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"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 (March 29 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: #442 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Let me tell you that this author comes through once again with From Blood and Ash as it kept me enthralled throughout the whole book. You won't be able to put down this epic story once you start. This book has everything you didn’t know you needed in a book. I swear I had difficulties to put it down when I needed to work. I needed to know more and more.
Poppy is an incredible character. She is the Maiden; the Chosen. All of her life, she has been treated differently because of it by the few people who get to see her. She has a long list of things she can’t do, but Poppy is also kind of like a rule breaker which makes her more interesting. Throughout the book, you see how she’s fighting to find herself, but still trying to remain true to what people are expecting from her, but as the book progress so many events will be putting her faith to the test. She has a strong personality and she has such endurance to everything she had to go through. I loved how she was portrayed in this book and I’m looking forward to see how much growth she will do in the next books to come.
Next is Hawke who is an intriguing character from the moment you are first introduced to him. He is cocky and sure of himself, but he also has a way that makes him seem like he connects with the people he talks to. There is an aura of mystery around him which only wants you to get to know him more. His character pulls you in and you just take anything that he’s giving you.
Poppy and Hawke’s chemistry is over the chart and when they are together, you just feel it in everything they do or say. Throughout the book, the two will banter and he really likes to tease her and this just adds more to the chemistry between them. Hawke will be a major factor in Poppy’s search to find herself. He will bring a lot of feelings she hadn’t really had the chance to feel before and it will bring so much more question about what she is expected to do and what she actually wants.
So many characters in this book that you will either love, hate or perhaps be confuse about them, but one thing is for sure; none of them will leave you indifferent. Whether you care for them or simply want them gone, they will all make you feel something.
The story itself is filled with a lot of this world’s history, its secrets and as truths start to be revealed, the characters will have to debate about where they actually stand in this battle between two clans and whether or not they had been right or wrong about what they knew.
I swear this review is hard to write because I could say so much, but spoilers will be said and I want you guys to see for yourself just how awesome this book was. I wanted to re-read this book over and over again once I was done with it. Jennifer L. Armentrout knows what her readers love and she has put up an interesting list of characters, of events and secrets that will captivate you throughout the whole book.
Honestly, you need to grab that book right now because it is one amazing read and I can't contain my excitement for the next book to come.
It was filled with intrigue, mystery, deception and lies. There are maidens and “prophecies”. There are shape shifters and the undead. The female lead is sassy and badass. The male lead is handsome, dark, and oh so mysterious. And let’s not forget the unforgettable ANGST!!.
Poppy and Hawks story took me by storm and I could not put them down. Even days after finishing, I am still thinking about them.
Honestly, this story had everything I love and the writing was absolutely impeccable.
I cannot wait to get my hands on book two, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire!!
READ. THIS. BOOK.
This is my first book by this author and I can guarantee you that I will be stalking her back catalogue ASAP!!
It was my first Jennifer L. Armentrout book, so I wasn't aware of any of her previous storylines (now that I read a couple of her other books, I do see a lot of overlap).
When I first started the book, I didn't think that I would like it. The writing wasn't quite there, and with the Sarah J. Maas comparison I had high expectations. But then, at about 20% in it really started to pick up - definitely give it a chance! The main character really is a heroine and kicks ass.
“With my sword and with my life, I vow to keep you safe, Penellaphe,” he spoke, voice deep and smooth, reminding me of rich, decadent chocolate. “From this moment until the last moment, I am yours.”
From Blood and Ash is the first book I’ve ever read by Jennifer L Armentrout and is definitely not the last as I vow to read the rest of her books because I’m definitely missing out!
The story follows Poppy, a Maiden living a guarded life not because she wanted to but because that’s how she was raised. Given a huge responsibility that is connected with the next generation, Poppy never had a choice until the arrival of the new guard, Hawke.
The world building was so detailed in this first book of the Blood and Ash series that made me pause and backtrack to analyze what was being described. There was a lot of information in the first half of the book that could be missed easily. I felt that the author’s intention was to build a complex world and to confuse the readers with regards to the plot.
Written in Poppy’s point of view, there were instances that I felt frustrated because it wasn't easy to relate to her guarded and innocent mind. Reading from her perspective needs some getting used to but I understand why the author chose to have it that way, I believe it was necessary for the reader’s journey to properly understand where Poppy is coming from and for the sake of the secrets that will be unraveled.
The choice of words used were perfect and I must say that JLA can write romance so so so well that it was easy to get lost in the world of From Blood and Ash.
Although I had difficulty reading this at first because of some disturbing scenes (sexual harassment), I ended up loving From Blood and Ash and would highly recommend this to any fans of paranormal romance. There’s a lot of intense and sexy scenes that is highly addictive.
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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.
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.
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!
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.