Scattered Ashes | Annie Anderson
I have to start out this review by saying; I have never been a huge paranormal fan. I started this book not knowing what to expect or even if I could get pulled into a story that features, Phoenix and Wraiths as the main characters. The Glossary of terms in the beginning of the book had me worried I would not be able to follow along being a paranormal novice. I was WRONG. Yup, I said it I was wrong. I was not only pulled into this story that starts in the year 1855 I was total engulfed by their abilities.
This is a book about good versus evil; a love that was bound 160 years ago, a love that was so strong that even the hate, death, and vengeance could not break. A complicated and intricate story that goes back, fourteen hundred years. A story that Annie Anderson masterfully weaves together, and brings us to modern times.
Once upon a time our heroine, Aurelia was married to a man named Lucien, they were happy and in love. Iva in all of her evil ways casts a spell that destroys that love and happiness. In its place Iva forms another path for Aurelia one that includes hating the man she will forever be bound to, Rhys.
This is the final showdown, the final battle between Iva the Primary of the Legion and Aurelia.
This book as a fantastic cast of characters, unlikely friendships and a kick a$$ heroine. I loved Aurelia! She was a perfect mixture of bada$$ and soft and tortured. Rhys was her perfect match.
The banter in this book is great, witty and funny when it calls for it yet when the battles begin the dialogue transforms into serious.
I try my hardest never to spoil the story or give away too much. What is the fun in reading when you already know the ending, or the important parts? I do however have to share this one quote. My favorite quote of the book:
Aurelia is speaking to Rhys, “If I forgive you, I’ll have to take the burden of all the guilt I’ve piled on your shoulders. And I can’t bear the weight. I have to blame you because if I don’t, I have to start blaming me.”
Holy moly how is that for honesty? In my mind’s eye I can picture the scene, Aurelia conflicted, and tortured. Great writing!
Just to add- there is an excerpt in the back for book two, I will be reading that as well.