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Peek Inside From the Ashes

The villain known as Spark has masterminded countless crimes to build his father's inhuman empire. Yet to professor Sean Archer, this fearsome creature is only Tobias Rutherford--antisocial graduate researcher and a fascinating puzzle Sean is determined to solve
By Xen

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Sociopath. Killer. Deviant.

Monster, devoid of morals, incapable of human emotion. The villain known as Spark has been called this and more, and as a super-powered aberrant has masterminded countless crimes to build his father’s inhuman empire. Yet to professor Sean Archer, this fearsome creature is only Tobias Rutherford–antisocial graduate researcher, quiet underachiever, and a fascinating puzzle Sean is determined to solve.

But one kiss leads to an entanglement that challenges everything Tobias knows about himself, aberrants, and his own capacity to love. When his father orders him to assassinate a senator, one misstep unravels a knot of political intrigue that places the fate of humans and aberrants alike in Tobias’s hands. As danger mounts and bodies pile higher, will Tobias succumb to his dark nature and sacrifice Sean–or will he defy his father and rise from the ashes to become a hero in a world of villains?

Previously released under the Ever After imprint. New material and now novel length!


"Everyone! This is an amazing story. A true must read!" - author, Kira Decker

"Fans of this author will notice that this book is a bit of a different writing style than we have seen in other works. That isn't a bad thing! I was grabbed right away by the back story and then had to sit down and read this one straight through." - Suzi from Obsessive Reading Disorder

"From the Ashes is a fantastical tale, but the beauty of this novel lies in that feeling of familiarity, whether in a character or the story itself. And maybe, by the end, it'll give you something to really think about. From the Ashes receives five-plus stars. ♥" - Jen Valencia, Amazon review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633757776
Series: Fires of Redemption, Book 1
Release Date: Jan 2, 2017
Page Count: 157
Imprint: amara next
Genre: lgbtq, sci-fi, urban fantasy
Tropes: forbidden love/off limits, opposites attract, overcoming odds

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By Nicola January 01, 2017

I love a book that has me perched on the edge of my seat, and Xen Sanders hits the ground running with From the Ashes , bringing us a paranormal M/M story, told from the protagonists POV, with diverse characters and filled with the unpredictable, action, passion, intimacy and emotion.


Tobias Ruth... ...more

By Laxmama December 13, 2016

4.25 STARS. I received this ARC from NETGALLEY, I went into this story not knowing anything other than enjoying the Xen Sanders last book. Great addicting read, I was so caught up, wonderfully done & look forward to more. ...more

By Bev January 01, 2019

Really liked this one, a very welcome freebie from the author [whose other work I am now stalking...😉] but a story for which I would've gladly shelled out money....had I known about it. 😊 I love all things X-Men and Superhero, and the anti-hero in this one, Tobias aka Spark, is a very complex chara...

By DarienMoya March 26, 2018


A man that feels nothing and one that feels too much…

Tobias Rutherford just seems like a normal graduate researcher. He’s unassuming, antisocial and draws no attention. Which works in his favour, because who he is really would scare the ever living hell out of those that surround him. H.../>

By Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ January 31, 2017


That's the first word that comes to mind when I think of this book. The writing style is both emotive and evocative qualities that I found very satisfying. Sanders puts sentences together in clever and beautiful ways that put you in this world immediately.

I give him pieces of myself, as if only his ha...

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About the author


Xen is a New Orleans-born Southern boy without the Southern accent, currently residing in Seattle. He spends his days as a suit-and-tie corporate consultant and business writer, and his nights writing genre-bending science fiction and fantasy tinged with a touch of horror and flavored by the influences of his multiethnic, multicultural, multilingual background—when he’s not being tackled by two hyperactive cats. He wavers between calling himself bisexual and calling himself queer, but no matter what word he uses he’s a staunch advocate of LGBTQIA representation and visibility in genre fiction. He also writes contemporary romance and erotica as Cole McCade. And while he spends more time than is healthy hiding in his writing cave instead of hanging around social media, you can sometimes coax him to come out and play for a Twitter party before he disappears into his hamster ball again.

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