Gilded Ashes is set in the same world as Cruel Beauty and is based on Cinderella. But of course this is Rosamund Hodge, so there is a dark twist, but since most fairy tales are dark, at least the originals, I don't have a problem with that. I like to see how her characters get out of the dark corners they are painted into. There is always good that comes out of them in the end. This is a novella that is only 80 pages long, but for only 80 pages the characters felt pretty well developed and the love story didn't feel too insta-love like. It is certainly better than the love at first sight version of Cinderella.