From the Ashes (Parvathy’s Review)

Title: From the Ashes (Fires of Redemption #1)
Author: Xen Sanders
Publisher: Entangled: Select Otherworld
Release Date: January 2, 2017
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Paranormal
Page Count: 184
Reviewed by: Parvathy
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Sociopath. Killer. Deviant.

Monster, devoid of morals, incapable of human emotion. The villain known as Spark has been called this and more, and as a super-powered aberrant has masterminded countless crimes to build his father’s inhuman empire. Yet to professor Sean Archer, this fearsome creature is only Tobias Rutherford­—antisocial graduate researcher, quiet underachiever, and a fascinating puzzle Sean is determined to solve.

But one kiss leads to an entanglement that challenges everything Tobias knows about himself, aberrants, and his own capacity to love. When his father orders him to assassinate a senator, one misstep unravels a knot of political intrigue that places the fate of humans and aberrants alike in Tobias’s hands. As danger mounts and bodies pile higher, will Tobias succumb to his dark nature and sacrifice Sean—or will he defy his father and rise from the ashes to become a hero in a world of villains?

From the Ashes is the story of how a stone cold murdered devoid of any emotions find love. The book is set in a world where people with abilities called ‘aberrants’ are often hunted and feared. This is the story of how one of the baddest aberrant finds love in the most unexpected way.

What I liked the most about this book is that the author has portrayed a character who can be soulless, devoid of emotion and remorseless in one moment and vulnerable,caring and conflicted another. The author succeeds in portraying a character who is complex and yet sometimes easy to understand. The insight into the mind of Tobias and his conflict and his need to leave everything behind has been portrayed well. The way author has explored his nature was gripping. The complex relationships, his loyalty and his need to escape from it all made my heart go out to him. I also loved Sean and how the author brought about an element of surprise regarding him. I liked the way author explored the dynamics of their character and developed their relationship. In fact loved everything about them and their relationship. The author has done a tremendous job in creating a world which is intriguing and suspenseful.

From the Ashes is a wonderful science-fiction/paranormal love story which took me on an intriguing and extremely entertaining journey. I cannot wait to read more..!! Highly Recommended.

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