Ashes of the Phoenix (Phoenix Rising #1)
by Jess Haines
What is it about:
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, sorcerous 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?
What did I think of it:
I love Haines' H&W Investigations series, so when I had an Amazon gift card to spend Ashes of the Phoenix (which isn't available at bookdepository where I get most of my books) was one of the books I just had to get.
And this is a fun book.
It's set in the same world as the H&W Investigations series, with Lyra being a normal human who gets mixed up in the affairs of wizards.
I liked Lyra and the way she reacts to the things that happened. I did not like her ex. As so often there was another man I thought would be a much better fit with Lyra, but I'm used to that by now, so it didn't diminish my enjoyment.
This being a book of about 150 pages, it's a quick read. There's also lots of action, so I finished it in a couple of hours. The ending is satisfying, but leaves a lot open for more adventures to come. I'll be keeping an eye out for the sequel.
Why should you read it:
It's a fun UF read.
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