Book: From Blood and Ash
Series: Blood and Ash #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Adult fantasy romance
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.
My Rating: 4 STARS
I really liked this book and enjoyed the story, the world of this book was interestingly described. There are the Ascended who are described as chosen by the gods and Poppy, the Maiden, is very important to them but we don’t really know much about why that is and then there are the Atlantians who are feared by the people as well as the cravens, that are mindless blood thirsty monsters who the people also fear. It’s a very intriguing world and I liked how the opposite sides were described. It seemed complicated in the beginning but the world made more sense as it went on.
Although I enjoyed it I did find this book a bit slow. It’s one of those books that felt really long, I felt like I’d be reading a lot but wasn’t making much progress with the book. I don’t mind long books but I don’t like when a book feels too long, if that makes sense.
I liked Poppy, I felt for her because she’s been brought up to be the Maiden and told she’s special but from the outside you can clearly see that she’s not treated well. I liked how strong she was despite that and I liked how she knew how to fight. I liked Hawke and how the romance developed between Poppy and him, and them getting to know each other and their conversations with each other were fun to read.
Overall I liked this book even though I felt it a bit slow and dragging at times. I really enjoyed the romance and how it developed. There were some interesting twists and turns in this book, some I did find predictable but it was a very entertaining read.