A deadly assassin seeking freedom. A manipulative queen seeking power. A depraved court hanging in the balance.

Zavala Nightingale is a deadly assassin with a slick mouth, and devastating magic. Even though she’s the most feared Crescent in the Bones Court, she still wants out.

Zavala has one more job to finish, then she’ll collect her coin and leave…

But the Ash Queen has other plans for her.

When the Ash Queen declares Zavala as her heir, and the next Crescent Queen, Zavala will be faced with one of two choices:

Accept and be a Crescent for life, or deny the Ash Queen, drawing the wrath of every assassin alive.

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The Crescent and the Ash Queen

Rated 5 out of 5

I found The Crescent and the Ash Queen to be a fresh and exciting fantasy world. I look forward to more of this type of fantasy novels from Stephanie Bwabwa.

Janie Fox

A Story series I didn’t know I needed

Rated 4 out of 5

This is my first time reading a fantasy series as an adult. I of course loved The Narnia book series and the Lord of the Rings trilogy growing up, but as an adult? I’ve been enmeshed in non-fiction. This was a refreshing read that gave me the same intrigue and satisfaction as did WandaVision. Magic? Angelic realms and systems? Black female protagonist who is nuanced in her desires, needs and hopes? Luscious detail and imagery? Read the book. Get the prequels (Which I just did because, sold)

Kym Brown

So ummm I'm a need you not to end the book the way you did

Rated 5 out of 5

The Crescent and the Ash Queen! Whew! Page Turner from the start! I actually feel for Zavala and I can’t wait to see where this goes!

Sonja

Stephanie BwaBwa is a very good author. I recommend her books to everyone.

Rated 5 out of 5

I enjoyed The Crescent and the Ash Queen very much. It kept me interested and intrigue plus I could relate with the characters which is important to me.
Zavala is a very strong person, I believe things may not go the way she want them to, but she will work things out and do what she feels in her heart she should do. She is a very strong determined young lady.
This new world is different, which makes the story interesting. No, I would not want to live there, but I like reading how the other half lives.

Dorothy

A thrilling start to a series

Rated 4 out of 5

This one was good!! The Crescent and the Ash Queen starts with a bang and sets the stage for a gripping series. BwaBwa of course creates a beautiful world full of angels, immortality, and glamour. But beneath that, there are hints of darkness, death, and corruption. I’m truly eager to see where things lead and what awaits our protagonist. In comparison to Seraphim Falling, this series also seems like it will be a bit darker and Zavala certainly seems to be a morally-gray protagonist, which is always fascinating!! The storyline is reminiscent of Throne of Glass in my opinion, so I think fans of hers will also enjoy this one. My only critique would be to add a map or even a guide to some of the characters and places because they are a little confusing when you first dive into things. Beyond that, it’s a fast-paced, violent, and daring start. If you’re looking for something with deadly magic and sassy angel protagonists (Zavala and Ezren are great!), look no further! This series promises a lot of adventure and romance ahead, so don’t miss out!

Bridget

Very interesting new story

Rated 5 out of 5

This is a new story with a new take on angels, assassins and the story of a young girl who was taken into this world of assassins and raised by them to now be one of the most powerful yet she is torn by her predicament and wanting to leave that life. This story follows her as she tries to navigate this world, survive, understand her feelings for a coworker, and navigate the interactions with the guild queen who wants her to stay. The first chapter with new terminology took a little bit to start but then the story took off from there and I didn’t want it to end. Will be looking forward to see how her life progresses from here with the surprising end to the first book.

Stephen Merritt