Title: Hope Rises from the Ashes
Author: L. F. Falconer
Published: 2013 by Outskirts Press
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Feels like a Historical Romance, Hard to categorize 🙂
****This is the second book in a series, so if you like to be totally surprised you might not want to read this review. ****
The story starts out with Collie and a young boy hiding under a wagon while the boy’s father is being devoured by a huge lion with wings. Collie and the boy, Natt, manage to escape alive. They soon meet up with two Tillaman warriors who give them a ride to their town. Since her money is lost in the wagon that the lion attacked, Collie ends up agreeing to allow one of the warriors to pay for her food and her place at the inn as long as she’ll be his mistress. This goes against Collie’s morals, but she doesn’t want to be put out on the street, and her heart is already broken thinking her first love is dead. The situation goes from bad to worse though, as the man who is supposed to be protecting her, turns out to be a monster himself.
I should have read the first book, but even though I didn’t I was able to follow the story. And wow, what a story! It had me hooked from the first page. The story is a little dark, so if you only like to read about flowers, unicorns, and rainbows, this probably isn’t the book for you. Seriously though, this book deals with not only heartache, but physical abuse. However, Collie is a strong woman and pulls through.
The point of view changes back and forth from Collie to one other. I’m usually not a fan of the point of view switch-a-roo, but it was done from chapter to chapter and done for a reason which I don’t want to give away if you’ve read the first book.
Also, the genre is a little hard to categorize. It feels mostly like a historical romance, but there is a little fantasy in there; a dragon, a flying lion. But even with those aspects of fantasy, the story feels closer to reality than fantasy. The author even states in the beginning, “Thus, I deliver Hope Rises from the Ashes (again, a story that rides the cusp of genre. Purists beware.)”
Although this story is pretty dark, it is really good. I didn’t want to stop reading; I had to find out what happened next. Pick up a copy and get lost in Collie’s world for a while. In the end, you’ll be glad you did.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
*****I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.*****