Air and Ash

Air and Ash

by Alex Lidell

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Air and Ash by Alex Lidell

Master and Commander meets Tamora Pierce in a seafaring adventure of duty, love, magic, and a princess’s quest to protect her kingdom on her own terms.

After a lifetime of training, seventeen-year-old Princess Nile Greysik, a lieutenant on the prestigious Ashing navy flagship, sails into battle with one vital mission—and fails.

Barred from the sea and facing a political marriage, Nile masquerades as a common sailor on the first ship she can find. With a cowardly captain, incompetent crew, and a cruel, too-handsome first officer intent on making her life a living hell, Nile must hide her identity while trying to turn the sorry frigate battleworthy. Worse, a terrifying and forbidden magic now tingles in Nile’s blood. If anyone catches wind of who Nile is or what she can do, her life is over.

But when disaster threatens the ship, Nile may have no choice but to unleash the truth that will curse her future.

AIR AND ASH is the thrilling first installment of the TIDES series. Recommended for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Tamora Pierce, and Naomi Novik.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998760407
Publisher: Danger Bearing Press
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Tides , #1
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 1,003,755
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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Air and Ash 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The story starts fast with battle at sea with Nile Greysik part of the crew. There is mention of a decade war and that the ship carries a code book of the enemy which could help end the war. However, things fall apart and Nile's ship, Faithful, and crew takes the brunt of it. Kaitlin is a new voice for me to listen to. She starts off strong with there being a battle at sea. She picks up on the quick thoughts and actions voicing it all so we are in that chaotic moment. She also voices different characters with adjusting her voice and tone so each sound to match the characters age and personality. Yes! She had my attention from the get go. Solid start! Kaitlin felt to be Nile in this book, which is a great feeling for the listener. The story comes to life and the narrator is part of it. This book is Young Adult, but it reads stronger than that. I love how Nile speaks of many aspects and dynamics in honest and forward way, as she's dealt and talked about it openly her life so far. The relationship of men and woman on a ship and what happens to people that are Gifted. She doesn't shy from many topics, making them matter of fact feeling. The Gifted. This is a special magic that comes out in some people in the world. It's based on elements and controlling them. But, there is great consequences that comes from having this ability. Heavy drawback on the body for being Gifted. I like the price for the ability, though no one has a choice to be gifted or not. It felt that Nile's drive is true, and there are added reasons for that drive that affect her as well. Of course she runs for one reason, but her true desire was stated before that and is what becomes her main goal. I really like how these topics are written to overlap and the world and events drive her to do what she may not have done, or doing sooner than would have. Alex has created an enticing story with Nile and her world. The way the story is told, there is much that can happen on the ship with the crew present. Nile's views of how things are handled in the world are firm, and there is much happening in the world to fight against. This is a huge story in it's own. It's also a stepping stone for Nile to get to where she wants to be, but has to do her time. Great blend of ultimate goal with immediate obstacles. This is a storyline and characters I'd love to follow the story along when the books come out in audiobook in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of a princess at sea
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! The Captain makes me angry and the main character is a captain in the making. The pase is fast and full of unexpected issues!
sparks389 More than 1 year ago
The book hooked from the very beginning and was a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good easy read, nice plot and quick read . Ready for #2 !
christinaraven More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It had it all - great writing, adventure, a touch of magic, and a great leading lady/sailor. It's about Princess Nile who decides to run away from a political marriage and goes back out to sea, but this time on a second rate League ship instead of her Nation's flagship. We get to watch Nile deal with horrible sailors and come to terms with her emerging air magic. The scenes were so well written that I could picture it all very clearly. I started reading the story and finished it in one setting as I had to see what happened next. Would anyone on the ship figure out who Nile was and turn her in? Would she survive her Gift emerging? And would she survive her fellow shipmates?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the book. I’m notoriously picky and have quit reading books after the first chapter if it’s too slow. It grabbed my interest from the start and kept it. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The characters were all very real and relatable. The world it is set in and the story line are both very rich and detailed. Can't wait to read the next one I. The series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this read to be very good. Because Nile she was strong, independent and stood up for others in need. I would like to read the prequel adventures to see what Nile had gotten herself into. The narrator was interesting with accent changes and depth.
kitty_ranma More than 1 year ago
More power to her." I have both versions audio and e-book. I enjoyed being able to go between the two versions. Loved this book, this is the first book by Alex Lidell I've read or listened to but it won't be the last. I hope they keep the same narrator she has wonderful voices she does for it. This audio book was given to me for free at my request from the publisher or author or narrator and I provided this unbiased voluntary review. Reasons I enjoyed this book: Action-packed, Easy-to-read, Entertaining, Great world building, Original, Page-turner, Unpredictable, Wonderful characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book SO MUCH!!! Nile is such a fantastic character, always pushing the others around her to do the right thing, no matter the cost, and pushing herself the most. I loved watching her relationship with Domenic progress—the tension between them was crackling—and any scene with Catsper in it was a pleasure to read. The book deals with sailing, which I know little about, but I never felt like I was out of the loop. Rather, I felt like I was in on the adventure, feeling the rise and fall of the waves, and holding my breath when battle struck. Nile’s adventure is riveting, original, and impossible to put down. As soon as I started reading, I was HOOKED, reading for hours at a time. Lidell has such a talent for language and character development. I can’t wait to see where the series takes me next
LadyGraymalkin More than 1 year ago
Holy cliffhanger! Need next book now, please. Ever get that nervous feeling, where there is so much story left and so few pages? Loved the characters, the setting, and the writing. Only hated that it ended.
BookPrincessBlog More than 1 year ago
This was definitely like any book that I've read. I thought that I had really read every kind of fantasy book, but this was the first time I was reading about life on a ship in a fantasy world. It was so interesting, and I have to give Liddell for creating such an original world and properties to it. The whole Gifted aspect and the different countries were so interesting, and she really took the time to flesh it out. I only got confused a few times, and it was my own fault for taking a pause and not remembering. Other than that, she did a fantastic job of showcasing her world. The storyline was very interesting as well. I honestly never knew what was coming next. There were a lot of twists and turns, and did I expect any of them? No, and that was a brilliant thing. I also loved how literally something could appear out of the fog and change the entire storyline. Liddell definitely kept me on my toes. I enjoyed our wonderful heroine Nile as well. She was strong, fierce, and she knew what was up - in so many aspects. When she started getting sick, it wasn't this whole, oh, I don't know what is happening, let's guess for 100 pages. She knew right away and dealt with it, and I loved that. The only issue I had with her is in the beginning I felt her strength was more telling than showing, and I just wanted to see it more. She seemed a bit forced, but the more I got into it, the more psychological I realized her characterization to be. She has been forced into a society where she has to be strong or else she's done, and how can you afford not to be strong all the time? Once I realized this, I totally got into the groove, and I enjoyed her again. The romance was good as well - when it showed up. And I say that in the best way possible, because to me, this book was NOT about the romance. While it was delightful and a fantastic slow burn, I was so enthralled with the storyline that I didn't care if I had my feels. Liddell did that well with the plot and keeping things interesting. Also, I might be sensing a different ship as well? (lol, two ships on a ship) And yet I was totally fine with either of them. Liddell also has a really nice writing style. It was so easy to be drawn into her world with her writing and ability to steer the story into twists and turns. I will definitely be picking up other books by her in the future - and we all know how picky I am about my writing style. Overall, this was a very engrossing read, and while I didn't get my lady pirates, I got some epic seafaring ladies, which is fair enough trade. ;) Nile was a fierce heroine, and this world was quite complex and wonderfully drawn. I never saw what was coming next. I did get disconnected in parts, which led to the drop in a crown for me (although I might have been in a book slump sooooo that could have been a factor), but this story always did manage to draw me back in. There are quite a few nice ships in here as well - romantic and actual kind - and I did feel passionately about all the members of the crew (I'm looking at you Captain Rima especially -_-). Four crowns and an Ariel rating!