Title: From Blood and Ash
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: March 29, 2020
Plot Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout is an enthralling and addictive fantasy romance that immerses readers in a world of forbidden love, secrets, and perilous adventures. With its intricate world-building, strong-willed protagonist, and a tantalizing slow-burn romance, Armentrout delivers a captivating read that will leave readers eager for more.
Jennifer L. Armentrout excels at creating strong and relatable characters, and From Blood and Ash is no exception. Poppy is a fiercely independent and courageous protagonist who defies expectations and challenges the limitations placed upon her. Her growth and transformation throughout the story are well-developed, and readers will find themselves invested in her journey. The chemistry and tension between Poppy and Hawke drive the narrative, with both characters harboring secrets and personal struggles that add depth to their relationship. The supporting cast also adds layers to the story, with their own motivations and complexities.
From Blood and Ash explores themes of destiny, identity, and the struggle between duty and personal desires. The slow-burn romance between Poppy and Hawke is a highlight of the novel, filled with palpable chemistry and moments of intense longing. Armentrout deftly navigates the complexities of their relationship, building tension and anticipation throughout the story. The exploration of power dynamics and the consequences of choice adds depth to the romantic elements, making the love story more than just a simple romance.
Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing style is engaging, fluid, and accessible. She effortlessly combines action-packed sequences with introspective moments, allowing readers to connect with the characters on an emotional level. The dialogue is sharp and witty, showcasing the characters’ personalities and enhancing the dynamics between them. Armentrout’s pacing keeps the story moving forward, although some readers may find certain sections overly descriptive or repetitive.
From Blood and Ash is an addictive and enchanting fantasy romance that showcases Jennifer L. Armentrout’s talent for creating captivating worlds and compelling characters. With its intricate plot, immersive world-building, and sizzling romance, the book will satisfy fans of the genre. While the pacing may lag at times, the engaging narrative and strong protagonist make up for it. From Blood and Ash receives a solid four-star rating, making it a recommended read for lovers of fantasy, romance, and thrilling storytelling.