Age of Ash

Hachette Audio. (The Kithamar Trilogy, Bk. 1). Feb. 2022. 14:35 hrs. ISBN 9781549119460. $26.98. FANTASY
Kithamar is an ancient city of blood and secrets. Its citizens make their livelihoods as best they can, some honestly, some not. But one secret at the dark centers of power in the city draws in characters, who will hold the power to make or break the future. Alys was born and bred in Longhill, a slum district, and when her brother is murdered, she sets out on a perilous quest to find who killed him. But what will she lose along the way? Interesting characters and clever worldbuilding help anchor a plot that sometimes seems billowy and unmanageable, and Soneela Nankani provides a smooth, pleasant narration, even if sometimes character voices bleed together without much distinction between them.
VERDICT This first in a trilogy from Abraham (The Spider’s War; coauthor of “The Expanse” series) is a must-buy for audio collections where grimdark and epic fantasy are popular, and is a solid choice for other collections because of its cross-genre appeal for mystery and sci-fi fans.
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