Review: Legends of Ash and Dust by Kate Cowan





A dark YA Fantasy set in a sprawling Eastern world…

They forged her into a weapon. Now, she is the last.

Aerona was raised by legends. The Shae Warriors are the closest thing the Six Kingdoms have to the supernatural: fearless warrior monks who train their entire lives to protect the realm. Or, they were — until the massive Red Wolf army attacked, slaughtering them all in a single night.

Now, brokenhearted and defeated, Aero is the last Shae. Tasked with protecting Niran, the prince her people were caring for, she journeys to his home in the Golden City with one thing on her mind: revenge.

In the Palace of the Golden City, nothing is as it seems. The Red Wolves are in the pocket of the royals, the Emperor is blackmailing Aero into becoming his assassin, and an ex-Shae librarian is convinced that Aero has a long-forgotten power hidden inside of her.

On top of it all, a demon is wandering the halls of the Palace. If Aero can’t stop the demon and figure out the ancient and supernatural origins of the Shae, every life in the palace might be at stake.

There is a terrifying evil in the palace, and it’s hunting Aero down.


With all due respect to the author, when I received a copy of this book, I did not expect this story to be East and South Asian inspired. As an Asian American, a woman of color, I always feel very uncomfortable when Caucasian authors write fictional books based on Asian traditions/legends/history/mythology/lore. Therefore I will refrain from reviewing this book. DNF at 38%. I hope you understand my point of view.

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