✓ Kingdom of Ash and Briars || ✓ PDF Read by â HannahWest

By HannahWest | Comments: ( 241 ) | Date: ( Dec 08, 2019 )

Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, lands in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she is an elicromancer with a knack for shape shifting An ancient breed of immortal magic beings, elicromancers have been winnowed down to merely two now three after centuries of bloody conflict in the realm Their gifts are fraught with responsibility, and sixteen year old BBristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, lands in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she is an elicromancer with a knack for shape shifting An ancient breed of immortal magic beings, elicromancers have been winnowed down to merely two now three after centuries of bloody conflict in the realm Their gifts are fraught with responsibility, and sixteen year old Bristal is torn between two paths Should she vow to seek the good of the world, to protect and serve mortals Or should she follow the strength of her power, even if it leads to unknown terrors She draws on her ability to disguise herself as a man to infiltrate a prince s band of soldiers, and masquerades as a fairy godmother to shield a cursed princess, but time is running out As an army of dark creatures grows closer, Bristal faces a supernatural war To save the kingdoms, Bristal must find the courage to show her true form.Building on homages to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen s Emma and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Hannah West makes a spectacular debut.

  • Title: Kingdom of Ash and Briars
  • Author: HannahWest
  • ISBN: 9780823436514
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:


Hannah West is the author of Kingdom of Ash and Briars and its companion, Realm of Ruins She s always loved writing about magic and fairytales, but her time studying abroad in Orl ans, France inspired her to finally write and publish a fantasy novel She s a freelance writer and vegetarian living in Texas with her husband and their rambunctious blue heeler.

Comments Kingdom of Ash and Briars

  • LolaReviewer

    This is a YA retelling of ''The Sleeping Beauty''.It’s an okay story. I liked the heroine, the writing, the fast-pacing.But did I actually enjoy the retelling factor? Not quite. To be honest, I had no idea prior to starting this book that it would be a retelling. Obviously, my mind must have been elsewhere because the title is a gigantic clue.It’s not that great of a retelling, if that’s what you’re looking for. Bristal, the heroine, is Rosie’s – Sleeping Beauty’s – protector. An [...]

  • Cait • A Page with a View

    Bristal starts out the story as a poor orphan, but then discovers she's one of the ancient, immortal elicromancers and can shapeshift. Throughout the course of the story she becomes a fairy godmother to both the Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty characters and helps them get their princes/the end of their traditional storyline. Bristal shifts into a guy's appearance and joins the soldiers of Prince Anthony, which is where the Mulan story comes in. (I loved how there were so many princes in this sto [...]

  • Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)

    An Advance Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change.Well! I wasn't expecting such a fun and adventurous read! And even though there are echoes of Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, Emma and Cinderella, the story is still strong on its own. Loved the magical bits a lot and the slow burn romance was just too cute. The writing is vivid and engaging! Right from the start I was invested in it. And I knew I was going to like it [...]

  • C.J.

    I loved this book so much! Flawless world building, fascinating characters, an epic story, a swoony romance, and such a clever homage to several fairy tales. It's absolutely brilliant, and I want Hannah West's next book in my hands YESTERDAY.

  • Kerri

    KINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS is a breathtaking fantasy that draws inspiration from classic fairytales and breathes even more magic into them. I could not flip the pages fast enough and cannot wait to see what new adventure Hannah West has in store for us next! Perfect for fans of fantasy, adventure, fairytales, strong female leads, and swoon-worthy romance.

  • Arielle Walker

    Despite the gorgeous cover, promising beauties to come, once the cover was opened and pages were turned this whole book felt rushed. As though the author had neatly laid out a plot and was determined to get from point A to point C at any cost, major events rushed up in a blur and years were lost in the span of a single page.The heroine (whose name I have already forgotten) gains and masters her powers in the blink of an eye; the enemy is found and made over the same speck of time. We are told th [...]

  • Claire Legrand

    Stunning. A pitch-perfect fantasy for fans of Sabriel, Graceling, and The Hero and the Crown. More thoughts to come.

  • Ambur

    I have been ridiculously excited about KINGDOM OF ASH AND BRIARS since I first saw the cover months ago, so excited! And you know what? It completely lived up to that excitement and totally blew past all of my expectations! It was amazing!!! :D Gah!!! I absolutely loved Bristal! She was such a wonderful main character, and it was a pleasure to get to see what was going on inside of her head. The story itself was magical, and just all-around wonderful! And all of the characters were freaking amaz [...]

  • Katie Grace

    I tried, but this book just didn't work for me. :/

  • Eileen (BookCatPin)

    Kingdom of Ash and Briars is a must-read for fantasy fans. It is officially one of my favourite 2016 reads! The book meticulously blends fairy tales together while maintaining complete originality. What an imaginative story!The world in Kingdom of Ash and Briars is intricate with legends and foretelling but also simple and easy to catch onto. I was surprised by the drawn-out timeline but it made perfect sense. This book had bits of various fairy tales mixed into new material. Ms. West beautifull [...]

  • Brianna da Silva

    DNFing this almost 100 pages in. The setup is so cliché, I feel nothing for the characters, and - ick I hate being so negative - but the prose isn't creating vivid imagery in my mind, either.Also, this is a magic-centered story, and I tend not to care for those. But that's my fault for not reading the synopsis more closely.I skimmed through the rest of the book to see how the story plays out and as far as I could see, it doesn't swerve in any directions that interest me. I have no regrets for p [...]

  • Erin

    Welp! Well that was underwhelming. I have a feeling that I'm going to be in the minority on this book but this book was so boring. Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West is a mix of fairytale, contemporary mysticism, & boredom. A lose retelling of Sleeping Beauty with shades of Mulan. Without the diversity of Mulan all characters read as white. Tells the tale of Bristol an orphaned kitchen maid who discovers that she is actually one of the last of a breed of ancient magical immortal beings [...]

  • rebecca ɤ

    this sounds so good omg i need to keep my eye on this

  • Tracy (Cornerfolds)

    Read more of my reviews at Cornerfolds!Initial reaction: DNF @ 55%Fun fact: I LOVE fairytale retellings! I participate in a retelling challenge every year and actively seek them out because they're usually amazing. When I first saw Kingdom of Ash and Briars earlier this year I knew I had to have it and, when I had the opportunity to read an ARC, of course I said yes! With such an amazing lineup of tales, I expected nothing short of greatness!Kingdom of Ash and Briars is about Bristal, a kitchen [...]

  • Octavia

    I am thoroughly impressed with this one! The plot was strong, writing was entrancing , the characters were AH-MAZING. And above all, it was a retelling that didn't read like a traditional retelling and that is something I can get behind!Full review to come soon!!

  • Cassi

    This was an absolutely fantastic read. It was the perfect combination of a fairy tale retelling and a epic fantasy. It was full of magic and adventure. I'm not sure if I would call this a fairy tale retelling but it definitely had aspects of that. It is almost a love letter to the classic fairy tales that we know and love. It pulled from so many different stories similar to Once Upon a Time or Into the Woods. It rewrites those stories in an interesting way and intertwines them in a complex and c [...]

  • Lindsey

    Really interesting way to spin and morph two really familiar fairy tales (Cinderella & Sleeping Beauty) into something new and interesting! The plot was compelling and the characters intriguing and (mostly) well drawn out - would definitely recommend this to people looking for fast paced fantasy or fairytale retellings! The story is simple enough in theory: Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, finds out she has shape shifting powers. She also comes to realize that these powers mean she could b [...]

  • Anna

    3.5What a charming little book.It was neat. A well thought out book coming to a tidy conclusion with no strings left flapping around.It was creative in how she weaved Bristal into different fairy tales, making a mark on many other people's lives, while the story of Bristal's life was wholly her own.It's strange (in my experience anyway,) to find a fantasy book that is so short and not in a series, but I think in this case it was a good idea to keep it to one book. It showed that West's eyes were [...]

  • Sadie | sadie_reads_them_all

    I won this advanced reading copy from a website hosting a YA book giveaway. Very exciting! It took me awhile to finish due to May being the craziest month ever for me. This book is told in Acts. Act 1 was *amazing* I couldn't ask for anything more from a YA fantasy. Strong world building, jumped right into the action, likable protagonist, interesting magic system.Act 2 was not as good in comparison. The author introduced two storylines that were based on Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. I didn't [...]

  • Whitley Birks

    I'm just really not feeling this book. Mostly because of the villain. She's so hammy, and any attempts to make her 'grey' or give reason for her villitude are just clunky at best. Plus, carrying on about her amazing sexy looks while she's villaining is justt my bag. The fantasy aspects and plot are nothing to write home about, and Bristal sacrifices having a personality for being an observer, so there's just really nothing holding me in this book.

  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•

    You can find this review and others on my blog shades of paper“She is clever, Bristal. But I hope you’re wise.”It’s been a while since I finished this book and I still don’t know how I truly think about it. The thing is, I overall enjoyed a lot the story and everything, but I was in the middle of a reading slump, and sometimes I wasn’t really in the mood or was simply a bit bored, and I’m pretty sure this was one of the most important reasons why I ended up not loving this book.I [...]

  • Portia

    I really enjoyed this. It was new and I like how there were so many references to other fairytales. :) Review to come!

  • Dorothy

    MY FULL REVIEW IS ON MY BLOG! Check it out at dorothyrequina.wixsite/boo, thanks! :)I gave this book 4 stars, because though I flashed through the whole last 2/3 of the book, it was not without its flaws. I thought the magic system was created well and the imagery associated with the magic was so vivid. I like how elicromancers can all do some sort of basic magic like materializing and healing, but have an affinity for one specific special power. The allusions made to all the different Disney st [...]

  • Kara

    I liked this book for a while, but I never really loved it. It started out okay, but chapter after chapter went by and it felt like nothing ever happened. It was all exposition and dialogue with no action or tension. I got bored. I can't sit and read a book all the way through anymore (unless it's a REALLY intriguing book), so after putting it down and coming back later or the next day, I had forgotten a lot of what I had already read. And with this book that is a problem because there are so ma [...]

  • Rodrigo

    This was not my cup of tea. I thought it was okay. It was fast paced and I liked the interesting twist, but I feel as if it didn't quite live up to it's concept. It was a good idea and a fun read that my daughter did enjoy, but I just could not get into it. There were a few confusing parts and it lacked in a few others. I liked that this was a different retelling, but it just wasn't for me.

  • Amy

    Bristal is an orphaned servant girl who finds out she has super-speshul powers and that she is a super-rare, super-powerful immortal elicromancer. Elicromancers were wiped off during a war centuries earlier and Bristal is only the 3rd known one still alive (apparently they're not all that immortal afterall). Becoming an elicromancer involves being thrown into a lake called the Water that's hidden deep in the forest – if you drown, you're not an elicromancer; if you're worthy, you get spit out [...]

  • Cassie C

    Review to come!Update 12/21/16:See more reviews on my blog Novels and NecklacesKingdom of Ash and Briars is an interesting retelling of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and even a bit of Mulan, and will appeal to many readers. As a whole, the story is fast-paced and an exciting adventure. The characters are intriguing and you have this urge to read more to learn about the characters and see where the story is going. There were some things that I found just okay about the book, but it was fun read fi [...]

  • Briana

    Kingdom of Ash and Briars is one of those books I really, really wanted to like but just couldn't.  The jacket copy promises Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Mulan, all wrapped up in an overarching "gritty fairy tale gone wrong."  This sounds excellent, but the way West goes about it is immeasurably disappointing, as none of the fairy tales in the book are given the time they really deserve.West tries to cram a lot of action into a small space, and the result is extremely bad pacing.  Conflic [...]

  • Hannah West

    Here we go! Happy birthday, little book!

  • Ella

    I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK. *flails quietly*

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