An Inheritance of Ashes
Winner of the 2016 Prix Aurora Award for Best Young Adult Novel, the 2016 Sunburst Award, and the 2016 Copper Cylinder Award.
Six months ago, the men of the lakelands marched south to fight a dark god.
Weeks after the final battle was won, sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister, Marthe, are still struggling to maintain their family farm—and waiting for Marthe’s missing husband to return. After a summer of bitter arguments, Hallie is determined to get Roadstead Farm through the winter—and keep what’s left of her family together despite an inheritance destined to drive them apart.
But when Hallie hires a wandering veteran in a bid to save the farm, every phantom the men marched south to fight arrives at her front gate. Spider-eyed birds circle the fields, ghostly messages write themselves on the riverbank, and soon Hallie finds herself keeping her new hired hand’s desperate secrets—and taking dangerous risks. But as she fights to keep both the farm and her new friend safe, ugly truths about her own family are emerging—truths that, amidst gods, monsters, and armies—might tear Roadstead Farm apart.
Leah Bobet’s stark, beautiful fantasy explores the aftermath of the battles we fight and the slow, careful ways love can mend broken hearts—and a broken world.
“This superb fantasy takes place in a grim world that readers will come to recognize as a future North America. [...] Bobet is an accomplished stylist … and she insightfully examines the corrosive dangers of sibling rivalry in a story filled with impossible choices and unknowable ambiguities.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“War, community, long-festering anger, and forgiveness—all thoughtfully and deliberately conveyed.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The literary writing, creepy atmosphere, imperfect yet determined main character, and overarching story of family make this a great novel [...] An Inheritance of Ashes is an exciting adventure teeming with eloquent language, distinct characters, and wicked monsters that will appeal to teen fans of fantasy.” —VOYA
“Drawing a likeness to Hitchcock is entirely appropriate as Hallie wakes every day to find her world a little more consumed by the frightening unknown. A slow burn that builds to a rewarding intensity.” —The Globe and Mail
“An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet is fantastic in the true sense of the word. Bobet’s unrestrained imagination deftly fashions an odd but remarkable story in a world that is beautiful and barely comprehensible [...] a touching yet eerie read.” —Quill & Quire
“Grim, gripping, and very real…highly recommended.” —CM Magazine
“A compelling interrogation of faith versus science . . . readers with an interest in either will find this to be an elevation from the run-of-the-mill dystopia.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Sad and healing, strange and perfect. I loved it.” —Erin Bow, author of Plain Kate
“Quiet and intense, ruthless in the best kind of way, with a clear-eyed willingness to show people in all their flaws and frailties, but also…generous. Hopeful about the potential for change, for community, for kindness. It left me thoughtful, and also deeply satisfied.” —Liz Bourke, Tor.com
“Brilliant, searing, and above all heartfelt, the story celebrates the triumph of family and courage within a hauntingly original future.” —Julie E. Czerneda, Aurora award-winning author of A Turn of Light
“Clear and sharp and true, An Inheritance of Ashes is the story of what comes after. It’s about family–about wanting one and making one and fighting to keep one. It’s about battles–the ones we fight at home and the ones we leave home to fight and how sometimes it’s harder to stop than it is to go on.” —Deborah Coates, author of Wide Open
Winner of the 2016 Prix Aurora Award for Best English Young Adult Novel.
An Ontario Library Association 2015 Best Bets selection.
Winner of the 2016 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic.
Winner of the 2016 Copper Cylinder Award.
Finalist for the 2015 Cybils Award for Speculative Fiction.
Shortlisted for the 2015-16 Canadian Library Association Young Adult Award.