Daughter of Ash by Matthew S Cox

Daughter of Ash by Matthew S CoxDaughter of Ash by Matthew S. Cox
Published by Curiosity Quills Press on March 7th 2017
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic
Pages: 359
Source: NetGalley

Designed to be the perfect assassin, Kate is as beautiful as she is deadly―everything she touches, burns.

The government attempted to engineer a pyrokinetic the likes of which the world had never seen, but their plans went awry. Her power to command fire as a living extension of her psyche was more than they had hoped for, except for one problem. Her skin is hot enough to destroy most materials on contact. Useless for infiltration, they declared the project a failure and slated her for disposal at the age of seven.

This is the second book of Matthew S Cox’s that I have read, after the previous book in the series – Grey Ronin. I immediately fell in love with the style of that novel, and was pleasantly surprised to find that his style continued into the fourth book in the series – Daughter of Ash.

The good thing about this series is that – although they are connected to each other – they are self-contained stories that don’t necessarily require a great deal of prior knowledge about the other books in the series.

The main character is a genetically engineered super-weapon who wields the power of pyrokinetics. She is able to summon fireballs at will, but those same powers mean that her internal temperature is several thousand degrees, and she burns anything she comes into contact with. Be it clothing, shoes, or other human beings, Kate is a literal danger to anyone she comes into contact with.

She serves as an enforcer for a local mob boss, but her old life, and her old masters come back to haunt her, and she goes on a journey to find her origins, and whether there are any answers, or cures for her condition.

The book really reminded me of a mix between the Fallout universe, and the television show Dark Angel. It takes the ‘best’ of these things – a post-apocalyptic wasteland environment, with so many people just trying to survive; and very relatable human super-soldiers – and smashes them together with excellent results.

Cox writes in a very accessible style, and his characters feel very relatable, and fleshed out. I thoroughly enjoyed Daughter of Ash, and would recommend it to fans of post-apocalyptic fiction, and the Fallout series.

I received a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

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