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Ghosts & Ashes by F.T. Lukens
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Mar 01, 2017

it was amazing
bookshelves: action-adventure, bisexuality, lgbtq, lgbtqia, scifi, romance, ya

Lukens deftly brings us back into the world of drifts and adventure with a fast-paced follow up to the amazing Star Host, where Ren discovered his technopath powers. Like the first of the series, Ghost & Ashes is every bit as intricately detailed, packed with rich imagery of the vastness of space, the incredible vistas of planets, the beauty of found-families in crews just trying to get by and protect their own.

Reading Star Host was like opening a fantastic door into space, and the second book just takes us out for a ride without looking back. We start with Ren, adrift, literally and figuratively. While he's escaped his last prison, he's now under the scrutiny of the Phoenix Corps, and to make things worse, his relationship with Asher has drifted as well; especially as Asher is bound by his loyalties to the Corps. They travel back to Erden, Ren's home planet, in hopes of grounding him, and with Ren's fervent hope of finding his missing brother, as well, but they learn more about the corrupt truths of the Phoenix Corps and Ren finds a message from Baron Vos, who may have more to offer him.

The novel is fraught with complexity and wonderful layers; both at once an adventure and a heartwrenching chapter in Ren and Asher's romance as they navigate trust and betrayal and how to best protect one another. Lukens handles communication and miscommunication so well; and the prose is done so skillfully, whether in the middle of an epic battle, or a dash of wry humor, or sibling banter. And with Ren and Asher's relationship, with all their insecurities and the way they fall apart and come back together and still can tease one another and care for each other, and I need the last book in the series right now.

Lukens has built up the stakes; both in romance and the fate of the universe, and I cannot wait to read how it all comes together in the last novel.
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Reading Progress

March 1, 2017 – Started Reading
March 1, 2017 – Shelved
March 1, 2017 – Shelved as: action-adventure
March 1, 2017 – Shelved as: bisexuality
March 1, 2017 – Shelved as: lgbtq
March 1, 2017 – Shelved as: lgbtqia
March 1, 2017 – Shelved as: scifi
March 1, 2017 – Shelved as: romance
March 1, 2017 – Shelved as: ya
March 1, 2017 – Finished Reading

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