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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.