Monday, June 10, 2024

#BookReview: From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) by @JLArmentrout @lexilikestoread

Synopsis: A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.


Rating: 5 Stars
My Review: 
"From Blood and Ash" by Jennifer L. Armentrout seamlessly blends fantasy, romance, and action. From the first page, I was captivated by the immersive world and the story of Poppy, a heroine whose destiny is shrouded in secrets and dangers. The world-building is so vivid that it’s easy to lose yourself in the setting.

Poppy's journey from a sheltered Maiden to discovering her true self is both inspiring and relatable. She is a strong, courageous, and deeply nuanced character, making her an exceptional protagonist. The chemistry between Poppy and Hawke is electric, adding a sizzling layer of romance to the narrative. Their interactions are filled with tension, passion, and genuine emotion, keeping readers eagerly turning the pages.

Armentrout masterfully weaves unexpected twists and heart-pounding moments that kept me glued to the book until the very end. The plot is full of surprises, blending mystery and suspense with epic fantasy themes. The supporting characters are equally well-developed, each contributing richness and complexity to the story.

"From Blood and Ash" is a powerful experience. The emotions run high, and the stakes are even higher, making this a truly unforgettable read. Jennifer L. Armentrout has crafted a masterpiece that fantasy lovers shouldn't miss. If you're looking for a book that will captivate your imagination, tug at your heartstrings, and leave you craving more, this is the one.

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