Thursday, May 7, 2020

Ashlords by Scott Reintgen - ESSENTIAL

Ashlords by Scott Reintgen, 368 pages. Crown Books (Random), 2020. $18

Language: PG (26 swears,  0“f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (fighting)



Three lives collide in the brutal contest during this year’s race – a fight to the death on phoenix horses – beautiful beasts that need to be resurrected every night and a skilled rider can use the elements to manipulate that rebirth. Pippa is a Ashlord by birth – the beloved daughter of two former winners, destined to win. Adrian is a Longhand – an Ashlord separatist who has been groomed by his father to spark a revolution.  Pippa is a Dividian, the failed conquerors who survive on the scraps left to them by the others – servants. Her video of her skills has caught the eye of the ruling class and earned her spot.  Pippa has plans.

Call this Hunger Games on horses if you’d like. That gorgeous cover will catch many eyes and they won't be disappointed by the tale. The only odd note is that Pippa talks about herself in the second person.  I couldn’t figure out why.  Otherwise it is a breathless rush of action and danger with multiple ulterior motives leading to a sequel I wish I had in my hands already.

Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS

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