From Blood and Ash - Jennifer L. Armentrout

From Blood and Ash

By Jennifer L. Armentrout

  • Release Date: 2020-03-30
  • Genre: Paranormal
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 3,526 Ratings

Description

Captivating and action-packed, From Blood and Ash is a sexy, addictive, and unexpected fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Laura Thalassa.

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.

A Duty…

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.

A Kingdom…

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.

Reviews for From Blood and Ash:

"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.” Kayleigh, K-Books

"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!” – BookBesties 

“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.”
-Perpetual Fangirl

"This magnificent book has so many pieces in it: fantasy, mystery, forbidden romance, supernatural, lies, deceit, betrayal, love, friendship, family. And so, so, so many secrets your head will be spinning. Jennifer L. Armentrout has created another masterpiece that I will be rushing to buy, and will be telling everyone to read it ASAP!" ~Jeraca @My Nose in YA Books

“From Blood to Ash is the first high fantasy book from Jennifer L Armentrout, but hopefully not the last. Like all her other works, her ability to create worlds, create swoon worthy men, and feisty strong female characters is amazing. Fantasy, mystery, romance, betrayal, love, and steamy scenes, this book has it all.” - Lisa @ The Blonde Book Lover

“From Blood & Ash is everything we love about JLA’s fantasy writing...pumped up on steroids. There’s epic world building and plot twists, a strong female lead, a swoon worthy book hottie, a steamy forbidden love story, and side characters that can’t help but steal your heart. My mind was blown by the end of this book.” - Kris S. (frantic4romantic)

“Step into an exciting new fantasy world by Jennifer L. Armentrout, From Blood And Ash takes you on a fantastic ride with twists and turns galore. Characters you will love to laugh and cry with. A phenomenal start to an exciting new series.” - Lori Dunn an avid reader

“From Blood and Ash was everything I wanted in a high fantasy novel. The myths, the legends, the epic romance, and an adventure that will keep you on your toes beginning to end. I couldn’t put the book down. Truly a brilliant start to what I believe will be yet another amazing series by Jennifer L. Armentrout." –Sabrina, Books Are My Life

“Jennifer L. Armentrout takes her first step into the high fantasy genre with From Blood and Ash. A story of forbidden love, lies, secrets, and betrayal - it will leave you wanting more after the very last page.” - Love Just Is Books

“From Blood and Ash is like reading my favorite book for first time.” - Raquel Herrera

“With From Blood and Ash, Jennifer Armentrout successfully takes on the genre of high fantasy, proving, once again, that she is a master of her craft. Filled with epic adventure, forbidden romance, deceit, lies, and betrayal, FB&A draws you in from page one and refuses to let go!”
- Erica, The Rest Just Falls Away

“Jennifer L. Armentrout comes trough once again with From Blood and Ash as it kept me enthralled throughout the full book. You won't be able to put down this epic story once you start.” - Julalicious Book Paradise

“From Blood and Ash strikes the perfect balance between fantasy and romance elements leaving the world feeling live in and full while allowing the relationship between the main characters feeling real and authentic.” - Nads Book Nook, Nadine Bergeron

“Be prepared to spend your whole day reading From Blood and Ash. Once you start reading this high fantasy novel, you won't want to put it down.” - Love Book Triangle

“From Blood and Ash is absolutely breath taking. JLA does what she does best by creating a fantastical world filled with romance, lies, betrayal, adventure and all things we love and expect from JLA characters that melt our hearts and steal our hearts and souls. I cannot wait for the next one!” - Pia Colon

“From Blood and Ash, Jennifer L. Armentrout brought to life a high fantasy that is enthralling. Another masterful addition to my collection. Get ready to stay on your toes from start to end.” - Amy Oh, Reader by the Mountains

“From Blood and Ash is the first high fantasy novel by Jennifer L Armentrout and she absolutely nails it. This is fantasy for skeptics and unbelievers because it makes you want to be a fantasy fan! This page turner makes you want to devour it in one night and at the same time savor every detail. Heart stopping and inspiring and grips you from page one.” – Tracy Kirby 

“An intriguing puzzle of a world, a ruthless hero, a determine heroin, and a plot that will keep you up late, this book is one of the best I've read this year.” – Valerie from Stuck In Books

“From Blood and Ash, a thrilling high fantasy that packs a punch, each page will leave you wanting more!” - Tracey, Books & Other Pursuits

Reviews

  • PRETTY GOOD

    4
    By akashaleigh
    the book started off slow for me, but when it got going I loved it!!!!!! The world building was great and the whitty banter between characters totally captured me!!
  • READ THIS BOOK

    5
    By olivereadsalot
    It’s like twilight meets game of thrones, very epic. The characters are well written and the plot is exciting, i definitely recommend this book. The romance is swoon worthy! I hope we get a tv show or movie one day
  • worthwhile read

    5
    By -+-+-+-++-+-+-+-+-++-
    It starts off slow but really picks up, especially if you continue to series. I don’t know why people here are calling it cliche or boring because I read lots of books in this genre of supernatural romance. A lot of times, they follow similar gender roles in the couple and it’s quite relative after a while. But this book has unique elements and personalities and is well written. This is definitely one of my favorites of all time. I implore you to read the book and keep going even if you may get bored of it’s slow moving pace in the beginning. This book has such high reviews for a reason.
  • Cringy but okay?

    2
    By n8k19345
    Written either by a simple minded individual or for a simple audience. Can’t tell. Poppy is poorly written. Actually it was just a bad book. Okay.
  • Worth jt

    5
    By faithmarie19
    It’s starts slow… like so slow but it’s absolutely worth the wait. I couldn’t take my eyes off, so so good!
  • my my my

    5
    By yubgra
    oh my god, perfection loved every single thing about this. we really get know poppy and get to see her bloom. in love with it. LOVED keiran, he’s my absolute fav and he hasn’t don’t me much yet. i hope to know more about him!! mr. hawke on the other hand whew wow. no words y’all neeeeed to read it !
  • Writing at it’s finist

    5
    By Ryziell
    I picked this book up because I’m an indie author who needed to read newer books to get a feel for the market and this one came highly recommended. But as high of remarks it received, it wasn’t high enough. If anyone wants to learn who to write a perfect book, this is it. If anyone wants an amazing tale that does everything right, this is it It is by no mean original. It takes from common lore and puts it together in it’s own way. If you’ve read enough books, seen enough movies, played enough games, you can pretty much guess what’s going to happen. But I defy anyone to say that they will get all the parts right or that some of the twist and turns won’t get them As a Romantic myself, I hate stories that have romances that grow out of thin air or don’t feel natural, this one is completely natural. And as a guy who primarily reads paranormal/fantasy romance, so many times women authors get guys wrong. But this is not one of those times. I connected with the love interest even after the big reveal and all that happens. This is a must read book
  • 10/10

    5
    By olicat27
    hard to follow along with a first. then i will rip your heart out. 10/10
  • Wow

    5
    By julesnnm1
    I found this book refreshing for the exact reason many are saying they hated it. I’ll try to explain my reasoning without dropping spoilers. So many love stories now days are unreadable and boring because the story focuses so much on the love that it fails to touch on character development, individuality of the characters, and personal conflict. I picked up on the plot twist within the first few chapters. It was so painstakingly obvious. This allowed me to read the conversations and actions (knowing what would happen) and I felt the “realness” in a way that made the twist seem not as heartbreaking. Yes, the plot twist was annoying, particularly because of what happened the night before. He did many things that made the reveal so much more painful, but everything he did was necessary to make the heartbreak real, and not just an annoying inconvenience to Poppy. But, he had a duty and responsibility to the truth and who he was and that didn’t change even though he fell in love with her. Poppy never changed who she was or what she believed in SOLEY because she loved Hawke, so why would he? That’s why it’s a great love story. Because despite obviously loving each other, the story still focuses on the characters personal journey of coming to terms with who they are and falling in love despite those things. If you didn’t know the twist was coming and you were angered by the ending, I beg you to go back and read the story again because you’ll see without a doubt that it was in fact “real”. As for the read itself, I was bored at first because I was so confused about what was actually going on. The “ascension” and Poppy’s role as the maiden was never explained clearly, you just slowly pick up on what it is towards the middle of the book. I also got pretty annoyed because Poppy referenced what happened to her parents, how she got her scars, and what the Dukes “lessons” were on nearly every page but never explained those things until half way through the book. She would constantly vaguely mention them and you’re always left wondering what she actually meant. Considering all three of those things were essential to understanding who she was, the way she thought, and why she did certain things, I feel as if they should have been been made clear towards the beginning of the book, not just vaguely alluded upon and never fully explained. As for everything else, there was just enough action and spicy romance to keep the story interesting without going overboard. Poppy is the perfect heroine because she’s not just some idiot who is oblivious to how strong and beautiful she is, which you see in every single love story now days. She’s strong, a fighter, and smart, which makes her lovable and relatable from the start. She’s also the perfect example of character development. Interesting and exciting read from start to finish!
  • An awesome book!

    5
    By Foreverians
    I’m really wanting movies or some kind of series to be made from this series! I can’t get enough, can’t stop reading!