Spotlight: A Tale of Ashes by Ann Dayleview

Hi there! I hope you’re having a fabulous day. Today, I’m spotlighting indie book A Tale of Ashes by Ann Dayleview, the first book in the Tales of Fairy quartet. It’s a young adult fantasy that sounds amazing, and when I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read it. It has so many elements that I love – fae, political intrigue, fairy tale references, an epic romance, and more!!

About the Book:

TITLE: A Tale of Ashes

SERIES: Tales of Fairy

PUBLICATION DATE: April 13, 2021

GENRE: Contemporary fantasy

AGE CATEGORY: Young adult

SYNOPSIS: She’s hunting the story of a lifetime. But she’s not the only one stalking in the dark.

Across the country, human teens are going missing, and all eyes are turning to the fae.

Seventeen-year-old Freddie is a human at a magically diverse boarding school who longs to report on the war-torn realms of Fairy. When humans disappear on campus, it’s the perfect opportunity to jump-start her journalism career. While the public blame the fae, Freddie wants facts. If she’s going to get published, she’ll need to find out who or what is behind these disappearances.

Aiden is a fae soldier with a murderous reputation. Raised in the dark fae court and forced to partake in the brutal Fairy Civil War, he thirsts for revenge against the realm which murdered his family. His new mission gives him the opportunity he’s longed for. But when Freddie snoops into his life, he questions if revenge is worth the price of his freedom.

Lured by her suspicions and distracted by his curiosity, Freddie and Aiden form a tenuous bond. But as their feelings for one another grow, so does the danger. Every clue points to Aiden as the kidnapper, and as his enemies close in, Freddie must make a choice: turn against him or fight for a relationship doomed to fail.

A Tale of Ashes is a fairy tale mash up, set in a world where all the creatures from your childhood stories live alongside humans. But these creatures are not who you remember.


  • Holly Black fans will enjoy this fairy tale clash of two worlds
  • Fae and human politics
  • Star-crossed lovers
  • Bad boys with inner geeks
  • Protagonists with plans…bad plans…but plans
  • All the fairy tale references


About the Author:

Ann Dayleview is the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy, A Tale of Ashes. She writes fantasy novels which aim to transport the reader to worlds unlike any other. She reads any young adult and middle grade fantasy novel she can get her hands on. Her writing is often inspired by the wild assortment of music she listens to. Everything from classical to pop and beyond!

In addition to writing, Ann loves spending time with her two dogs, baking all the sweet things, and bringing awareness about taking care of your mental health. She lives in Pennsylvania with her ever rotating collection of books she lugs from place to place.

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