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Ashes of Twilight
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KASSY TAYLER has always been a writer. Since the beginning of her memories, her biggest desire has been to put words to paper. Now she is living her dream and has several published novels to her credit in multiple genres. She's been married for several years to the man of her dreams. They've raised two exceptional sons. Tayler lives within the shadow of Pilot Mountain, North Carolina with her husband, her doxie, Cody, and two cats who continually make life interesting.

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"Riveting dystopian steampunk! Kassy Tayler writes with haunting precision, and you'll fall in love with Wren and Pace as she brings their world to gritty, lyrical life."--"Ann Aguirre, "national""bestselling author of "Enclave"

"Dystopian fiction at its best! Kassy Taylor delivers an enthralling story filled with adventure, romance, intrigue and a tiny canary that will steal your heart." --"Mari Mancusi," Award winning author of The Blood Coven Vampire series

"Kassy Tayler's "Ashes of Twilight" lures the reader into a dark and forbidding world bereft of hope. Wren's quest for freedom, her primal need to share the sunlight, makes for a richly-layered and compelling read." -"Jana Oliver," author of "The Demon Trapper's Daughter"

""Ashes of Twilight" is dark and atmospheric, with an exciting plot, a compelling hero, and an engaging heroine whose refusal to accept the limitations her society wants to put on her is both uplifting and eminently relatable."--"Jenna Black," author of the "Faeriewalker" series


Riveting dystopian steampunk! Kassy Tayler writes with haunting precision, and you'll fall in love with Wren and Pace as she brings their world to gritty, lyrical life. "Ann Aguirre, national bestselling author of Enclave"

Dystopian fiction at its best! Kassy Taylor delivers an enthralling story filled with adventure, romance, intrigue and a tiny canary that will steal your heart. "Mari Mancusi, Award winning author of The Blood Coven Vampire series"

Kassy Tayler's "Ashes of Twilight" lures the reader into a dark and forbidding world bereft of hope. Wren's quest for freedom, her primal need to share the sunlight, makes for a richly-layered and compelling read. "Jana Oliver, author of The Demon Trapper's Daughter"

"Ashes of Twilight" is dark and atmospheric, with an exciting plot, a compelling hero, and an engaging heroine whose refusal to accept the limitations her society wants to put on her is both uplifting and eminently relatable. "Jenna Black, author of the Faeriewalker series""


"Riveting dystopian steampunk! Kassy Tayler writes with haunting precision, and you'll fall in love with Wren and Pace as she brings their world to gritty, lyrical life." --Ann Aguirre, national bestselling author of Enclave

"Dystopian fiction at its best! Kassy Taylor delivers an enthralling story filled with adventure, romance, intrigue and a tiny canary that will steal your heart." --Mari Mancusi, Award winning author of The Blood Coven Vampire series

"Kassy Tayler's Ashes of Twilight lures the reader into a dark and forbidding world bereft of hope. Wren's quest for freedom, her primal need to share the sunlight, makes for a richly-layered and compelling read." --Jana Oliver, author of The Demon Trapper's Daughter

"Ashes of Twilight is dark and atmospheric, with an exciting plot, a compelling hero, and an engaging heroine whose refusal to accept the limitations her society wants to put on her is both uplifting and eminently relatable." --Jenna Black, author of the Faeriewalker series

Gr 7 Up-In this first installment in a trilogy, steampunk meets up with dystopia in a domed underground world created to protect a frightened population and their royal family from the devastations of what we know today to have been Halley's Comet. Members of this society believe that the falling meteor set fire to the aboveground world and that they are the only remaining survivors. At the time of its inception, the technology used to create the domed world was considered advanced. Now, 200 years later, the mechanism is failing. Wren McAvoy, 16, has lived her whole life in this world as part of the lower-class shiner community, working day in and day out as a coal miner. After living complacently like this for years, she and others have begun to wonder what life beyond the dome is actually like. When her friend Alex attempts to escape to see for himself, he is caught, burned alive, and put on display as a public warning to others wishing to go against the society's way of life. Alex's final words, "The sky is blue," is woven hauntingly throughout the story as a motivational refrain for Wren and her friends as they are determined to find out for themselves the meaning of Alex's words. Tayler does an excellent job in the development of Wren and in the creation of the two distinct worlds. With an exposition reminiscent of Jeanne DuPrau's City of Ember (Randon, 2003), the plot at times can be somewhat predictable. Unlike City of Ember, however, Tayler's descriptiveness actually tends to slow the pace down, and it doesn't pick up until the final three chapters. Nonetheless, fans of Katniss will be able to connect with Wren's strong, defiant traits.-Sabrina Carnesi, Crittenden Middle School, Newport News, VA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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