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Ashes Reborn by Keri Arthur
Series: Souls of Fire #4
Published by Berkley on September 5, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
The clock is ticking as Emberly—a phoenix capable of taking human form—races to take revenge against the sadistic and mysterious Rinaldo. The elusive rebel leader threatens to keep killing until he is given all of the research about a plaguelike virus derived from vampire blood.
Forced to reach out to the Paranormal Investigations Team for help, Emberly and her partner, Jackson, must decide who to trust as they follow the trail of dead bodies. When classified information is leaked and their safe house is ambushed, Emberly’s suspicions are confirmed—someone at PIT has betrayed them.
A final battle looms and Emberly will need to command all her powers—or watch the world turn to ash...
The Souls of Fire series has lots of action, limited sex and not very much in the way of romance. Even reading them in order, I am having trouble keeping all the details after a year passes between books. I went back to read my reviews and once I started reading I didn’t feel lost.
In Ashes Reborn, Rory is reborn after dying at the end of the Flameout. So he is on the sidelines. Emberly and Jackson continue to work together, supporting each other, but they are on a tightrope between PIT and Rinaldo. It was a constant struggle without much ability to progress intelligently with others jerking their chains. There were plenty of fights but not a huge amount of new information to solve the overall mystery of the disease.
With all the rushing around, battles and injuries, they barely had time to sleep or eat. Or have sex. It also limited the amount of character or relationships development. It was a quick read with all the non-stop events. The depth of feelings wasn’t there for me. There didn’t seem to be time for the connection of the characters. When Sam did try to talk to Emberly, she brushed him off several times.
While Ashes Reborn is my least favorite, the series is consistently a great read. This transition in the plot leaves much unsolved, so I will definitely be looking forward to the next one. I tweeted the author and she was kind enough to respond. The fifth book will be self published, but as she has 4 books already releasing in 2018, it is likely to be in 2019.
The books in order:
Fireborn 4 stars
Wicked Embers 4 stars
Flameout 4.5 stars
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Anne: 2017 New Release Challenge