Before I start my review, I want to thank Orlando Sanchez for allowing me to review A Dream of Ashes.
**All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone. I received A Dream of Ashes from Orlando Sanchez for free for my honest and unbiased review**
Now, onto my review:
Format read in: Kindle
Author: Orlando A. Sanchez
Publisher: OM Publishing
Date of Publication: April 27th 2016
Where to find this book:
Number of pages: 228
Part of a series: Yes
What series: Chronicles of the Modern Mystics
Book Synopsis (via Goodreads):
A Fire Mystic.A Ruthless Killer. A Dark Secret.
Ava James is a fire mystic with the Mystic Investigative Division. As a branch of the Enclave, a worldwide mystic organization, the MID is feared, respected and reviled.
When the half-charred body of a Mystic is found, the Enclave sends her to investigate the strange death. Ava finds that all the clues point to the killer being a fire mystic, one of her own. Accused by the Enclave of working with the killer she must solve the case before a secret buried in her past is revealed and destroys her world.
Can she save herself? Will she find the murderer?
If you like hardcore, fast-moving action, complex mystical powers and an unstoppable heroine, then you’ll love Orlando A. Sanchez’ thrilling new series: Chronicles of the Modern Mystics.
This is my first book I have ever read by Orlando Sanchez and I have got to say, it was GOOD. Like insanely good.
From the beginning, when we first meet Ava kicking some bad guys ass, the action is non stop. I told BK that not only would this make a great fantasy movie BUT it would make a great action film…because of all the explosions from the wards. Of course, he didn’t understand but still.
The story was pretty good too. Ava is a fire mystic, which is rare, who is working for the MID (Mystic Investigative Division). She is sent to a crime scene where a fire mystic is burned up and fingers start pointing towards her. But when the head of the MID is injured in a blast at a bar, on his way to meet Ava, she is considered the main suspect and the chase is on. And oh boy, what a chase it is. Ava is chased all over NYC until she finds temporary asylum with her Sensei and then she learns some startling facts about her uncle and herself.
The book really picks up when she heads to Japan (and how she heads there was totally awesome) to help her uncle Seb, a Void mystic. And oh boy, the action gets better.
The ending was a bit of a cliff hanger (thanks to Seb’s revelation). We all know how I hate cliffhangers but this actually worked for this book. I can’t wait to read book 2 and see if it is as action packed as book 1.
How many stars will I give A Dream of Ashes? 3.5/4
Why? It was a very fast paced read (I read it in one sitting) that had a ton of action in it.
Will I reread it? Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age range: Adult
Why? No sex scenes but tons of very descriptive violence.