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Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite
Being the son of a duke and nephew to the king doesn’t confer popularity on Sanc. Jamie Edmundson’s An Inheritance of Ash And Blood (Heirs of War Book 1) is divided into five parts focusing on several characters. An overall theme of self-discovery and perseverance is present in each section. While his father is proud of his older sons, Sanc is a family outcast for his red eyes and small stature. Sanc’s only friend is a huntsman, Jesper. Three assassins attempt to kill Sanc, but he emits powerful bolts of lightning, vaporizing them. Jesper introduces Sanc to Mage Rimmon, who trains him. King Nicolas calls the family to Guivergne, where Sanc’s brother’s defense of Sanc leads to permanent exile from Morbaine. During exile, Peyre agrees to help Liesel escape from Salvinus and Inge. King Nicolas dies without an heir to the throne, causing two families to fight for their rights. However, something sinister is growing, threatening everyone’s safety.
Jamie Edmundson made this medieval fantasy story come to life with an intense focus on vivid details. Sanc, Peyre, Liesel, and other characters' personalities are described in-depth, and their vulnerabilities are readily discernible. It's easy to follow the transitions from one person to another. The prologue hints at danger building in the background while the plot becomes complicated by political upheaval and battles for the right to a contested throne. The details of the battlefield scenes and two influential character deaths made me wince in horror as if I was seeing it in person. The dialogue was realistic to me. I want to read the sequel because it leaves a million possibilities. Readers who enjoy fantasy stories containing adventure and self-discovery should read An Inheritance of Ash and Blood (Heirs of War Book 1).