A Harvest of Ash and Blood

Blackstone. Aug. 2023. 545p. ISBN 9798212027274. $29.99. FANTASY
Lochled, a disillusioned soldier, heads off for yet another crusade, even though he is filled with self-loathing for the things he once fought for and the things he failed to fight for. Rony resorts to desperate measures to save her brothers by joining his squad, and for her, heroics haven’t yet lost their luster. Ord is a priest who wrestles with heretical doubts, and Kayna is a mysterious Seeker with hidden motivations. In order to fuel a nation that is built upon the ashes of their dead children, these characters embark on a gripping and perilous quest to slaughter an enemy whom they hate but don’t understand. This blistering and bloodthirsty war story is effortlessly readable. The characters are a crew of unlikely and morally ambiguous heroes, who confront past traumas and war with their own inner demons. Their crusade exposes the dangers of weaponized religious fervor, and the intensely chaotic battle sequences burst with raw and savage energy.
VERDICT This new novel from Molles (The Valley) is perfect for fans of grimdark fantasy, where the pages are packed with visceral mayhem and mutinous conspiracy.
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