Esclavos de ceniza is a novel by the Spanish author Carlos Moya Chinillach. It is not his first novel, but it is his first foray into the world of fantasy.
In a post-apocalyptic and dystopian future, where the world is dying, a young Magical Blood princess decides to take action to try to save that decadent world.
But the world has changed and it’s moved by the law of the strongest. Magic is dead, so she will need help to carry out her goal and she won’t hesitate to use dubious methods to make others submit to her will.
It is a very well-worn novel that ends up taking a very interesting turn at the end. It has three main characters: the princess, Ceara and Aidem; whose paths come together and separate throughout history.
There are bad characters that become good, good characters that turn bad, characters that look good and are not, and others that look bad and neither do they. That is to say, the novel has a wide range of greys that make it very credible.
On the other hand, it narrates to perfection the corruption and cruelty of that world and has no problems in killing important characters.
All these been said, I love it when the title and the cover design are relevant for the end of the story.
Importance of the cover
Finally, I just wanted to tell you that I bought this book on impulse. I was not looking for any book and, much less, this one in particular, but I saw the cover and I couldn’t resist. It seemed made for me.
It’s the second time something like this has happened to me and that’s why I think it’s crucial to choose the right cover of a book for its commercialization.
With all this, I give the book a 4’5/5 and I highly recommend it!