Monday, April 20, 2015

Ashes of the Day by P.G. Forte

Title: Ashes of the Day

Series title:  Children of Night, Book 4

Author:    P.G. Forte

Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.

Genre:    Paranormal

 (M/M, M/F, Oral Sex, Anal Sex)

Page Count: 226

Reviewer: Cassiopeia

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Publisher Blurb:

New Year’s Eve, 1999. The world is braced for Y2K, but that’s not the only ticking time bomb in Conrad’s life. Damian wouldn’t be the first vampire to find a way to die, but Conrad is determined he will not be one of them.

Present day. Damian struggles to trust that fate could possibly be kind enough to give him a love as perfect as Conrad’s. Conrad balances on the keen edge of his own fear that one more slip of his formidable control could drive his lover away—permanently.

Julie learns the hard way it’s not just interspecies relationships that seldom work out. Even between vampires, love is not a smooth course.

Meanwhile, intrigue and conflict within the nest continue to grow, fueled in no small part by Georgia’s slipping hold on a deadly secret. Marc works to consolidate his position as leader of the ferals—and discovers that being a walking anomaly has certain advantages. Including some that are totally unexpected.

Review of book:

I loved this book.  I know, I’ve said that about everyone in the Children of Night series so far, but it’s true.  Ashes of the Day, on its own is a fabulous story, but I’d recommend that you read the others before tackling this one, just to be certain you don’t miss out on all of the nuances packed in.  P.G. Forte’s world building skills are intriguing and thought provoking – she manages to weave her own creative history so seamlessly with the accepted facts, there was no interruption to the flow as I read.  The thrilling plot entices you with just the right mixture of details and action, that I couldn’t help but be sucked right in (again…lol).  Most of the characters in this book are the ones we’ve seen throughout the series, though there were a few new players of note. I had the pleasure of delving more deeply into the backgrounds of the familiar faces, seeing how past actions played out to the present day.  Specifically, I found that I really enjoyed peeking into Georgia’s psyche, as brief as it was. I’m eager to read more about her in the next book. 

However, if I had to pick only one character as the “star”, it would have to be Marc.  He’s still what would be considered a very young vampire, who’s had little to no rearing outside of the basic safety training for his species.  Still, he grows by leaps and bounds, exhibiting a wellspring of inner fortitude that flat out surprised me.  He took on the ferals, forming his own nest when Conrad refuses to include them under his, and began searching for answers on he and his sister’s origin.  All on his own. That takes some serious stones, and that guy has a whole BIG bag of rocks to work with when it comes down to it.

Ashes of the Day is one of the best books I’ve read in a long while, in any genre.  It packs a wallop emotionally, while leaving your jaw on the floor with some very interesting plot twists (the cliffhanger KILLED me).  It’s making me impatient to see how all of the intrigue plays out – kudos to the author on this outstanding story!

                                        Five Shooting Stars

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