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In the world of ASH, 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 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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Product details

  • 12+
  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 166 x 198 x 20mm | 212g
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 9780340988374
  • 57,162

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Deeply atmospheric ... the ending is bittersweet and just perfectly fresh and different My Favourite Books 20101103
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Deeply atmospheric ... the ending is bittersweet and just perfectly fresh and different * My Favourite Books * An egaging and absorbing reworking of the Cinderella fairy tale ... lush and sensuous ... a fascinating novel for mature teens * School Librarian * An evocative retelling of the classic Cinderella story that will thrill the reader ... an original, atmospheric exploration of the angst that comes with teenagers establishing their identity and discovering sensuality * Books Quarterly (Waterstones) * This extremely good debut novel combines imaginative storytelling with skilled prose * Carousel * Evocative.. original.. atmospheric. * Waterstones Books Quarterly * This beautifully-written re-interpretation takes a different approach .... Full of magic and enchantment, this sensual and evocative novel is a sophisticated fairytale for older readers, in the tradition of Robin McKinley's Beauty * Booktrust * 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 * With beautiful, lyrical writing and a main character whose strength and capacity for love fueled my hope, I look back on this book as the one that kept me going, kept me dedicated to imagining the love stories I wanted to tell. * Tess Sharpe, author of Far From You, via Guardian Online *
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About Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo was born in China and moved to the United States as a child. She was the managing editor of, 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.
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Rating details

34,705 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 26% (8,940)
4 31% (10,913)
3 27% (9,513)
2 11% (3,662)
1 5% (1,677)

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Fairytales have always reflected aspects of the society they were written for. Ash is a retelling of Cinderella, which reflects more mordern views of not only the roles of women in society but of mordern day relationships. Its not always going to be the handsome prince charming who sweeps you off your feet, it may just be the woman of your dreams. Malinda Lo has built a beautiful world with intriguing characeters, I absolutley more
by Serena
Basically a retelling of Cinderella, I really liked the sound of Ash before I started reading but I found it a little bit ... blah to be honest. It's not a bad book, the writing is good, if a little descriptive for my liking and Ash, the main character is likeable enough. I just found it hard to get into and the story never really seemed to get going for me. I did actually put the book to one side about half way through and had almost decided on taking it back to the library unfinished ... until I read another review which inspired me enough to give it another try. I did end up partly skim-reading the second half but in the end I was glad I completed it - of only because I hate to leave a book without knowing how it ends. Although I personally didn't like this book much, I wouldn't put anyone else off reading it as I really do think it was just down to personal preference. It wasn't my kind of thing but it may be more
by Tasha
After Aisling's mother died her father remarried, soon after her father died also. All alone in the world Aisling was left to be raised by her stepmother, a woman who insisted she work of the debts left behind by her father. So Ash, the daughter of a gentleman, was forced to become a servant to her stepmother and her two stepsisters. If this story sounds familiar so far then it should, for Ash is a re-imagining of Cinderella. But where Cinderella is rescued by a fairy-godmother and a handsome prince, Ash is indebted to a hansom faery and has to learn to save herself. Here love takes on many forms and for Ash love is found in the woods, a special place to Ash and her true love, but who is the one she truly loves? Ash's world is a mixture of new customs and old traditions steeped in an ancient land full of stories and enchantment. You have never heard the story of Cinderella told like this before, where a heroine must fight to save herself and to be with the one she loves, where inner strength is found through confidence, belief and love. Ash is a story full of magic and a fairytale full of fairy more
by Larissa McGrath
An imaginative reworking of a classic fairytale. A fairytale with real fairies, a male fairy protector rather than the fairy godmothers of old. Wonderful ethereal imagery. Fabulously sensory descriptions. As a bibliophile I adored the description of a book left to Ash by her mother. A truly enchanting tale. However, I did find the homosexuality to be glamorised. The book makes it sound like an easy choice to make, I do not believe this is the case. I have a few homosexual friends and know from their experience that it is a very difficult admission and can cause rifts with family and friends. On the whole a beautiful modern fairytale but I don't think I will be giving it to my children to read until they are old enough to understand the full implications of such more
by Emma Davies
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