From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Blood and Ash, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Paperback, 335 pages.
Source: Sam @ Fictionally Sam
Published on February 16, 2015
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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.
I was having a bad day one Friday and Sam was being the best person ever and decided randomly send me a book! This was a book I was intimated to buy because it was so expensive and the synopsis didn’t hook me up immediately to buy it. I’m so thankful she did since I actually ended up enjoying From Blood and Ash despite it being high fantasy.
I loved Poppy! She could’ve just always done what was asked of her but instead she was a rebel in her own way and refused to be helpless and wanted a chance to fight.
Poppy and Hawke are different but I loved how he seemed to see her as a person and not only as a Maiden and as a Chosen. He understood that she was just like everyone else, even though she didn’t have the privilege’s they had.
From the side characters I liked Vikter, Kieran and Rylan. It wasn’t that I disliked Tawny but she didn’t really have backbone and some things she said just bothered me.
All in all the world was confusing for me but so are almost all worlds in high fantasy and the slow burn was killing me. I wasn’t so surprised about everything that happened since I knew some things before going to this book but I was surprised how many character deaths there were.
The last about hundred pages were just so heartbreaking and can’t wait to read what happens next. The beginning of the book was a little slow for me but it was worth it.