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  1. Andrea

    He catches my gaze, and for a second, I think he might explain but, surprise, surprise, he schools his expression and asks, Ready to tackle Zephyr? Thank you to the author for allowing me to read an ARC of this book! Nothing makes a book more enjoyable than humor (well other than good smut), and this book had plenty of humor. I found Pell’s inner thought to be funny, awkward and relatable. The writing was easy, the world building was awesome and the plot was interesting. Mythology has always been something ‘ve enjoyed! Hapnoc and his secrets drove me crazy, but I figured out his secret about who he was about 55% through. The romance seemed a bit, immature to me though. I just felt like hapnoc fell for Pell too quick without us actually seeing or know why he fell for her. Overall this was a fun, and interesting read.

  2. LA

    Really enjoyed the characters & storyline of this new to me series! I can’t wait to get to read the next one!

  3. natnavarro75

    Amazing, well written, easy to read first book in the series, full of action, magic, romance and awesome MC, with a fantastic plot and great world building Pell is an Archaeologist, who happens to discover “the find” of the century and the sudden appearance of a hot, sexy stranger, turns her world upside down, making her live the best adventure of her life. Chasing mythological beings across beautiful and ancient archaeological places, her trust and feelings for this mysterious man keep going deeper but, can she really trust him??? This is the first book of this Author I have read and I absolutely loved it, can’t wait for the next one to find out what’s coming next for Pell and Harpoc

  4. Christy Brakebill Helton

    What a great read! This is a new author for so and I’m so happy that I read this book! You definitely want to read!

  5. H. Bane

    This is book 1 of the God of Secrets series. I thought this was a great start for the series. I enjoyed the storyline and thought it had a great flow. The character work was great and your interest was held from start to finish. I’m looking forward to the next book and would recommend reading.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  6. Tina L

    What an exciting story! I get really nervous about romance books, because so many get that routine, blah-ba-blah.. This story is absolutely nothing routine, pre-said words, or boring! There was so much excitement, inner turmoil, passion, worry, and concern… I do believe there was not even a dull moment in this book!Pell’s life was turned upside-down, from the majick, and then Harpoc… hubba bubba!! He sounds totally HOT by Pell’s account. I also love the inner dialog that Pellucid has with herself, it is such a ‘real’ touch to what a girl might really be thinking and going thru.I am SO looking forward to the next book in this series!

  7. Georgia McNabb

    I have Never read or listened to this author before, got the book on Audible and listened to it there. Narrator was Excellent and brought the storyline to life. I found this Author’s sense of humor so good, just a hoot!! The inner monologue Pell has throughout the book made me laugh˙more times then I can say. Pell the Main Character is quite a Character and she has the same deep streak of Curiositie as myself which just made me laugh all the more.Highly recommended this Story and really want to listen to the 2nd book in this Series.

  8. Debbie Shropshire

    Like all her books this one definitely did not disappoint. The story line was captivating. The struggles Pell experiences as an archeologist is stunning yet doesnt stop her, making her fight harder. The intense attraction with the mysterious savior is exciting. The adventures they experience trying to fix what has been done is riveting. I have been suffering an extremely painful headache for weeks and I still couldn’t put this one down. I felt like something was missing when it ended. Thank goodness there’s a book 2 coming out soon. As I anxiously wait for it….

  9. Karen S

    This excellent storyline is the start of a new series and impresses. There is a strong, yet vulnerable heroine who with the help of Mother Nature uncovers a marvelous archeological find. This book has a fast-pace, humor, magic, mystery, myth, and twists. I liked this read.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  10. Lisa B.

    I love YA/NA paranormal romance reads and this was a fresh storyline. I very much enjoyed the book and Pell was a great main character! I cannot wait for the rest of their series!Pell is on an archeological dig when a small earthquake opens up a undiscovered room. The secrets she finds open her eyes to a whole new world of adventure… and a very handsome stranger. It was a pleasure to read Empire of Ash and I look forward to reading more of the author’s works!

  11. Christine Workman

    I love archaeology, geography and history. Reading about a young female archaeologist was very interesting including the side bar discrimination she faces with a few colleagues. I want to listen to the rest of the series to see how Pell and the stranger flush things out between her discovery and their relationship. I did think there was a bit of a longer pause between chapters than I am used to, I kept thinking someone was calling me and interrupting the audiobook but it wouldn’t prevent me from listening to the rest of the books.

  12. Becky B

    A wonderful start to a new series. I loved the Cover so I applied for a review copy. It has so much excitement that it kept me drawn in. Loved reading this book…

  13. MelodyMP3

    Empire of Ash (God of Secrets #1) is better than baklava or Mythos beer. L. R. W. Lee has buried some magical artifacts into this story, and I’m thrilled to have started to unearth them. Harpoc, Mister Ancient Sexy Bod God of Secrets, and Pellucid Rose make a dynamic pair. I’m ready to dig into the full site and discover the rest of the treasures yet to come. If you can, listen to the audio version. The storyline is gold, but the silver-lining that makes the main female character shine is the voice of Narrator Sarah Kisko. She really breathes life into Pell. Notable Quote: ‘I look down, busying myself zipping my own jacket. Pugh, I stink. He wrinkles his nose, and I laugh.But the next thing I know, the smell of jasmine replaces puke. Much better, he says. I don’t disagree.’

  14. Kiersten Wright

    Finally its here! I have been in an awful book slump. I couldn’t read anything for almost 7 months! But when I heard L.R.W. Lee was coming out with a new series I knew it would get me out of my funk. And that it did! I love the characters and the story building Lee creates in her novels. Pell is one of the first characters I’ve been able to really relate to…but that could just be because I too have an alter ego by the name of Grace who makes her appearance at the worst possible times! The inner monologue Pell has throughout the book made me laugh on more than one occasion. Lee’s wit and sense of humor she gives to these characters make them feel like actual beings come to life. Her vivid descriptions and unique characters make you forget your worries and cares for a bit. Something I really needed during this crazy year we call 2020. I am so excited to see this new world Lee takes us on and want to ask, do we really have to wait 8 more weeks to learn what happens to Pell and Harpoc?! I need it now!I can’t recommend this book enough. 100/10 i recommend to anyone looking for a great read.

  15. TarraLyn

    Empire of Ash is the first book in a new series by L.R.W. Lee and I knew I was going to love it before I even read it. The story follows an archeologist named Pellucid (Pell, for short) as she uncovers secrets hidden in her Mycenae, Greece dig. She meets a handsome stranger, who steps out of shadows, and wants to help her fix a few accidental mistakes she made since unearthing the secrets.This book is nonstop action, adventure, and just so much fun to read. Lee has a way of writing that is effortless and immersive in her storytelling. The characters are relatable, I loved Pell’s inner monologue. It sounded a lot like somethings I tell myself on a regular basis. All the others that come into the story just add a richness and makes you want to know more about them.I was so drawn into this world that I immediately picked up book 2: Empire of Secrets!

  16. Somanea Khoeurm

    I enjoyed this novel very much. A paranormal romance is one of my favorite genres to read. Once I started this book I read straight through. I love the heroine and her sarcasms. Both main characters were very intriguing. The heroine have spunk and I like the girl to have a backbone. And this one have plenty. Sarah Kisko made it more enjoyable with her narration. Five stars for her without a doubt. If you like reading paranormal romance, check this one out. You will not be disappointed. It is different from some of the paranormal I enjoyed reading before. Now I have another series on my list to follow. This one is definitely on my list.

  17. Brenda Allen

    This is a good book I really enjoyed the characters & story line of this a new series for me! I can’t wait to read the next one! It is worth the cost if you like books on magic.

  18. Amanda Greathouse

    So overall not necessarily a terrible book,but it was missing something. So we meet Pell your regular old I’m a tough girl, but I constantly need saving. Then you have the mysterious Harpoc who never really get to know until the end of the book. World building was non existent and the character building was just as bad. Not even sure how we got to romance, but ok. This started out as decent storyline, but then it stopped there. Quick read, but lacking a good story.

  19. Mysticmuse1979

    I had to stay up and finish this installment. I felt the heroine is relatable. She has had some tough times and this is another one. It leaves you wanting more. I got this book from the author and this is my honest and voluntary review.

  20. Lisa L

    Great start to an intriguing storyline. The story is fast paced and well constructed. The characters are interesting and you want to root for them. I look forward to more entries in this series.

  21. Kasaundra C.

    I loved every detail of this book and the characters were an excellent pair with their combative and intriguing personalities.

  22. tburbr

    With a well done story line and terrific character work this was a quick, fun read. This was a great way to start a series.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  23. NLANA

    An archaeology dig turns into more as dark gods, dark secrets and an unimaginable world opens up. I voluntarily received this book for an honest review

  24. J. MCCANDLESS

    Young adult book with some bipolar tendencies. I had a bit of a hard time deciding if I like this book but despite myself I enjoyed it. The story line is fun and I’m curious about where it will go. If you can get past constant ‘inner voice’ dialogue and the occasional feminist rant it’s good. Overall I would recommend to anyone liking this genre.

  25. Krystle Smith

    So many things happen in the book, from the adventure to the mythological creatures to the God’s to the many kept secrets and so much more. I was hooked from start to finish wanting to know everything Pal did and feeling like I learned so much. There was a lot of information in this book, too much for me to retain, that it still fascinated me as to how much I still didn’t know but that I was curious to see how everything was connected. Archeology has always been a mystery to me and I wondered the stories behind it. This was an insight.Anyway, these two characters are amazing. Their first adventure comes and goes so quick that you wonder how there is more to the story, but their adventures continue along with their banter, her growing desire, and his secrecy. It’s worth continuing the story and leaves you wanting to know what adventures await Harpoc and Pal in book 2.

  26. liliaceae151

    Empire of Ash was such a fun read. It is lighthearted and yet kept things exciting and suspenseful. It is a real escape which is just what I needed right now. When I had to put it down I couldn’t wait to pick it back up. I really enjoyed the way the author mixed old myths into the modern world. The heroine of our story, Pell, was not your usual girl which was nice for a change. She is smart and nerdy but so lovable and she stands up for herself. I really loved how she took no BS from our hero, Harpoc.I also really enjoyed Lee’s use of language, I am an avid reader and sometimes find that not every novel is worth the read. But this one definitely is, you will not regret picking this book up. I really enjoyed the start of this series and cannot wait to follow Pell and Harpoc on their future adventures.

  27. R K

    This book while having a developed plot for Pell the archaeologist to make a new discovery yet to have to not tell all about it. The author has woven into the book some of the struggles women go through while working in predominately male fields giving readers a glimpse of how Pell dealt with them and giving the reader the opportunity o think about how they too might deal with these same issues. Interwoven in the story is the paranormal twist and complications being thrown at Pell and Harpoc, the mystical man she also uncovered at the dig site. The two find themselves dealing with problems caused by scrolls uncovered at the first dig site. but re-buried along the way, We are left at the end of the book wondering what new discoveries the two will find and need to deal with in Book 2.

  28. Buffy

    I’ve always been fascinated by ancient Egypt. In “Empire of Ash,” you’re transported with Pell into archeological finds and get to take a peek inside the excavations to see what mysteries lie within. Pell has a curious but determined personality and I felt she is easy to understand. Harpoc on the other hand is evasive yet protective. Charming yet complicated, and “really, really ridiculously good looking.” With Pell, what you see is what you get…or is it? I look forward to finding out in the next book what secrets Pell unknowingly holds.

  29. Mandy Sawyer Audiobook Obsession Reviewer

    This is a well written book with great, likeable characters. The storyline is action packed with lots going on to keep you hooked. A fantastic performance from Sarah.

  30. Allie Logsdon

    I recieved this book as a ARC for an honest review. I devoured this book in a matter of days. The storyline was fantastic and I loved seeing Harpoc and Pells characters grow. Linda always amazes me with her ability to weave a story. Her books are always so original and you never know where she is going to take you next! I seriously cant wait for the next book in this series!!

  31. Marissa Giles

    Empire of Ash is the first installment of a young adult series following Pell, a snarky, independent, hard working archaeologist who has uncovered an astonishing find. This find leads her down an unexpected journey with a dark and handsome stranger with lots of secrets who just happens to have the same eyes that have been guiding her throughout her life. Together, the two of them must face unimaginable odds as they clean up the mythological messes left in the wake of Pell’s discovery. As the two grow close, Pell becomes determined to uncover the stranger’s secrets. Little does she know what she is about to discover.Pell has lived a very complicated and difficult life which has shaped her into the young woman she is today. The author uses this backstory to aid in character development. This book has a heavy focus on mythology and that plays a vital role in storytelling. The author brings her own versions of mythological beings from sphinx to harpies. As she has done with her other series, she lays a good foundation for world building. Looking forward to seeing where she takes things next. I recommend this book for anyone with an interest young adult fantasy with a mythological twist.

  32. Lyric1

    I’m not sure what I liked most about this book – the adventure, the jet-setting, or the history! Truly, there is a bit of everything in Empire of Ash and hints of even more. Between the descriptions of exotic locales and explanations of ancient myths and history, I was fully engrossed in the book and probably learned more than I ever did in school! I fully enjoyed the interaction between Pell and Harpoc and can’t wait to read more about them. I though Pell was well written as a whole character, and liked getting to know her gradually throughout the story. Harpoc was also well thought out, but he remains a big mystery and I can’t wait to know more about him. I did appreciate the way in which bits and pieces of his personality began to emerge throughout the story. I definitely want to read the next book in the series.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  33. Victoria

    Empire of Ash is the first book I read by the author and while the plot sounded great, I, unfortunately, didn’t like the book :(Worldbuilding was good, scenes and environments were clear and detailed. As a fan of archaeology (and mythology), it was fun to read about the sites they explored, not to mention the mythological beings/people they encountered. Character development was decent. We walked alongside Pell (short for Pellucid), an archaeologist, as she tries to undo the mess she caused by reading an ancient scroll she just found. Pell is, in my opinion, a pretty particular person with a lot of inner dialogue (like… a lot a lot). That, I could get on board with, but what bothered me the most was that she doesn’t feel or act her age but more like a teenager. Add that to the insistent chatter of her inner dialogue and … yeah, I really didn’t connect with her.Harpoc, our mystery man in a leather jacket, was well fleshed out and out of the two, strangely enough, felt more real and believable. While he was (and yes, still remains) a mystery, he does open up more and more to Pell. Pacing and flow were good. A nice balance between conversation and action to keep the story moving forward.There were no (noticeable) errors and there was no sex described in this book (if that is important to you).I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book and all in all I can say that unfortunately, this wasn’t my cup of tea. It just felt unpolished and slightly too teens/ya for me. However, if the plot sounds good be sure to give the sample a try, it might be something for you!

  34. Christina Em

    Pellucid Rose is a young archaeologist on an excavating trip in Greece. She uncovers a chamber full of scrolls that are meant to remain secret, unknowingly awakening a dangerous, mythical creature…Harpoc checks off all the Perfect Male Hero boxes: he’s frustratingly illusive, protective of Pell, charming, full of secrets… Oh and, he has wings. Sigh.When Harpoc meets Pellucid for the first time, he *recognizes* her, and Lee pulls you in like that – you never see it coming.We find out almost immediately that Pellucid was abandoned as a baby and she has no idea who her real parents are. She grew up in a group home and had to work to get where she is. She’s a bit naive, but she’s young and tough and brave, and Harpoc sparks something within her.Harpoc enlists Pell’s help on a journey uncovering old Egyptian myths in a world that is both modern and new. As their story unfolds, you find yourself on the edge of your seat yearning for more.The chemistry between Pell and Harp is undeniable. Sigh. I hate it but I love it: slow-burn is always the *best* and the wait is *always* worth it. I was getting a serious Laura Thalassa vibe with these two!I was so excited when I found out Harpoc’s real identity, where he came from… even more excited when the book ended and I realized where the next installment in the series would take us! This was a great start to an intriguing, unique series.Thank you to the author for an advanced reader’s copy of the book!

  35. Denise E Wengert

    A very interesting take on history, Gods and archaeology! The book started slow and it took me a little time to get into it, but then I loved it! Pell is an archaeologist that makes a “find” that will help her career… until a mysterious man shows up telling her that my reading the scrolls out loud, she’s unleashed certain creatures into the world. Creatures that she must stop. Can she trust him and what mysteries will she discover along the way? The characters are full of secrets and it just leaves me wanting to find out everything. Who were Pell’s parents that left her when she was a baby with just a ring that had hieroglyphs on it? How many more major secrets is the God of Secrets keeping??

  36. LeMiliere

    This is my first book by this author, it won’t be the last – I loved it. The writing style is good and the plot which tells us all about Pellucid (Pell) Rose she’s a young archaeologist excavating a site in Greece who discovers a chamber packed with scrolls, meant to remain buried, then somehow awakens a mythical creature is so well thought out and has such great world-building that you easily imagine yourself there. The two main characters Harpoc and Pell are very well defined and work well together. This is a great first book in the series, lots of action, magic, romance. I can’t wait to see what the author has planned next for Pell and Harpoc.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  37. Scarolet Ellis

    Empire of Ash: A Passionate Paranormal Romance with Young Adult Appeal (God of Secrets Book 1) by L. R. W. Lee is a awesome story that I have read. This is book number one in this awesome start to a brand new series written by a brand new author for me to read and I can not wait to read the next book in this awesome series. I highly recommend this story to everyone who loves reading about paranormal stories. I received a free advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest & unbiased review

  38. A Literary Fiend

    Empire of Ash was such a fun, enthralling read! I love anything to do with Greek mythology, so this book was right up my alley and I gladly snatched up an ARC from generous author, L.R.W Lee. Pellucid was such a feisty and enjoyable character, witty without being irritatingly snarky in the name of being strong. Hapnoc was intriguing, and sleuthing out his arsenal of secrets was so fun. The writing was fluid and immersive, and the plot rife with twists and turns. I can’t wait to read more in this series!

  39. Mary Dean

    I loved this book so much. And this narrator did a great job as the voice. She told this story perfectly. If you are a history fan like me you will love how this author took history and fantasy and combined them. Pell is a woman trying to prove herself in the archaeology field run by men. First off, I loved her. She was so cool and I loved the fighter she was. Not just for herself, but others. She doesn’t put up with lies. She uncovers what she thinks is the biggest find in history and is going to give her the credit she has been fighting for. But then she meets Harpoc. He’s a stranger to her and ends up being a keeper of secrets. Little does Pell realize, she has just created a giant mess they have to clean up. Throw in a jealous colleague who is a scumbag, action, adventure, hard choices, secrets revealed (literally), and some romance and you have one epic start to a series. I highly suggest this book. You won’t be disappointed.

  40. Fran

    Mythology, humor, relatable, great story building, and interesting plot. This had it all. It was a fun read. Kept you engaged and interested. The characters came off as real, you could connect with them and it felt like people you could know. The romance felt a bit forced, it seemed to just all of a sudden be a thing. But otherwise, it was a great read.I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  41. Crystal

    This first install of this series really got to me. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that really captivated my whole attention. The characters are amazing and the story is really getting good.

  42. Rebecca

    Received ARC for honest review. Rated 3.5-4 stars. If you like secrets, hot mysterious men, snarky independent heroines, and mythology, then Empire of Ash should make your reading list. L.R.W. Lee spins a clever archeology/mythology romance that will leave fans of Laura Thalassa, C.N. Crawford, and Lindsey Hall intrigued and waiting for more. Right off the bat, Lee introduces our leading lady Pellucid Rose, or Pell as we should call her, and sets the ball rolling with her charm, wit, and intelligence. After finding the archeological discovery of the century, Pell encounters the sexy, mysterious man she deems Crazy Guy. With his announcement that she has unleashed a sphinx (that’s right A SPHINX) on the world and that they must put a stop to it before people end up hurt or dead, their adventure takes off. Initially, I wasn’t sure if I was taken in with the story. I liked the chemistry between Pell and the mysterious Crazy Guy and the details that Lee described never crossed the line of too much, always staying at just enough. I thought, eh it was probably a 2.5-3 stars book. But then I realized that I had finished the book in one sitting and stayed up wayyy late to do so, something a 2.5-3 star book could never make me do because I absolutely adore sleep and have to get up wayy too early. What got me wasn’t necessarily the new take on mythology that Lee spun or even the witty banter of Pell and Crazy Guy (although I seriously love witty banter and it can make or break a book for me), it was the way Lee spun secrets and mystery into the story. Every page left you wondering and yearning for more. More about Crazy Guy, more about secret magic, more about Pell herself, and the list goes on. Sometimes it can be hard to capture the attention of a reader, so authors withhold information. However, many can go too far and not give you enough information to keep your attention captured. Lee walks this line with finesse and what I thought was going to be an okay book turned into an actually really enjoyable read. I have Kindle Unlimited, so access to literally tons of books that are unique in their own way, but how Lee spins secrecy so well into her story is something unique that I have not really come across before, and I read a lot. I have some guesses as to what secrets Lee will reveal as the series progresses, but the wonderful part of her writing in this story is that I don’t know for sure if my guesses will play out. There is still a whole lot of mystery wrapped up in this story that I cannot wait to uncover.My advice: give this book a chance. You might initially be thinking, eh it’s okay but I don’t know if it should take my time when I have 20+ other books to read (amen, been there and still there), BUT if you keep going just a little bit past when you think that, you will find yourself devouring the rest of Pell and Crazy Guy’s story. At least that is what happened for me. I rate it 3.5-4 stars because of that initial lull, but the end result certainly makes it worth that 4 stars. So seriously, just read it so you can either prove me wrong or joining me in yearning for the secrets Lee will eventually reveal.

  43. PRBC

    Not the usual for me, but a pleasant departure from reality. Heroine is a bit naive. I think I know what’s coming next, but will have to have to go on to book 2 if I want to see whether or not I am right….

  44. SwanMD

    Growing up I loved all things Greek mythology and a really enjoy paranormal romance books so when I read the description for Empire of Ash, I was very intrigued. Empire of Ash tells the story of Pell, our heroine archeologist who discovers a secret while on a dig and Harpoc, a secretive but super sexy man who mysteriously appear in her life. Adventure, mystery and a splash of romance follows in an action packed book full of twists. Characters: Pell: 25 year old archeologist who has been dedicated to her profession for years at the expense of her personal life. She is down to Earth and reserved but not naive. She had a rough childhood and has issues with interpersonal relationship in her life as she just has not had the opportunity for those experiences. Her constant running inner dialogue is quite funny, though can be a bit repetitive at times. Pell is not your typical heroine but does a lot of growing in this book and is very relatable. Harpoc: Mysterious, sexy and witty leading man who has a million secrets. He appears out of nowhere during a dig and becomes an important part of Pell’s life. Tall, dark, sexy and charming, he seems very attractive. He has many secrets and I do wish a few more of them were revealed in this book; here’s to hoping we learn more in book 2!World building: The story starts in Greece but jumps around quite a few other European countries. There is a hefty dose of Greek and Egyptian mythology that I really enjoyed, anyone who has read any mythology will recognize the stories and enjoy how they are integrated into the plot. We learn some of Pell’s backstory but I wish we had learned more about her and especially about Harpoc. Overall good world building but I do wish it was slightly more fleshed out and details, perhaps we will see more of that in book 2.Plot: Mostly an action driven plot with various events driving the story but some character driven advancements as well. Very excited without seeming too unrealistic. There is definitely as attraction between Pell and Harpoc but calling it a full romance would be stretch. I do wish there was more relationship building between the two of them and all of his secrets do get a bit old after a time. As above I also felt that Pell’s inner monologue got a bit repetitive and at times distracting from the plot.If you like reading paranormal stories with Greek and Egyptian mythology woven in, adventure, huge mysteries, and splash of romance, then I highly recommend Empire of Ash. I can’t wait to read the second book in October to learn more about Pell and Harpoc and hopefully get Harpoc to spill some of his secrets!

  45. escritora

    Pellucid Rose is a devoted archaeologist on a dig in Greece, when she finds what appears to be an ancient antiquity. She excitedly translates the hieroglyphics and unleashes a sphinx onto the world. Black smoke surrounds her and a very handsome, mysterious man appears. He is a calming influence on Pell and he begins to tell his story. First, he informs Pell that, since she is responsible for the sphinx’s release into the world, she’s the one who has to recapture it and take it back where it belongs. It’s a dangerous mission and Pell comes to understand that there are more secrets than she could ever expect. She still doesn’t know who he is and gives him names like Mr. Cocky Pants, Crazy Guy, but it’s really Harpoc?˙and he’s the god of secrets. As they travel around the globe, recovering and replacing secrets, there’s an attraction brewing between Harpoc and Pell that is sweet and still mysterious. I got a little annoyed with Pell’s inner voice, especially when she whined or shouted over Pell. And I didn’t like the addition of the messed up world and the corrupt politicians. It came up at the beginning and it was still a major point at the end. I want to be immersed in a fantasy, especially one that is woven this well. Pell and Harpoc are?˙wonderfully fleshed out and have personalities that jump off the page. They’re secretive and and amusing as they confront enemies who seek to destroy the god of secrets’ power.?˙Sarah Kisko does an excellent job with the narration. The voices are clear and dynamic as she brings each character to life!

  46. Lindsy

    I put off reading this book for a while because of my past experience with this authors books. I was really worried that I wouldn’t like this one or it would drag on. I felt like this story could receive 3.5 stars but I like the hint of romance and history in this story helped it to 4 stars. This book took me almost a week to read which is slow for me lately.Honestly Pell irritated me a bit. Her and her subconscious talking to each other was distracting and a little unnecessary in my opinion.Her job as an archeologist sounded cool but ended abruptly within a few chapters. Now she’s job less and tripskipping around the world without knowing what’s going to happen next.Some of the characters in the beginning I thought would have more meaning/or be included more in the story but the rest of the story is just mainly Pell and Harpoc with side characters here and there. Harpoc was an interesting character. He wanted Pell to trust him but he wouldn’t tell her anything unless she needed to know it. Also I really wanted to understand why she has seen his eyes all this time but I guess I will have to read the second one eventually to find out.This is a super slow burn fantasy novel with a bit of romance thrown in towards the end. I would probably recommend this story especially if you liked her other novels.

  47. Laurie Anne

    So I’ll start by saying I was offered this audio in exchange for an honest review. This is a YA fantasy novel which is not my usual genre I read, but both my sons are avid readers and I wanted to see if this would be a good book for them.I know neither of them will read it because it’s all from a female point of view and they are not at the the maturity level for this book. However, as a mom of a teen I would most definitely recommend it for a teen who’s looking for that feel of Percy Jackson but more from a female POV. There is a cliffhanger, or more of a 3 book series that I think just cuts off at a point.If you buy this book, you’ll want to buy the next. I have not reviewed it to say if there’s any adult content (sex, etc) but this book had nothing explicit which is perfect for teen, IMHO.I really loved the plot, storyline was good and the narration was excellent. she did a fantastic job voicing multiple characters including male and I found her voice perfect for what this lead character.

  48. Maya

    Empire of Ash is a fun and light young adult read. I’d probably read anything with Greek mythology, so that aspect drew me right in. Pellucid is a feisty, funny main character, but I appreciate that she still kept her wits about her and didn’t really fall into the exaggerated, over-the-top-snarky paranormal heroine trap. I also appreciate the unique plot (or, at least, I haven’t read anything like this story before).There were a few things I found slightly strange, such as how a god who is eons of years old acts like a regular twenty-something-year-old guy. Or how the human authorities weren’t more involved in some of Pell’s not-super-legal-or-particularly-discreet adventures. But, honestly, I could let those slide, because it didn’t seem like Empire of Ash was really going for a realistic, nitty-gritty story, it seemed to be a fun, escapist paranormal story, and I’m all for those when I’m in the right mood. I’m intrigued by where the story is going, and I have a few guesses about some of Harpoc’s hinted-at secrets that I’m hanging on to and that I hope to discover in the next book. I also want to learn more about Harpoc’s character in particular, because I suspect he has quite a few stories to tell and facets to reveal! Overall, I enjoyed Empire of Ash, and I look forward to the next installment!

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