Ava James is a fire mystic and part of the Mystic Investigative Division. In one fell swoop her world is turned upside down when she becomes the hunted instead of the hunter. Someone is committing crimes and leaving her mystic brand as a calling card.
The Enclave is full of prejudiced mystic hating individuals who take great pleasure in bringing down any mystic, especially one that is supposed to be part of their association.
Ava finds herself thrust into the complex secrets of her family dynamics and more importantly her latent talents. Keeping everything hidden from her might not have been the right decision in hindsight.
Sanchez has created a complex structure of elemental powers, family clans and the magical vs the non-magical members of society.
It is a fast-paced urban fantasy with a lot of potential. I do think Sanchez could do with adding a bit of wit or sarcasm to spice things up and give his characters a little more depth. Don’t get me wrong though, A Dream of Ashes is a good read, but it is a safe one, despite the wealth of creative ideas.