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Publisher's Summary

She lived her whole life enslaved to the dragons.

But now she’s one of them.

Seventeen-year-old Kaida, a human, has spent her entire life enslaved to the dragons who slaughtered half the human population 1,000 years ago. She is forced to serve her ruthless master, Eklos, until one deadly summer day when the Prince of Elysia saves her life. 

Prince Tarrin steals her away to the royal palace, shocking Kaida when he reveals that she is mutator formarum. He promises her safety, but when they uncover a dangerous conspiracy to rid Elysia of the royal family, she begins to question how safe she truly is. And when desire blooms between Kaida and Tarrin, in the midst of fighting for their lives, she must choose whether to save the very creature she swore to hate, or allow him to perish…

And destroy her own heart.

©2021 Emily Schneider (P)2022 Emily Schneider

Critic Reviews

2021 Best Indie Book Award Fantasy Winner

“…a masterful work of YA fantasy fiction which contains all the must-have ingredients for a thrilling read, from a compelling central pair of characters to a lavish and atmospheric setting filled with danger and intrigue.” (Readers’ Favorite)

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A story unlike one I’ve yet to read

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up Scales of Ash & Smoke but I thoroughly enjoyed it! Schneider created a rich world (that I’m very glad I don’t live in) where dragons reign over the human slaves. I’ve never read a book where dragons take on human traits so I found this very intriguing and a lot of fun to read (listen to?)! I absolutely loved the magic system Schneider created, and Prince Tarrin, of course. If you’re looking for a fun, magic-filled dragon read with a cruel villain, give SOAAS a read!

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must read!

This was my 2nd read, I first read my paperback copy, then once the audio came out, I had to hear it. It was like reading the first time again!! I've ready read book2 but now can't wait for that audio as well.

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Dragon-human feuds?! I’m in!

First off, and most importantly, (to me anyway) I found this story to be a great example of what it looks like to live in desperate situations and always living in fear and defense and how one can go from defenseless to confident and finally finding a place of inner peace. Lots of us who read all the time, do it to find that very escape. So when you see it happen for the characters you’re living through, it is gives us a boost of serotonin lol! (Poor us 😮‍💨) and this story certainly did that for me.

Now, on to the dragons! Scales of Ash and Smoke described a world with dragons in a way I’ve never read before. As a true lover of Skyrim, where my interest for dragons and magical stories began (apart from when I discovered Tolkien at 12 years old, of course), that is the standard I drift to. This take on how dragons interact with their surroundings was much more involved with the story than in those of Skyrim! (For all you video game nerds out there, you know what I’m talking about. Just give us more dragons please.)

The main character Kaida is a slave girl just trying to get through life pretty much hour by hour without dying by the hands of horrible dragons. A very gut wrenching way to live. She’s hardly aware that life could be different, if at all. Since she’s constantly living in fight or flight mode, she’s got serious issues when she finds herself “rescued” and she’s just not convinced that’s what’s happened to her. For good reason, given her life experience in life this far.

Her interactions with Tarrin in the beginning were frustrating for me at first. Their stubbornness towards the world and each other made me sigh in frustration a number of times lol! But as their story arcs evolved, I got committed and understood their… shall we say, convictions? Which pretty much remained to the end, but how they responded to those convictions grew and changed.

As someone who doesn’t mind skipping through scenes that might make me uncomfortable, this book didn’t have need of that! Which is a relief when sometimes important dialogue in books can be mixed in with scenes that could be uncomfortable (like sex stuff, if that’s bothersome to you). The slow burn in the romance scenes were there! And let’s be real, that’s what we’re here for.

Book two releases on may 24th and I’m anticipating what happens next! Especially after that epilogue, sheesh!