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Release Date February 7, 2023.


SCKA Awards 2024 Best Novella - Shortlist


In a haunted monastery at the heart of a crumbling empire, a lone priest tends the fires for the dead. A servant bound by the bones of her family, Magdalisa is her people’s last link to the wisdom of the past.

But as the land around them dies, new arrivals throw the monastery into turmoil. A dead warlord demanding recognition. Her rival, seizing the scraps of power. Two priests, both claiming to serve the spirits, both with their own agendas.

As ancient shadows struggle for the soul of an empire, Magdalisa must decide how far she will go to keep tradition alive.

Ashes of the Ancestors

SKU: 978-1-913387-64-8
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  • "What Knighton achieves most superbly is a meticulous sense of place in the heart of death/afterdeath, pyres and ashes. Sound echoes in footsteps across stairwells and hallways, as colossal chapels with naves stretch away to centuries of eternity.The story’s uniqueness carries it through to a staggering and convincing climax. Perfect for the avid reader interested in cross-cultural stories that deviate from expectations of genre, language and form." Aurealis 159

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