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Book Review: A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: Blood and Ash, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 647 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 19th 2021 by Blue Box Press
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Born shrouded in the veil of the Primals, a Maiden as the Fates promised, Seraphena Mierel’s future has never been hers. Chosen before birth to uphold the desperate deal her ancestor struck to save his people, Sera must leave behind her life and offer herself to the Primal of Death as his Consort.

However, Sera’s real destiny is the most closely guarded secret in all of Lasania—she’s not the well protected Maiden but an assassin with one mission—one target. Make the Primal of Death fall in love, become his weakness, and then…end him. If she fails, she dooms her kingdom to a slow demise at the hands of the Rot.

Sera has always known what she is. Chosen. Consort. Assassin. Weapon. A specter never fully formed yet drenched in blood. A monster. Until him. Until the Primal of Death’s unexpected words and deeds chase away the darkness gathering inside her. And his seductive touch ignites a passion she’s never allowed herself to feel and cannot feel for him. But Sera has never had a choice. Either way, her life is forfeit—it always has been, as she has been forever touched by Life and Death.

I finally got my copy of A Shadow in the Ember after four months waiting! I went to this thinking it would be Blood and Ash 2.0. I get why people thought that but I also didn’t agree with them.

“I wasn’t sure how one could seduce another into falling in love with them after stabbing them in the chest.”

I liked our heroine but it could get so annoying how many times Sera mentioned her plans to Nyktos. I did feel so bad for her for how she was raised. She was just another body and ignored by everyone expect when her mother needed her. I don’t really understand why no one otside of her family could know who she really was. She never even got any gifts.

I think I might’ve liked Nyktos more than Cas. I was exited to meet him already while reading The ​Crown of Gilded Bones. He didn’t want a bride but he still rather kept her safe. 

I loved that the deal linked them together and how he was able to know when she was born. It’s just too bad how he didn’t care until he got to know her. He still knew if she was in serious danger or close to death. I also liked that he could feel her emotions even if he didn’t always trust them, especially after he found out the truth. This romance was such a heartbreaking one and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

All in all I was able to invest these two much quicker than with Poppy and Cas, maybe because we got mentions in the other series. It was disappointing there wasn’t really any true emotions left yet. This book was able to even shock me a time or two. I really enjoyed Nektas and other Draken. I can’t wait to read more about all of them.

4 stars

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