Soul in Ashes

Soul in Ashes

Series: Soul in Ashes
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
ISBN: 9781940855158

Forgotten Embers
Alswyn has lived in a cloistered sanctuary for nearly a year, building a new life for herself in the land of her exile. But when King Ghalad's intended bride falls prey to the evil magic of ash sorcery, Alswyn must use knowledge from her dark past to undo the magic before the countryside is plunged back into war. Unfortunately, digging up the bones of Alswyn's past may well prove fatal to her soul.

Allure of the Goddess
When King Ghalad goes missing, the peace treaty balances on a sword edge as his enemies threaten to take over the kingdom. Alswyn discovers the remains of ash sorcery in his chambers and determines to bring him home by traveling to the formidable Plains of Dera, ruled by the goddess of ash magic. The rescue mission gets complicated when Alswyn runs afoul of Cynet, her former betrothed, and the goddess Dera herself. They will both do anything to ensnare Alswyn once more in ash magic.

Sanctuary Defiled
A mysterious illness threatens the lives of Alswyn's friends, and the sanctuary is placed under quarantine. But there is no stopping the disease, especially when victims begin to morph into vaylah, bird-like servants of the evil goddess Dera. Those left alive blame Alswyn for the sanctuary's ruin, and she must overcome her religious aversions in order to enter the holiest shrine, where answers await. Will her submission to the gods prove enough to save those she loves?

Quest for Salvation
For ash magic crimes, Alswyn is sentenced to the deadly ritual of a Challenge. It is only through the intervention of an unlikely ally that Alswyn survives. To escape, she is forced to take on the form of King Ghalad's intended bride, a disguise that leaves her heart tangled inextricably with his. Together, they embark on a quest to find the Lost God, a deity forgotten by all but the oldest legends, and the only power that can restore Alswyn's friends to their true form. But will her web of lies and deceit prove to be the downfall of the quest?

About the Book
Shauna E. Black's new serialized fantasy ... has something in it I haven't felt since Garth Nix's Old Kingdom series. It has a voice that is both moving and haunting, capturing the soul and filling it with magic. I want more ... much, much more."
– Mikey Brooks, Award-winning author of The Dream Keeper Chronicles and The Stone of Valhalla
"Soul in Ashes is a thrilling journey through a rich, original world. In Shauna E. Black's fascinating tale, Alswyn is the kind of heroine to root for from the beginning. The delicious mysteries of her past and powers make this tale shine!"
– Josi Russell, Bestselling author of The Caretaker Chronicles
About the Author
Shauna E. Black

Award-winning author Shauna E. Black delights in beguiling readers until they lose all touch with reality and find themselves waiting under lampposts for fauns and talking beavers to appear. Learn more on her website,