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 began 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 recognising the opportunities for change. From the deepest grief comes the chance for transformation.
About the Author
Malinda Lo graduated from Wellesley College in 1996 with a BA in Economics and Chinese Studies, she worked with Joe Blades at Ballantine for two years.
As the author establishes her setting and characters the novel progresses smootly, and would be appropriate for junior secondary readers. - MagpiesEvocative.. original.. atmospheric. - Waterstones Books QuarterlyA fascinating novel for mature teens. - School LibrarianA book which will have teenagers entranced. - CarouselBeautifully written... this sensual and evocative novel is a sophisticated fairy-tale for older readers. - Booktrust
For Ages: 6 - 12 years old
For Grades: K - 6
Number Of Pages: 291
Published: 13th May 2010
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.207
Edition Number: 1