My Review of A Storm of Silver and Ash by Marion Blackwood.

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Blurb: What would you sacrifice to save your friend? Your soul? Your humanity? Your life?

The Oncoming Storm is a name whispered in awe throughout the Underworld. She’s known as a master thief and a lethal knife-wielder – some even say she has the skills of an assassin. All of it is true. She’s also a sarcastic smartmouth with the social graces of a bull.

You will find her running across rooftops, sneaking in the shadows, and breaking into houses. That is, if she’s not busy getting ambushed and blackmailed into a seemingly impossible mission. Grudgingly caught in a dangerous power struggle, the Oncoming Storm must leave behind the world she knows and maneuver through scheming assassins, calculating elves, and desperate royals.

Before her adventure is over, she will have loved, saved, killed, and double-crossed those around her. The only question is, who? The clock is ticking, and before time runs out, the Oncoming Storm must decide who to trust and who to betray…

My Review:

A Storm of Silver and Ash is a mixture of Monty Python mixed with LOTR and some serious Assassin Creed Influences. That is what I can say about this novel. It’s a mix of all the things that you would love in a classic fantasy novel, only it has a more modernistic feeling to it. I got some Red Seas influence when it was about city-states. I also felt this was a medieval kind of Carnival Row urban fantasy novel by itself. This is, without a doubt, one of those epic fantasy novels in the same fashion as Leigh Bardugo, Danielle L Jensen. This could easily be a novel published by Harpercollins, Gollancz, Orbit.

The storm is a complex character that I disagreed with her on many decisions, but Marion showed that she wasn’t a character to be messed with. That said, I loved how she showed that Storm was susceptible to weakness. Doesn’t matter if you’re a member of a guild, there is always power. What is it anything more than that?

This novel had elves, but these elves are remarkably different. They’re more enlightened, tougher. However, I would have wanted to see more shades of the elfs. There is a reason this war between humans and elfs started.

I loved Storm’s unique insight. I loved how she was cheerful and expressive. A little nitpick I would give was some physical descriptions repeated often, but that can be improved upon in the second sequel. Storm’s character jumps at you from the first page. You get to know her from top to bottom. If this was a Netflix series, this novel would have a lot more adventures to tell. I do feel this novel could have been longer. In a usual fantasy set up, it could have expanded this bigger, but that’s a small point. I’m glad the author GOT straight to the events. No long breaks, none of that. We went from one point to the other. Every location mattered! This is impressive, and I did not feel for a moment we were in a big fantasy novel and going to every single location and not knowing where to go. It’s a very hard skill to perfect in writing because you’re not only writing a 100,000-word novel, you got to have everything correct. A novel like this took many years to make, and I appreciate the hard work and effort that went into this novel. It’s quite got a great ending, despite the grimdark influence of the world. Very optimistic.

I will rate this 5/5. This was a great novel.


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