Title: The Crown of Gilded Bones
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Blood and Ash #3
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Audience: New Adult
Length: 659 pages
Publisher: Blue Box Press
Release Date: April 20, 2021
Source: Personal collection
Recommended for fans of: Sarah J. Maas, Danielle L. Jensen
She’s been the victim and the survivor…
Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.
The enemy and the warrior…
Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head.
A lover and heartmate…
But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other.
And now she will become Queen…
This book starts off with a bang and it never loses steam. My love for this series continues to grow. Poppy and Cas are ultimate relationship goals (and I just LOVE the term heartmates). And Kieren is an amazing friend to both of them. This series has a lot of characters to love (but also a lot of characters to hate).
This installment included so many wild reveals about Poppy’s origin and powers, the history of Atlantia and the gods, and the truth about the war. I need book 4 ASAP because the ending left me shook and I have a lot of questions.