Title: From Blood and Ash
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: From Blood and Ash #1
Genre: Fantasy romance
Audience: New Adult
Length: 613 pages
Publisher: Blue Box Press
Release Date: March 30, 2020
Source: Personal collection
Recommended for fans of: Sarah J. Maas, Danielle L. Jensen
Captivating and action-packed, From Blood and Ash is a sexy, addictive, and unexpected fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Laura Thalassa.
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.
SO FREAKING GOOD! JLA did a fantastic job creating a rich world with strong characters that immediately sucks you in. Poppy is my favorite kind of heroine: sassy, deeply caring, absolutely lethal, and fighting to take control over her own fate. Hawke is ridiculously swoon-worthy and a perfect match for Poppy. I adored many of the side characters as well.
This book has everything I love. Vampires, but in an epic fantasy setting rather than paranormal. Forbidden romance, with just the right amount of steam. Unique mythology, action, adventure, intrigue, danger… I could rave about this book all day.
It was so easy to get caught up in this world, its twists and its turns. I did predict a major twist toward the end, but the way it played out still caught me off guard. The last line of the book absolutely floored me, and I cannot wait to read the next book. This was my first book by this author, but I will definitely be looking into her other series soon.