BWW Review: AIR AND ASH by Alex Lidell
When I found out that after four years of waiting for something, anything by Lidell, she was coming out with a BRAND NEW series set in a BRAND NEW world? I was SO READY to dive in!!!
And let me tell you, it was worth the wait!!!
The series centers around Princess Nile Greysik--but before you go, "Ugh, a princess book", rest assured, it's not like that AT ALL. Nile is as unprincesslike as a princess could possibly be. She's not even the heir to the throne and so, she is expendable. Royalty is expected to serve the crown, and Nile has been at sea since she was eight years old. She's now Second Officer on the Faithful, her country's most prestigious warship...until a dangerous mission destroys everything she's worked so hard to obtain. Now stripped of her title, injured, and ill, Nile finds herself back home...and discovers a plot to marry her off to a neighboring kingdom. No longer deemed necessary in anything other than making a political match, Nile leaves home in disguise and joins a ragtag ship that's vastly inferior to the one she used to call home. Not only that, but on the voyage, she discovers that she's Gifted--which is more of a curse than a blessing. The Gifted have various elemental abilities, but those same Gifts destroy them. Nile's affinity is to air, which means she can convulse or have the air stripped from her very lungs at any time. The Gift is likelier to kill her than to save her, and nobody has ever mastered it. With her secrets mounting, Nile finds it more difficult than ever to fit in on her new vessel and make a name--and life--for herself.