Review…The Last Beginning by Rachel Firasek

Though she’s always hated being a phoenix, Sadie has to admit immortality has its advantages. She’s seen and done more in the last 150 years than she’d ever dreamed of, but she can’t get past the fact that Osiris has done nothing but manipulate her and her fellow phoenixes.

Or that, when her last incarnation as a phoenix comes to a fiery end, the fire slowly begins to consume her body.

Sun god Osiris is ashamed of his role as ruler of the Underworld, but he unless he can figure out how to save Sadie, that’s exactly where she’s going to end up. Permanently. Terrified he’s going to lose her, he takes her on a hunt for The Book of the Dead, which is the only way he knows he can save her—even if it means she’ll hate him forever.


This is Book Three of Ms. Firasek’s Curse of the Phoenix series and gives us the story of Sadie…and Osiris!

Now, if you haven’t read the previous two books in the series, I suggest you do…this may be a tad confusing if you haven’t!

This is the story of Sadie, the last of the trio of phoenixes we have now come to know and love. We are treated to the beginning of the history between our little firecracker Sadie and Osiris. Osiris hasn’t been a good little God it seems. He had taken Sadie into his world and made her into a phoenix even though he had no right to do so. But his obsession had already begun and he had to have her…no matter what the consequences.

Only now, those consequences are coming upon them. Sadie has returned from her last assignment and it feeling a bit off….and seems to have a weird flame beneath her skin that she can’t explain. Surely, the all knowing God, Osiris, knows what to do? Wrong.

Now begins Osiris’s journey to find the Book of the Dead and save Sadie from whatever this strange flame is……and to prove to her that he wasn’t wrong to steal her away from the world of the living all those years ago.

Throughout this book we learn of Osiris’s undying feelings for Sadie…we also learn of his mixed-up dishonest things he’s done to her. From turning himself into a woman to befriend Sadie and learn all about her, to hiding his obsession and reasoning for turning her into a phoenix, he has lied to her from that very first day she laid eyes on him. Now, even if he can fix her, will she want to stay in this “life”? Or just welcome a final end? If she makes him promise to let her go, will he be able to finally be truthful and do as she wishes?

I must say, I had so many mixed emotions while I was reading this story….in a good way! I wanted to hate Osiris for all of the lies but I also loved him and his love for Sadie. I understood why Sadie wanted to throttle him one minute and make-out with him the next! To me, it felt like all of Osiris’s dishonesty was trying to come from a place of good. I’m sure that by the end of this story, he has learned the right way to handle things! In the end, this was a very satisfying last chapter for the phoenixes. (sniff, sniff!!) I will surely miss those gals and thank you to Ms. Firasek for giving us such amazing characters!
Heat Factor: Sizzling

  1 comment for “Review…The Last Beginning by Rachel Firasek

  1. 02/07/2012 at 4:04 pm

    Wasn’t he just so hard to love and hate? :) I love that about a man. Those are the keepers because you never get bored. Jilly, thank you for an awesome review. :)

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