Using the bones of a classic fairy tale, Malinda Lo builds a magical, beautiful story of a young woman who wishes to change her fate. Ash experiences grief and cruel circumstances while under her stepmother's care, but the choices she makes to free herself are not without their own cost. She must decide what kind of life she wishes to lead, and in whose company. Featuring: dead mothers, dangerous fairy princes, attractive and competent king's huntresses, and romance sidelined to make way for an exploration of independence.
“Ash is in some ways a retelling of the Cinderella story, but it's also a commentary upon enchantments. Will Ash succumb to the allure of the mysterious stranger? What does her late mother's involvement in the old ways of magic have to do with her current situation? And will she be doomed to spend eternity away from the one she truly loves? This thoughtful, compelling story kept me reading late into the night.”
— Karen Maeda Allman, The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted. The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love. Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
About the Author
Malinda Lo was born in China and moved to the United States as a child. She grew up in Colorado and has since lived in Boston, New York, London, Beijing, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. She is the former managing editor of AfterEllen.com, the largest entertainment news website for lesbians and bisexual women. In 2006, Malinda was awarded the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Journalism by the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and has master's degrees from Harvard and Stanford universities. Malinda now lives in Northern California with her partner and their dog. Ash is her first novel. Her website is www.malindalo.com.
"A rich and darkly moving tale I couldn't put down. Malinda Lo is an exciting and welcome new voice in YA."—Meg Cabot, bestselling author of The Princess Diaries series
"Cinderella, gorgeously reimagined, captivating and winsome. After you've fallen into the storytelling world of Malinda Lo, the truth of love will transcend the romantic ideal of fairy tales." —Julie Anne Peters, author of Keeping You a Secret and National Book Award Finalist Luna
" This lyrically retold Cinderella tale is not just a beautifully updated fable, but an ode to the transformative power of love."—Cassandra Clare, bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series