~ Goodreads Monday: Ashes of Gold (Wings of Ebony #2) ~

This is a weekly meme where any one can choose a random book from their Goodreads TBR and highlight it. Once you choose a book and create your post, make sure you link and reference the new host, @Budget Tales Book Blog. Eventually, I will try to find a rhyme or reason to my choices, but for now, each week will feature a random one that I mean to read soon!

This Week’s Selection:

Ashes of Gold (Wings of Ebony #2) by J. Elle

Published January 11th 2022 [Per Netgalley – Expected publication on March 2, 2022.]

In the heart-pounding conclusion to the Wings of Ebony duology, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicole Yoon calls “bold, inventive, big-hearted and deeply perceptive,” Rue makes her final stand to reclaim her people’s stolen magic.

Rue has no memory of how she ended up locked in a basement prison without her magic or her allies. But she’s a girl from the East Row. And girls from the East Row don’t give up. Girls from the East Row pick themselves back up when they fall. Girls from the East Row break themselves out.

But reuniting with her friends is only half the battle. When she finds them again, Rue makes a vow: she will find a way to return the magic that the Chancellor has stolen from her father’s people. Yet even on Yiyo Peak, Rue is a misfit—with half a foot back in Houston and half a heart that is human as well as god, she’s not sure she’s the right person to lead the fight to reclaim a glorious past.

When a betrayal sends her into a tailspin, Rue must decide who to trust and how to be the leader that her people deserve…because if she doesn’t, it isn’t just Yiyo that will be destroyed—it will be Rue herself.

According to Goodreads, this novel was previously published on January 11th, while Netgalley states that this novel will be published in March. Since I usually follow the Netgalley dates in terms of calling a novel an “advanced” or “back title” story, I am going with the idea that this novel will be published soon. It does not make an actual difference in my enjoyment and is just how I tend to separate novels in my mind. Ashes of Gold is the sequel to Wings of Ebony and is the conclusion to the duology. I have heard mixed reviews with some saying this one is better than the first and others saying that it was not as good. As I thought the first was great with a few elements that I wanted a little more from, I am hopeful that this novel will be just as good as the first with some improvements and explorations of those elements.

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