Phoenix by Elizabeth Richards

Ash and Natalie are just starting to build a life together when things in the United Sentry States go from bad to worse. Ash and Natalie find themselves at the center of turmoil when dictator Purian Rose threatens Natalie’s life unless Ash votes in favor of Rose’s Law, a law that will send Darklings and other dissenters to a deadly concentration camp known as the Tenth.

When Ash can’t bring himself to trade Natalie’s life for those of millions of Darklings, her fate is sealed. Enter Elijah Theroux, the handsome Bastet boy Natalie once saved from her mother’s labs, where he’d been experimented on and tortured. It was his venom the Sentry used to create the lethal Golden Haze, the heart of the government conspiracy that led to Black City’s uprising and Ash’s rebirth as the Phoenix, the face of the rebellion. Elijah is back and Ash doesn’t like him; it’s clear he’s taken with Natalie, and Ash fears she may have feelings for him as well.

But Elijah also may have the answer to taking down Purian Rose for good, a powerful weapon called the Ora. Ash, Natalie and Elijah just have to escape Black City undetected to find it. But fleeing the city and finding this weapon (if it even exists) are easier said than done, and the quest could tear Ash and Natalie apart, even pushing them into the arms of others.

This enthralling sequel to Black City is just as absorbing, delicious and steamy as the first book, leaving readers hungry for the series conclusion

Ash is now the the uniting tie between humans and Darklings, the icon representing the Humans for Unity revolution, and the war has just begun. Known as The Black Phoenix, Ash was sentenced to death for allegedly killing a tracker. Purian Rose wants nothing more than to spill Darkling blood but he didn't plan on Ash rising from the ashes and given a second chance. He will fight for his life for Natalie, the Darklings and the city against Rose's Law.

The Voting has commenced and Ash will be seen as a leader in the deciding ballot, but Purian Rose has made it clear, vote publicity in favor or Natalie will face the consequences. Does Ash risk thousands of Darklings to be sent to the Tenth concentration camp to be enslaved and exterminated, or save Natalie's life? The Humans for Unity rebellion are entrusting him to vote against the bill. But it isn't Natalie he's after, he wants an easier target.

But when the law is passed, the cities who voted against Purian Rose will be punished, amending the segregation laws to include those who didn't vote in favor will now be considered a race traitor and will meet the same fate as the Darklings. Citizens are turned against one another, offering rewards to bring race traitors to justice, offering refuge and sanction. They need to escape the city before the Sentry demolish everything they've worked for, but they never expected a traitor among their rebellion. 

When Elijah arrives with a proposition for the rebellion, it's an offer too good for Humans for Unity to resist. If the weapon Elijah is offering really does exist, it may be the only opportunity they'll have to take out Purian Rose.

Natalie fears she's fallen ill to the Wrath virus, slowly deteriorating each day. She can't risk infecting Ash, and starts to distance herself from their relationship. Will she make it to see the revolt against Purian Rose succeed? 

Phoenix was difficult to read, as there was little to no back story provided to refresh your memory about Black City, the first novel in the series. And as any avid reader will tell you, it's important to remind us where the story left off. Sadly, Phoenix only launched into the continuation. It wasn't until I was over half way through when I begun to remember, and by then my interest wasn't there.

I really enjoyed Black City, but didn't want to reread it just to continue the series, but still had to skim through to understand what was going on in Phoenix.

(Black City: Book Two)
Written By Elizabeth Richards
Published 04 / 06 / 2013
368 Pages

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