Of Ash and Spirit
Book 1, Piper Lancaster Series - Piper Lancaster Series #1
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The first book in a Curse Keepers spinoff series by New York Times bestselling author Denise Grover Swank writing as D.G. Swank.
Piper Lancaster might be Asheville’s most popular ghost whisperer, but she's an unbeliever. While her clients believe she’s exorcising their ghosts, Piper knows she’s really helping them settle their inner demons—because any sane person knows ghosts aren't real.
After the astonishing reappearance of the ruins of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, belief in the supernatural is at an all-time high, and people are seeing ghosts in every shadow. Business is better than ever. But there's one problem—the reemergence of the Lost Colony has awakened both the supernatural world and Piper's very real talent as a medium.
She's soon confronted with evidence she can't deny. Ghosts exist, and worse, so do demons. As if that weren't enough, Asheville has a new resident demon that's intent on killing her, and a sinfully handsome stranger who says she's the only one who can destroy it.
Barely able to accept the complete reversal in her convictions, Piper must discover-and embrace—her true identity before it's too late.
Of Ash and Spirit
Totally enjoyed this book. Well-written, great characters. Curious how all will be resolved in the next books.
Of Ash and Spirit
Loved it. I couldn’t put it down. It has romance, suspense, and a bit of the weird. Great author. I have read everything she has written. She is, by far, my favorite writer, next to Jana Deleon. I wait in suspense for each new book to come out. Get typing, Denise! My brain is hungry for your work.
As always, Denise never fails to disappoint. I read the first curse keeper series and loved it, so I was excited to read another. I enjoyed the story and how it tied in to to the others.
My only issue (and it’s a personal one that is not likely to translate to other readers) was the setting in this book. I am an Asheville native; born, raised and will probably never leave. While she did a good job with the landmarks and one of the many legends, I could tell that she had visited little (or possibly not at all) and got most of her info online . Asheville/WNC is a magical place that can’t be properly and thoroughly described unless you’ve spent any amount of time here. And while Helen is famous, so is The Pink Lady and the headless cat at the Biltmore Estate, along with so many other legends. I also had a hard time reconciling Gill’s character in my head, as our hometown paranormal specialist is Josh Warren, who is beloved and competent, and I couldn’t help but think of him, even though he is opposite of Gill. I know this is not exactly relevant to the actual story, but living here, it was just difficult for me to suspend belief. There were a few other things; the description of the waitress going in the back for food at Waffle House (the food is made in front of you), the way she described being able to go out “looking like a slob” since she was in Asheville (we aren’t slobs, we’re hippies and there’s a difference), and a few other nuances that encompass the mindset surrounding paranormal and metaphysical subjects for all residents, including law enforcement (the non-believers are the ones viewed as crazy). So, I just ask that anyone that becomes interested in Asheville by being introduced through this book to explore our lovely home yourself because she barely scratched the surface of the true magic that lives here.