Book review: The Ashes of Heaven’s Pillar – I love France #110


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The Ashes of Heaven’s Pillar

The Ashes of Heaven's Pillar

In full compliance with FTC Guidelines,
I received this ebook for free
in exchange
for a fair and honest review.
I was in no way compensated
for this post as a reviewer,
and the thoughts are my own.
The Ashes of Heaven’s Pillar
Kim Rendfeld
Publisher: Fireship Press
Release Date: August 28, 2014


ISBN:  978-1611793062
Pages: 396

Historical Fiction 

Source: Received
from the publisher for a
virtual book tour


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This book counts for the following Reading Challenges:

      books-on-france-14    2014 historical fiction    2014 Ebook-2


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For once, let me tell you about some personal background here.
I discovered Kim Rendfeld three years ago and wrote a review of The Cross And The Dragon. So last April when I was approached by Fireship Press to review her latest book, I said yes right away, not really bothering to read the synopsis: as I wrote recently about Murakami, with some authors I like very much, I actually prefer to jump into the book knowing nothing about it.

You may remember that in March, I had completed my translation of a long historical novel into French, Orgueil et honneur, by Nathaniel Burns. It was a fascinating book on Widukind and Charlemagne and the key battles between the Saxons and the Franks. I enjoyed a lot the book and doing the translation, even though the publisher has yet to send me one cent for my hard work –more about that another time!
So what a happy surprise when I finally got to start reading Kim’s novel, The Ashes of Heaven’s Pillar, and discovered there Widukind, Father Sturm and other characters I had been so close to while translating Burns’ book! I am still shocked I was intrigued by the title and never thought for a second it was referring to the famous Irminsul!! The Irminsul was the sacred tree maybe, site for sure, for the Saxons and their pagan religion. Led by Charlemagne, the Franks destroyed it in 772.
Set on this background, Kim presents us the life of a Saxon family, their hardships and how they ended up living in Francia.
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Sunday Post #5 – 8/31/14

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Mailbox Monday,
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
and WWW Wednesdays




  •  Lies Told in Silence, by M.K. Tod Received for review on France Book Tours – scheduled on 9/18
  • Listening to: Still Life (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1) by Louise Penny. I’m enjoying the writing, the characters, the plot, and narrator as well


  • Crossing The Line, by Frédérique Molay, for France Book Tours. Review scheduled for end of September.
    By a great French female author of thrillers. If you are curious, click on the link and fill in the form, we still have some free review copies!
  • Next audio book for sure: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin


  1. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami (review)
  2. Midnight in Europe, by Alan Furst (audiobook review)
  3. Madame Picasso, by Anne Girard (review + giveaway)
  4. Books shared at my block book club at our August meeting
  5. August wrap-up
  6. The Wharf of Chartrons, by Jean-Paul Malaval (giveaway winners) – on France Book Tours
  7. Rodin’s Lover, by Heather Webb (tour launched on France Book Tours for January 2015!). Heather broke a record: the tour was booked in only 2 days. Hence the importance to sign up through email to France Book Tours, so that you can jump on a new popular tour as soon as it is launched. Otherwise it may be too late


Colorless Tsukuru Tazakiclick on the cover to know more about it


I Looked For The One - coverclick on the cover to know more about it.
Tour starting on Tuesday, with a giveaway!


Madame Picassoawesome historical novel in Paris,
on Pablo Picasso and Eva Gouel


  • 9/1: The Ashes of Heaven’s Pillar, by Kim Rendfeld (review)
  • hopefully: mega recap on Mrs. Pollifax series
  • The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair, by Joel Dicker (review)


                                                                                                                                                          Absolution by Murder (Sister Fidelma, #1)    The Miniaturist  18% Gray

and 10 more!!


Sharp Hook of Love - cover

  1. The Sharp Hook Of Love, by Sherry Jones – for review on France Book Tours – in October
    This is on the famous Medieval lovers Héloise and Abélard!
    We still have a few spots available: fill in the form here if you want your own free review copy!


none this week – reading schedule and TBR shelf too full


2014: August wrap-up

As everyone around, I’m wondering where August went, but it did manage to give me good reads.

Here is what I read in August:

10 books.
= 8 books
with 2,471 pages, that is:  79.7 pages/day.
+ 2 audiobooks = 14:55 hours, that is an average of  28 mn/day

 5 historical novels:

  1. Midnight in Europe, by Alan Furst – audiobook. (it’s also a spy novel, but the historical background was better used than the spy elements, so I classify it here as histfic)
  2. The Wharf of Chartrons, by Jean-Paul Malaval
  3. Madame Picasso, by Anne Girard
  4. The Ashes of Heaven’s Pillar, by Kim Rendfeld – ebook. Review on 9/1
  5. Edwin, High King of Britain, by Edoardo Albert – Review on 9/15

3 in nonfiction:

  1. Arabian Love Poems, by Nizar Kabbani
  2. France on the Brink, by Jonathan Fenby
  3. Toi qui as soif de bonheur, by Jean-Pierre Longeat – in French.

1 in  literary fiction:

  1.  Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami

1 mystery:

  1. Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled, by Dorothy Gilman


My favorites this month:

   Madame Picasso   Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki

This is terribly hard to choose:
I enjoyed very much three of the five historical novels,
loved the Poems and Fenby’s book on France
and of course this dear Mrs. Pollifax!


Reading Challenges recap

Audiobook: 9/12
Books on France: 40/24
Ebook challenge: 15/25
Historical fiction: 24/25
Japanese literature: 2/6
New authors challenge: 50/50
My Kind of Mysteries: 15/20
TBR challenge: 2/12
What’s in a Name: 3/5
Where Are You Reading?: 16/50 – to be finished in 2014

Total of books read in 2014 = 66/105

Number of books added to my TBR in August = 57


Blog recap

  1. 7 of the 10 books read this month were received for review.

  2. Already 72 reviews for my Books on France Challenge, don’t forget to link yours.

  3. I organized 4 giveaways this month. There’s always one going on at France Book Tours.. Be sure to come back tomorrow for the September Giveaway! a great fiction starting n Paris!

  4. I decided finally to expand my Mailbox Monday, and to combine it with It’s Monday! What Are You reading, WWW Wednesdays in a Sunday Post. Have done it  four times so far.
  5. I finally got rid of Words Ads, and am inviting anyone selling French products or services related to France to advertize both on Words And Peace and France Book Tours. Spread the news!
  6. And I launched a Newsletter subscription! The subscribers will receive exclusive content, not posted on the blog, and will have access to a special giveaway every month, not available on the blog either. If you have not subscribed yet, it’s time to do so if you want to be entered in the awesome September giveaway! I can only tell you it’s a book mentioned on this page!


Most popular book review in August

France on the Brinkclick on the cover to access my review

Most popular post last month – non book review

Sunday Post #4

Book blog that brought me
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Blog milestones

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Blog plans for September

Apart from reviews scheduled, I plan to keep working at reviewing books read earlier on this year.
And be prepare my blogiversary is coming in 28 days! There will be of course a mega giveaway!

And on 9/27, I will be part of the 30 Authors in 30 Days event on The Book Wheel Blog! Be sure to viit starting on Monday, there will be awesome giveaways!
You can follow on Facebook, or with #30Authors on Twitter!



How was YOUR month of  August?

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