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The Last Rising

(Curse of the Phoenix #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  65 reviews
After paying two millennia's penance to Osiris, world-weary Phoenix Ice has had enough. Saving souls without any hope for her own redemption isn't how she imagined spending eternity. Fed up, she decides her next death will be her last.

But when she sacrifices her own life for a sexy Texan in a catastrophic plane crash, she has no idea the consequences will be so great...or
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Published September 6th 2011 by Entangled Publishing
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Dahlia (yadkny)
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Paranormal Romance Lovers
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The life of a Phoenix is never-ending and Ice has had enough. This curse of a half life may serve its purpose of rescuing souls and as penance decreed by the sun god Osiris, but Ice is tired of rising from the ashes only to start over with no memories of the people she's encountered. Instead Ice has decided to do the unexpected... refuse the call of the next soul and fight the rising. By taking back control, she will force Osiris to end it, but not before she dies and rises one last time. Howeve ...more
Jul 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Normally, I don’t review romance but Rachel’s book premise intrigued me and I found myself entering Ice and Turner’s world and experiencing their all-consuming love and passion and couldn’t put the book down once I started it.
The mythical backdrop further interested me and I like the rendering of Osiris and Isis. spiritually speaking, it was a balm to soothe my reader’s soul. Love conquers all even death in the end and that was shown in this story.
The steamy scenes were more sensual than sexual
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ice has been living with a cold heart for such a long time. She meets Turner on a plane, which is suppose to be her last death. Something about him makes her sacrifice herself to save him. Turner is the only survivor of the crash. He forgets about Ice as was told it was his imagination. He goes on with his life to find Brodie’s teacher one hot woman. She seems so familiar, but doesn’t know why. After the crash he wants a wife and a loving mom to his son.

What a thrilling and exciting read. I coul
Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
As my first Rachel Firasek experience, I would say this was a stunningly good winner! I absolutely adored this novella and will be singing its praises for a long time. As a novella I like to be brought up to speed on back story quickly, given characters I can grow to love in short time spans and a storyline that is engaging as well as gives closure. This novella certainly delivered. I also highly enjoyed the paranormal aspect involving the Phoenix, which has always fascinated me. Mythology as a ...more
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book saved me from a serious reading slump and will forever hold a special place in my heart because of it. It's one of those rare stories that captures your imagination and doesn't let go.

Ice is as tough as they come. She was burned long ago for actions and has been paying for her mistakes ever since. Her job as a Phoenix is to save people, and to do that she's never in one place very long. Moving around doesn't leave room to grow close to people, and having your memory wiped after your la
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Last Rising will have you hooked line and sinker within the first few pages, a unique story Im sure one of its kind, that will have you in turmoil with the characters - have tears in your eyes, and your pages smouldering from the speed in which you devour it. A great cast of characters, crisp dialogue and a storyline and plot- different from any other.

In The Last Rising we meet Ice - yes the title fits her well, cold as Ice and has not been in love for a very long time. She meets Turner on h
Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R

4.5 Stars

Such a sweet story! My heart is still warm and melting.

Ice is one stubborn Heroine, but not for long. Everything changes in an instant. Turner Alcott is her Hero *sighs* what a sweetie he is. It's hard not to adore him. A man who wants nothing more in his life but to be happy, settle down with a wife that can also raise his child as her own. Hard to find men like him nowadays. *googly eyes*

There was just so much romance, love, tears and hurtful m
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it

Worth the read?

Many thanks to the author for providing me a copy for my honest review.
I'm not going to go into too much depth with the plot, it would be impossible for me to without giving too much away and i don't want to spoil it for readers.

I absolutely loved The Last Rising! I rarely read novellas, mainly because I like my romances to have a lengthy period of time for the two protagonists to develop their love and chemistry. And I basically just want as much to read as possible, s
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is my second book I have read by Rachel, after reading her first novel, Piper's Fury, which by the way was absolutely amazing. It was a no brainer that I would be waiting on baited breath for her second novel to come out, and I jumped at the chance to be a part of this book tour for her. Rachel is nothing short of an amazingly talented writer and tells a story like no other, her ideas, plots and characters are so different and original but also reminds me of one of my most favorite paranorm ...more
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
This review is also posted at The Bawdy Book Blog.

The Last Rising is a sweet and cute paranormal romance that leaves you wanting a little more….and more…and more. And if there is anything to take away from it, it’s that it is never too late for a second chance.
Ice is a Phoenix, a woman cursed to rise again and again after each “death” until she finds her heart. In an airplane crash, she sacrifices her life to save that of Turner, a single father of one, who is attractive, charming and witty. Whe
4.5 Stars

This is one of those stories that hooked me quickly. While Ice often is prickly and sometimes even unlikable, she still made me ache for her, and I truly wanted her to finally get her happily ever after. Ice truly has a generous heart that she has spent several millennia locking up and blocking away after having suffered a crushing hurt.

When she saves the life of Turner Alcott, Ice begins a journey that seems to make little sense to her at the time. Naturally, she fights the cosmic forc
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
The Last Rising was a sensational novella from author Rachel Firasek. The story itself was based in mythology with Isis, Osiris and the phoenix which I thought added a great element to the overall story arc and really made it unique. With a fast moving plot and Firasek’s fluid writing I devoured The Last Rising in no time at all. Being only a hundred pages or so, I was surprised at how much story was packed into it and how well it was developed. It flowed like a full length novel. The romance wa ...more
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it

This was a surprisingly good novel, not quite your typical romance. The author actually focuses a good deal more on the main character, Ice, and her potential redemption. Ice has been paying penance for a long, long time. She finally decides that it just isn't worth it for the rest of whatever life she has to live. She decides to sacrifice her life for what she believes will be a worthy cause. What she doesn't know, is that Turner isn't quite ready to let
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I love Rachel’s incredible style. She has a unique power of writing so that each story she has written brings you into it. On a personal note, I love the way Rachel is as a person! She is great to work with and I also love the fact that she puts her feelings and thoughts into the stories that she writes.

The Last Rising is the first in a new series that Rachel is working on. In the first week we are introduced to Ice, a phoenix, and Tu
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Rachel Firasek weaves Greek mythology and romance into a tale not to be missed! A businessman on a trip is spared from death by a woman he had just met. Then... his son's new teacher enters his life. In a dejavue moment, she resurrects memories of the mysterious woman who still haunts his memories. This story is the tale of these two star-crossed lovers... a goddess and a mortal. Can their relationship survive their pasts? This is another winner by Rachel...
Lynn Rush
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great job, Rachel Firasek, for The Last Rising. Intense from word one. I really liked ICE as a character. Tough yet vulnerable. The name is fitting, you know? Start out really cold and hard....then as it warms... And it DOES get hot **fans self*

VERY nice job taking me through the journey. It's a quick, yet intense read, and I enjoyed it a lot!
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable 1st novel for this series.
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
~* 3.5 Stars *~
The Last Rises Nicely

She lives. She dies. She rises. She lives again. Such is the fate of Ice - once known as Isis, former Egyptian goddess and wife of Osiris, cursed to walk the earth until the mortal she's been charged with saving is in peril. Ice saves them in one-at-a-time increments by dying in their place, only to rise from her own ashes like the fiery phoenix she is and return to her realm to cross once more through the portal - an excruciating process in its own right - a
The BookChick
My Rating:★★★★

Book Description:
After paying two millennia's penance to Osiris, world-weary Phoenix Ice has had enough. Saving souls without any hope for her own redemption isn't how she imagined spending eternity. Fed up, she decides her next death will be her last. But when she sacrifices her own life for a sexy Texan in a catastrophic plane crash, she has no idea the consequences will be so great...or that she'll end up back in his life for her next assignment.Now that Turner Alcott has surviv
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Last Rising grabbed me from the very first chapter and pulled me into a unique story that I really didn’t understand at first but as each paragraph and chapter unfolded pulled me deeper into the heartbreaking and frustrating life of Phoenix Ice. I just could not put this book down. I had to know how Ice’s situation was going to turn out. The opening of this book she is face with a man on an airplane when she knows it is going to crash and he will be the only survivor. She dies over and over ...more
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I received this e-book for review from Bewitching Book Tours as part of the author's virtual book tour. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own.

Ice, aka the Egyptian goddess Isis, has been exiled to life on Earth and stripped of her powers with three other goddesses. Her punishment, meted out by Egyptian god Osiris, is that she must die to save a human soul only to rise again as a Phoenix and return to Osiris's palace while she waits to be reu
Dec 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
This story sucked me in right away. The novella centers around the idea that as a phoenix, Ice is destined to serve her penance by savings others and dying in their place. Two thousand years later and she is still serving her time - hoping to one day be freed from this life filled with so much death.

She likes to keep her distance, never getting attached to the people she is sent to save. No memories, Ice. No conversations. She goes through so much turmoil when it comes to letting herself fall i
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Last Rising (Curse of the Pheonix, book 1)
By Rachel Firasek

This was a great little novella. The characters were perfect, and I just loved little Brodie, he was so cute in his little personality that was wise beyond his years. My only disappointment was that it wasn’t long enough, and I wanted to know more about the characters and their past. I wanted to know more about the phoenix world.

Ice is a phoenix and once was an Egyptian goddess whose husband and child were murdered. She is
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: September 6, 2011 (Available Now)
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: N/A
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My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Curse of the Phoenix
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Ice is a Phoenix — a soul serving penance by sacrificing her life over and over to save other souls. Having spent 2000 years dying only to pai
Erin Dameron-Hill
Sep 29, 2011 rated it liked it
What do you get when you mix Egyptian Mythology, a Texan, and a kid? Give up? A wildly unique story, that's what! But no matter the players, this story is as old as time. It's the classic premise of man wants woman, woman wants man, but something evil stands between them. How will they ever find each other in the dark?

Ice is a no-nonsense type of gal who just so happens to be a few thousand years old. During her stint among humans, though, she hasn't really learned the lesson that Osiris wanted
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a story that grabbed me at the beginning and didn’t let go. It is a steamy short story about Isis and Osiris, a unique take on old gods. In this one, Isis is known as Ice—ironic since she is also a phoenix and doomed to a fiery death.

Ice has spent centuries under the control of Osiris, attempting to atone for a wrong she committed that led to the death of their son, Horus. To teach her a lesson, Osiris sends her to Earth to redeem the soul of one person. Over and over again, Ice dies a
Joey Butcher
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Last Rising begins on an airplane that leads to a fiery crash where both Ice and Turner are on board. So sick and tired of Osiris’ “game”, Ice is wearing thin and giving up on hope as she takes her last breath (again). When her next mission brings her right back into Turner’s life, she finds herself feeling confused with feelings she forgot were even possible. This story fluctuates from Ice’s point of view back to that of Turner’s, each exploring and revealing every thought, feeling and hesi ...more
Sarah Cass
My review of this is coming far too late. I did finish the book weeks ago, but something always pulled my attention away. Today I've put shiny things away, and shot all squirrels within sight so I can review this great trilogy.

I don't remember why I picked up this book. I think I saw it on my goodreads timeline and loved the cover art (happens a lot). I read the blurb, added it to my to-read. Unlike most books like that, I ended up buying within a week. I think it was the idea of the Pheonix st
Eva Millien
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
The first book in the Curse of the Phoenix series is a riveting and heartwarming paranormal romance. Ice is a Phoenix who has spent the last two millennia saving souls without any hope for redemption. Turner Alcott has survived the worst and now has teach Ice how to forgive herself and prove that love is the ultimate sacrifice.

This fast paced and smooth flowing plot keeps readers on their toes with suspense, drama and romance. The author brings the story to life with well written scenes and deta
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Last Rising by Rachel Firasek is the first novel in her Curse of the Phoenix Series and it’s a short story. But I have to say it was definitely worth to read, this story has all the right tools to make this a successful novella.

Ice is a cursed phoenix for a very long time, saving people by dying in their place which most of the time it’s a horrible experience and she is tired of the job. So she has made her decision to step out of it no matter what and since Osiris probably won’t set her fre
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Rachel Firasek spends her days daydreaming of stories and her nights putting the ideas to ink. She has spent a dull life following the rules, meeting deadlines, and toeing the line, but in her made up worlds, she can let the wild side loose. Her wonderful husband and three children support her love of the written word and only ask for the occasional American Idol or Swamp People quality hour.

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