Review: Ashes (The Divided Kingdom #1) by Sophie H. Morgan

August 8, 2015 Review 1

Review:  Ashes (The Divided Kingdom #1) by Sophie H. MorganAshes by Sophie H. Morgan
Series: The Divided Kingdom, #1
Published by Samhain on April 21, 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Sexual Content: graphic sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kristina
4 Stars

Secrets can burn.

The Divided Kingdom, Book 1

Reared from birth to rule the Phoenix territory, Ana fled her future and her past when her parents were murdered. Now she secretly leads a rebellion to stop the human ruler, Edward, from experimenting on supernaturals.

When she finds herself cornered by an assassin, she knows just what to do: Roast him and toast him. Then recognition sends blue-tipped flames licking through her veins. It’s Cade, the royal bodyguard who once rejected her youthful confession of love.

When Cade regains consciousness from the force of Ana’s punch, he’s still reeling from shock—and fury. He’d loved the princess, and for ten years he thought her dead. Though his inner jackal growls with desire for her, she is the key to completing his mission for Edward—hunt down the rebel known as Liberty.

Ana can’t believe Cade doesn’t know the truth about Edward. If she can convince him of it, his blade could turn the tide of the rebellion. But first they must get beyond their past, or the whole kingdom could go up in smoke.

Product Warnings
Contains incendiary sex between a phoenix princess with a secret identity, and a jackal shifter who can take a lot of heat. Boys from the “hood”, a king jacked up on enhanced DNA, and killer heels. Anybody got a match?

One of the many aspects of ASHES I liked aside from it's fast and clever plot, and creative action sequences was the addition of phoenixes. Their culture and abilities were truly fascinating and fun to learn. I liked the whole 'princess is secretly living as a commoner' plot point and I am sure I've read a story about it somewhere at some point but forgot which meant for me that this was a fresh theme to read in a paranormal romance! I loved the blend of old world and new world with royal houses mixing with super powered guns that are far more advanced than anything we have today. The political machinations and complexities of the situation Ana and Cade find themselves in was riveting and filled with some interesting twists.

The characters in ASHES are awesome. Ana, the runaway phoenix 'princess' is an incredibly tough bad-ass especially given the fact that she became one after coming from the cushy upper class. Cade, her former bodyguard now assassin, is pretty brilliant at what he does and he does job with such awesome wit and sarcasm. Sometimes flashback don't do anything for the plot but here they really showed who Ana and Cade were before the events that led to Ana's disappearance. They fit pretty well together and more so after we get an understanding of their close relationship in the flashbacks.  The characterization of even the secondary characters were fully realized with full and compelling back stories.

ASHES is a fun ride containing explosive action, subterfuge, and romance. This is a great start to The Divided Kingdom series and I can't wait to learn more about this world.

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