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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (8 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451625472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451625479
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Claire's Book Corner on 22 Sept. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.
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By humanitysdarkerside VINE VOICE on 29 April 2013
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Does Kelly Gay keep up her good work in "The Hour of Dust and Ashes"? Yes, she most definitely does. She has that rare ability of being able to keep her writing tight, very tight. That and her spelling and grammar helps the reader keep from being distracted. Add to that a pretty good plot, fun characters and talent and you have the flow.

Charlie Madigan is an interesting character. She is a believable woman in a fantastic yet believable world. Yes, this is all science fiction and fantasy, but the plot is about recognisable problems and her characters are flawed and gifted like the rest of us. Fanatics are fanatics and greed is greed.

Charlie suffers from a save-the-world-all-on-her-own syndrome. That makes it easy for her to take the blame for her sister's ash addiction. It is true that Bryn got addicted to ash while helping Charlie out, but Charlie tends to forget that Bryn has her own will and this is creating trouble between the sisters.

When ash addicts begin taking their own lives, Charlie becomes desperate to make certain Bryn stays alive. Thus far the hunt for a cure has led nowhere. When Charlie goes to the oracle, Allessandra for help, she is told that she will need sylphs. On to Charbydon she must go and Hank and Rex get to go along with her.

Rex (the ex-jinn now revenant), Brimstone (the hellhound) and Hank (the Adonai) make themselves better known to us. We also get to see Charbydon at its best and worst. No wonder the people there think of Earth as a vacation spot.

We get tons of action and some of the fighting is explicit. If you don't like that, consider yourself warned.
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By Lyn on 2 Jan. 2013
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I haven't read the first 2x books, but nevertheless, if you can stick with it for the first few chapters, that doesn't matter.

I found the characters to be very well written, mature and not one dimensional at all (again, keep going past the first few chapters if you feel this is not the case).

The story is fairly standard fare, girl kicks ass, have super powers, attracts hot men, saves everyone from the bad guys, etc. But I really did like the characters, and will be reading the rest of the series.
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