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Athena's Ashes

(Star Thief Chronicles #2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  423 ratings  ·  43 reviews
It’s Renna’s biggest job yet – convincing MYTH leadership that she’s put away her lock picks and is ready to save the galaxy, despite the dangerous implant in her brain. But with the Athena on the run, she’s working solo and facing her most ruthless enemy, the traitor Pallas, who’ll go to any lengths to destroy the MYTH organization. Including framing Renna for a devastati ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Clever Crow Press (first published August 23rd 2014)
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May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, new-adult
Dear author,

I just can't.
I feel a hollow inside my chest when I finish this series.
I want more.
Give me more.
These precious characters, oh my god.

Rachel- Goodbye Borders
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
This was a nice follow-up to The Star Thief. Plenty of twists and turns. I liked who Pallas turned out to be. I thought the ending was fitting. It leaves an opening for another book with these characters and in this series.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Meh. One two skip a few, skimmed most of it and understood the plot, I mean how hard can it be? Wish there had been separate POVs for Viktis but whatever
L DelaRG
4.5 stars

I'd forgotten that this sequel was coming out until I saw it randomly listed on Amazon. I'd enjoyed the first book, and mentally compared it to Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach. But I was a little hesitant to read this sequel; with Fortune's Pawn's sequel, I found it too slow and never finished it and I worried that it would be the same here.

Luckily this book was fast-paced and had me quickly absorbed. My main worry was that the relationship between Finn and Renna would become tedious. Ma
Sep 30, 2014 rated it liked it
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Sep 17, 2015 marked it as dnf-lost-interest  ·  review of another edition
I liked the first book well enough, but maybe I've waited too long since then to read the second book. I've lost interest in the storyline. ...more
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Whenever it comes to a series, there is nearly always that small piece of doubt niggling away at the back of one's mind: That the sequel cannot possibly outshine it's predecessor.
Sequels are always faced with that almost impossible challenge of exceeding the distinction of the original; simply because the first instalment is so spectacular that there is no need for further novels.
It's meant to 'stand-alone'.
In my reading experience, this has often been the case.

I read first and second book of this Star thief chronicles. I liked first one but the second one ahhh the graph completely downfallen.F first novel is about Renna a 23 year old lady from old earth 😂(I was so relieved she was not below 18) who is a famous; most wanted ; most abled star thief in whole galaxy .Oh yes This whole novel happened in much much future.(hehe) Renna get offered a job from so called government agency' Myth'. where she have to protect a kid Myka from unknown enemy. The enemy ...more
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
Honestly, in this book Renna all the sudden became TSTL.

She thought nothing through the entire time and just kept going into traps which she knew were traps but did nothing to prepare beside amp herself up??? There was no character development in anyone


at the end when Renna and finn meet back up she wasn't seriously upset anymore??? Most of the book she was reasonably upset at him but he was like "I pretended you were a traitor for the best, but I realize now (because you were extre
Jennifer Gottschalk
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This rating is 2.5 stars rounded up. Athena's Ashes was more enjoyable than originally anticipated and this light-weight story is an easy read. At times I skimmed through the boring bits but, like with it's predecessor, there was enough action to keep me engaged.

It would have been good to see the characters develop as the story progressed. In some ways, they were almost caricatures and the ending was fairly predictable. Reading this would not be time well spent unless the goal is to chill out an
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
This sequel reminded me a lot of a low budget television series, the kind where the writers honestly never expected the first season to get renewed, and now they have no idea what to do with a second season.

The plot just wasn't compelling, and there wasn't anything new that really developed. Same problems, same characters, same bullshit. Not sure if I will be picking up the third novel when it is released.
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
Athena’s Ashes was an epic, action-packed sequel. As always, Jamie Grey has done an amazing job. The Star Thief Chronicles is the perfect example of an amazing world that feels realistic and a group of characters that feel real and relatable.

I adore Renna. I’ve adored Renna since the first book. Yes, she has her flaws – all characters do. But that’s what makes them feel real. She’s such a strong, brave character. She can hold her own and she doesn’t just sit around, letting people die to save he
Laura Greenwood
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

I received a copy of Athena's Ashes, book 2 of the Star Thief Chronicles in exchange for my review.

Working with MYTH has had Renna turning over a new leaf, though she still looks at things differently from the more orthodox members of the organisation. With the team on the run and Renna left behind at headquarters to be experimented on (voluntarily) the clock is ticking to discover exactly who the traitor is and to defeat them. Renna
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really liked the first book in the series, but this one was quite boring... Im not even going to finish it. Maybe it gets better by the end, but I just cant bother finishing it.
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always been a big fan of science fiction so trilogy by Jamie Grey was appealing since I heard about book one (that I loved) and this one that is book 2 hasn't disappointed me either! Btw, thanks a lot for the ARC Jamie!

After the cliffhanger of book 1, not a horrible one but a cliffhanger nonetheless, I was really looking forward to read this one! It starts pretty much where Star Thief left us, with Renna in the care (and custody) of MYTH, while Finn and the Athena's crew have gone on the ru
I received this book through the First Reads program. Before reading it, I read the first book, which I already owned. That book left me with some reservations about the heroine, but I'm glad I read it as the action just picks up after the first book with no review of what had happened.

In the previous book my concern with Renna was her bragging, which wasn't born up by her actions. Those mostly were luck and winging it. In this book she doesn't brag, but is still immature emotionally. I suppose
Joseph McGarry
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for this review.

Renna wakes up in a medical facility. She has had an implant placed in her brain. She is trying to destroy Pallas, the traitor within MYTH that she believes has done this to her. The implant gives her special mental abilities, such as the ability to see maps, and to communicate with other electronic systems. Renna is worried that she is turning into a cyborg. (Think Summer Glau in the Terminator TV series from a few years ago.) Dr S
LeighAnn Kopans
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Why you should read this book, the short version:

Renna (the main character) is the master thief of the galaxy, she has a rogue brain implant that will either awesomely upgrade her brain or implode it (tough to say just now) and the hottest (and most capable) boyfriend in the galaxy. Rawr.

Also: She knows about a double agent trying to take down MYTH, a black-ops government operation, but MYTH has no clue. And they probably wouldn't believe her, since she's a criminal and all. So Finn, the ultra-h
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I don’t have this happen very often with books, but when I keep thinking back on this book, I feel like I read it in first person. It’s not actually written in first person… but I think that Renna is a character I was able to relate to so well, I was able to truly connect with her.

At first, this book seemed much more contained than Star Thief. That didn’t last for very long, though, and I was quickl
Stephanie Ward
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
'Athena's Ashes' is the thrilling second installment in a New Adult science fiction/fantasy series that continues to follow lead character Renna Carrizal across the galaxy - from being hired by MYTH, to falling in love with Captain Finn, and stopping the traitor Pallas and his evil plans. The story is full of action, adventure, and romance - which will appeal to readers who enjoy various genres. I loved continuing to learn about the world that the author created - exploring it, learning about th ...more
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
In this latest Star Thief Chronicles story, Renna is working with MYTH to track down the missing Captain Finn and the Athena, all the while using all her talents to try to find the dangerous traitor Pallas, who is out to destroy MYTH and wants to use Renna to complete the master plan. Renna is assigned the ship Eris and a crew to assist her on her mission to search for the Athena, where she acquires some new allies in Commander Jayla and Lieutenant Blake, but since she’s not sure of the identity ...more
Clever Girl
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Athena's Ashes is a fabulous follow up to The Star Thief. Well written, imaginative, exciting, with fabulous world building and full of so many characters I love - I loved seeing more of Viktis - including several strong female characters.

Renna becomes a more rounded character in Athena's Ashes where we see more of her past, see her strength of character and the lengths she's willing to go to in order to protect her new family. Yep, Renna the loner is no more. She has a family, people who depend
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
My main problem with this is I don't like the love interest/hero. I love Renna she is a great heroine. The story is good, as is the action. I really enjoy Vik and would have been much happier if Renna had decided to dump Finn and hook up with him. He certainly treats her better. Finn often judges her for being a thief (even though he used to be just as bad) and then he places his flawed organisation and the mission before her. I don't care if he (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I really enjoyed star thief but Athena's ashes was boring. I liked the first half but when she separated with Finn again over his betrayal. Things got weird. this whole Pallas business was improbable they were building things too fast and changing people way too quickly. i mean like Renna is right behind Pallas by like a day at the most how could these facilities get built that quick. it was out of control with the unrealistic parts of this book.

I understand it's a science fictional book but I
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
**I received an eARC of this book from the author for a fair and honest review.**

OH WOW. Just finished. Where to start? Um. Just wow. So Athena's Ashes picks up where The Star Thief left off, and takes you on a ride to places you'd never expect, with conflicts you'd never expect, and left me with a love for a certain space pirate I never expected LOL. This was a fantastic sequel to the first book, and although I had some issues with Renna repeating the whole "used to be alone/now have to rely on
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Warning: I use profanity.
Renna is a badass motherfucker. I loved reading this sequel, and of course I tried to guess what would happen in the end. I never really could considering there were many twists and turns that made this good book. The ending pleased me, of course. I'd say read it. It's not one of those books that pulls you in and then drops you like a bad date. It's not overdramatic either, in my opinion. Action and romance and many starships later, Athena's Ashes was worth reading.
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I would like to thank the author Jamie Grey for giving me this book for an honest review. The story-line is really good. The world building is nicely done. The characters are well developed and written. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
Fallon Brown
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved The Star Thief and Fortune's Risk. And I have to say, I loved this one as well. Seeing the blossoming friendship between Finn and Viktis. And the evolving relationship between Finn and Reena. So, it broke my heart when it looked like Finn had lost faith in Reena. I loved the new characters, Jayla and Blake

I hope this isn't the last we'll see of these characters
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I jumped right into this sequel so I could stick with Renna through her whole journey. She is a bit more isolated in the sequel and got herself in a bunch of messes. But she was just as strong and focused as she was in the first book. Overall, a solid conclusion and I always appreciate a good epilogue at the end :)
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must-read !

For those of us are just simply fans of space opera Star Thief Chronicles is a must read . I'm not OCD enough to write these biologically designed dissections of a book. Just take my word for it if you enjoy a really good story with very good character development and terrific plot in action this is a good one . Jamie hurry up and get this next book done!!
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