As I was reading this I really tried to force my mind to forget what I knew since this is a completely new series. For me this was really hard because even though Ashwin and Kora were more of supporting characters that helped in major ways I was still emotionally invested in them. I loved that actions from the past are more important than words of love. I loved that Ashwin (the title character) didn't change and yet the authors were able to make facts sound like poetry. I loved that Kora finally finds the things she had been looking for. For me something that makes a book great is when it has a solid background, when characters are giving depth and a story line is giving substance. Ashwin has a whole series of background information and that made it shine so bright for me. That's not to say that the book in itself wasn't great because it was by having a little of everything to make the story line flow. Things such as a forbidden love, funny charcaters, a little sadness, bad guys to defeat, and women that kick butt make Ashwin an all around great book.
I give this book 5 stars. While you will not get lost reading this book without reading the Beyond Series my honest opinion is that it will make reading Ashwin so much better. I recommend this series to anyone that is looking to read something that has a great balance of justice, love and faith.
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