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ARC Review: Kingdom of Ash and Soot

  • Title: Kingdom of Ash and Soot (The Oder of The Crystal Daggers #1)
  • Author: C. S. Johnson
  • Kindle ebook
  • # of Pages: 352
  • Publisher: Prodigy Gold Books
  • Releases: July 3, 2018
  • Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy
  • My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

* I was given a copy of this book by the publisher but all opinions are my own.


In an age of political unrest and racial divide, one girl’s search for truth will determine the future of her kingdom.

   Prague, 1870 

For the last ten years, nineteen-year-old Eleanora Svobodová has worked as a servant in her stepmother’s household, dreaming of the day she will be free to live life on her own terms.

But when her estranged grandmother, Lady Penelope, comes to Prague on behalf of Queen Victoria, everything changes. Throughout Bohemia, a string of murders and secret whispers hint at a larger coup, and Lady Penelope, as the leader of the Order of the Crystal Daggers, an ancient order of spies and soldiers that protect kingdoms and their rulers, is determined to discover the perpetrators. When she offers Eleanora the chance to help her prevent the kingdom from falling apart, she is hesitant to trust her. And while joining means freedom from her stepmother and protecting the people of Prague, Eleanora knows her life will never be the same–or her own.

Can she find a way to be free and still do the right thing? Or will joining the Order only lead to disaster?


Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book, but I was disappointed with the ending. I have to keep reminding myself that this book is part 1 of a series for young adults and I’m 36.

All readers looking for an easy, fun read should consider this book. Just remember it’s book one in a series, so the ending isn’t as vague as I initially thought.

Happy Reading!!!



I was a bibliophile before I learned the alphabet. From an early age I have used books to relieve the pressures of reality. I was I teenager before I appreciated the learning power of books. Now, as an adult, I read books for both learning and relaxation.

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