From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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.

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Title: From Blood and Ash
Paperback: 625 pages
Publisher: Blue Box Press (March 30, 2020)

From Blood and Ash is easily the best read I´ve had on 2020 so far. 
 It isn´t every day that I can say I managed to read a book spoiler free but I did and thank God for that. This book was worth the wait and then some.  You guys know how much I love JLA. She is on my insta buy list for sure. So when I picked this book I already had expectation, big ones and this book didn´t disappoint. It was perfection. 
The world building was on point, the complex story behind all off it was perfectly crafted. The characters where believable, complex and unique. 
 I love strong female characters and Poppy doesn’t disappoint even thou she´s been sequestered almost all of her life, she has spirit, sass and a violent streak like I haven´t seen before. She´s also pure hearted a great friend, a victim and a hero. All in a pretty demure but explosive package.

Hawke… I have no words. As soon as he appeared I was done for, hook line and sinker. He´s incredibly handsome, a fighter, charming his comebacks are epic. He also doesn´t know the meaning of the word humble. He is epic.

This book shocked me like no other, the truths you learn about along the book pissed me off so bad I wanted to throw my reader across the room.

I won’t spoil you but I’ll tell you this. Not everything is as it seems, there are signs everywhere if you look for them, the hawt scenes are soooo worth it and so are the fight scenes. The ending is killing me and I need the next book now.
Fav. quote:

“Fear and bravery are one and the same. It either makes you a warrior or a coward. The only difference is the person it resides inside.”

You can buy this book here: Amazon 

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