Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.
The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King’s Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash’s capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.
Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
Oh, how to describe this beautiful novel? Yes, it is a “retelling” of Cinderella, however, Malinda Lo took me into a world that I’ve never experienced with such feeling. Her prose is stunning, and she creates a melancholy that’s just perfect for winter reading. We follow Ash as she experiences the utter grief of her father’s death, as she is thrust into the hands of her vindictive and hateful stepmother, and as she meets the Faery Prince Sidhean, and the mysterious and enchanting Kaisa, the King’s Huntress. Ultimately this is a novel of love and sacrifice, and as we journey through ancient forests, heavy with ancient and powerful magic, we are taught what it really means to follow your heart. This is a love story that shouldn’t be missed! Keep an eye out for Ms. Lo’s new novel,Huntress, coming in April!