I’m incredibly excited to be taking part in the Within Ash and Stardust blog tour today! The Xenith Trilogy is one of my all-time fav sci-fi series. If you haven’t already, you can read my reviews for book one, Amid Stars and Darkness and book two, Between Frost and Fury. FYI – all my reviews for the books in this trilogy, are light on spoilers, especially for book three, Within Ash and Stardust.
Even though Within Ash and Stardust was my least favorite book in the Xenith trilogy, it was still a solid send-off to a great series that I’ve enjoyed tremendously!
The first half of Within Ash and Stardust dragged, so instead of 1-2 days of reading (like it took me to finish both Amid Stars and Darkness & Between Frost and Fury), it took me over three weeks to finish this final installment.
The second half though: WHOA. It was a whirlwind of action! Everyone had moments of badassery, especially Delaney, who has grown incredibly strong, physically and mentally, throughout the trilogy. She uses her wit and kickass self-defense skills to save everyones’ butts quite a few times throughout Within Ash and Stardust.
Even though the first half of Within Ash and Stardust fell a little flat for me, the second half more than made up for it. A handful of characters found redemption, and I was happy with where our main characters journeys’ ended, especially Delaney and Tristan.
On another note: I’d love to revisit the world of Xenith in a novella or spin-off book/series! I think there’s still more stories to be told, and I’d love to see more of the great world that Chani Lynn Feener has created.
Within Ash and Stardust (The Xenith Trilogy, #3) by Chani Lynn Feener
Published by Swoon Reads on July 16, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Romance
Having gone from kidnapped faux princess to the legitimate heir to an intergalactic throne, an impulsive, sarcastic teen must take charge of her own destiny in this epic YA novel.
On Earth, Delaney is a normal teenager who recently graduated high school with a fantastic best friend and a loving boyfriend.
But Delaney isn’t on Earth. She’s on Xenith, a war-torn planet half a galaxy away. Originally mistaken for an alien princess, Delaney has gone from kidnapped imposter to the recognized heir to an alien throne. Oh, and she’s engaged to the prince of an enemy nation whose ruthless father is on the warpath.
Torn between two planets, two fates, and two loves, Delaney is finally ready to choose her own destiny in Within Ash and Stardust, the stunning conclusion to Chani Lynn Feener’s Xenith Trilogy.
Praise for the Xenith Trilogy:"A thoughtful, sexy adventure with winning characters just begging for a bedtime read." —VOYA on Amid Stars and Darkness
"Feener’s world-building is excellent, and readers will feel engulfed in the culture, politics, and technology. The romance between Delaney and Ruckus develops slowly and satisfyingly. Give to fans of Melissa Landers’s Alienated and Ally Condie’s Matched." —School Library Journal on Amid Stars and Darkness
"This debut makes for fun, fluffy reading." —Booklist on Amid Stars and Darkness
"[A] pulse-pounding adventure." —Booklist on Between Frost and Fury
About the author
Chani Lynn Feener has wanted to be a writer since the age of ten during fifth grade story time. She majored in Creative Writing at Johnson State College in Vermont, and graduated in 2012. To pay her bills, she has worked many odd jobs, including, but not limited to, telemarketing, order picking in a warehouse, and filling ink cartridges.
When she isn’t writing, she’s binging TV shows, drawing, or frequenting zoos/aquariums. Chani is also the author of teen paranormal series, the Underworld Saga, originally written under the penname Tempest C. Avery.
She currently resides in Connecticut, but lives on Goodreads.com.