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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 

What listeners say about From Blood and Ash

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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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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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Delightful story and narration

I loved the story and the narration - sexy, funny and enchanting. I can't wait to read more by the author and will look for more stories with the narrator as well!

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Love this book. But...

Love, Love, Love this series. Sooo good. But this first book takes a tiny bit to get into cause so much world building. But once you get to know the characters it really gets you invested for sure.

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Bit of a slow start

The story was a bit of a slow start but I was in love with it after a few chapters. It got extremely interesting and lots of amazing twist in this and the next book!

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An excellent fantasy.

I so enjoyed being immersed in another world. The characters and the settings were so richly imagined. This book has been a delight to read and hopefully a sequel will be forthcoming!

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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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awesome

I loved the series. it was hilarious in some parts. I would listen to it again

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  • 2020-09-22

Hum - just hum

I actually really enjoyed this book, I just don’t really know why... Good points: - It’s a totally different take on the whole paranormal romance vampire, werewolf, zombie idea. I enjoyed it wasn’t just in your face vampire and werewolf. There are different names associated with them that bring them out of the eye rolling same old story. - The idea of the story is new and not just a rehash or one different love triangle or another - I enjoyed that the main character isn’t a useless fawn but also isn’t all balls up. - I liked the secondary characters. Bad points: - I HATED the fact that there is abuse. Not only that there is abuse but the author makes you live through it. Not ok. TRIGGERS! - I don’t think I like the male lead. It’s not even the whole good guy/bad guy/good guy thing. It’s not the betrayal. It’s not lies or anything like that. It just honestly feels like he is playing her through the entire book. I don’t buy the love. - The whole idea that she is the most important thing to the whole nation but no one ever checks on her from the palace. If she is going to save the whole of everything forever then maybe see if her keeper is beating the hell out of her maybe once - I don’t mentally understand how someone who lived such a sheltered life, doesn’t really have family who loves her, is abused by her overseers, isn’t really allowed to socialize, and who is basically kept in a closet her entire life can be a strong independent person. That’s not how it works. Am I going to get the second book? Yes, most likely. I want to see where the story goes. Am I going to have this books on my list of books I listen to time and time again? Nope.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 📚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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  • 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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  • 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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  • G. Schuerg
  • 2020-09-13

I love eveything about this

The book is amazing and the audiobook makes it even more amazing. I loved the narrator and how they interpreted each character..especially Hawke. I'm going try and wait patiently for the release of next audiobook book in this series.

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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.