TITLE: Falling Ashes
AUTHOR: Annie Anderson
SERIES: Ashes to Ashes #2
PUBLICATION: March 21st 2016 by Annie Anderson
MY RATING: 4 STARS****
Mena Constantine is pissed off.
Finally freed from her fifty-year imprisonment by a maniacal leader, she is desperately trying to recover and get her life back. Problem is, the life she had is long gone. Struggling under the weight of her memories and healing from the wounds of her captivity, she can't seem to catch a break. Every waking moment, death seems like a relief she would welcome.
Asher Crane is a dead man.
As a Guardian to the King, his only purpose in life is to keep the King alive. And he's failing. Miserably. With the King ill, the Queen dying, and zero plans for a successor, he's pretty much screwed. Because if the King dies, the law says Asher dies, too.
As these two wounded souls collide in a series of bloody and unfortunate events, they will clutch to the last shreds of life before death beats down their door.
ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review
This is one of the book I was eagerly waiting for. The first book, Scattered Ashes, left me wondering about Aurelia's sister, Mena.
Mena is rescued by Aurelia, after spending fifty years captive of Iva “the evil”. She has been physically, mentally and emotionally abused for such a long time that she's even scared to be free. She's broken, scars run deep outside and inside her body, she can't feel the pain anymore. Reconnect with her sister and the world outside her prison is hard. She fears to loose control of her power and hurt or destroy everything and everyone around her.
Asher Crane is Guardian to the King. His life in in danger. The Queen is dying, and so the King, and if they die he will die.
When Asher met Mena he immediately knows that she is his mate. But he's a Wraith, Mena is an Aegis, they are enemies. Their connection is powerful, he wants to protect her, to give her a peaceful place to heal, to love her, but Mena has been deprived of love and affection for so many years and now it's hard to trust people and herself again.
Will they find the strength to overcome their painful past and a threatening present, and allow themselves a future together?
“Death is not the worst thing. The worst thing is waiting to die.”
This book has confirmd that Annie Anderson is just a great author. She has the power to push me into another dimension, to let fantasy go free. The world she has created is fascinating, and held me captive from page one to the end.
I totally loved Mena, she went through hell and back, she is shattered in milion pieces but she still has a strong willpower and her mind, like her mouth, is sharp. I like this kind of heroine that doesn't feel sorry for herself, that can stand up for herself without being selfish.
Asher is the perfect bookboyfriend. He's handsome, strong, loyal, he's is a caring and loving partner.
The relationships between all the characters feel real even if they live in a world of fantasy.
I absolutely loved and laughed at Asher and Mena's inner dialogues.
The chapters are alternately narrated by Mena and Asher's POV, giving the story a fast and easy pace.
The end of the book is suspenful, giving a glimpse about the next installment.
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BX7KLCA
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01BX7KLCA