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From Blood and Ash (Blood And Ash Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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.
Reviews for From Blood and Ash:
"Dreamy, twisty, steamy escapism. Take me back!" -New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins
“Jennifer Armentrout has the power to control my emotions with every word she writes. From swooning to crying to racing through the pages to find out what happens next, I couldn't stop reading about Hawke and Poppy, and you won't be able to either.” - Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times Bestselling Author of A Curse So Dark and Lonely
“Action, adventure, sexiness, and angst! From Blood and Ash has it all and double that. So many feels and so many moments it made me cheer for the character. Read. This. Book! You'll be obsessed!” - Tijan NYT bestselling author
“From Blood and Ash is a phenomenal fantasy novel that is filled to the brim with danger, mystery and heart melting romance. I loved every single second of it and I couldn’t get enough of this new fantastical world. A heart stopping start to what is clearly going to be a stunning series, perfect for both those who love fantasy and those who are new to the genre. A must read.” Kayleigh, K-Books
"If you think you are ready for From Blood and Ash, think again. Jennifer L. Armentrout has woven a new fantasy universe that will leave you reeling. Filled with action, heart wrenching twists and the most delicious romance, this unputdownable novel comes with a warning: keep a fan close by, because the temperatures are about to rise." Elena, The Bibliotheque Blo
“In this exciting new novel by Jennifer L. Armentrout, she introduces a fantastical world filled with immense detail, and characters who are poignant and fierce, Jennifer truly has out done herself!” – BookBesties
“From Blood and Ash is a fantastic fantasy that will hook you immediately from the very first page! I loved every single moment and all of the characters are ones you will fall in love with! Jennifer L. Armentrout has done it again with her amazing writing skills and lots of detail! Get this book immediately!!!” - Amanda @Stuck In YA Books
“Jennifer has stepped into the fantasy genre with this absolutely amazing novel. With characters you will love and more than a few twists and turns, get ready for one amazing adventure.”-Perpetual Fangirl
"Narrator Stina Nielsen enthralls with this sumptuous romance, which highlights her ability to thoroughly immerse listeners in its fantasy world.... Nielsen employs a wide range of inflections, from the warm, breathless tone of the heroine to the appealing accent of Hawke, the love interest, combining them in the sensual scenes they share."
--AudioFile Magazine, An Earphones Award Winner
"Dreamy, twisty, steamy escapism. Take me back!"
--New York Times bestseller Wendy Higgins
"Jennifer Armentrout has the power to control my emotions with every word she writes. From swooning to crying to racing through the pages to find out what happens next, I couldn't stop reading about Hawke and Poppy, and you won't be able to either."
--Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times Bestselling Author of A Curse So Dark and Lonely
"Action, adventure, sexiness, and angst! From Blood and Ash has it all and double that. So many feels and so many moments it made me cheer for the character. Read. This. Book! You'll be obsessed!"
--Tijan NYT bestselling author
"From Blood and Ash is a phenomenal fantasy novel that is filled to the brim with danger, mystery and heart melting romance. I loved every single second of it and I couldn't get enough of this new fantastical world. A heart stopping start to what is clearly going to be a stunning series, perfect for both those who love fantasy and those who are new to the genre. A must read."
"If you think you are ready for From Blood and Ash, think again. Jennifer L. Armentrout has woven a new fantasy universe that will leave you reeling. Filled with action, heart wrenching twists and the most delicious romance, this unputdownable novel comes with a warning: keep a fan close by, because the temperatures are about to rise."
--Elena, The Bibliotheque Blo
"In this exciting new novel by Jennifer L. Armentrout, she introduces a fantastical world filled with immense detail, and characters who are poignant and fierce, Jennifer truly has out done herself!"
"From Blood and Ash is a fantastic fantasy that will hook you immediately from the very first page! I loved every single moment and all of the characters are ones you will fall in love with! Jennifer L. Armentrout has done it again with her amazing writing skills and lots of detail! Get this book immediately!!!"
--Amanda @Stuck In YA Books
"Jennifer has stepped into the fantasy genre with this absolutely amazing novel. With characters you will love and more than a few twists and turns, get ready for one amazing adventure."
About the Author
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES, # 1 International, and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia. She also writes under the name J. Lynn. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel and her hyper Border Jack Apollo, and a slew of farm animals that include alpacas, goats, and sheep.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B086JMSSVH
- Publisher : Blue Box Press (29 March 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1357 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 622 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1952457009
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,996 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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From Blood and Ash was the biggest surprise of this year and I applaud everyone who was in on it for not having spoken about it, because this book was really really good. Like gush-about-it-can’t-keep-it-a-secret good. In all truth, I wasn’t sure what to expect from JLA given the choice of genre because this is her first book in the high fantasy genre and to quote her, this is her version of high-fantasy (so feel free to expect swoon, lots of it). From the very first word, I knew just how different this book was from her usual style of writing and for her having taken the risk and writing so out of what was typically expected from her… it must have been daunting, but I’m so glad she did it because she’s told a wonderful story. Truthfully, had it not been for the dialogue and the snark that is so typical of her, I wouldn’t have guessed that she had written this book.
If there’s one thing I always forget every time I start reading JLA’s work, it’s all the tear-jerking. It’s almost as if JLA has a peek into your deepest sorrows and she writes addressing these sorrows. So, yes, there were lots of tears and anger and pain for me as the reader. She wrung out emotions like a pro and had it not been for the fact that the book was so gripping, I would’ve curled in a corner and rocked for a bit just feeling all my feels.
For the first time ever, I was utterly in tune with exactly where JLA was taking the story, which meant, the curves and twists of the story didn’t surprise me. However, I do believe that JLA may not have specifically hidden the suspense from us and kept us focused on it because the destination is what she was fooling us about all along. I was not prepared for a cliff-hanger, now I don’t know what to do with my life. *rocks in the corner*
This book gave me mild Laura Thalassa feels, especially The Fallen World series, even though obviously the link is in my head and understandable only after the book has been read and I love me some Laura Thalassa stories; so throw in JLA and I had no chance of surviving.
I went into this book unsure if I would like it, because it was so different from what I was used to from her; but apparently even comfort food can go through upgrades and still taste like ambrosia
Five stars. Hopefully I survive the wait for book two. Highly recommend. ❤
This book is a steamy romance fantasy novel. This book was a mix of the ACOTAR series and Twilight. If you like reading New Adult Fantasy or Fantasy with romance, then you will really like this book. It had so many action sequences and banter between the mak characters. I'm dying to read the next book, but I don't think I have the patience to wait to read the third book after the second one. I will wait until the third book releases and pick up where this one ended.
I love the strong character of Poppy, how she knows what she wants, and how to get it. She's a fighter and so true to herself.
It's worth a read even if u are a not a fan of fantasy. I can guarantee you that you will not be able to put down the series and like me, will be waiting eagerly for fourth book.
Top reviews from other countries
The writing is terrible. The sentences don't make any sense, and i was left rereading sentences several times. I found myself mentally rewording sentences, adding in commas, removing words; all the things an editor is supposed to. 20 pages into the book and I googled whether it was self published, because for an editor to miss this many errors that makes it, quite frankly, unreadable? unbelievable.
Im not one to shun a 1st person POV, however the excessive use of ellipses on top an of incredibly informal voice? it felt like something a 12 year old wrote for a 'suspense' creative writing assignment. For the time it is set in, she spoke as though living in 2020 and the language was very immature.
I have read fanfictions that have been written better. This book is honestly abysmal. I genuinely do not understand the hype. I read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo because of hype, but that was written beautifully. Who even let this book be published? Who let it have a sequel? I'm bewildered.
I skipped ahead to see if the writing gets any better, but alas, nothing changes.
This book could have been very good, had it gone through several more revisions and a half decent editor.
tldr: Yikes! No thank you!
I am unsure if I will read book two...Maybe if I get curious to see if Poppy will strengthen back up. But, at least not yet.
You don't sleep with a woman after you've betrayed her and you know that you will continue betraying her and you know she will see it as a betrayal. A traumatic back story is no excuse. None whatsoever. Was this supposed to be sexy? That because he's capable of tenderness that having sex with her before knowingly breaking her heart was ok? I loved this book until this happened. But seriously this left me feeling gross and unsettled. I go for the troubled hero, the dark knight with dents in his armor but this... this went beyond that. She was a captive bird in a cage for most of her life. And what does the love interest do? Claims he wants her to be free from her captivity and then throws her in a cage of a different kind. Maybe if he had for one second walked away from her because he knew she'd be hurt I'd feel better but he didn't. He admits he's not a good person and does what he wants. It was like a switch was flipped in the love interest and he went from charming to disturbing. The thing I don't get is was I supposed to be ok with his actions? I don't know because the ending was so abrupt you're just left with this gross conflicted feeling and why in the name of all that's good in this world would you want to leave your readers on a note like that? I literally have no desire to finish this series and that breaks my heart because I truly adored 80% of this book. This book left me in tears and not the good kind. It's a rare occurrence that an author makes me feel this strongly so I'll at least give her that.
From Blood and Ash had absolutely everything I adore in a fantasy book, wrapped up in the most beautiful exterior... I mean come on, look at that cover. It's a masterpiece. And the inside matches up. There are no words for me to adequately describe just how phenomenal this book is. I loved every single moment of it. It is a little bit slower to get into than Jennifer's previous works but as an avid fantasy reader, I expected this. Epic fantasy books just take that much more build up of the history and the magical world that the story is set in. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down and I devoured this 500+ page book in a matter of two days.
I loved everything about this book. The world, the history, the magic, the twists and turns and the romance. From Blood and Ash takes you on one hell of a journey and you are left at the end begging for more. This book has some of the best, multi-dimensional characters that I have ever read. I loved every single moment of Poppy and Hawke's complex relationship and the journey that they go through throughout this book. They both go through such a personal journey throughout this novel and grow so much as individuals. It has been a long, long time since I have felt the urge to re-read a book immediately after finishing reading but I did with this one. The moment I read the last page, I just wanted to start it all over again. I am sat here envious of all the people who still get to experience this absolute masterpiece for the very first time. It is just complete perfection.
From Blood and Ash is a phenomenal fantasy novel that is filled to the brim with danger, mystery and heart melting romance. I loved every single second of it and I couldn't get enough of this new fantastical world. A heart stopping start to what is clearly going to be a stunning series, perfect for both those who love fantasy and those who are new to the genre. An absolute must-read.
Ich wollte das Buch mögen. Der "Klappentext" hat mich glauben lassen, dass sich der Plot um eine meiner liebsten Tropes fügen würde: Der Leibwächter.
Gedoppelt mit der Aussicht auf "das Paar dass ich nicht haben darf", habe
Leider hat das nicht so recht geklappt.
Den Anfang fand ich wirklich entsetzlich schlecht. Ein absichtlich feuriger Einstieg, um so viele Leser wie möglich zu fesseln, die sinnliche Elemente in Romanzen mögen.
Aber so früh in der Geschichte, ohne die Protagonistin wirklich zu kennen, schafften alle Versuche der Autorin das Verhalten Poppys in der Innenschau vor ihr selbst und damit vor dem Leser zu erklären, es nicht, mich zu überzeugen.
Die Versuche emotionale Tiefe in der Protagonistin zu schaffen rechne ich der Autorin hoch an. Das hat alles wenigstens ein bisschen angehoben. Und das ist auch der Grund, weswegen das Buch nicht schlecht ist.
Aber gleichzeitig hätten genau diese Momente der Innenschau mehr Editierung und Bearbeitung benötigt. So las es sich sehr repitierend und teilweise leider sehr oberflächlich. Wirkliche Komplexität bekam keiner der Charaktere, auch Poppy nicht, trotz wirklich vieler Seiten ausschließlichen inneren gedanklichen Monologs.
Ich weiß, dass das nicht leicht ist. Und ich schätze die Versuche, da selbst die leider so häufig gar nicht erfolgen.
Leider war das nicht das Einzige das oberflächlich und fahl blieb.
Das Setting des Plots, die Welt, die Hintergrundgeschichte las sich ziemlich flach. Ich dachte erst, dass ich vielleicht durch mein Hauptleseprojekt (von dem ich einfach eine Pause wollte) verwöhnt bin (nach Robert Jordans "Rad der Zeit" hat es jede geschaffene Welt schwer), aber andere Leser scheinen ein ähnliches Problem zu haben.
Es ergeben sich so viele kleine gefühlte Anachronismen mit der gezeichneten Welt. Es war durch die fehlenden bildlichen Tragesäulen der Spielorte sehr schwer für mich die Welt in meinem Kopf zu erschaffen.
Mal las es sich ein wenig steampunkartig, dann wieder recht mittelalterlich. Und ich möchte auch gar nicht unbedingt meine Vorstellungen von Jahrhunderten als Schablone auf fantastische Welten legen, aber wenn Dinge wie "heiße Schokolade", "Adrenalin", "Orgasmus" und das Wort "Okay" auftauchen, alles Begriffe, die mit der Neuzeit/Kolonialzeit verbunden sind, dann brauche ich Erklärungen dafür. Es müssen keine großen sein.
Aber Geografisch gesehen hat die heiße Schokolade keinen Sinn ergeben. Die Welt der Protagonistin passt nicht dazu. Wo wir die angebaut, wenn die Welt in geschützten Städten und kleinen Dörfern organisiert ist?
Man könnte die behütete Kindheit der Protagonistin noch vorschieben. Ein Mensch der in einem goldenen Käfig gehalten wird, hat vielleicht kein Bewusstsein für diese Dinge.
Aber gleichzeitig weiß sie um Konzepte sexueller Natur. Orgasmus. Sex. Bildliche Begriffe für das männliche Geschlechtsorgan.
Dieses Wissen passt wiederum nicht zu ihrem behüteten, einengenden Aufwachsen.
Das sind alles keine großen Minuspunkte. Aber sie zeigen, dass sich nicht eingehend mit dem Weltenbau beschäftigt wurde. Ich verstehe das. Fantasy ist nicht leicht.
Aber mich stören diese ganzen kleinen Stiche beim Lesen. Sie verhindern, dass ich ganz in das Geschehen eintauche, denn irgendwie baut sich so kein stringenzes Bild auf.
Außerdem wirkt es lieblos. Eine Welt in die so wenig Aufwand wie möglich investiert wird, weil sie sowieso nur Mittel zum Zweck ist, um die Protagonisten zusammen zu führen.
Ich kann da sehr viel verzeihen, wenn andere Aspekte stimmig sind.
Und es gab lichte Momente von knisterndem Schlagabtausch und zärtlichen Momenten.
Gefolgt von unangenehm gekünstelten Dialogen.
Unabhängig davon, war das Ganze sehr vorhersehbar. Unfassbar vorhersehbar. So vorhersehbar, dass ich eigentlich dachte, dass mein erster Impuls nicht richtig sein kann, da das ja wohl die absolut einfachste, plumpeste, eben vorhersehbarste Lösung wäre.
Und das ist wohl der größte Spoiler dieser Rezension. Jedes erste Fragezeichen, jedes Aufhorchen, jedes "Moment mal!" wird sich genau so bestätigen.
Alles in einem waren es unter anderem diese Punkte, die das Buch für mich ok aber eben auch nicht gut gemacht haben. Und ich bin sehr traurig darüber. Denn wie so häufig, steckt auch hier unglaubliches Potential. Und mit viel Überarbeitung könnte die Geschichte großartig sein.
Ich finde beide Protagonisten haben Potential.
Zuletzt: wenn das Buch lesen möchte, dann auch Englisch. Ich denke auf Deutsch würde die Oberflächlichkeit noch viel stärker ins Auge fallen.