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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
The jays are laughing at her and mocking her as Collie attempts to find a way past the brokenness which came upon her when Dugan was lost at sea in Hope Rises from Ashes by L.F. Falconer. As destiny takes her on a new winding path, the tinker’s daughter is very much aware of the mockery of fate. Tied to a child who is frozen in the horror of his father’s death upon the road to the Tillaman Realm, a charismatic knight named Morgan who offers sanctuary and protection at the price of her dignity, and a winter snow that renders any form of escape useless, Collie is locked into a hopeless destiny. Though her hope is gone, she is bound to a man that she does not trust, and she is entangled in a ruthless world of brutality and greed. Destiny always has a way of taking a sharp turn in the moment that all seems lost.
L.F. Falconer paints a portrait of darkness and despair within Hope Rises from Ashes in which the reader is taken into a place of complete hopelessness. Every dark turn upon the path from the attack upon the road that is the beginning of the darkness leads to the emergence of a very unexpected deliverer and a resurrection out of the ashes of despair. The mocking of the jays and the bleakness of Collie's fate will seize readers and hold them in the very same spell. However, throughout the book, readers will be haunted by the tiny point of light glimmering around the edges. Brooding, spell-binding, and masterfully written; Hope Rises from Ashes will take you on a somber journey with the mockery of the jays in your ears and the glimmer of hope in your heart.