Title: From Blood and Ash
Autor: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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 is a very hyped book and soo many people loved it. I decided to read it when I watced Regan’s (Peruse Project) reading vlog and as soon as I heard about te plot I decided to pick it up. Plus, Jennifer L. Armentrout is the autor who introduced me to paranormal romance with er Lux series and that’s why her writing gives me this nostalgic feeling. This book, though was very different from all her books I’ve read before and I absolutely loved it!
The book is centered around Poppy who was chosen by gods from her birth to be a Maiden who will ascend upon gods on her 19t birtday. Throughout her life she was sheltered from anyone’s eyes by a thick veil over her face and locked in her room. She is sheltered from views and touch because she needs to be pure but she always seeked more. And when she meets Hawke, her new (and very attractive) guard, she is suddenly not sure if she want to obey the rules.
When I first started reading this I thought it would be another angsty romance but I was met with quite a complex and interesting fantasy system which was a bit hard for me to understand at first, but when I did I was in love. In this fictional world every second child becomes an Ascendent which is something just a step below gods, and every third cild is given to the priests to serve the gods. However, everything surrounding those things is quite mystical and people don’t speak much about it. On te other hand, there are evil creatures Craven, who drink human blood and are something I would decribe as zombie-vampires.
Our main character is to ascend, since she’s a Maiden, but in reality, she doesn’t know what exactly will happen to her (and if she will actually survive) and she is scared. She needs to be perfect and every mistake is punished by the Duke, wo is extremely cruel and sadistic towards her. But Poppy is disobedient and she just wants to live her life and help people. She is strong and knows how to fight even thougg everyone portrays her as a sheltered and weak girl.
Hawke is her new guard, the youngest one for sure, and he doesn’t treat her like most people do. When she’s with him it’s as if she’s just a normal girl and although he sould protect her, he helps her discover everything she didn’t know about life. Love included.
Their romance is so cute and funny, with her being so curious but yet innocent and him being this big bad wolf but with a heart of gold. This book is so angsty and the romance is one of te reasons why I couldn’t put this down. Although it’s a bit cliche at some points it’s so addictive and I loved it.
That being said, the plot twists are immeasurable and although I’ve predicted most of the stuff that happened, other stuff just shocked me so much. My feelings for characters went from love to shock to hatred and just wgen I thought nothing could surprise me anymore, the ending hit me like a brick. I can’t wait for the next book!
All in all, I really loved this and that’s exactly why I managed to finish this long book in just a day. It’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea but if you’re a fan of angsty paranormal romance this is definitely the book for you.