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Book One Gawain, second son of Davyd, King of Raheen, turns 18, and is promptly banished from his homeland for a period of one year and one day. Stunned, he departs the land of his birth, high atop an impregnable plateau, and ventures into the strange world of the lowlands. During his banishment, a ritual which must be undergone by all royal crowns of Raheen, he travels the Book One Gawain, second son of Davyd, King of Raheen, turns 18, and is promptly banished from his homeland for a period of one year and one day. Stunned, he departs the land of his birth, high atop an impregnable plateau, and ventures into the strange world of the lowlands. During his banishment, a ritual which must be undergone by all royal crowns of Raheen, he travels the lowlands incognito, and soon his martial skills are called upon in defence of himself and others. More, he is staggered to learn that the lowlands are all but paralysed by fear and terror at the hands of Ramoths, a strange and vile cult that seems to afflict the kingdoms with utter impunity. Gawain meets all the kindred races of man. A chance encounter at the edge of the forest of Elvendere introduces him to Elayeen, a haunting elfin beauty destined to become a vital part of Gawain's future. He meets dwarves too, becoming fast friends with Rak of Tarn, a quiet diplomat from the Black Hills of Threlland. Yet, everywhere he travels, the Ramoth curse has been before him… At the end of his period of banishment, Gawain rides for home, Raheen, intent upon alerting his father to the danger posed by the Ramoth. But it is too late. When Gawain crests the sole route to the top of the plateau, he finds Raheen gone, blasted to ashes... In the ruins of Raheen's castle keep, in the great hall, Gawain finds the Sword of Justice, the only object to have survived the terrifying devastation of his land. He draws the ancient blade, and swearing vengeance and justice in the name of Raheen, and hard of heart, returns to the lowlands...


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Book One Gawain, second son of Davyd, King of Raheen, turns 18, and is promptly banished from his homeland for a period of one year and one day. Stunned, he departs the land of his birth, high atop an impregnable plateau, and ventures into the strange world of the lowlands. During his banishment, a ritual which must be undergone by all royal crowns of Raheen, he travels the Book One Gawain, second son of Davyd, King of Raheen, turns 18, and is promptly banished from his homeland for a period of one year and one day. Stunned, he departs the land of his birth, high atop an impregnable plateau, and ventures into the strange world of the lowlands. During his banishment, a ritual which must be undergone by all royal crowns of Raheen, he travels the lowlands incognito, and soon his martial skills are called upon in defence of himself and others. More, he is staggered to learn that the lowlands are all but paralysed by fear and terror at the hands of Ramoths, a strange and vile cult that seems to afflict the kingdoms with utter impunity. Gawain meets all the kindred races of man. A chance encounter at the edge of the forest of Elvendere introduces him to Elayeen, a haunting elfin beauty destined to become a vital part of Gawain's future. He meets dwarves too, becoming fast friends with Rak of Tarn, a quiet diplomat from the Black Hills of Threlland. Yet, everywhere he travels, the Ramoth curse has been before him… At the end of his period of banishment, Gawain rides for home, Raheen, intent upon alerting his father to the danger posed by the Ramoth. But it is too late. When Gawain crests the sole route to the top of the plateau, he finds Raheen gone, blasted to ashes... In the ruins of Raheen's castle keep, in the great hall, Gawain finds the Sword of Justice, the only object to have survived the terrifying devastation of his land. He draws the ancient blade, and swearing vengeance and justice in the name of Raheen, and hard of heart, returns to the lowlands...

30 review for King of Ashes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dan Hendrickson

    I loved this whole series. The action is fantastic and the relationships between friends and enemies is this series true strength. It was easy to identify with the principle characters and the romance portions were in depth and addictive. Highly recommended!

  2. 4 out of 5

    David

    Neat! If you like magic and swords and shit.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Volpot

    4 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Meyer

    I could not get behind this book at all the world just felt so small with bad world building and meaningless places.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Noble

    A story that starts quickly and keeps the pace through to the end (all 800 pages). Well worth the read. I look forward to #2 in the Longsword Chronicles.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Interesting world and history but the characters are not well written, having bursts of emotion that seemingly come from nowhere and motivations that are clearly just to serve the plot rather than being true to the character. The enemy is built up as cunning but through the series just seems ineffectual and silly. Violence towards friends and allies is treated as almost a noble pursuit. If you've got nothing else to read, it's worth a go, but if you like consistent characters, it'll grind you dow Interesting world and history but the characters are not well written, having bursts of emotion that seemingly come from nowhere and motivations that are clearly just to serve the plot rather than being true to the character. The enemy is built up as cunning but through the series just seems ineffectual and silly. Violence towards friends and allies is treated as almost a noble pursuit. If you've got nothing else to read, it's worth a go, but if you like consistent characters, it'll grind you down.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Midnight.kc

    nice and captivating!! its just according to my tastes !!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Helene

    An enjoyable read. I liked the storyline and especially the characters. For me it did drag in places but all in all I enjoyed it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    David Mackinnon

    Amazing book...went out and got the rest

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bill Sawyer

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erik Jensson

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beckie

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  15. 4 out of 5

    Exaras

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zachary

  17. 4 out of 5

    Johnluke King

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bluemoon

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Hunter

  20. 5 out of 5

    jon rowe

  21. 5 out of 5

    Peter Sydow

  22. 4 out of 5

    Patti

  23. 5 out of 5

    Virginia K Kincaid

  24. 4 out of 5

    John Lipscomb

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

  26. 5 out of 5

    Seth

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nikhil Narayanan

  28. 4 out of 5

    Keng

  29. 4 out of 5

    ZigZagSuck

  30. 4 out of 5

    Morro3

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