When fifteen-year-old Phoenix loses her caregiver, everyone that she has ever known inexplicably turn their backs on her. Given the impossible burden of repaying an unknown debt, Phoenix sets out on her own with her trusty donkey, Muler, as her only companion.
However, the roads are not safe, and Phoenix finds herself navigating the unfamiliar terrain of the Darkened Wood, scrambling to escape the unseen creatures that have designated her as their prey. A chance encounter with Malcourt, a mysterious traveller, not only saves her life, but sets it on a trajectory that she would have never thought possible.
Buoyed by the support of her newfound friends, she settles into life at Castle Angor and attempts to carve a place for herself. The unexpected discovery of Rorin, a gargoyle spy, has her agreeing to the incredible task of protecting King Benedict, and keeping the kingdom of Angoria safe. As suspicions grow within the castle walls, so do Phoenix’s mysterious gifts, and so does her resolve. In a race against time, Phoenix must learn to control her Power and stop a deadly threat, or risk losing everything - and everyone - she has come to hold dear.
“Dunne breathes life into a world of magic and lore that will draw the reader in right up to the epic conclusion. Ashes is a heroic tale not to be missed.”
bestselling author of Call of the Sea
“Lauralana Dunne weaves magic in her debut novel. A tale of adversity and finding one’s place in the world, Dunne is pitch perfect in her first novel.”
author of The Broken Spire
“Lauralana Dunne astonishes in what is possibly the greatest debut novel of the past decade. An amazingly intricate world blended seamlessly with character, heart, and theme.”
author of Coral Beach Casefiles
“Dunne crafts a thrilling adventure nestled in a stunning world that can’t be missed.”
author of London Calling
“A wonderful character writer, Lauralana Dunne weaves a brilliant tale with skill and warmth. Ashes is sure to be the next favorite of fantasy readers.”
author of The Secret of the Ohks
Lauralana Dunne grew up running around the library stacks of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, and has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. She can often be found at different writing events around the city, typing on her phone with one hand while simultaneously fueling her caffeine addiction with the other.
She is a die-hard lover of YA Fantasy, and has been known to describe herself as a “Slayer of Imaginary Monsters.”
Ashes is her first novel.