5 Books Like The Escaped By Kristin Cast (Amber Smoke)

The Escaped series was written by Kristin Cast. Kristin Cast is number 1 New York Times and number 1 USA Today bestselling author, and has been writing stories her whole life. One of her most successful is the Escaped Series.

Books Like The Escaped by Kristin Cast (Amber Smoke)

The first in the series is called Amber Smoke, which begins in a world that is parallel to our own, where souls of the damned are caged and protected by the Furies.

These souls spend an eternity in torment, that was until someone opened the cage. This book follows the story of Eva, who has grown up surrounded by secrets.

She is haunted by an ancient secret that could threaten her life, and she must find Alek to protect the two worlds from meeting.

Knowing nothing about her ancestry, Eva is pulled into the gripping plot, tangled up with the police and murder investigations.

What makes this book great is that it is a unique telling of Greek mythology, filled with action, suspense, thrills, and a little bit of magic.

If you love The Escaped by Kristin Cast, then you will enjoy the others in the series, along with books like Garden Of Thorns And Light by Shylah Addante, The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost, Betrayals and Broken Promises by Takari Hunger, and Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.

Themes In The Escaped (Amber Smoke) By Kristin Cast

Amber Smoke: The Escaped - Book One (The Escaped Series, 1)


Amber Smoke is a young adult novel, about the journey to finding one’s self, one’s purpose, and desires.

Romance is naturally intertwined with the story, as Eva finds Alek during her quest. Their romance blossoms and sizzles, and can only become more tantalizing in the following novels.


This book is set in a fantasy world, where two worlds collide with one another. One is the human world, and the other is parallel based on Greek mythology, with a heroic fantasy storyline.


There are a range of supernatural creatures and forces in Amber Smoke, from the Furies to the demons and damned souls that are kept captive. These evil creatures have escaped Tartarus into the Mortal Realm.

Books Like The Escaped (Amber Smoke) By Kristin Cast

If you loved Amber Smoke, and you are looking for more, then the first place to start is with the sequels.

Scarlet Rain By Kristin Cast

Scarlet Rain: The Escaped - Book Two by Kristin Cast (2016-05-17)

The Escaped series returns with this mesmerizing second book. This novel follows the story of the first, where Alek and Eva must work together to save Tartarus and the Mortal Realm from the evil creatures and souls of the damned that have escaped.

Eva has discovered her own powers, and has her own destiny to fulfill.

In Scarlet Rain, the spirits of plague called the Nosoi have been unleashed upon the Mortal Realm, resulting in an uncontrollable pandemic.

Alek and Eva must work together again to capture and banish these creatures to the Underworld.

However, Eva is struggling to harness her powers, and must work with others to stop the spread of the plague.

Can they come together with friends and police to face the danger?

This book is also followed by The Scent Of Salt And Sand.

The Scent of Salt & Sand: An Escaped Novella (The Escaped Series, 2.5)


  • An exciting plot with intertwining themes of romance, humor, horror and more.
  • The novel explores the side characters much more.


  • There’s a heartbreaking event in this book that some readers will not enjoy.

Themes: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal, Supernatural, Mythological.

Garden Of Thorns And Light By Shylah Addante

Garden of Thorns and Light

Garden Of Thorns And Light is another young adult fantasy that is completely engrossing and refreshing.

Much like Amber Smoke, this is a supernatural page-turner with plenty of twists that will leave readers wishing they could be part of this fantasy world.

The story focuses on Amethyst Faye, who was almost stolen by a monster as a child on the same night that her mother mysteriously disappeared.

Nearly ten years later, many psychiatrists and diagnoses haven’t helped her, and she still has nightmares of the event.

Amethyst is misunderstood, and finds it hard to make friends. She goes to spend the summer at her Gran’s house before drawing the attention of the boy of her dreams, called Ben.

She also finds the monster from her dreams, but something is different. She realizes that Ben and the monster are the only way that she can harness the magic she has inherited.

Now, she must choose between taking control of her powers, and living her normal life.


  • A gripping supernatural novel with a mix of interesting characters that readers can enjoy.
  • A coming of age tale where Amethyst must grapple with being a young woman, and someone with mysterious powers.


  • Some readers find Amethyst’s naivety frustrating.

Themes: Fantasy, Romance, Fairies, Paranormal, Magic, Young Adult.

The Beautiful Ashes By Jeaniene Frost

The Beautiful Ashes (The Broken Destiny Novels Book 1)

If you enjoy a young adult paranormal romance, then The Beautiful Ashes will be the right fit for you. This novel is written by a New York Times bestselling author, and it really does deliver.

The Beautiful Ashes follows the story of Ivy, who has always seen things that she cannot explain.

These things are otherworldly, strange, and unnerving. But, when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers that her visions are actually real, and her sister is imprisoned in another realm.

The only person that can help her is a strange, attractive, and dangerous rebel called Adrian, who has a destiny to fulfill- to betray her.

But he never expected his burning desire for Ivy to be so strong. Together, they must search for a relic that could save Ivy’s sister.

But, what Ivy doesn’t know is that Adrian knows the truth about Ivy’s destiny that could destroy the world…

The Beautiful Ashes is also followed by The Sweetest Burn, and The Brightest Embers.

The Sweetest Burn (The Broken Destiny Novels Book 2)
The Brightest Embers (The Broken Destiny Novels)


  • The romance between Adrian and Ivy is spellbinding, with lots of friendly and flirtatious banter.
  • Excellent world-building.


  • The young protagonist can be frustrating for readers.

Themes: Angels, Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance.

Betrayals And Broken Promises By Takari Hunger

Betrayals & Broken Promises: A Hell on Earth Book (Masquerade of Myths)

If you love mythological creatures, magical powers, and supernatural themes, then you will enjoy Betrayals and Broken Promises.

Betrayals and Broken Promises is the first book in the Masquerade of Myths series.

The story revolves around Dahlia, a chameleon demoness who just wants her freedom. She needs to buy out of her promised bonding, a promise that was made in her stead before she was even born.

She has tried for over a century, and done things that she regrets. She has lost herself along the way, and a darkness is rising within her.

Before she can finally be free, everything starts to fall apart, and she meets a beautiful, mysterious and egotistical vampire.

She needs his help, but he has been sent by Lucifer himself. Can she trust him? She is so close to finding her freedom, but at what cost?


  • The story mixes a range of genres, and is set in a version of Hell where there are demons, and all manner of supernatural creatures.
  • Excellent world-building and charismatic characters.


  • There are some difficult themes as the protagonist is raised by terrible parents, which some readers may find upsetting.

Themes: Urban Fantasy, Demons, Vampires, Paranormal, Magic, Fantasy.

Hush Hush By Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush (The Hush, Hush Saga)
Crescendo (The Hush, Hush Saga)

Hush Hush is the first book in the New York Times Bestselling book. It is followed by Crescendo, Silence, and Finale.

Hush Hush is the story of a forbidden love between a fallen angel, and a young girl. For Nora Grey, romance is not her priority.

Silence (The Hush, Hush Saga)
Hush, Hush / Crescendo / Silence / Finale (The Hush, Hush Saga)

She has never been attracted to or bothered with boys at her school, until Patch arrived.

Nora is drawn to Patch, and is unsure why. After a few terrifying experiences, Nora thinks more about Patch every day.

He seems to show up wherever she goes, and knows so much about her, her friends, and her life.

She is unsure whether to hide from him or run to him. When Nora begins to seek some answers, she discovers an unsettling truth, and that she is caught in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and the fallen. Now, she has to choose a side…


  • A thrilling forbidden romance
  • Features many paranormal creatures and excellent character building.


  • Nora continually ignores her instincts and the dangers of Patch, which some readers can find irritating.

Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Angels, Fiction, Paranormal.

Final Thoughts

To summarize, if you enjoyed the works of Kristin Cast and Amber Smoke, then you will love the others in the series such as Scarlet Rain, The Scent Of Salt And Sand, and Cerulean Sea.

If you want to branch out and discover books by other authors, then I recommend Garden Of Thorns And Light by Shylah Addante, The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost, Betrayals and Broken Promises by Takari Hunger, and Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.

Each of these books have supernatural elements, mythological creatures, paranormal themes, romance, young adult storylines, and are similar in nature to The Escaped series by Kristin Cast.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Books Are In The Escaped Series?

There are four books in The Escaped series. These are Amber Smoke, Scarlet Rain, The Scent Of Salt And Sand and Cerulean Sea.

When Will The Next Book In The Escaped Series Be Released?

At present, there is not another book coming out in The Escaped series. The last book, Cerulean Sea was released in 2020, with no plans for any sequels.

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