Return by Charity Santiago

Return by Charity Santiago
Publisher: Self
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Length: Full (301 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 16+
Rated: 4 Stars
Review by Rose

For the last three years, eighteen-year-old Ashlyn Li has been running from her destiny. A free-spirited ninja, Ashlyn would rather loot an abandoned city or challenge a fiend to battle than assume leadership of Toryn, her father’s kingdom. However, when a series of attacks reunites Ashlyn with the friends who helped her save the sun three years ago, she discovers that her kingdom is at war and her father has presumed her dead.

Suddenly Ashlyn is faced with not only fulfilling her birthright, but also making sense of her feelings towards two very different men- Drake Lockhart, the enigmatic vampire who captured her heart three years ago, and Vargo, the charismatic assassin who was once Ashlyn’s sworn enemy.

Will Ashlyn ascend the pagoda and become Lady of Toryn?

Ashlyn is very much her own person–she’s a ninja and proud of it. She’d much rather fulfill her role as ninja than fulfill her role as the heir of her father’s kingdom. But, once that birthright is threatened, then she decides to take matters into her own hands.

Ms. Santiago drops the reader right in the middle of the action–and doesn’t let up. In fact, it’s so much so that if the reader didn’t know better, she might think she had joined a series in the middle. Ms. Santiago, though, does a good job of bringing the reader up to speed — you aren’t bored, that’s for sure. You don’t have time to get bored!

Not only is there non-stop action, there’s a love triangle that will leave the reader pulling for either Drake or Vargo–if she can make up her mind! I’m looking forward to the second book of the series to see what happens next with Ashlyn Li.



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  2. Thank you for reviewing, Rose- and thank you also for posting your review on Amazon. It is very much appreciated! Happy Monday!

  3. Shannon says:

    How many titles total are their in the series?

  4. know…I’m a bit jaded about Love Triangles? I can’t seem to shake the irritation when they pop up. Hopefully this one will cure my angst? lol

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  5. The character sounds different

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  6. Mary Preston says:

    Always great to hear when someone is eager to read the second book in a series.


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