'A hugely entertaining debut' John Gwynne
'Epic fantasy as it should be; big, bold and very addictive' Starburst
'A great romp in a brilliantly realised setting . . . I have lost sleep, forgotten food and made this the thing I pick up every moment I can get' SFFWorld
A shadow has fallen over the Tressian Republic.
Ruling families plot against one another with sharp words and sharper knives, heedless of the threat posed by the invading armies of the Hadari Empire.
Yet as Tressia falls, heroes rise.
Viktor Akadra is the Republic's champion. A warrior without equal, he hides a secret that would see him burned as a heretic.
Josiri Trelan is Viktor's sworn enemy. A political prisoner, he dreams of reigniting his mother's failed rebellion.
Calenne Trelan doesn't share her brother's desire for revolution. Instead she seeks only to break free of their shared legacy and forge a new life for herself.
As war spreads across the Republic, these three must set aside their differences in order to save their homeland. However, decades of bad blood are not easily forgotten - victory will demand a darker price than any of them could have imagined.
Legacy of Ash is an epic tale of war and revolution, packed with vicious intrigue, ancient magic and a host of memorable characters - an unmissable fantasy debut from an exciting new British talent.
The Legacy Trilogy
Legacy of Ash
Legacy of Steel (November '20)
This doorstopper of a debut, the first in a sword and sorcery trilogy, introduces an appealing cast caught up in wonderfully complicated political conflict. On the surface, the struggle is between the Tressian Republic, championed by heroic Viktor Akadra, and the rebellious Southshires, whose heirs, Josiri Trelan and his younger sister, Calenne, are Tressian state prisoners. The strife between these ruling families is complicated by supernatural forces, some of which, like Josiri's beloved demon Anastacia, are widely known, but some remain hidden, like the dark shadow lurking within Viktor. Meanwhile, the nearby Hadari Empire prepares to invade Tressian Republic even as Hadari Princess Melanna struggles with the restrictions placed on her as a woman and contemplates joining the lunassera, handmaidens to the Goddess of Light. In fact, underpinning all of the human machinations are the schemes of the capricious gods, who have been at work for generations to influence their followers toward either Darkness or Light. Ward's experience as a tabletop game designer is apparent in his expansive universe and tight plotting. Expertly interspersing vivid action sequences with quiet, introspective stretches, Ward guides readers and characters alike through this winding, well-crafted saga. The result is an impressive series opener that satisfyingly remixes genre staples.