The Hour of Dust and Ashes (Charlie Madigan #3)
To save her sister, she must stop a silent killer. . . .
Protecting Atlanta from the off-world criminals of Underground is tough enough, but now Detective Charlie Madigan and her siren partner, Hank, learn that the addicts of the offworld drug ash have begun taking their own lives. Ash makes humans the perfect vessels for possession, and something or someone is leading the...more
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Of course before that, Kelly Gay takes Charlie and the reader to hell first on a short time limit. Because hell in...more
The Hour of Dust and Ashes is the third book in the Charlie Madigan series. I quickly became a fan of Kelly Gay after reading The Better Part of Darkness partly because I thought Charlie was simply a badass character and really enjoyed the political intrigue and procedural the book presented. Not only that, it was action packed, and Gay created a world in which actions have consequence, sometimes ruthless ones.
Though most enjoyed the sequel The Darkest Edg...more
Favorite Quote: “You got me a Buns Of The Month subscription?”
Charlie Madigan, ITF agent, has had a very hard year. Dying and brought back to life, she has acquired unknown powers and gifts that have yet to fully reveal themselves. Her ex husband cheated on her and became of victim of his own black magic use. She has inherited an illegal hellhound who adores her daughter and when she accepts the DNA from two off world races in order...more
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...more
They just keep hammering the poor girl with one disaster after another. One of the few bright spots is the change in her relationship with Hank, well, if she can just get past her own feelings of inadequacy. And all the messes she needs his help in cleaning up, LOL.
I keep thinking I've figured out who/what is Charbydon, and I keep finding out that I'm clue...more
This book is a...more
Well not exactly, but it would be much more of a mouthful to say Charlie Madigan series addict.
The Charlie Madigan series started out strong with book one, delivered a solid hit with book two. Now The Hour of Dust and Ashes manages packs in more action and deep emotion than the previous books. Can Urban Fantasy get any better than this?
Picking up right where book two left off, with Charlie right in the middle of potential inter species war and enemies...more
The job never stops when you’re Charlie Madigan. Now that the fate of the world is in good hands (for the time being!), she’s got to track down the reason ash addicts are committing suicide, preferably before anything happens to Bryn… In the course of her investigation, she finds that not all is as it seems, and the fate of the world may not be quite as happily-ever-after as she’d thought.
Charlie is one of my favorite female characters in an urban fantasy. (Now why does that sou...more
Listen, The Hour of Dust and Ashes certainly isn't perfect, but what it does well, it does really well, and it sure is a lot of fun to read. I finished this book in pretty much one sitting. And that's saying something because lately I've been re...more
Urban Fantasy –Aug. 30th, 2011
The Hour of Dust and Ashes is the third in the Charlie Madigan series. This series is a one that builds upon itself with each book. So while it could be read by itself it would be best read in order to fully appreciate and more easily follow this latest installment.
Charlie Madigan is a detective who deals with the paranormal. Her partner is a powerful siren named Hank. In the last book, Charlie inherited some unknown pow...more
**SPOILER WARNING** You know the drill folks. We're onto the third book in...more
I love the world that Kelly Gay has created, I love the pacing in the story (I never feel like I need to skip past anything) and I love Charlie Madigan, her daughter Emma, her sister Bryn, her partner Hank and her pseudo ex-husband Rex. If you haven't read the first two books in the series, get them now.
In this installment, Charlie is trying to deal with the fact that her sister may be possessed, and we le...more
The books follow Charlie Madigan a divorcee and a single mother who also happens to be a cop working in the Integration Task Force (a special branch of the Police Force that deals with paranormal cases). Charlie and her partner, Hank, are often the front line defense against some of Atlanta’s less th...more
Oh in this book we get a bit more of Hank who is Charlie's partner on the force. *Squee!* Can I has a Hank of my own? It isn't his siren good looks or voice that...more
Something is making Ash victims commit suicide. No one knows if they are being possessed or if it is just part of the Ash addiction, but Charlie is very worried about her sister Bryn who was accidentally exposed to Ash during the big battle i...more
The characters: Charlie ticks so many of the cliched urban fantasy heroine boxes, but not once did her behaviour or attitude make me roll my eyes. She is a living, breathing ball of energy who bursts off the page. Flawed, courageous, funny and loving, Charlie would make for an awesome...more
The Hour Of Dust And Ashes is the third book in the Charlie Madigan series by Kelly Gay. It is a dark and gritty urban fantasy, my favourite kind of book. There is a lot of time between books as they are released annually and I had forgotten what had happened in the previous books and had to keep skimming through them to jog my memory. So if you have a bad memory like me here is a little run down of what happened. I have tried to keep it really brie...more
THE HOUR OF DUST AND ASHES had me claustrophobic, tense, happy, sad, a super mix of emotions that had me turning the pages in the need to find out what was going to happen next with Kelly Gay's excellent pacing.
I know the story was mostly about Bryn's addiciton to 'ash', the off-world drug, and Charlie trying to get her of...more
There is a lot of things happening in THE HOUR OF DUST AND ASHES. Charlie has to figure out a way to protect her sister and the other ash addicts so that they can not be controlled into committing suicide by things that are possessing them. Charlie, Hank and Rex have to step out of there world to try and stop an assassination attempt on another and Charlie has to undergo some life ending "gifts" to help save her sister from her possession befor...more
Rewinding... The mystery focus of the book is the suicide of two of the ash victims and the fear that the other ash victims will either try to kill themselves due to coercion or depression brought on by the d...more
That's a perfect description of Charlie inThe Hour of Dust and Ashes, as well as pretty much the whole darn series. She is a tough, kick ass chick and if you mess with her family or friends, man are you screwed. But she's also a woman. She feels fear and anxiety, and...butterflies (especially when it comes to a certain siren...).
This one picks up pretty much where The Darkest Edge of Dawn left off. A week has gone by since those events took place and th...more
Yes, this yet another book in the urban fantasy genre, but this one is a bit different...which is why I think I like it. Instead of your vampires and werewolves, and zombies, (oh my!) we have the angelic people from Elysia and the "demonic" creatures from Charbydon, yet nothing is black and white. There are evil Elysians and people who are from Charbydon that do good...even if it is f...more
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Hank was back. And his scent wasn't the only thing surrounding me; his arm was thrown over my hip and my back was tucked nicely against his front. ...
It was nice. Good. Right, even. And then another feeling struck me in a novel way. Protected. I felt protected. A disbelieving laugh bubbled in my throat as I lay there, a small smile parked on my face.
I was always the one out there protecting people. And after Will and I had split, I'd had no one to go to for comfort, to let all my guards down, to take a rest from being the caregiver, provider, guard, and detective. To let someone else be tough for a while.
Had to admit, I liked it. And I never thought in a gazillion years I'd find this feeling with an off-worlder. I liked Hank's strength, his power, his quirky humor, even the badass attitude he caught sometimes.
I was in so much trouble.”
I slid a quick glance his way to find him staring out the window. His expression reminded me of a conversation I had with Emma when she was six years old and I found her sitting with her knees drawn up on the back of the couch, staring out the window.
"Hey, kiddo, what's wrong?"
"I'm looking out the window."
"Because that's what people do when they're sad. They stare out the window.”