Review: Ashen Stars: An Exile Novella by Glynn Stewart

Ashen Stars

Publisher: Faolan’s Pen Publishing
Author: Glynn Stewart
Released: March 1st 2018
Received: NeGalley
Rating: 4 Kitties

I received a copy of Ashen Stars in a sample package through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Ashen Stars is the novella preceding the events that occur in Exile (which only recently released). Honestly, you could read these in either order and be okay. The prequel will help you understand the main character better, but reading them in the reverse order won’t hinder you either (it’s how I did it, and I had no trouble understanding what was happening in either plotline).

Exile is the only series by Glynn Stewart that I’m up to date on. I will say that what I’ve read of his other series has impressed me, and that I wish I had found him and his writing sooner. Still, I’m enjoying the world that’s been established here.

Spoiler Warning

This whole Novella is about Isaac Gallant, in one way or another. It establishes his character; right away we’re aware that he’s stubborn, hardworking, and determined not to ride on his mother’s coattails. As we delve in further it becomes clear that there’s more driving the man. He’s haunted by the actions of his mother, and even now debating about the morality and ethicality of allowing her to continue. It explains a lot about Gallant’s actions in Exile (specifically the stubborn refusal to take too much control – he fears becoming his mother).

Gallant’s journey here not only establishes the world for us, but it teaches Gallant a very important lesson as well. He knows what is right and wrong, but many of the people that surround him do not, and the longer he pretends otherwise the more complicit he becomes in their actions.

I loved this novella – I found myself diving headlong into it, and really wish it had continued. Having read Exile I will say that I do hope there’s one more novella coming out, something for between these two events. I want to see more of this transitioning perspective that Gallant is struggling with. So far what I’ve seen has been incredibly well written.


About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try any artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. My other major passion is reading. My TBR pile is larger than I'll ever be able to read, and yet I can't resist adding to it on a nearly daily basis. I love to read science fiction & fantasy, graphic novels, and pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I have a couple of blogs, as you can see. One is primarily my photography, while the other are my book reviews. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!
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