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Remnants of Ash

Reign of Fae, Book 1
By: CK Dawn
Narrated by: Sydnee Fullmer
Series: Reign of Fae, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Teens, Myths & Legends
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Mere mortal. Fae hunter. Oh, and the apocalypse? Yeah, that happened! She's an unstoppable human. He's an immovable beast. But the fae have scorched the earth and humans are next....

Chloe Etain, stumbled into an ancient war between the light and dark that has culminated in her world being thrown into darkness and pre-industrial chaos. Vampire-like creatures roam free, feeding on unsuspecting humans. Chloe knows the truth though and, possibly, how to stop it. But as a mere mortal, what can she do?

That's when the fates step in. Bram Tice, a fae hunting his own kind, vows to help Chloe. But he won't say which Court demands his allegiance. Together, they set out to right the imbalance plaguing her world and save humanity before it turns into nothing more than remnants of ash.

©2019 CK Dawn (P)2019 CK Dawn

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Post Apocalyptic Urban Fantasy

This was a great start to the Reign of Fae series! An apocalypse is happening because of the Fae and Chloe, a human, wants to change that. She teams up with Bram, a fae, to try to turn the tables and save the world. Chloe and Bram’s relationship gets forced instead of natural in my opinion. I absolutely loved the Harry Potter references that were thrown into the book and caught myself laughing on multiple occasions. CK did a wonderful job mixing our world and the world of fae together with the creatures, weapons, and the magic system within utter chaos. This book was filled with action and adventure and left me wanting to know what happens next!
Sydnee did a really good job with this narration! I felt like she voiced Chloe’s personality and emotions well and her character voices were distinguishable.
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Nice way to meet a Horseman...

This is the start of a brand new series. I haven't read many Fey books, so she filled in the background very well for a newbie of this genre.

Chloe is a very determined female. Bram is a very deceiving Fey. This makes for an interesting matchup. Especially when the truth comes out and all hell breaks loose. It was very well put as to how the end of the world is about to happen and Chloe just happens to have a pendant that keeps her hidden from all the normal little demons on the street. Nice touch.

Syndee did an exceptional job on narrating this story. Made it come to life. I will read the next book in this series for sure.

"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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Exciting

I really enjoyed this, it was an exciting adventure. I adore Fae and am always ready to read about them. This book added an apocalyptic feel and it worked so well.

I love that Chloe is strong and intelligent, she knew what was coming and has a plan. Bram is a very prepared hunter, he's mysterious and intriguing. I would like a little more meat to the story; more fleshing out of the characters and their backgrounds. It was good but I wanted it to be longer. I'm definitely interested in continuing the series.

Sydnee Fullmer's narration is great, she really brought Chloe to life and delivered her emotions. I really enjoyed how she changed her voice at certain parts. It was clear and easy to distinguish between each character.

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Not what I was expected but boooy was good

Not exactly what I was expecting from the blurb read and that was not a bad thing. I liked getting to know more about fae hunter. Chloe. I liked her. She was different and unique all at the same time. She was strong and determined. Short listen that gave you just enough to come back for more additions to this series. The Narrator Sydnee Fullmer was good. The range, diction, and inflections were well worth taking a listen. You may just find yourself transported to a new world.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by CK Dawn. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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It was cute

It was cute. Chloe is a fun character to follow around during a fae apocalypse. She and her professor have been researching the fae for a long time, so when the first volley of the apocalypse (several natural disasters in the same day) occur, Chloe knows exactly what is going on. I love that she’s not an empty headed twit! Love it! She has some idea of how bad it can get, she’s already got most of an emergency pack ready, and she knows where she wants to go first.

Alas, her professor is no longer in the picture, but his trusted sidekick Bram is. He’s been prepping for even longer (like lead lined apartment kind of prep). The two know of each other but Chloe initially has her reservations about waiting out the worse of it with him. Bram has some big revelations about himself! That was fun, a little cutsy. But then the two are headed out again.

The scabs are everywhere! They are horrible creatures who enjoy hunting down humans and eating them, or just tearing them apart. It was pretty gruesome when they gave little gifts to Chloe (who is under a fae glamor at this point so she doesn’t look human) and Bram. The two are headed for Bremerton (this adventure takes place in the Pacific Northwest) and there’s plenty of ways for the quest to go wrong.

Witches, vampires, werewolves, and the high fae courts are just some of the things Chloe has to deal with, or avoid. Later on, they meet Lorenzo (who puts lavender in his coffee, so we know he’s odd right off). There’s a witch named Mary who proves to be quite sneaky.

The ending winds up with big confessions of truth and love (yawn!) and a quick sex scene. Then back to the adventure! Briefly, but Chloe has an epiphany and she now things she can stop the apocalypse. So, we’re left on a big cliff hanger. Over all, it was a fun, light read. 4/5 stars.

The Narration: Sydnee Fullmer is really great with Chloe’s voice. She really captured her personality and emotions. Her male voices could use a touch more masculinity, but were still distinct. I liked how she changed Chloe’s voice when she was under the glamor (as described in the book). The pacing was good and there were no issues with the recording. 4/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by CK Dawn. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Interesting Start!

I really enjoyed listening to this, and the narration was great! I loved listen to Sydnee Fullmer as she brings this story to life. This is such an interesting story, and I loved the idea, though I did feel lost in a few places, and felt that important information was missing at times, though as part of a series, maybe that will be revealed at a later time? I'm unsure, I also felt that Chloe and Bram lacked chemistry as characters, and I wish their relationship felt more natural, but again, that can work out over the course of the series.

The plot and fae element was part of the reason I was excited about this book, and while it didn't have the lore I normally look for, I did enjoy the dystopian/apocalyptic sci-fi feel with the fantasy elements surrounding the fae mixed it. It makes for an interesting story, and is a fresh take on some old genre stand-by's.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by CK Dawn. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Remnants of Ash

If your world went into utter chaos and destruction tomorrow, how would you survive? Would you have the will to survive if you lost all of the people who meant anything to you? In a post-apocalyptic world, it is kill or be killed. In Remnants of Ash, Dawn takes two characters who are unlikely to pair up—and they are forced to save what is left of humanity. This story will pull readers in just enough to give the reader a sense of foreboding and then it’s over.

Chloe Etain is a college student, making her way through the world on her own when the war picks up its pace and obliterates the earth with something called the Scorch. The Fae have really put survival to the test with these vampire-like creatures scouring the earth in search of their next meal. Meeting up with Bram has been the best and possibly the worst thing that could have happened. Bram is mysterious, sexy, but most importantly, he is a hunter and very lethal. As their journey rapidly continues, both individuals must learn the ways of this new world and each other. Can they work together? Can they survive against the impending doom that lurks at their destination?

Dawn has a very short story with the first installment of the Reign of Fae series, called Remnants of Ash. Short stories are totally acceptable for certain genres; however, this specific series seems to have a lot going on which is not conducive to this type of writing. In such a short time frame, the story loses space for a well-written backstory on characters and the plot is virtually thrown together which appears sloppy. In this story, characters appear a bit underdeveloped and scenes typically smoosh together fairly quickly, which may leave readers with confusion or complete loss of interest. Since this review does compliment the audiobook, Fullmer kept up with the quick pace fairly well; however, some wording was slurred together and there were mispronunciations through the story. The story itself has the capacity to be five-star worthy if the author ever decides to lengthen this installment and add more “meat” to the characters and scenes, and categorizes the book correctly. The development process of this story could definitely use another look. If you are a reader of post-apocalyptic, science fiction, magic, fantasy with a small amount of romance, you may enjoy this read. Since this is the first installment within the series, readers are able to jump right in.

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a three-star rating to Remnants of Ash by CK Dawn.

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Dystopian Scary Fey!

This was so much fun (in the dangerous gory end of the world kind of way), my only complaint is that the story was too short and had to end! I will admit that I was concerned when the book first started since we are dropped into the middle of what seems like a crazy conflict with no explanation and I flailed a little. Once the pieces started clicking into place (even though there is basically no backstory at all- it is basically about living in the here and now), I could not get enough and blew through the story in one afternoon. I can easily say that I have never come across a story like Remnants of Ash before and now I am hungry for more.

“We can portal? Anywhere?” Chloe gasped.
Mary harrumphed. “This isn’t Diagon Alley and the name’s not Harry; it’s Mary.”


The story was 114 pages, 3 and a half hours as an audiobook and I could have easily listened/read this as a book that was three times as long! The world building was so creepy and complicated and detailed and I loved it. Not only is this a dystopian where the world as we know it ended, but the villains are the Fey. But keep in mind that these are not (only) the beautiful High Court Fey, but the deadly and terrifying beasts that destroy and eat mankind. And then we add in cool, powerful witches and a magical hideout that can relocate- with uncertain loyalties. There was nonstop action, almost the entire length of the book was battles and adventuring...and a dash of some forbidden style love that made me want to dance with joy. This ain't your typical apocalypse.

Bram chuckled.
“What? She said every speck.” Chloe laughed back.
“No, I know. That was just…cute.” Bram smiled.
“Cute?” She laughed again. “Cute in the apocalypse. Yay me.” Chloe blushed. She had to admit it, though. It was nice having a semi-normal meal and some conversation. Albeit in a Witch’s Spree hidden to human sight, eating with a fae, and about to portal through a magical mirror.


This was my first read from CK Dawn and I loved every minute of it. I have now added the other two books in the series to my wishlist and I l really wish that they were available in audio as well since the narrator did a terrific job of bringing Chloe to life and giving her the right amount of personality and feeling to make me connect to her spunk and determination. I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who likes the darker side of the Fey like The Fae Games Series by Jill Ramsower or the apocalyptic destruction of Year One by Nora Roberts.

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For Fans of Fae Fever

Remnants of Ash: Reign of Fae, Book 1 by CK Dawn is an interesting new post-apocalyptic fantasy. Chloe Etain is a mere human college student, Bram Tice is something else. Together they navigates the streets of Seattle after the Fae scorch the earth and enter en masse to take over and feed upon the human population. It will take all the tricks of the Fae who hunts his own kind to train her as a Fae Hunter.

The story jumps in with 2 feet, almost abruptly – going from simple introduction of Chloe Etain the curious college kid encouraged to take a particular professor’s class from his attractive TA to full blown chaos of Fae destruction of the world. And it doesn’t really slow down, ever. There are moments when the story seems to be going too fast, almost stumbling over its own feet, with too much information delivered or glossed over to process and the storyline becomes muddy and confusing. That being said, there is something quite fascinating about it and it may just be the world building and character development are rough and patchy in places. Certainly there is some heat between Chloe and Bram – although it’s mostly a simmer until the end of the book. That felt a bit forced - like an add on. Knowing this is a series, I could have waited for the slow boil because theirs was some solid chemistry!

The narration by Sydnee Fullmer is fairly well done – it took me a minute to realize the switch in accents for Chloe (who went from American to quasi-British) was due to the glamour placed upon her by Bram before they left the sanctuary of his iron lined apartment building. The pace is appropriate and the characters are all relatively distinct. I did like her dialogue narration but felt sometimes in the fight scenes that the lines felt rushed but perhaps her intent was to display the frenzy of battle. I will have to listen to subsequent installments to see if it continues and if it works with more exposure. Sometimes narrators grow on you – truly.

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Great Start to this Series

This was my first CK Dawn's book. This is the first book in the Reign of Fae Series. Chloe and Brame's story is action packed, and fast paced. The storyline is original and complex, and the world building is well done. This short story is well developed, and captivating. This is a great start to this Series, and I would love to listen to the next book. Sydnee Fullmer did a great job with the narration. I received this audiobooks at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Ian
  • 10-14-19

Great first book.

I given this book on the provision I leave an honest and voluntary review on audible.

This first instalment was really good, it's captivating, entertaining and very well written. it's really easy to follow, the characters are very likeable and not to over powering.
Sydnee Fullmer performs the narration flawlessly, making the while experience more enjoyable.
10/10.