT

    This book was my pick for

    because it's fantastic! I'm offering a two-book giveaway,

    Now, to the review . . .

    Okay, this one wasn't classic literature status like STRANGE THE DREAMER. And it wasn't hit-me-in-all-the-nostalgia-buttons perfect like SPINDLE. But . . . this book was ridiculously awesome!!! I honestly didn't expect to love it like I did but . . . well . . . I DID!

    You know those books that start RIGHT in the middle of action, leaving you a bit disoriented and wondering why you're supposed to care about these characters whose lives are imperiled? Yeah, I don't care for those either. But that's exactly how this book opened and somehow it just REALLY worked. I don't know if it was just the way the author handled it, or the fact that I do have a soft-spot in my heart for a sea epic (I grew up watching the amazing Horatio Hornblower mini-series. Anyone else fans of those?). But something about that opening, which I fully expected to dislike just grabbed me by the collar and held on tight.

    Seriously, I felt as though I couldn't put this book down.

    Ordinarily a character like Nile "Ash" strikes me as too stereotypically super-special for words. But yet again, something about HOW the author wrote her just worked for me. I loved her and rooted for her. I cringed at the mistakes she made but understood why she made them. I rooted for her motivations, I felt her pains. She was truly a fantastic viewpoint heroine. She filled the role of the trope, but she didn't end up limited by it.

    The plot was engrossing and the world-building was spot-on, especially everything set at sea. You know this author had to have researched like the dickens, but she didn't let details choke the storytelling either. It was the perfect balance of authenticity and entertainment from beginning to end.

    The love interest was PERFECT. At first, again, I expected it to be stereotypical, but then the author took the hero in a complete unexpected direction. Talk about a love/hate dynamic! I don't want to give spoilers on this one, but let me just say, I love a good slow burn, and this was an EXCELLENT slow burn.

    Um . . . not much. I guess I felt a tiny bit let down by the climax. Not that it wasn't great! It just wasn't particularly GREATER than the other great action sequences. It didn't feel climactic so much as one more adventure in a string of adventures.

    But I think that's really due to the fact that this is Part One of a two-part book, not a book in and of itself. It's building to something much bigger in Part Two--WAR AND WIND. And readers beware: there is a definite cliffhanger ending!

    I have kind of sort of committed to reading THE KISS OF DECEPTION next in my July reads. But I might have to be doing a double read along with WAR AND WIND, because I don't know that I can bear to leave Nile, Domenic, Ana, and the others for very long!

  • Michelle

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:

    **

    Air and Ash is the first book in the Tides series by author Alex Lidell. The Tides series is an epic high fantasy adventure that takes place on the high seas! Umm, yes please!! I was already kicking myself for passing an early review of Daughter of the Pirate King and I have been kicking myself ever since. I was not going to miss out on all the swashbuckling fun in another highly anticipated pirate adventure. And Air

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:

    **

    Air and Ash is the first book in the Tides series by author Alex Lidell. The Tides series is an epic high fantasy adventure that takes place on the high seas! Umm, yes please!! I was already kicking myself for passing an early review of Daughter of the Pirate King and I have been kicking myself ever since. I was not going to miss out on all the swashbuckling fun in another highly anticipated pirate adventure. And Air and Ash did not disappoint. I absolutely loved this adventure. I loved everything about it! I loved the characters and I really really loved the world building that Alex Lidell created. Trust me, Air and Ash is a book you do not want to miss.

    I absolutely loved our heroine, Nile. Yes, she is a princess, but she is kick ass! Seriously, She does not turn away from hard work or unfavorable odds. I loved her determination. Nile does not have it easy, but she always faces what is thrown at her head on. It is hardnot to admire the heck out of her. And even harder not to root for her. She is one of my new favorite characters. I can't wait to see more of her adventures.

    And that isn't even talking about the magic in the world. Holy cow, the magic was something else entirely! I totally was not expecting it all. But everything worked so seamlessly together. The world building in Air and Ash was truly something magnificent. Alex Lidell is crazy relented. I am totally loving this series. I need to get my hands on the second book ASAP. And I didn't even scratch the surface on the number of things I loved about this book. I don't give five stars out lightly, but Air and Ash earned every bit of five stars. Don't even get me started on Domenic or the romance. Both are excellent. I want Domenic all to myself. but I am going to let you discover all of that for yourself.

    Bottom line: If you can't get enough epic fantasy, like me, this is a series you need to read. Plain and simple. Air and Ash is a fantastic first novel to what is going to be a favorite YA fantasy of mine. I can already tell. I love the characters, I love where the romance is going, I love the world and the magic. All of it works for me. Alex Lidell has a winner on her hands here. I can't wait for more. I need to grab the prequel and book 2 ASAP! Air and Ash is one of my favorite reads of 2017....hands down!


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