Anyone who knows me knows that I love folklore, especially when it has something to do with pixies and faeries. Lucky for me, this read had a nice dose of folklore in among a story of survival.
Title: Heir of Ashes
Author: Jina S. Bazzar
Age Classification: Young Adult / New Adult
Release: April 15, 2018
Roxanne Fosch is a young woman on the run after escaping from Paranormal Scientists Society (PSS) that imprisoned her at the age of twelve and performed outrageous experiments on her for years. She is strong, clever and capable of more than she knows. She is also not fully human. Roxanne knows she is part fee (faerie), but does not know what kind or where her supernatural abilities come from. She knows not to trust anybody and that includes the stranger who keeps showing up and saving her.
Logan Graham is that stranger and he is a shapeshifter. He needs Roxanne and her knowledge of the scientific facility to rescue a someone from his clan he believes has been taken there. With the exception of withholding the truth and not always checking situations are safe, he seems to be a decent individual with some scary professional hit man tendencies.
The pair travel to Sacramento to find Roxanne’s mother with hopes of discovering why she handed Roxanne over to the PSS. On their way, they are hunted by PSS personnel and other paranormal beings who want to exploit Roxanne’s abilities for their own agendas. Roxanne and Logan find themselves in trouble a few times over the course of the story, but somewhere along the way, some level of trust and friendship is formed. This relationship humanised Roxanne and by the end of the book I wanted to know if their friendship will last or develop further.
The story flowed rather well and the reveal of important information was spread out over the course of the book so it was not just one big information dump. Most of the characters that were introduced and their roles made sense to the storyline, however, there were some that make a little more sense if you have read the prequel, The Curse.
The first person point of view and narration worked really well as Roxanne viewed the world and people different to how many people might. It was also interesting to read the thought processes behind her actions because, without that insight, her character would have seemed more reckless and standoffish rather than cautious and in survival mode. However, I did like that the epilogue was from Logan’s point of view. It provided just enough of a peek inside his head to see how he felt about the events at the end of the book and get an idea of what he may have been thinking during the story.
My only real complaint is I would have liked more explanations regarding Roxanne’s abilities and more focus on the fee clans, but I know that it would not have worked in this book. However, Jina herself has said that there will be more focus on Roxanne’s abilities and the faerie folklore included in future books in this series, so that does make up for it a little.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Thank you to Jina for supplying me with a digital copy of her debut novel! This was a very interesting read and I certainly appreciated the folklore at the heart of the story. I cannot wait to see where Roxanne’s story will go in the next book, Heir of Doom!
Want to know more about Jina? Check out the interview I did with her here!
Also, keep an eye out tomorrow for my review of the prequel to Heir of Ashes – The Curse!
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Until next time bibliophiles!