Lyra Adams enjoys her job as a rare books dealer, but when an angry wizard barges into her store and demands she fork over a unique tome from the antiquities section, she's not about to let him get away with grand larceny without a fight.
Except it's suddenly very difficult to defend her wares, seeing as the wizard turned her into some kind of weird red bird by flinging a handful of ashes in her face.
Her only hope of returning to her normal, human self lies in the hands of the one man she never wanted to see again: her lying, stealing, sorcerous scumbag ex, James Pierce. The same light-fingered thief who tried to steal that very same tome from her a few days before.
She knows she can’t trust James with her heart or her inventory. Can she trust him to turn her back?
I did like that Ashes of the Phoenix started with a bang as it threw me right into the action. Now, I'm not sure, but this feels very much like young adult story so please don't go expecting anything too explicit but certainly it's setting up what could be a very interesting series.
Lyra might have been an ordinary human with friends with magical abilities but as this story progresses all manner of things come to light including a very angry Warlock who is left with an awful gripe against Lyra, but with so much in the air I'm left wondering just what trouble Lyra will get into next! Quite a lot shorter than I'd hoped but easy to read in an afternoon.