Alex’s Review of “From Blood and Ash” by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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“I wanted to do a reread before “ A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire” came out however that didn’t happen as planned but I did finally get my reread in. This story was so good the first time around and wanted to experience both books back to back.” – Alex
Title: From Blood and Ash
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Page Count: 622
Release Date: March 29, 2020
Publisher: Blue Box Press
Content Warning: Mature themes
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.
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.
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.”
Overall Rating and Review Blurb
Book Review for “From Blood and Ash”
Readability: 4 out of 5 Tree Stars
I found Poppy to be stuck in her head a lot and when I first started to read the story it took me a chapter or two to really get into the story. Having read other books by Jennifer L. Armentrout, this story was very different from her other books but just as good!
Plot: 5 out of 5 Tree Stars
“Some truths do nothing but destroy and decay what they do not obliterate. Truths do not always set one free. Only a fool who has spent their entire life being fed lies believes that.”“From Blood and Ash”, Jennifer L. Armentrout
This story had a really strong plot and great world-building. I have always loved Jennifer’s world-building in other stories and she didn’t disappoint in her first fantasy novel. The secrets and deception that plunges the kingdom really drives the story and makes you want to continue reading just to find out what is really going on.
Characters: 5 out of 5 Tree Stars
“ Fear and bravery are often one and the same. It either makes you a warrior or a coward. The only difference is the person it resides inside.”“From Blood and Ash”, Jennifer L. Armentrout
Poppy started off strong-willed and yet reserved based on her upbringing. Watching her grow into herself and realize she wants more out of life was both inspiring and made me so happy. Don’t even get me started on Hawke Flynn. Swoon. I know Jennifer is coming out with a book from his POV and I am ordering that as soon as it is announced. Can’t get enough of Hawke.
Wow Factor: 5 out of 5 Tree Stars
The ending! What an ending it was. While I had a suspicion on what the climax of the book was going to involve, it didn’t change my opinion of how good of an ending it was. We get to hear a different side of history that Poppy was never told about and also answered questions I had from the beginning of the book.
TI’ve always loved Jen’s books and “From Blood and Ash” didn’t disappoint the first time I read it, or during my reread before the sequel came out. I have read the sequel at this point and a review will be up for that very soon. I can’t wait for that next book in the series. 2021 can’t come fast enough.