Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Book Review: The Hour of Dust and Ashes

The Hour of Dust and Ashes

By:  Kelly Gay

Publisher:  Pocket Books

Publish Date:  September 2011

Format:  Paperback 324pgs, Pocketbook size

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  3rd book in Charlie Madigan series; 1st Book ~ The Better Part of Darkness, 2nd Book The Darkest Edge of Dawn

Recommendation:  Oh Yes!  Especially if you read the first 2 books.  This one gets better.  And we get answers!  Full of action and fast pacing of the plot.

Book Synopsis:
To save her sister, she must stop a silent killer....

Protecting Atlanta from the off-world criminals of Underground is tough enough, but now Detective Charlie Madigan and her siren partner, Hank learn that the addicts of the off-world drug ash have begun taking their own lives.  Ash makes humans the perfect vessels for possession, and something or someone is leading them to their deaths.  Charlie is desperate to save her addicted sister, Bryn, from a similar fate.  As New Year's Eve approaches and time runs out, Charlie makes a deadly bargain with an ancient race of beings and embarks on a dangerous journey into hellish Charbydon with Hank and the Revenant Rex to save Bryn and make it back before it's too late.  Only, for one of them, coming home means facing a fate worse than death....

First Sentence:
"You mean to tell me every single exorcist in this city is gone?"

My Thoughts and Summary:
One week after the huge battle on the roof top in The Darkest Edge of Dawn we pick up with Charlie trying to find out if her sister is possessed with the let down that all the exorcists have suddenly vanished from the city.  The breakdown of self-will that ash has done to it's victims makes it possible for the Sons of Dawn cult to suppress human will and place spirits of their dead jinn priests in their bodies to do their bidding.  Who Charlie is and what she does makes Bryn, Charlies sister, the one person who could help the cult recover, if she is possessed...which Charlie has no proof of.  Compounding the want is now fear as the ash victims are committing suicide.  Charlie finds there is one way to find out, but it is a dangerous journey for her to undertake and if not completed by all four visitors with in a time block, she will die.  While Charlie is meeting these visitors she finds herself taken to the hellish world of Charbydon which could mean death if she doesn't get back home.  And the reason for going to Charbydon could be huge trouble for her and her family as well. Then there are jinn and others after Charlie for her knowledge of the First One.

Fast start, right back into Charlie's world where she is always being chased by someone and knocked around.  She is a fighter!  By now you know whats happened so we pick up a week later.  You don't need the rehashing, you want to get to the action which Charlie is known for finding, or finding her.  Along with the thickening plot with ash, Bryn, Hank, and all others.

I was worried we wouldn't get much of Hank in this book.  He was nearly comatose since his "singing" or use of his siren powers to help with the war at the end of book two.  But we do get more Hank, lots more.  And now, I can't wait for the next book!  Charlie learns more of the tattoo her and Hank share and the warmth that comes with it. 

We get more Rex!  Lots more Rex.  It is really neat to see this man in action.  He is a kick arse fighter of old jinn.  But he has a softness that has come from the years of living with humans.  He is a wonderful addition to the series, and really makes the choice of Will or Rex even harder.

Charlie has to face some difficult decisions with her loved ones.  Ones that are very difficult, but needed to be made in the moment.  This is the area Charlie doesn't want to have to make chooses.  She is a family geared person, and one that wants to defend them all.

Not only is Charlie trying to save her sister, she has many mages after her from Tennin not believing the sarcophagus of the First One is gone.  Then we have a new dark presence that has us curious about it and wanting to know more.  And they keep falling down the dark hole of troubles, which keeps the action full.

I think this book became my favorite of the three thus far.  Each book has gotten better for me but this one digs deeper into the worlds of the off-worlders.  And I like learning more there.  And seeing Charlie fight her way out of everything and the wake of destruction she leaves behind.  Yet the sensitive side of Charlie for her family.

I read this book for my own enjoyment.

This book qualifies for Horror and Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge hosted by Book Chick City.


  1. I haven't read this series but I bet I would like it :)

  2. Great review! I need to get this one read so I don't get behind in this series.

  3. Big fan of the series myself, this book I thought was quite good too. My favorite is still the first book. I really liked the 2nd half of this one, and the setup for the next book is quite awesome I think.

    Looking forward to it.

  4. Oh so glad you liked it too ! It was an amazing book ! I really like to see Her and Hank evolve all along the story. I totally agree with everything ! Great review !

  5. Such an evil ending!!!!! Evil I say, evil!

  6. I loved this book! SO MUCH!! I agree with Blodeuedd that the ending was so evil.

    Oh and just remember... HANK is MINE! ;D

  7. Mandi - Oh this has been a fun series and full of action. But now their is a little twing of romance with Charlie. ;) Hope you enjoy it when you get to it.

    Zia - Thank you! Oh, the news just came out with the title of the next book and release date. Shadows Before the Sun July 31, 2011. :)

    Bastard - I'm very curious to see Heaven. I really want to see that world now that I've seen this one some. And great news on the next book!

    Melliane - Oh I'm really curious about Hank now too! And with Charlie! :D Thank you! Now looking forward to the next book: Shadows Before the Sun. :)

    Blodeuedd - lol! YES Very evil ending. ;D

    Melissa (Books&Things) - Oh I really loved this one. I think my fav so far. :) And Yes! VERY EVIL ENDING!! ;D We can't have Hank getting hurt! Oh, *I don't mind sneaking in the back door* ;D hee hee. Any thing for Hank....


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