Review: Book: Ashes of Regret- Searby Gray

Title: Ashes of Regret

Series: A Misbegotten #1

Author’s Name: Searby Gray

Publisher: MudHouse Publishing

Genre: YA Fantasy

Page Count: 371 Pages

ISBN: 979-8986573120

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Ashes of Regret: The World of the Misbegotten (Misbegotten Series): Gray, Searby: Books

Link to Goodreads: Ashes of Regret by Searby Gray | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

On the Summer Solstice, Mesopotamian gods broke free from their celestial prison in a series of destructive firestorms. Called “The Misbegotten” because of their petty and cruel natures, the gods brought back their idea of normal: subjugating humans and building personal territories through the use of etemmu, or life force. Now humans are rebuilding society within those territories, dependent on the personality of the deity. A clever-but-impulsive human survivor, Tamaki Hayashi, thought her grandmother’s stories about plant magic were unbelievable, until she connects with trees, bending their limbs and manipulating their roots. With her beloved grandmother murdered by religious gang members, Tamaki has no one to guide her through learning her power. While rescuing a fox caught by a carnivorous plant, Tamaki accidentally uses blood magic rooted in her anger and fear rather than her plant magic. Feeling confident after escaping the plant, Tamaki again uses blood to pull the spirit of her dead lover into the body of the fox. An, the god of the territory, confronts Tamaki and states that she should have known that blood magic was forbidden. As punishment, An exiles both Tamaki and the modified fox, who calls himself “Scout,” to the god Enlil’s territory.

Thanks to their etemmu connection, Scout can speak telepathically to Tamaki. Something she’d be grateful for except his words are full of hurt and anger over Tamaki not asking for consent before changing him. Before she can make amends, Tamaki and Scout are arrested and confined in prison for being in Enlil’s territory illegally. To escape, Tamaki has to decide whether addiction to blood magic is worth the chance for freedom. If they don’t escape, Scout will be sold and she will be sacrificed to Enlil. Sometimes, being a villain is the only way out.

Content Warning: Self-harm

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This book had me hooked almost from page one. Tamaki is so down to earth and she has been learning her abilities with the help of her grandmother who she loses along the way. She rescues a fox that is trapped by a tree that is trying to eat it. The way the world is described makes me feel that I am there with the characters. That makes the journey more enjoyable to experience. There is so much on the line for all those involved and keeps the tension high that with each page turned holds something exciting.

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars


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