|| Blood and Ash is a modern day fantasy novel. The lead character, Ash, is a MIT student whose life is in a bit of a rut. He is drawn into a world he never knew existed, one in which magic is real. Two mystical factions, the Blessed and the Touched, are waging a war. The Touched, powerful dark humans, are gifted with supernatural abilities, while the Blessed have the power to channel arcane spells into reality. Ash possesses an enormous amount of latent magical power and takes to his training quickly, but must overcome his own ego if he is to succeed on his first mission. Blood and Ash is told through several seemingly separate plotlines and characters, all of which converge in a story filled with action, suspense, and adventure."