Within Ash and Stardust
Chani Lynn Feener
(The Xenith Trilogy #3)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: July 16th 2019
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Having gone from kidnapped faux princess to the legitimate heir to an intergalactic throne, an impulsive, sarcastic teen must take charge of her own destiny in this epic YA novel.
On Earth, Delaney is a normal teenager who recently graduated high school with a fantastic best friend and a loving boyfriend.
But Delaney isn’t on Earth. She’s on Xenith, a war-torn planet half a galaxy away. Originally mistaken for an alien princess, Delaney has gone from kidnapped imposter to the recognized heir to an alien throne. Oh, and she’s engaged to the prince of an enemy nation whose ruthless father is on the warpath.
Torn between two planets, two fates, and two loves, Delaney is finally ready to choose her own destiny in Within Ash and Stardust, the stunning conclusion to Chani Lynn Feener’s Xenith Trilogy.
“Let’s go ask them to speak up.” Trystan looked in the direction the voices were coming from. “Shall we?”
He breezed past her, walking as if he were heading into a corporate business meeting, and not into a room with a couple of unknown armed men. As he did so, he adjusted his collar, then sent a quick wink over his shoulder at her.
Delaney and Ruckus followed, though they left some space between them in the very likely chance this all went sideways. The hall wasn’t wide enough for them to walk side by side, so Ruckus settled behind her, still close enough that she could feel the warm puffs of his breath fanning across her neck.
“Gentlemen,” Trystan’s voice called up ahead, and she picked up the pace just a little. “I’d like to discuss a few things with you.”
Delaney moved forward just in time to see both of the Tellers lift their weapons and take aim at the Zane. Hers came up automatically, and she had them both on the ground before either managed to get off a shot of their own.
“Well,” Trystan drawled, “that was a short conversation.”
“Could you not?” she practically growled, shoving him out of the way so she could make it across the room toward the only other door. A quick glance showed it led to another set of halls. “They could have shot you, you idiot.”
“I trusted you’d have my back,” Trystan said, already standing behind her again.
With a roll of her eyes she entered the other hall, weapon trained ahead in case any other remaining Tellers had heard the commotion. Sure enough, not halfway down the new corridor, a Teller leaped from a side room.
The Zane shot him and they kept moving, with him checking all the rooms on their right, and her doing the same with the ones on their left. Five minutes later they finally arrived to what was probably the center of the ship.
There were two Tellers in the control room, distractedly talking among themselves. They hadn’t noticed they had company yet.
“Let’s not kill these ones, hmm?” Trystan suggested, smirking when she glowered. Still, he, kept his fritz raised as he entered, moving off to the side to make room for her and Ruckus to follow.
Once they had the exit completely blocked off, Delaney cleared her throat.
Chani Lynn Feener has wanted to be a writer since the age of ten during fifth grade story time. She majored in Creative Writing at Johnson State College in Vermont, and graduated in 2012. To pay her bills, she has worked many odd jobs, including, but not limited to, telemarketing, order picking in a warehouse, and filling ink cartridges. When she isn’t writing, she’s binging TV shows, drawing, or frequenting zoos/aquariums. Chani is also the author of teen paranormal series, the Underworld Saga, originally written under the penname Tempest C. Avery. She currently resides in Connecticut, but lives on Goodreads.com.