I expect a lot from a book with a beautiful, intriguing cover. This one promises adventure in an exotic land, hidden magic, daring escapes, blossoming romance, and a dark force threatening on the the horizon. Kingdom From Ashes does not disappoint.
Right from the first page I was enchanted with Bennua and her desert palace. A kindhearted princess, she has the makings for a just ruler in a land where women are considered second-class citizens. She is not hardened by grit like most heroines trending today, but instead she finds her strength along the way. She is a perfect role model for young girls who want to impact the world but have been held back by elements of society or just don’t know where to start.
Linski’s polished writing is superb and leaves the reader feeling a sense of kinship with Bennua. The side characters are well defined and all have amazing stories of their own. The book has depth, yet manages to entertain like a fun, light read. There really isn’t anything more you could ask from this action-packed Arabian tale.
The perfect amount of romance is formulated in the pages to keep anticipation and intrigue alive, without overshadowing the overall moral of the story. If I were to nitpick, I would say that Bennua and her prince fall victim to the fault of nearly every love story: forbidden attraction. I found myself pulling Bennua aside and shaking her: “Just get over yourself already and admit that you can and you do love him! He’s perfect for you!”
In truth, I can’t deny that I loved every second of this book. I was sad every time I had to put it down. The rich blend of culture from Arabia and India, and a dash of Christianity, pulls you through its pages and into another world that you won’t want to leave. Be sure to pick this up.
Rated: Mild, for some violence, one or two uses of the d-word, some light kissing; no explicit references.