Ashes of Dearen: Book 1

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A red-eyed assassin, an unready princess, a sadistic politician, and an adulterous queen all desire the secret behind a magical dust known as safra. Safra is said to bring happiness, but these characters’ quest to obtain it will bring three great nations to the brink of warfare. More
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About Jayden Woods

Jayden Woods is the author's pen name. Jayden is a graduate of the University of Southern California's Writing for Screen and Television program. She lived and worked in Los Angeles for five years before leaving Hollywood to pursue her passion of writing prose and novels. Her published works include the various Tales of Mercia and the related "Sons of Mercia" trilogy, beginning with "Eadric the Grasper."

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Angela Lake reviewed on April 24, 2012

Loved this book! I've never read a book like this one. It has everything you want and expect out of a book. I couldn't put it down. Loved the characters, of course, hated some of them. But what Jayden Woods did with the storyline was so fantastic. Expect twists and turns and surprises throughout the whole thing. It was hard to put down. You won't be sorry when you read this fantasy, love, action, sci-fi, intriguing book.
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Felicity Knowles reviewed on April 10, 2012

A fresh, original concept! If developed properly,this would have been a great intro to a wonderful epic series but I found it hard to get through. Some of the dialog was out of place, 21st century slang used by a princess while she speaks with her father, the phrase "You know what I mean" didn't fit with the established manner of speach the author started out with. I felt like I was readinga one of my 10 year old son's books but the sex made it clear that was not the audience the author intended this for. I feel she put a lot of time and care into her writing but didn't take into account the sophistication of her readers. Without the sex this would be a great teen book but for myself it felt elementary. With over 600 pages on my nook and great editing it shows this author is serious about writing I just think there is a link missing in the chain and when found Mrs. Woods is going to make her mark in Epic fantasy in a big way. The potential of this concept is compelling but the effort it took to finish the first book is pushing me away from the second. I suppose after I post this review I owe it to Mrs. Woods to give it a go. With unbiased feedback from a writers group or mentor this series could be much more than it started out as.
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