Ashes: A Graced Story by Amanda Pillar

Ashes: A Graced Story

By: Amanda Pillar
Genres: urban fantasy
Pages: 171
Series: Graced #5
Ashes: A Graced Story by Amanda Pillar

Aria Ash shouldn't exist.

Born to a were mother and a vampire father, Aria Ash is the perfect blend of two races, and in their world, that's a death sentence. Hunted for as long as she can remember, she now hides in plain sight in the city of Skarva, and will do anything to keep her secret safe.

Sebastian Talien is an alpha were with a troubled past. Ever since his pack went rogue and tried to kill three innocent pups, he's been dedicated to recuing children in need. Now and invitation has him heading to Skarva, to help a child he thought he'd failed...

Ashes is part of the Venom & Vampires: A Limited Edition Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Collection


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Ashes: A Graced Story is part of Amanda Pillar’s Graced Series.  It fits between book 2 and 3.  I read it as a stand alone, and I don’t think I lost too much in not reading the first two so…


Anywho, Aria Ash is a Were Vampire who was living with her mother when her pack came to call.  In came to call, I mean they came to kill the pups.  Aria was able to get the twins, the younger two out and away before they broke in.  Why did they want the pups?  Because they were hybrids, and therefore were outcasts that needed to be removed.


Sebastian, an alpha with a past, spends his life helping outcasts, especially pups and other young children who are outcasts.  When he got an invitation to meet with Mr. Ash, Aria’s father he realizes that he knows those eyes.  In fact they have haunted his dreams for many years.


This is a novella, and it is part of an already existing storyline.  Initially, it was confusing, but Amanda explains the backstory enough to understand.  I really like how even though we are thrown into a world, I know what is going on.  Not only that, but even as a novella, there is enough plot to really empathize with the characters.  Well the characters that you want to empathize with.  The others… well you want to help pick them off.  I mean who goes after poor defenseless kids.


Even though initially Aria is a little standoffish.  Sebastian is an alpha, like any other alpha.  Strong willed and protective.  It is a strong combination, but if they can get over the past, they may be able to actually have a future.



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About Amanda Pillar

Amanda Pillar is an USA Today Bestselling author and editor who lives in Australia, with her husband and two cats, Saxon and Lilith.

Amanda has had numerous short stories published and has co-edited the fiction anthologies Voices (2008), Grants Pass (2009), The Phantom Queen Awakes (2010), Scenes from the Second Storey (2010), Ishtar (2011) and Damnation and Dames (2012). Her first solo anthology was published by Ticonderoga Publications, titled Bloodstones (2012), with the Aurealis award-winning sequel, Bloodlines' published in 2015.

Amanda is also the author of the Graced series, the Tangled Threads series, and the co-author of the Moonlit Hills series.

In her day job, she is an archaeologist.

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