Format: E-Galley, 109 pages
Release Date: May 12, 2017
Publisher: Jess Haines
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Legend says a phoenix will rise again—but all that remains of the immortal bird are ashes and whispered fairy tales...
Lyra Adams enjoys her job as a rare books dealer, but when an angry wizard barges into her store and demands she fork over a unique tome from the antiquities section, she's not about to let him get away with grand larceny without a fight.
Except it's suddenly very difficult to defend her wares, seeing as the wizard turned her into some kind of weird red bird by flinging a handful of ashes in her face.
Her only hope of returning to her normal, human self lies in the hands of the one man she never wanted to see again: her lying, stealing, sorcerer scumbag ex, James Pierce. The same light-fingered thief who tried to steal that very same tome from her a few days before. She knows she can’t trust James with her heart or her inventory. Can she trust him to turn her back?
Ashes of the Phoenix is the first installment in author Jess Haines' Phoenix Rising trilogy. Protagonist Lyra Adams is the owner of Tidal Tomes Book Store & More in St. Augustine, Florida. She is a rare books dealer who happens to hold a magical tome that is desirous to some very powerful people. After one in particular refuses to take no for an answer, Lyra is turned into a mythical being known as the Phoenix. Now she has to face a whole new reality that she has become the hottest commodity for every magic user in town.
Lyra is forced to work with her ex-boyfriend James Pierce. The same James who is a lying, cheating, thieving, snake of a human being. However, he may be the only one to help her out of her predicament. That is if he doesn't betray her first.
If she can't find a way to break the curse on her, she will be stuck in Phoenix form forever. James brother Robert is one of the more curious characters in this book. One of the few who doesn't actually take advantage of the situation.
This is a pretty short book (novella length) at only 109 pages. The pace is pretty steady from start to finish. Hopefully the sequel will be a whole lot longer. I absolutely love the setting of St. Augustine. I love the city. I love the history, and Haines makes you feel as though you are flying through the city alongside Lyra and the cast.
Haines is also the author of the H&W Investigations series featuring Shiarra Waynest as a human who lives in an alternative, present-day New York filled with vampires, magi, and werewolves. I am hopeful that we will see book # 7 this year. In the meanwhile, Haines has listed this series as a trilogy on her web page. This is the order of the books to come.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.