Blog Tour and Review: From the Ashes




From the Ashes

by Xen Sanders
Fires of Redemption #1
Publication Date: January 2, 2017
Genres: Entangled: Otherworld, Male/Male, Sci-Fi, Romance





 Sociopath. Killer. Deviant.Monster, devoid of morals, incapable of human emotion. The villain known as Spark has been called this and more, and as a super-powered aberrant has masterminded countless crimes to build his father’s inhuman empire. Yet to professor Sean Archer, this fearsome creature is only Tobias Rutherford–antisocial graduate researcher, quiet underachiever, and a fascinating puzzle Sean is determined to solve.

But one kiss leads to an entanglement that challenges everything Tobias knows about himself, aberrants, and his own capacity to love. When his father orders him to assassinate a senator, one misstep unravels a knot of political intrigue that places the fate of humans and aberrants alike in Tobias’s hands. As danger mounts and bodies pile higher, will Tobias succumb to his dark nature and sacrifice Sean–or will he defy his father and rise from the ashes to become a hero in a world of villains?

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4 Hearts

Fans of this author will notice that this book is a bit of a different writing style than we have seen in other works.  That isn't a bad thing!  I was grabbed right away by the back story and then had to sit down and read this one straight through.

What the big nerd in me enjoyed about the story line is that this reads like a comic book/action hero/Saturday morning sci fi saga.   People with special powers.  Humans that fear and try to extinguish the "others".  Bad guys trying to take over the world.  Heroes born of desperation.   Loved all of it.

What the book boils down to--and this is the author's calling card--- is the message that love is love.  We can't help who we love or how we love--we just do.  People can change if they want.  Relationships morph and grow.  If we open out hearts to loving others, we can become richer for it.  We can perhaps reach a potential previously not thought possible.

Loved Sean and Tobias together.  Great humor and great passion.

This is a re-release of a novella that was previously published.  The author updated and added to make it novel length.  If I was able to wish for more, it would be even more back story about the aberrants.  How does the condition present itself?  What are all the possible abilities? And of course, I would love more of Sean and Tobias in the future.  Where does their HEA take them?  Just wishes from this reader.  The story wraps up perfectly as is.

*Complimentary copy received for an honest review.






Hi. I’m Xen. Cole. Whatever you want to call me; both are true, and both are lies. My pen names are multitudes, my nicknames legion. Tall, bi/queer, introverted, author, and of a brown-ish persuasion made up of various flavors of Black, Asian, and Native American. I’m cuter than Hello Kitty, more bitter than the blackest coffee, and able to trip over cats in a single half-asleep lurch; I’m what happens when a Broody Antihero and a Manic Pixie Dream Boy fight to the death, and someone builds a person from the scraps left behind. Beardless, I look like the uke in every yaoi manga in existence; bearded or not, I sound like Barry White. About half my time is spent as a corporate writer, and the other half riding a train of WTFery that sometimes results in a finished book. Romance, erotica, sci-fi, horror, paranormal; LGBTQIA and cishet; diverse settings and diverse characters from a diverse author.


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