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Ascension of the Phoenix


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Detective Leila Wells is a powerhouse, but when a serial killer changes her life forever, she has to reevaluate her whole life.

"Out of the ashes the phoenix rises; a phoenix must die to be reborn. You're a phoenix. You find strength in destruction."

Detective Leila Wells has everything figured out, her life is going well and she is damn good at her job. When a serial killer that's been on her radar returns and changes her life forever, she has to find a new outlet for her rage. She becomes engrossed in the world of street fighting and gets invited to a tag tournament. Leila is trying to move on, but things are not right here, has someone brought everyone here for a reason? Leila has to find out.

"When death comes into someone's life, the fake tears wash away façades and reveal their true selves. But you had no mask to wash away; your tears just dried to shield your lamenting soul."

Ascension of the Phoenix is a book I was not expecting. I started it with the outlook of another detective story all about revenge. I was not expecting to find a story about an incredibly strong, fierce, loyal, and completely bad-ass woman learning to find herself again. Revenge is a theme that floats throughout the story, but it isn't the full focus and it made Leila's character more likable. The story started a little slow and took awhile to find its footing, having to explain the intricacies of Leila's life. I found myself shocked and enthralled when the setting changed to a fighting tournament. Since I know next to nothing about fighting and the many different styles there are, I found myself comparing the storyline with my love of fighting games, the likes of Mortal Kombat and Tekken. I loved the explanation of all the different fights, I felt like I was in the crowd cheering the competitors on. Piro did a wonderful job expressing the different ways people grieve and showing the different ways grief can change a person. I enjoyed how the voice in Leila's head changed and kept trying to help her become who she needed to be but didn't like the idea that it kept referring to a man that could come into her life and help put her pieces back together. As if the thought of her being able to put herself back together wasn't an option.

" A gentle murmur warmed her even more and gave her the strength to keep struggling against the doubts and insecurities she couldn't face."

I recommend this story to those who enjoy a book with a strong female lead and for those who enjoy different kinds of fighting. Maybe those with a love of fighting games like myself will find the same joy I found while turning through the pages. I think Piro did a wonderful job creating characters you want to know more about, and I look forward to see what Leila gets up to in the coming sequels!

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About the author

I'm a multi-genre author for Adults and Young Adults, and my works can be found on Wattpad and Amazon. I live in Northeast Louisiana with my mom, dad, and two brothers. When not writing, I'm playing video games, reading, or watching my favorite movie(s), The Lord of the Rings. view profile

Published on August 25, 2020

90000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Thriller & Suspense

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