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So glad I finally got around to listening to this book. Forge was good, but suffered from middle book syndrome. All that is forgotten in my love of this conclusion. I love the historical accuracy of the book and Anderson's unflinching honesty about what life was like for enslaved and free blacks during the Revolution with both sides using their desire for freedom against them. Yet, she also shows why so many were willing to sacrifice for a country that wasn't offering them freedom, because they believed that they needed to fight to gain their freedom. It made me sad to read it with two hundred plus years of hindsight, realizing how long the struggle would continue for ever basic civil rights.
The story of Isabel, Corzon and Ruth was compelling as well. The characters we met in Chains are older and have gone through a lot, but it isn't hard to empathize with their struggle to find freedom and peace amidst the country's struggle for the same things.
A very satisfying conclusion!
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What made the experience of listening to Ashes the most enjoyable?
For the third time, Ms. Anderson has scored. I was excited to read the last book in this trilogy, and I was not disappointed.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The end - but I can't say more without giving it away. Suffice it to say, this was a good ending to a good book (or really, set of three books).
Any additional comments?
If you are interested in the American Revolution or slavery, I strongly recommend all three of these books - Chains, Forges, and Ashes.