„From blood and ash”
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Synopsis: A Maiden…
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.
“From blood and ash” took me by surprise. Let me start by saying I’ve never read any of Jennifer’s books so I didn’t know what to expect, but it clearly wasn’t this masterpiece. It came out not so long ago, in march, and I am pretty sad that no one talks about it. I am a big fan of Sarah J Maas’s books and a lot of people told me Jennifer L Armentrout is going to be just up my league, but I don’t know why I never got to read any of her books, until a few days ago when I was on tik tokand someone recommended it to me. Reading it was the best decision of this summer.
In case you are thinking about reading this book, I am going to reveal to you this is about vampires and werewolves, even though it took me half of the book to realize this. It is not your normal vampire book, here these creatures seem more unnatural and mythical, far from the twilight vibe. When I was reading it, the atmosphere felt so similar to The Grisha and ACOTAR Universe, it gave me a sense of familiarity that made me feel warm. It was the first book in a while that caught my attention from the first page to the last. I’ve never felt, even for one second, that it was dragging, the plot was smoothly written and it made a lot of sense.
The thing I really liked was the main character being potrayedas powerful from the begining of the book. In most fantasy novels the female leader is first shown as poor and unimportant and then as the chosen one. Poppy is The Maiden, the chosen one, gods’s favourite, but she is trapped. She is not allowed to do the things an 18 year old usually does. She always wears a veil, only a few people being allowed to see her face unveiled, a face that shows beauty and disaster. I just love her personality, she is so kind, even though she does reckless things to ensure other’s safety and well being. She cares deeply for those close to her even though she is not supposed to and she’d do anything for them. Her ability to take people’s pain enforces her empathy. Poppy breaks the rules not to defy the system, but to help those in need and to experience things she will never get to do after her Asencion.
The plot is another thing very well done, but I’ve got to say it was predictable, mostly because Jennifer puts some hints between the lines that I noticed easily. However, I didn’t mind it at all and I still enjoyed ever single plot twist. I have to say this book made me gasp a few times and I sobbed at some chapters. Let’s not forget Hawke who is my new book boyfriend. He is just my type, handsome, brunette, with dimples and eyes golden as Harry Styles’s song. He’s charming and cocky and has all the right words up his sleeve. He reminds me a lot of Will Herondale and Rhysnad. Basically, I love him with every cell of my body.
To sum up, please go read this book if you haven’t, it’s full of surprises. “From blood and ash” is spicy, cute, extra, dynamic, full of emotion and impact, the romance is all you need in life, the fight scenes are even more mesmerizing and Hawke is just a sweetheart, everything is intriguing. What would you want more?
Soon to be published in Romania