To Ashes We Run


Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
464 Pages
Reviewed on 02/28/2019
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Author Biography

Just B. Jordan was born to live a thousand lives, but she's only mortal, so she took to telling herself stories. One day she decided to give those worlds flesh and bone through paper and ink.

Her first novel was originally published by Marcher Lord Press (now Enclave Publishing), and she has had multiple short stories published in magazines including Havok, Spark, and Splickety. For a behind the scenes look at her books visit www.JustBJordan.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

To Ashes We Run is a work of powerful epic fantasy created by author Just B. Jordan, and is the second novel of the Echofall Rising series. In this return to Echofall, we focus on Dieon and Adisa, who were once separate entities each with their own problems. When Adisa’s soul is transferred into a shared coexistence inside Dieon’s body, however, complications arise. Not only is the coexistence and shared energy draining them both dry, but they each have missions to achieve to ensure their safety; that of their people, and to escape from the clutches of the Queen of Witches and her anger towards Adisa, and Echofall as a whole.

This was a complex novel that took me a little while to get into, but the effort is well worth it for fans of solid, immersive world building and complex, far-reaching fantasy novels. Echofall builds with a fascinating magical system that involves a lot of travel between realms, and transference of consciousnesses, soul magic and psychological drama. All of this is well contained in a relatively small cast of central characters who go about their missions in a style reminiscent of Tolkien, where the good work of a few can outweigh the dangers of the many. I enjoyed the witch queen especially as an antagonist, a powerful scorned figure with legitimate contempt and good logic behind the villain’s motivations. Overall, I found To Ashes We Run to be an excellent read that is worthy of a place on any fantasy fan’s shelves.

Bethany

I read an ARC of this book as well. It does take a little bit to get rolling, but that’s because there’s so many great layers built into this novel. I loved the world building and rich detail of the desert setting. I may or may not have fallen in love with Dieon. And that ending! WOW. Definitely one I’ll re-read sometime. Well done.

Micah

I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book, and I couldn’t agree more with this review!

I’m a big time fan of all things Epic Fantasy, and the Echofall Rising world is shaping up to be one of the greats in my esteem. The magic systems are rich and fully original, common fantasy tropes have been turned on their head and totally revitalized, and the characters are written beautifully and believably.
Jordan’s writing is a little more cerebral than your typical fantasy novels, but that’s what makes them stand out in my mind from the hundreds of other novels vying for your precious reading time.

I agree whole heartedly - this is a novel that deserves to sit alongside your favorite fantasy epics on the shelf.

PS the coverart is stunning, too!