YA Review – Blade of Ash – Fantasy



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Blade of Ash

(Scepter and Crown #1)

By C.F.E. Black

Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Hardcover & ebook, 363 Pages

January 25, 2022 by Hillcity Press

The only way to beat death is to chase it. 

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Newly crowned, Red blames one person for his father’s murder: the secret sorceress sworn to protect the king. Alyana Barron, Royal Sorcerer to the throne of Tandera, fears her magic is weakening. For reasons they don’t fully understand, a powerful enemy twisted by dark magic wants them both dead.
When Red is cursed, his life entwines with Aly’s in ways neither of them expected. Together, they chase after a cure that will heal the king and restore her magic, but the closer they get to a cure, the nearer they step toward death, for the path to the cure is as dangerous as the curse itself.
Blade of Ash is the first in a new, epic YA fantasy series perfect for fans of clean enemies-to-lovers romance packed full of royal intrigue, legends, and plenty of ballgowns. If you like female bodyguards and forced proximity with life-and-death stakes, check out Blade of Ash.


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Other Books in the Series



Shield of Shadow
(Scepter and Crown #0.5)
By C.F.E. Black
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
E-book, 141 Pages
November 2021 by Hillcity Press

Alyana Barron is tired of living a secluded life apart from society, hiding her magic from watching eyes. When a nobleman offers Aly the chance to train as a Master Sorcerer, secrets hidden in her past will come to light and she’ll have to fight to keep her safety and guard her heart.

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My Review

Black, C.F.E. Blade of Ash. Hillcity Press, 2021. 

I think C.F.E. Black may be a new-to-me author. Blade of Ash is a great fantasy novel for young adults. It contains many of the elements of good fantasy – magic, epic journey, good vs. evil, and mythical creatures. There is also the element of romance thrown in. In the beginning, the main characters both have a love-em or hate-em personality. They are both young and a bit immature (thrown into  their roles before they were fully grown) but over the course of the story, they grow and mature. 

The author does have a prequel to this series which I have not read. I did not feel I was missing any information, not having read that. I enjoyed reading Blade of Ash. I look forward to reading future books in C.F.E. Black’s Scepter and Crown series. 

I would have no problem adding Blade of Ash in a k-12 Christian school library. It would be a great book to add to a fantasy section. It is appropriate for middle school and up. 

I received a complimentary copy of Blade of Ash. This is my honest review.

About the Author – C.F.E. Black


C. F. E. Black loves to get swept away in books, both reading and writing them. When she’s not writing or chasing her son, she’s teaching high schoolers and trying her best to be a light in their lives. She lives in beautiful north Alabama with her superhero husband, sons, and fur-family. Connect with her and find free stories at www.cfeblack.com.

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A signed hardcover of Blade of Ash by C.F.E. Black, a character art print of Red and Aly, and a map print (US only; $20 Amazon e-gift card will be substituted for INT)

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