YA Review – Beauty from Ashes – young adult – allegory – fantasy

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About the Book

Beauty From Ashes

Title: Beauty from Ashes
Series: Beauty from Ashes Trilogy #1
Author: Pamela Hart
Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing
Release Date: July 25, 2022
Genre: Young Adult Clean Fantasy Romance (Allegorical)

How far are you willing to go for love?

When Prince Arnion volunteers to infiltrate the prison colony of Gehenna, romance is the last thing on his mind. Rescuing its inhabitants is his only priority. But the corruption in Gehenna runs deep, fueled by the obsessions of its fanatical leader—a king rumored to devour human hearts.

To succeed, Arnion must conceal his identity from the people he’s been sent to save, including a young woman he’s inexplicably drawn to. And when her life is threatened by two merciless guards, the prince risks everything to save her.

Afterward, she wants nothing to do with him or his promises of rescue. But she soon realizes there’s more to Arnion than meets the eye, and what he’s about to unleash on Gehenna will change everything.

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My Review

Hart, Pamela. Beauty from Ashes. Meadville, PA: Christian Faith Publishing, 2022.

I enjoy fantasy. I also enjoy Biblical allegories. Beauty from Ashes is both. As I started the book I immediately noticed Biblical similarities. I wasn’t sure at that point if author Pamela Hart was using the Parable of the Tenants or the story of Jesus coming to earth as the inspiration for her story. The more I read the more I became convinced Beauty from Ashes is an allegory of Jesus coming to earth like a man and dying so that we might live. 

Arnion symbolizes Christ in this story, but he is not exactly like Christ as he develops a relationship with a young lady, Acadia. At first thought I was concerned about this but since this is fantasy I think it is okay. The author’s purpose isn’t to say Arnion is Christ, but rather to point readers to the only one who lived a perfect life and paid the debt for the sins of all. 

The author’s note at the end of the book hints at future books about Arnion and Acadia. If that is the case, I look forward to reading them. 

Beauty from Ashes could easily find a place in the fantasy section of a K-12 Christian school library. It is appropriate for middle school and up. 

I received a complimentary copy of Beauty from Ashes. This is my honest review. 

About the Author – Pamela Hart

Pamela Hart

Pamela Hart is the author of Beauty from Ashes and City of a Thousand Tears. Raised on a steady diet of fantasy, science fiction and anime, she spent most of her childhood failing to acquire a Boston accent. Since then, she has slurped ramen in Ikebukuro, stampeded through flamenco lessons in Granada, and splashed her way across a fishpond for the Milkman Triathlon in Dexter. During her travels, she tends to overpack horrendously, but never regrets cramming her backpack full of books to devour along the way. She wanders the planet with Joe, the love of her life, and her adorably maniacal Boston terriers, Willy and Marvin.

Connect with Pamela by visiting pamelahartwrites.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


Tour Giveaway

(1) winner will receive a print copy of Beauty from Ashes, 2 themed bookmarks, a $15 Amazon gift card, a book themed tote bag, and a book themed pencil case!

Beauty From Ashes JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight January 17, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 24, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. Open internationally. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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10 comments

  1. Thank you for sharing your review of Beauty from Ashes, this sounds like a wonderful story, a must read for my teen-aged granddaughters and I

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