REIGN OF ASH
In Reign of Ash, the second installment in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, Martin builds on the brilliant reader-character connection established in the first book. Suspense grows steadily throughout, keeping the readers as terrified and unsure of the ending as the characters themselves. Reign of Ash is a book that will take over readers’ thoughts until long after the final page, as they anxiously wait for the final installment.
Blaine McFadden and his friends are left in a broken world after magic disappears. As the last remaining Lord of the Blood, Blaine is the only man alive who can bring back the magic, but his first attempt at it nearly killed him. He is in a race against a strong enemy but Blaine has stronger friends, including immortal spirits and vampires, who will do anything to help him. Blaine and his allies must discover and follow the cryptic clues left by scholars and mythical knights if they are to save their world from its current desolation. (ORBIT, Apr., 655 pp., $16.00)