The Tiger’s Watch (Ashes of Gold #1)

by Julia Ember

Publication Date: August 22, 2017

Publisher: Harmony Ink Press

Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander.

Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian.

When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.




At the beginning I was a little bit confused as the whole gender world is a bit new to me and I needed some time adapt to it. Do not get me wrong I have nothing against non binary people nor the way they decide to define themselves I am totally OK with that. 

This clarified let me jump into the


  • The cover! Seriously it is cover-porn I could stare at it for hours and would not get bored

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  • The Asian vibes I am all about Asia!! You say China? You say Buthan or South Korea or any other country/city in Asia I am IN!! Like only by the mention of that magical world I already bough the flight tickets and I’m ready to departure!

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  • DIVERSITY! Say no more!
  • The descriptive writing style without being too much nor too less just perfect to make  you imagine the whole scene with just the right amount of details to it
  • The whole idea of a world where none, not even the enemy questions your gender and your friends will correct the person that is addressing you
  • The wild animals! I loved how Julia managed to convey the sense of wild in this book and that the animals have feelings too and dreams and they should be respected
  • The shape-shifting and the connection with the animals. This was really a great idea and how it works and how the ”inhabitors” connect with their animal and experience the life through their eyes and body.
  • Katala!! <3 I am a sucker for felines BITE ME! no don’t do that >.>
  • The strong friendship between Pharo and Tashi. I really do like books representing a strong solid friendship and here we have it.


  • Tashi’s personality felt as a very confused character that does things without even thinking about what they are doing and why they are doing it. It made me confused as well and just turned me off at some points. I wanted them to be more decisive and not soo weak at times…
  • The relationship between Xian and Tashi was wayyyy tooo fast paced it felt like the whole world is spinning faster than it should
  • The love triangle troop. It would have been great if things remained, how can I say, just how they were in the begging. read the book to find out  more^.^

Overall I did enjoy it and towards the end things started to get different direction and this was the most interesting part for me. There were some unexpected truths surfacing that I did not see coming. We got to see the setting for the sequel and I am really curious to find out what happens with the characters and what will happen with the pendant and most importantly how powerful it is and what it could do!!

I gave it 3.5 stars rounded to 4 and I would definitely be reading the second book!



Originally from Chicago, Julia Ember now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. She spends her days working in the book trade and her nights writing teen fantasy novels. Her hobbies include riding horses, starting far too many craft projects, PokemonGo and looking after her city-based menagerie of pets with names from Harry Potter. Luna Lovegood and Sirius Black the cats currently run her life.

Julia is a polyamorous, bisexual writer. She regularly takes part in events for queer teens, including those organised by the Scottish Booktrust and LGBT Youth Scotland. A world traveler since childhood, she has now visited more than sixty countries. Her travels inspire the fantasy worlds she creates, though she populates them with magic and monsters.

Julia began her writing career at the age of nine, when her short story about two princesses and their horses won a contest in Touch magazine. In 2016, she published her first novel, Unicorn Tracks, which also focused on two girls and their equines, albeit those with horns. Her second novel, The Seafarer’s Kiss will be released by Interlude Press in May 2017. The book was heavily influenced by Julia’s postgraduate work in Medieval Literature at The University of St. Andrews. It is now responsible for her total obsession with beluga whales.

In August 2017, her third novel and the start of her first series, Tiger’s Watch, will come out with Harmony Ink Press. In writing Tiger’s Watch, Julia has taken her love of cats to a new level.

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