Ally begins a journey where she soon discovers that death is not always the end, but sometimes the very beginning. With old friends, she journeys to the Nosferatu Nation where she meets with new alliances willing to help her in her quest to defeat the Devourer. At every turn, Ally unearths secrets that threaten to destroy those she loves.
The second installment of The Vulcan Legacies series will put Ally to the ultimate test, forcing her to face her fears and the true destiny she will fulfill as Azrael, the Seraph of Death.
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About the Author
With a love of all things paranormal, the ambiance of the South with its gigantic antebellum mansions and canopies of Spanish moss, and a love for her husband's rich storytelling of blacksmiths and the mythology surrounding their origins, it wasn't long until the world of her debut novel, Black Amaranth, was born.
When not working her day job as a nurse, you can find Sasha dreaming of her next beach trip, reading the latest YA novel, and drinking more white chocolate mocha than she should.
Sasha lives in mountainous West Virginia with her husband, Tim, and their two daughters, Aeliza and Ava. She is currently hard at work on book two in The Vulcan Legacies series.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am without a doubt absolutely speechless. The book was just that good! FIRST, before I go on... let me say that this review was a loooonnggg time coming but due to a series of unforeseen events and an ever growing list of reviews that needed to be posted by a certain date and lots of paperbacks that were sent my way before this novel, I was left with no other option but to bid my time. I've been anxious to read it and it along with one other book has been sitting on the dresser right next to my desk for months. And I do mean months. So I apologize to not only you guys who read my reviews but to the ever talented Ms. Hibbs. Now without further ado by review. The story picks up literally right where the last one ended. With a heartbroken Ally and thrusts you right back into to the tearful and unfair world that this ensemble has to endure. Its an emotional roller coaster full of surprises and couple of unfortunate mishaps and a lots of tugging at the heart strings... but this book is GOLDEN. Its a relatively short read and didn't take me as long (even tho they are roughly the same length) as the first to get through. But I believe that had more to do with my unwillingness to put the book down. The cover is as you can see very similar to the first but a hell of a lot darker which fits the mood of this book, and from what I gather a reoccurring theme to the series. I happen to love when a series does that so kudos! Also, its worth noting that while the first book is packed with details and a bit on the slow side this books was mostly fast paced and in your face. (rhyme not intended) there was a lot of I knew it moments but the were woven into the story so beautifully. I especially enjoyed the importance of the name of this book and it was a foreshadowing of whats to come. I had only one major peeve about this book, one that I unfortunately can't share as its a major spoiler but I'm extremely anxious to read book 3, following a completely different main character than the first 2 but one that is just as important. And of course I am more than eager to get my hands on what I can only assume will be the fourth as the ending of this books proves there is a lot more left to come for our heroine and her friends.
It can be tricky, reviewing the second book of what is (currently) a trilogy. I have to be careful here. When I was last reading Sasha Hibbs, I found myself pulverized by a brutal and powerful ending that I don’t want to spoil in the review of its sequel. However, this much can be said from the get-go: the first book, BLACK AMARANTH, left our hero Ally in a very difficult place. Apart from the threat that she believes she represents to the world—and who can blame her?—she now has to deal with heartbreak, hatred, remorse, guilt, and the seeming loss of the her own powers, powers which she only recently began to understand. But because this IS Ally we’re talking about, we keep reading. And so we come to BLACK ABADDON, Book 2 of the Vulcan Legacies. And the bad news, if none of the above qualifies as such, is that the Devourer is far from done with his wicked machinations. In a dark fantasy by Sasha Hibbs, the reader can expect that the action will not slow down for the emotional havoc previous catastrophes have wrought. No, the story steams forward with the inexorable lack of pity of a train without brakes, even as we experience the trauma with Ally. To do this and make a reader believe it, especially with a young protagonist, is a nice trick, and a hallmark of Hibbs’s talent. We can be encouraged by her “God” character, represented here in Ally’s interview with “The Authority,” but it’s a short respite. All too soon (in a literal sense; dramatically, it’s lots of fun), we have to stand alongside Ally for a vampiric blood trial, where the accused’s actions are revealed in a public and potentially fatal ritual. The revelations draw sympathy towards a character neither Ally nor the reader would have expected to empathize with … More revelations follow. Remember Dave and Jessica from the first book? Quite often, they seemed like they were hanging on the coattails of other characters—mostly along for the ride, and to develop the rapport between young characters that was, and remains, a story about kids who are far, far over their own heads. But no—they’re embroiled in it far more directly than they ever expected. See how careful I’m being? I can’t give this stuff away … I stand by what I said in the first review. If there’s anything difficult in the midst of all this pathos and adventure, it’s that you’ll sometimes have to review your notes to keep up. The story is relentless, and although Sasha Hibbs has a clear handle on the reigns, some of us have to work a little to keep up. It’s worth it, though. Very, very worth it. BLACK ABADDON, by Sasha Hibbs, is more than a dark, swirling cauldron of nightmare fantasy. It’s a character study on survivors’ guilt, and the continuation of a multi-layered epic that sometimes unfolds like a flower—and other times spirals out ahead of you like a vine racing out to strangle a loved one.
Hibb’s writing is inviting. She allows readers to walk seamlessly back into the world that she developed with Black Amaranth, and takes them on a very memorable ride. She continues to develop said world in a vivid and inviting manner all the while advancing her storyline in a captivating manner. Hibbs’ characters remain approachable and easy to understand. At the same time they’re well developed and very likeable. We get to know past characters better while getting to know the new ones quite well. Watching individuals transformed by their circumstances and fighting to regain their footing was quite uplifting and very interesting at the same time. It was also very realistic. We are all victims of circumstance, be they good or bad. This element of reality really allows readers to connect with the story. I thoroughly enjoyed being drawn back into Hibbs’ world. This vivid story was the perfect addition to the series. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
The Story Ally has learned a few lessons, first of which was - love hurts. Her love hurts more than most, as she didn't realise she even had him and already he was gone. After Michael sacrificed himself for her, Ally was thrust into another of her mother's memories. She believed this was in order for her to change the past, to start back at the beginning. She was wrong. The beginning she thought she was fixing was not at all what was needed, and now her mother has forced her back into present day, having taken all of her away - immortality, powers, wings and all. Now, she truly must start back at the beginning, the beginning of her Angel of Death transformation. She soon learns that her journey has cycles, she must weather the storm in this unforgiving winter of her life before she can start anew, with any hope of saving the world from evil and darkness. However, there is a catch. Love. Ally finds herself in a world of turmoil, trouble and new emotions. She runs off with the one man she thought never possible and soon finds herself falling for him, completely. But all is not what it seems. Soon a message starts to appear, one that is reflected on the one who is coming for her...and it is not the man she thinks. Can Ally get through this desperate time? Will she still save the world? Can love help her through her winter? And just what or who is Abaddon? What I Thought Wow. I knew, after reading the first book, Black Amaranth, that Sasha Hibbs was a fantastic author. The story that was woven together was both addicting and exciting. I couldn't wait to pick up the second book and get as absorbed in the extension of Ally's world. I was not let down. The second installment is fantastic. Rather than just a sense of urgency and coming of age, we find ourselves deep in a story of sorrow, reconciliation and the search for ones self. Ally has become a beacon of strength, while those around her fight amongst themselves. Yes, she is broken and full of sorrow for losing the love of her life. Yes, she is filled with fear and regret, having made the wrong decision and having lost her abilities. However, she has and unrivalled inner strength, and makes the choice to forge ahead, aiming for what she sees as the best option for saving the world. I love the characters in this second book. They hold true to their original characters, except for those who are 'new' to this book. They have increased depth and emotion, and we find ourselves bonding even more with them. I like the twists and turns in the story, be it unexpected love or the return of something to Ally never saw coming. All of these surprises are unexpected, but easily fit in the story, and become something you want for Ally. The pace of the second book is perfect. It still moves quickly, to keep that sense of urgency, fear and turmoil, but still moves slowly enough to develop the next steps in this 'game.' OVERALL: I am highly impressed with this book. It has depth, great characters and pace and is a truly gripping book. I cannot wait to read the third book Black Atonement, and find myself hoping it is not the final book, as I don't know what I'll do when I don't have anymore Ally to read about. I would highly recommend this book from YA/Teen to Adults, as it has something for all ages. It is a book that you truly cannot put down.