A sensual and evocative re-telling of Cinderella.
In the world of fairies are an older race of people who walk the line between life and death, reality and magic. As orphaned Ash grows up, a servant in her stepmother's home, she begans to realise that her beloved mother, Elinor was very much in tune with these underworld folk, and that she herself has the power to see them too.
Against the sheer misery of her stepmother's cruelty, greed and ambition in preparing her two charmless daughters for presentation at court, and hopefully Royal or aristocratic marriage, Ash befriends one of these fairies - a mysterious, handsome man - who grants her wishes and restores hope to Ash's existence, even though she knows there will be a price to pay.
But most important of all, she also meets Kaisa, a huntress employed by the king, and it is Kaisa who truly awakens Ash's desires for both love and self-respect... Ash escapes a life with her grim and self-serving stepmother and finds her beloved one...
Ash is a fairy tale about possibility and recognizing the opportunities for change. From the deepest grief comes the chance for transformation.
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As the author establishes her setting and characters the novel progresses smootly, and would be appropriate for junior secondary readers. - Magpies
Evocative.. original.. atmospheric. - Waterstones Books Quarterly
A fascinating novel for mature teens. - School Librarian
A book which will have teenagers entranced. - Carousel
Beautifully written... this sensual and evocative novel is a sophisticated fairy-tale for older readers. - Booktrust
Malinda Lo was born in China and moved to the United States as a child. She was the managing editor of AfterEllen.com, with over half a million readers each month. In 2006, she was awarded the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association for her writing about gender, race and sexuality. She lives in Northern California with her partner and their dog.