A Phoenix, Emberly Pearson, still answers to the mysterious
vampire Rinaldo, while trying to end the virus that is
turning regular people into mindless killing machines.
Rinaldo wants the scientists and notes he thinks she has
because she was working for one of the scientists. She is
searching for answers and survival, but first, she must do
the ceremony that will bring back to flesh as the ASHES
REBORN her other half, Rory, who had died before -- as both
had died many times.
The more Em works toward getting answers it becomes more
apparent that someone is betraying her. Her partner, Fire
Fae, Jackson and she have been ambushed to many times to
trust anyone. It is apparent that someone in the Paranormal
Investigations Team (PIT) is a mole, though the director and
Sam, Em's former lover, don't believe it.
ASHES REBORN takes us back into author Keri Arthur's phoenix
world by throwing us immediately into the action. If you
read the last book in this series, Em's mate, Rory had died
but we get to witness the rebirth, but that leaves him weak
and in need of protection so he has only a little to do with
I like Em, Rory and Jackson but I just don't quite feel a
connection I usually feel for Ms. Arthur's characters. I'm
really not sure what the problem is and it saddens me. Em
and Rory are phoenixes who are tied but I see them more like
friends, Jackson is a horny-dog, though a sweet one and as
for Sam I think Em should just cut him off and forget him.
The writing, the dialogue, the world building with its
colorful and delightful descriptions of the cities, streets
and even the homes and people, is as always fantastic. The
action, danger, and intrigue is all there but the romantic
nuances are completely missing that I usually find in Ms.
Arthur's books. Everything said and done, even with my less
than empathetic feelings toward the connections between the
lead characters, I do want to know what happens next, the
virus victims, PIT, the scientists and with Sam -- unless
she takes my advice and kicks him. So I will look forward to
the next one.
I do have a word of warning: I have said before in a
review that Ms. Arthur often lets bad things happen to her
heroines and with that in mind I feel that I must warn
readers that a sexual assault happens in this book. It's not
overly dramatized or dragged out but it happens.
The next blazing-hot installment of the Souls of Fire
series from the New York Times bestselling author of
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....