Embers – Book One of the Ascension Saga

Author: Brock Mays

Series: Ascension Saga (Book 1)


Paperback: 488 pages

Publisher: Brock Mays; 1st edition (April 7, 2019)

Language: English


ISBN-10: 173381650X

ISBN-13: 978-1733816502

Aleksander awoke to a world on fire with only one clue to his forgotten past: a fresh scar of his name carved into his arm. After discovering the ability to create fire from his hands, he was captured by a race of winged beings called Sangorans; their master, High King Valistaran Talohir, plans to end the war between Talohira and Thanatanos forever. But when he is finished, will anything remain?

Now Aleksander and his only ally, a warrior by the name of Shanthah, must fight to survive in the brutal Talohiran slave camp. However, even with the power to create fire, escape seems impossible. One prisoner in particular, a young woman named Mara, appears to hold a key to Aleksander’s past, but may also be instrumental in saving his future. Even if they make it out alive, they will learn one terrifying fact:

The world is on fire in more ways than one.

What I thought: What a great beginning! Brock’s storytelling hooked me from the beginning and didn’t let go. He built a fascinating world with characters that make you feel you are standing right next to them. I am looking forward to book two and diving further into this world!

The Quote: “How can you stay so positive? I feel like I’m drowning.”

“Because of something a dear friend once told me. She reminded me when I thought I was going to freeze to death this winter that spring will soon come. I’ve thought about that a lot, Mara. Spring always comes. Remember that, and you will be able to get through anything.


Why I chose it: I always like reminders like these when the going gets tough. It’s never forever – it will end soon. I liked how simple yet powerful the phrase “spring always comes” is.

About the Author:

Brock Mays is a Utah native but also feels at home in the countries around the Baltic Sea, having lived in both Lithuania and Finland. Brock is a lover of new languages and speaks Lithuanian, intermediate Russian and Spanish, a spattering of Finnish, and a few others at the beginner level. A perfect gift for rock is a book on a language he doesn’t yet speak. He is a graduate of the University of Utah with a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Global Enterprise and also attended utah State University and Snow College. His passion for languages and all things international mixed with his love of all things “nerd” led to his debut novel EMBERS. Brock married the most amazing person on the entire planet, Shay, on August 22, 2014.

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