Orphaned and put into indentured servitude in the city to pay off her father's debts, Ash is consumed with grief. She misses her family, and her happy life at the edge of the Wood where old magic used to linger in the air like fairy breath. Her only joy comes from the brief, stolen walks in the woods with the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, hoping that someday he might steal her away, as fairies are said to do.
But the day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Royal Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, she learns the art of the hunt from Kaisa, how to ride and track. Their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, but it grows and changes and with it, Ash reawakens her capacity for love--and her desire to live.
Entrancing and romantic, Ash is a fairy tale about choosing life and love over solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.
"A rich and darkly moving tale I couldn't put down. Malinda Lo is an exciting and welcome new voice in YA."
"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." —
Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels, including Adaptation, Huntress, and Ash, a retelling of the Cinderella story with a lesbian twist, which was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Fantasy and Science Fiction, and the Lambda Literary Award. Before she became a novelist, she was an economics major, an editorial assistant, a graduate student, and an entertainment reporter. She lives in Northern California with her partner and their dog. Malinda invites you to visit her at www.malindalo.com.