10 years ago, Malinda Lo's retelling of Cinderella was one of the first queer fairy tale reimaginings of its time.
Ash was groundbreaking when it first published. In addition to it being one of the first modern LGBTQ+ YA novels, it was also a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and was a Kirkus Best Book for Children and Teens.
And now, NOVLers, we’re so excited to present the 10th Anniversary Edition of Ash! With a fresh cover, Q&A bonus content, and a new introduction from Holly Black, this sweeping, epic romance is one that will capture hearts of new and old fans alike.
A queer Cinderella retelling and lyrical modern classic by award-winning author Malinda Lo—now with an introduction by Holly Black, a fresh cover, a letter from the author, a Q&A, and more!
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.