November 24, 2021

From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash Book 1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash, #1)From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash Book 1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 3.5 STARS
Release Date: March 30, 2020
Format: eBook + Audiobook
Publisher: Blue Box Press

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout is an epic, addicting, and action-packed high fantasy tale. I want to emphasize that, despite common misconceptions, this is not a young adult book. With the content, I would place it at more of a new adult or adult audience level. Please ensure you take a look at the list of trigger warnings (available at the end of my review) before picking up this title so you don’t go in unprepared.

Poppy’s fate has been decided for her since the moment of her birth. Because of her status as “The Maiden”, it is forbidden for her to be touched. It is forbidden for anyone save a select few to look upon her face. The privileges that others in the kingdom are automatically given are always out of reach, and she is constantly reminded of her duty to the gods and to the kingdom. Poppy is not content sitting idly by though, as she yearns to help defend the kingdom against the monsters that took her family and badly scarred her. Things get complicated in Poppy’s life when she is assigned a new guard - Hawke Flynn, the handsome young sword she met in the city one of the few times she escaped from the castle.

I finally get why people are always talking about Hawke and Poppy in the book community. Poppy was by far my favorite character in the book. She has a tragic and painful history, but she’s managed to overcome it. She also doesn’t let the cruel words from the Duke and others in the castle affect her. I am ALWAYS a fan of headstrong, independent, and fierce female main characters. I agree with the majority of the females in this book that Hawke is super hot. As a love interest, he’s both frustrating and intriguing so I’m excited to see how his relationship with Poppy will evolve over the course of the series.

The book does start out very slow, but if you push past that beginning everything picks up quickly. Don’t give up on the book too early! The last third or so of the story was my favorite. Readers who are looking for a steamy new adult romance set in a fantasy world should love this series. My curiosity is definitely piqued enough to read the next book, but I’m not completely sold on the series yet. I did put A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire on my TBR, but I’m in no particular rush to get to it.

CW: Death (violent, death of a minor), Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse, Sexual Assault, Violence (Graphic), Sexual Harassment, Rape (not on the page)

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