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- Publisher: POCKET BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 104mm x 170mm x 26mm | 100g
- Publication date: 8 December 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1451625472
- ISBN 13: 9781451625479
- Sales rank: 105,546
Now that Detective Charlie Madigan knows the off-world drug ash makes humans the perfect vessels for possession, she'll do anything to save her addicted sister Bryn. But as New Year's Eve approaches and ash victims began taking their own lives, Charlie is out of time. And worse, every exorcist in Atlanta has fled, leaving no one able to "see" who among the addicted are possessed and in danger. Desperate for help, Charlie turns to an ancient race of beings-creatures of mist and smoke, and embarks on a journey into hellish Charbydon with her siren partner Hank and the Revenant Rex to save Bryn and make it back before the creatures exact their deadly price. But one of them isn't coming home...
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By Claire Smith 23 Sep 2011
The Hour Of Dust And Ashes is the third book in the Charlie Madigan series by Kelly Gay. It's so hard to write a description of The Hour Of Dust And Ashes without giving too much away but here goes. The story picks up one week after the last book. The Ash victims are possessed and taking their own life and with Charlie's sister Bryn one of those Ash addicts it is a race against time for Charlie and Hank to discover what is happening and to prevent the remaining Ash users from committing suicide. In order to save her sister Charlie follows Bryn to Charbydon with Hank, Rex and Brim where they encounter dangerous creatures and Charlie finds out about Hank's mysterious past.
I absolutely love this series and book 3 hasn't changed that in fact I love it even more. Ms Gay gives us a fantastic new world with fantastic characters. Charlie is a witty kick ass cop and her relationship with her daughter comes over brilliantly. Hank is amazing, he is incredibly good looking as one would expect from a Siren but he is also a good loyal friend. The relationship between Charlie and Hank develops some more in this book and it is great to finally find out about Hank's secret past. There is one scene in the book where Hank is using his voice to heal Charlie and it is so well written that it is more intimate than some sex scenes that other authors have written. Rex appears more too, in the past I wasn't too keen on Rex but I have changed my mind now, Rex really shines in this story. This book isn't as fast paced as the other two books which I liked. We also see one of the other worlds for the first time as Charlie goes into Charbydon. We are not left with a cliff hanger per se but we are left with a situation that means I have to buy the next instalment as soon as it is released. If you like books with lots of sex and happy endings this book is not for you, however if you like kick ass chicks, hot men, witty writing and a cute hellhound I would definitely recommend these books. I would like to give this book 5 stars.
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