a dream of ashes

Title: A Dream of Ashes
Author: Orlando Sanchez
Publication Date: April 27. 2016

a dream of ashes

Goodreads Summary:

A Fire Mystic.A Ruthless Killer. A Dark Secret.
Ava James is a fire mystic with the Mystic Investigative Division. As a branch of the Enclave, a worldwide mystic organization, the MID is feared, respected and reviled.
When the half-charred body of a Mystic is found, the Enclave sends her to investigate the strange death. Ava finds that all the clues point to the killer being a fire mystic, one of her own. Accused by the Enclave of working with the killer she must solve the case before a secret buried in her past is revealed and destroys her world.
Can she save herself? Will she find the murderer?
If you like hardcore, fast-moving action, complex mystical powers and an unstoppable heroine, then you’ll love Orlando A. Sanchez’ thrilling new series: Chronicles of the Modern Mystics.
Buy A Dream of Ashes and join Ava on her adventure today!


My Review

This book really has rekindled my interest in Urban Fantasy. Such a great story packed into the cutest little paperback I ever saw!

In this world. there are mystics. persons with abilities; based on the elements. The humans are wary of them, which they should be, and there is a controlling agency which polices them. The main character is a Fire Mystic working in conjunction with Mystic Investigative Division. As a branch of the Enclave, a worldwide mystic organization, investigating mystic related crimes. Things are going well until another mystic turns up dead, drowned and burnt from the waist down. As he is a water mystic, this is very strange and the clues left at this and subsequent crime scenes all seem to point to Ava. Someone is setting her up to take the fall and Ava is not about to stand by and let this happen. She is going to use all her contacts and skills to get to the bottom of this. Little does she know how close to home it will hit and the implications it will have for here also.

What a ride! I really loved this book and my only qualm with it. is the length, I wanted more and could easily have read another 500 pages. Ava’s character is just bad-ass and awesome. She is flawed and so relatable and her elemental powers are strong and controlled.

The plot is fast-paced and action packed with lots of conflict, suspense and intrigue.

All in all. an engaging urban fantasy with cool elemental magic and a bad-ass heroine who is not afraid to put her life on the line to do what’s right. I absolutely loved it and I recommend it for lovers of urban fantasy.

My Rating

5 hearts

About The Author


Orlando Sanchez has been writing ever since his teens when he was immersed in creating scenarios for playing Dungeon and Dragons with his friends every weekend. An avid reader, his influences are too numerous to list here. Some of the most prominent are: J.R.R. Tolkien, Jim Butcher, Kat Richardson, Terry Brooks, Piers Anthony, Lee Child, George Lucas, Andrew Vachss, and Barry Eisler to name a few in no particular order.
The worlds of his books are urban settings with a twist of the paranormal lurking just behind the scenes and generous doses of magic, martial arts, and mayhem.
Aside from writing, he holds a 2nd and 3rd Dan in two distinct styles of Karate. If not training, he is studying some aspect of the martial arts or martial arts philosophy.
He currently resides in Queens, NY with his wife and children and can often be found in the local Starbucks where most of his writing is done.
Please visit his site at: OrlandoASanchez.com for more information about his books and upcoming releases.