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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2020 Jennifer L. Armentrout (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What the critics say

"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 

"Narrator Stina Nielsen enthralls with this sumptuous romance, which highlights her ability to thoroughly immerse listeners in its fantasy world.… Nielsen employs a wide range of inflections, from the warm, breathless tone of the heroine to the appealing accent of Hawke, the love interest, combining them in the sensual scenes they share." --AudioFile Magazine, An Earphones Award Winner 

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HOLY BURNING HELL

okay, okay, okay. thIS BOOK IS FREAKING AMAZING AND I CANT EVEN HANDLE IT. Narration is on point. And the characters are just *chiefs kiss* brilliant. Let’s start with Poppy — badass supreme. And Hawke? Well, he could literally step on my hand and I’d thank him for it. And just UGH. it’s beautiful y’all. just pure beautiful. i have planted my flag on this hill and will glad die on it fighting off the craven. it just has so many twists and turns and every time you think it’s going to end, something else happens to make my brain explode. it’s spooky, sexy - like daaaamn i need to fan myself, full of mystery, scenes that make you so made you want to chuck your phone or just do something violent (which is always what our glorious Poppy turns to) or scenes that make you melt into a freaking puddle or scenes that make you laugh uncontrollably because gatdamn Hawke is hilarious. I love it. wish i lived in this series. and yep. that’ll bout do it. NOW RELEASE THE SECOND ONE. thank you so much.

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Interesting Setting, Okay Romance

The setting and world could be a good Dark Fantasy setting if we get to see more of it. The Romance feels a little quick and sudden. It does feel like the world building and character development played backseat to the smutt. It was enjoyable although not as deep as I was hoping.

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amazing narrator

story was very gripping, a few predictable plot twists and outcomes for certain characters but overall enjoyed. Stina could read me an article about the mechanics of gastric bypass and I'd be enthralled. favorite narrator by far.

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Simply addictive and amazing.

Excellent narration. Excellent story. Couldn't put it down! Fierce strong female character and the love interest is fantastic.

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Highly recommend!

Absoutely amazing! Probably the best story I heard in a long time. Well done writer and story teller!

The story completely takes you right there in the moment of a forbidden love, action, and fantasy!

I can't wait to buy the second book!

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I loved this story!

I absolutely loved this book, it reminds me of when I was young and I loved books like house of night, this is definitely for more mature readers and right up my alley!

I can't wait to start book 2!!

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WOW!!!

This book is a must buy. the story and the narration is amazing. BUY THIS BOOK!

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Great Story Character Twist and Narration

Considering I am not a fan of books more over audiobooks, I enjoyed every bits of this audiobook, the story was astonishingly interesting. The character development was so good, I got attached to every single one of them. I have never been bored while listening, the narrator does a great job at mimicking voice and making sound like I am in the story even when I am washing the dishes or so. The twist of the story makes it far more interesting. Definitely much recommended !

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So far, a complete waste of a credit

Thirteen chapters in and I am still waiting for this bad ass heroine as stated in reviews to show herself. I am waiting for the story to begin. I am seriously bored. I would be more interested if she was still sneaking out, helping some and killing the “turned” or even if this was an actual romance, but instead I am currently suffering through a young female’s tormented life. Living in a place where she is supposed to be cherished but instead she is mentally and physically abused, but has no voice. Is isolated and who has a serious case of lack of confidence finding security in a false sense of bravado and by touching a knife she carries under her clothing at all times.

I think the narration should have been done by a younger female, it was very off putting to have what was a more mature voice speaking the words of an 18 year old. I also find the narration more monotone than anything, which means at times an entire chapter skips by and I have heard nothing....meaning I have had to skip back a number of times. With that said, I have skipped forward quite a few times as well, like the whipping scene, no need to subject myself to that, and the guard and the arrow scene, your guard is shot and tells you to run away but instead you run towards him and break down?? Self preservation is obviously not one of her skills. It made no sense to me that a woman could turn herself off and easily kill a person with a knife through the brain (mercy killing or not) yet goes into shock and nearly has a breakdown seeing someone shot with an arrow. Pick a side author, cannot have it both ways.

Unless the rest of this book is explosive, the next book in this series will not be read.

Maybe I am not far enough in the book but I don’t understand how the abuse works into this story. I help people with self confidence, anxiety and moving forward after abuse so right now this book rubs me the wrong way, not to mention the LACK of the romance aspect. I wanted to throw a paranormal, fantasy, romance between language learning, true crime podcasts and murder mysteries...I obviously chose the wrong book!

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Not a weepy heroine

This book was amazing! The main character is equal parts relatable and strong- the characters definitely don’t fall into some of the stereotypes I often see in teen fantasy. I devoured this book and am still obsessing over Poppy and Hawke. Well worth the listen!

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  • Niaboo2000
  • 2020-10-08

Another Dumb Heroine!!

Another dumb heroine, acting dumb, thinking dumbly and speaking dumb. All for an undeserving man. I despise these types of books.

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  • Keoki McCarthy
  • 2020-09-29

Great if you are into harlequin romance

I get a little bit of character building and descriptions of love to help keep a story going. However seriously this novel was written for young adults who are just blossoming into adulthood. It is ridiculously long on the descriptions of love scenes and tender moments between characters. I bet that there is a group of people that like fantasy and like love stories. This book is for them.

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  • CC
  • 2020-11-27

You saw love; I saw a dumpster fire.

Dear Audible Friends & Followers:
I would like to state for the official review
that I:
* respect all your positive reviews around this book.
* am a sucker for love a great love story.

BUT GUYS. This ish is pretty low grade quality... everything? Let’s please call a spade a spade.

So here’s what I wasn’t in the mood for:
- The insane amount of abuse. Gross. Boo. Hiss. My feminist mood was shaking her fists.
- Overall Execution:
Example 1: The voice - I just didn’t expect the voice to be so modern in this world where electricity was a BFD. I kind of wish that Armentrout would have picked a century lane and stayed in it- because the voice felt too casual/ sloppy/clunky as it went back and forth. I admit, I’m probably a little snobby about this because of my love for Outlander.

Example 2: Pacing - I can only wallow in repetitive self pity for so long. It felt like Armentrout was getting stuck in wording mini-circles.

The Audible Narrator: Meh. I’m sure Nielsen did her best but I ended up trying to go back to Kindle.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-12-04

Abysmal

This book is appallingly bad. I get it's YA. But young adult readers deserve better than to have their intelligence insulted by this garbage. I hate living in the protagonist's head. She's like the La Croix Sparkling water of the tired CHOSEN ONE female lead trope. An extremely watered down character lacking any substance. And of course she spends more time swooning over the PERFECT, yet utterly boring love interest than she does worrying about people dying around her. Extremely little happens in the first 20 or so chapters and very little writing is spent on what does occur that might be interesting. Even the "steamy" stuff is utterly laughable because I don't give a damn about either of the 2 protags and their "witty banter" is eye-rollingly dumb.

I'd sure like to know more about the fantasy world in which the characters live but what much us withheld and the story doesn't seem to really use the setting as anything but an unessecessary backdrop.

I wasn't expecting to read this to challenge my intellect. But it's not even a decent guilty pleasure. This makes Twilight look like The Great Gatsby.

I tend to finish every novel no matter how bad. I can't listen to another word of this drivel.

On another note, the narrator does a good job. There. That's the only good thing I can say....

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  • Crafty Momma
  • 2020-09-10

Wow!

This is a steamy, romantic, action and a bit of a thriller story. Some hot sexy scene and good plot. Just what I needed in the middle of this covid-19 crisis to keep my mind busy.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-09-12

So freaking good!

I've known for years that Jennifer could spin a tale. But this one is her best. This is the best fantasy novel I've read since The Bridge Kingdom. I'm not even sure that I can wait for the audio of the 2nd book. I will be taking the needed time to read it. The narration was perfectly performed which made the story even better. I wish that I could give this book 10 stars!!!

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  • 📚Erin 📚
  • 2020-09-10

What an amazing story!!

I have been hearing a lot about the story of the past couple months. It’s been getting wonderful reviews but I decided to wait until the audiobook was out before I read it. Let me tell you the story was just as good if not better than everyone has been saying. Poppy and Hawke are amazing together. They have a very special relationship, the witty banter their sizzling chemistry and their deep understanding of one another is amazing to watch unfold. The only sad thing I have to say is that I have to wait till December for the next one to come out an audiobook. But I am so excited to see where the story goes.

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  • masesq
  • 2020-09-10

*Edit from my previous review...

Continued from my previous review because I’m a dork and I’m so embarrassed. I can’t believe I wrote the wrong name of the book title.

Since you can’t edit your review, I’m being a serious nerd, writing another and correcting the error in my last sentence. 🤦‍♀️

*The Brightest Night” Oct. 20th ‘20

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  • Michelle L.
  • 2020-09-16

3 somewhat long stars

I enjoyed the story but honestly this book could of been cut in half. It was way too long and a bit repetitive. I almost gave up and it does not start to pick up till your about 1/2 way through. I will buy book 2 but not sure it’s worth the price of buying the audio version again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-09-16

One of my FAVE Books this year!

I spent most of the time reading this book with my mouth wide open. The main character is strong but fragile all at once and I definitely just found a new book crush. I just loved everything about this book!

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  • sriffette
  • 2020-12-03

Binge worthy! Excellent story and plot.

I loved this! The performance and story were binge worthy. The characters were delectable. Thank you!

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  • PHOK
  • 2020-10-09

Great book!

I have been looking for a book like this to listen to for a while. The narrator is great, making the main character and the story deep. I like her badass side (not too much, just perfect). There is action, romance, fun and suspense.