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Unleashed Speaks on From The Ashes (The Lizard Queen, #2)

fromtheashesFrom the Ashes (The Lizard Queen, Book Two) by H.L. Cherryholmes
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Hello everyone. The Review Board here to give our thoughts on From the Ashes by H.L. Cherryholmes. Before starting, here is the book’s synopsis, provided by Goodreads.

Synopsis: When she was found barely coherent and staggering over sand dunes, word spread fast that the prophecy had finally come to pass and Lacáruna had been delivered to initiate the next expansion of this world. The trouble is no one seems to understand how. Neither does Lacáruna: Amy Darlidale, though a CEO back in her world, is way out of her league, has a price on her head, and really could use a relaxing soak in a tub. Along with the young companions who found her, Licha and Jandro, Amy has accompanied the swaggering Colonel Dack Sangcertigre—a member of the Trotéjo, the secret society sworn to protect her—to his home nation in search of a plan to fulfill the Promise of a New Morphósis. But when Dack is taken into custody Amy is left to fend for herself. As the body count rises and she is confronted with raving rulers, military machinations, and crafty clergy, she quickly realizes there must be much more at stake than merely finding the prophecy. Despite dark clouds that seem to follow her and the maddening peculiarities of an unfamiliar world, Amy is determined to succeed. And, since she hasn’t a clue as to how she might return to her world, there really is no other choice. A firm believer of jumping into the fire, Amy is forced to put her trust in her small core of devotees as they struggle to push forward through unidentified destructive forces.

Now, to give her thoughts, The Unleashed One.

No LabelsUnleashed Speaks


The best way for me to express myself is to weigh this out in pros and cons.

Before proceeding, I do want to let everyone know that this book is not a standalone work. Even though there are scant references here and there about the events of the first book This Shrinking World, if you read From the Ashes without reading its predecessor, you will be completely lost.


  • I do like the uniformity of the cover concept.
  • There was a tremendous amount of growth in the main character—Amy was more eager to question things and challenge behaviors and events which did not make sense to her.
  • I was drawn to the strength and stealth of supporting character Sheng and liked the dynamic of whether he could truly be trusted.
  • More action was mingled in the pages, marking a better balance between dialogue and discovery.
  • Syntax opportunities were minimal.

Some conflict opened up in This Shrinking World was resolved in From the Ashes.


  • I’m still not a fan of the block divisions—where it’s just parts, instead of parts, then chapters.
  • There is still a lot of emphasis in food, bathing, clothes, and description of characters’ bodies and I’m uncertain whether this is truly the author’s signature of providing setting or just an over preoccupation of said things. With the exception of one particular food (its importance I won’t give away), the excess doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. The story would have still existed if these components were trimmed.
  • I’m torn as to how I feel about Licha. In This Shrinking World, her character was depicted as rather resilient. In this book, as Amy became stronger, Licha’s composition was weakened. Licha’s reactions to things in From the Ashes was very repetitive, somewhat overplayed—to the point where it was predictable and, at least for me, got annoying.

More drama was added to the unresolved predicaments laid out in the 1st book. I do understand that there are seven more books after From the Ashes. However, if too much conflict is presented at once, it can make it hard for the reader to keep up—especially if only a couple out of the many get resolved.


Unleashed Verdict: 6.5 out of 10 Stars (strong 3 in other spots)

From the Ashes scored slightly better because of it being a better showcase of action and main character development. Although there are some people who like the “cliffhanger effect”, I do confess that for this particular series, it does not strike my fancy—mainly because the quotient between conflict presentation and conflict resolution is a bit too unbalanced.

If you don’t mind this type of thing, then I encourage you to start with This Shrinking World and follow Amy and her friends. My journey will stop here.

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About Y. Correa

I write books, I makes magazines, I cook food, I blog... a lot. And I also happen to take a lot of food pictures. Basically, I'm just me.

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