If you follow me in social media, then you might have seen me mention the fact that Circle of Ashes came out this week! I shared my review of the first book in The Wish Quartet on the blog a while ago, if you missed that you can see it here. And I just couldn’t wait to share my review of book 2 – Circle of Ashes.
I was part of the blog tour for the release of the book – you can see my Instagram post below. It was so fun to be involved. And I love nothing better than to talk about amazing books! And Circle of Ashes is definitely an amazing book.
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Title: Circle of Ashes
Authors: Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh
Synopsis: EVERY WISH HAS A COST BUT WILL THE SOCIETY BE WILLING TO PAY IT?
Once a hacker-for-hire living in the shadows, Josephina “Jo” Espinosa is the newest member of a magical Society. Their mandate? To grant the wishes of mortals. A simple enough task until Jo is faced with an impossible wish – and her inability to grant it might spell disaster for her entire team, if not the Society itself.
Jo is used to high-pressure situations, but after a string of disasters, the last thing she needs is stakes of this magnitude. Especially given that neither she nor the Society know quite what the consequences of failing to grant a wish might be.
The only person with answers is the Society’s aloof and cryptic leader, Snow. Yet while Jo is enigmatically drawn to the man, all their clandestine encounters leave her with only more questions about the true nature of the Society, her magic, and her own history.
Time is running out for the Society, and an executioner will rise from among them to exact the price of failure.
Categories: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, New Adult
Publication Date: 9th April 2018
Rating: 5/5 stars
Review: I finished Circle of Ashes last night, I read it in two sittings and I found it almost impossible to put down! Even when I finished reading Circle of Ashes I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It took me ages to get to sleep. I though that The Wish Quartet got off to a great start with Society of Wishes but I have to say that Circle of Ashes is even more amazing.
The incredible world that Kova and Larsh introduced us to in Society of Wishes is explored in even more detail. I love the system of magic and wishes that they have developed, it’s so intriguing. In Circle of Ashes, the mansion of The Society becomes almost a character in it’s own right, similar to the way the Bishop House in The All Souls Trilogy – there is a strange and wonderful kind of magical sentience.
As well as getting to know the mansion a little better, we also get to spend more time with the members of the Society. The focus of Circle of Ashes is on the developing relationships between Jo and the other society members, mainly Takako, Samson and Nico. I must confess I love each of these three characters, they are so wonderful engaging and unique and I love the way that Kova and Larsh use the events in the story to show these characters, and Jo, at their best and at their worst.
Tragedy strikes in Circle of Ashes, I don’t want to say too much because of spoilers. But what I will say is that these circumstances really do show us Jo at her prideful worst and her humble best. I absolutely love Jo, I think she is a really interesting character and she is incredibly well written. I love learning more about her and following her on her journey whilst she learns more about The Society and her place in in.
Whilst we get to learn more about Takako, Samson and Nico, there is still a lot of mystery remaining surrounding Elsar, Pan and Snow. I am pretty sure that if we had 100 books about Snow he would still manage to remain a mystery and I adore that about him. We do learn a little bit more about Snow in this book, or rather Jo does. However, the information reveal creates a whole lot more questions than it answers.
This book is an incredible step forward in the series. It builds on the solid foundation set forth in Society of Wishes and shows us that the world we find in these pages is so much more incredible than we could imagine. Circle of Ashes has incredible world building, amazingly unique and well written characters and a magic system which is as complex as it is unique. I would definitely recommend the Wish Quartet and my only issue is how I am going to last until Book 3 comes out, after THAT ending. Lucikly we only have to wait until July of this year, so I might just be ok.
As a side note, can I just point out how amazingly gorgeous the cover for Circle of Ashes is…
If you haven’t read the first book in the series, you are in luck! It is currently on sale for the release of Circle of Ashes and it is available as part of Kindle Unlimited subscription, you can check it out on Amazon*. If you are feeling lucky you can also enter a competition to win a signed copy of the first book Society of Wishes here.
And here is some information about the two lovely ladies who have created the The Wish Quartet.
“Elise Kova is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens series, Loom Saga, and Wish Quartet.
In her past lives, she has graduated from an MBA program, lived in Japan for a bit, and worked for a Fortune 500 technology company. However, she finds herself much happier in her current reincarnation as full-time author. When not writing, she can usually be found playing video games, drawing, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She’s happy to call Saint Petersburg, Florida, her home, but is always looking forward to her next trip.”
You can find out more at Elise’s Website.
“Lynn Larsh considers herself to be a serial hobby-dabbler. She got a bachelors degree in music (which she used for all of four months), studied aerial acrobatics and classical piano for many years, worked briefly as a stunt woman in a Wild West stunt show (it’s a long story), and eventually settled down into the bar tending business in St. Petersberg, FL. When she’s not acting as a purveyor of fine libations, you can find her diving head first into her newest venture as a New Adult author, or simply writing Voltron fan fiction on Archive of Our Own.”
You can find out more at Lynn’s Website.
I was sent an electronic copy of Circle of Ashes for the purpose of creating my Blog Tour Instagram Post, I have chosen to write my review here on the blog because I love the book so much and wanted to share my thoughts. As always all opinions and words are my own, with the exception of the author information featured at the bottom of my post in quotation marks which was kindly provided by the authors.