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Publisher's Summary

War is only the beginning...

From number one New York Times best-selling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book four in her Blood and Ash series.

From the desperation of golden crowns...

Casteel Da’Neer knows all too well that very few are as cunning or vicious as the Blood Queen, but no one, not even him, could’ve prepared for the staggering revelations. The magnitude of what the Blood Queen has done is almost unthinkable.

And born of mortal flesh...

Nothing will stop Poppy from freeing her King and destroying everything the Blood Crown stands for. With the strength of the Primal of Life’s guards behind her, and the support of the wolven, Poppy must convince the Atlantian generals to make war her way - because there can be no retreat this time. Not if she has any hope of building a future where both kingdoms can reside in peace.

A great primal power rises...

Together, Poppy and Casteel must embrace traditions old and new to safeguard those they hold dear - to protect those who cannot defend themselves. But war is only the beginning. Ancient primal powers have already stirred, revealing the horror of what began eons ago. To end what the Blood Queen has begun, Poppy might have to become what she has been prophesied to be - what she fears the most.

As the Harbinger of Death and Destruction.

©2022 Jennifer L. Armentrout. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Pls read this review before spending $ or credit

I usually don't write a review unless it's a good one; however, I have to be honest, I felt really disappointed by this book. I have until this point loved the whole series starting from Book #1 From Blood and Ash.

I loved how JLA developed the love story between Poppy and Hawk/Cas and the cast of friends around them. She did an amazing job of world-building too. While each book in the series was a bit repetitive, I didn't mind that since I understand she writes for different readers (some readers don't read the books in sequence or some readers forget what they read in previous books). Even when the series became much more sexually explicit (NA) as the story progressed, I stuck with it - tbh, while I am not a prude, I found the sex scenes in the Crown of Guilded Bones really over the top and a little pornographic. I have nothing against sex scenes especially when they add and develop the romance between the H/H so I stuck with the series because I guess it made sense since technically Cas is centuries old and Poppy was the maiden and just coming into her womanhood so it's natural she would be curious and exploring. I still loved how JLA developed the story with the twists and turns.

I even purchased A Shadow in the Ember and while I did find the book mirroring Poppy and Casteel's story, it still made sense to me since it was a prelude to their story and there was a lot of "Easter eggs" for loyalists of this series.

I share all this background so that if you are reading this review, you hopefully get a sense that I am trying to be fair to the author and the series. This book, while it does develop the story and has some good twists & turns, was a major disappointment for me as a reader who has invested so much into the series. I think if JLA just concentrated on the suspense and uncovering the linkage between Gods/Primals and the war, I would have liked the story more. Instead, the author unnecessarily changed the dynamics of the main romance in the series. Many readers fell in love with the series because they fell in love with Poppy and Cas' relationship. This book irrevocably changes that relationship and I, for one, really disliked the change. There were other characters introduced with some hints of romance that could have developed further which would have been more interesting IMO.

The ending hints at major conflict brewing but honestly, with the insertion of A Shadow in the Ember in the series right before this book, it seems anticlimactic. If Poppy and Casteel's relationship dynamic didn't change in this book, I think I would read on but given that it has, even the upcoming "war" isn't enough of an enticement for me to read on and invest my time & $ in doing so (and this saying a lot given that I have read most of JLA' books). I have been waiting a year for this book to come out and it honestly, was very disappointing.

PS - I know other reviewers did not like the story because of the addition of Tim Campbell - I actually found both narrators very good. It was not their fault that the story unfortunately was not which is why I gave their performance 5 stars.

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so sad to be disappointed

The first 2/3 of the book drags, has excessively repetative dialog, and almost made me not finish it. The last 1/3 was actually good, relationship become intresting, dialog gets better, but it didnt fully make up for the lack of the first parts. I am so sad to be disappointed by this book.

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love!

Loved it! great narrators, great story, loved the ending, and can't wait for more.

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Binge worthy

Completely binge worthy as always- Armentrout always delivers!

Love the addition of a male performer-Stina is an exceptional performer for both male and female characters. I’ve loved her through the whole series. We only hear Tim when we see things from Cas’ perspective, which adds a nice flavour to the tale. A male reader was necessary for these parts to make sense. Tim did a great job picking up her characters and continuing the story. I was not surprised to hear that Stina directed- that’s an excellent choice that kept the book cohesive to the entire series. Really well done!

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Great story but too much time devoted to sex

It was hard to get into a male author after only female the first 3 books and had a 50 shades of grey feel which was too much. I like the sprinkle of erotica but this seemed to overpower the story.

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OH MY GODS!

This series just keeps getting better! I love it and I am sorry it's over, I want more

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Another amazing book in the FBAA series!

I've loved this whole series, and this new book is no different! Very well narrated by both voice actors! I think there were a few narration errors throughout the book, but they didn't detract from the story. Highly recommend!

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It just gets bigger and bigger

This was the most uncomfortable book for me in this series but no less grandiose and amazing. The way Armentrout succeeds in twisting your emotions has no bounds. As usual Stina Nielsen delivers a performance that has no equal. Tim Campbell's rendition of Casteel was a bit too erratic for me but got used to it by the end. Can't wait for more!

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Prefered Stina narration of cas

Aside from that best book yet. Plus the ending makes up for it. my favorite book of my favorite series. I could listen to these books forever and never get bored. Cas and Keiran are my favorite fictional boyfriends.

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Amazing

Once again I’m not disappointed! Jennifer’s WOTQ takes me to this place where I forget about our world and my life. I laughed out loud, I cried, I screamed, cheered during the entire book. Oh how I love Poppy, Casteel and Kearan but I also fell in love with Meleek and Milly and cannot wait for the next book. Thank you Jen for taking me on this amazing journey.

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  • 2022-03-16

Aeeeether Annnnoying

I’m only a few chapters in and may have to read this written book instead. I don’t mind Castille’s new voice with Tim (I do miss the playfulness in Stina’s version but it’s not a show stopper). What IS a showstopper: the way Stina says AETHER every time. It brings me out of the story and it’s SO annoying.

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  • 2022-03-15

Freed.

For the last year, I was in a chokehold by these books and this love story. No other books could satisfy me because Poppy & Cas were so beautifully written. The unnecessary sexual insertion of Kieran into their relationship was just unbelievable and silly. Thankfully, this book broke my literary chains and I am free to find interest in other stories. I will pretend the series ended at book 3. You should as well. Also, the new narrator sounds like an old-ish man. I thought it was well known that you don’t switch narrators in the middle of a book series.

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  • 2022-03-15

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I wish they would have stayed with just Stina! Stina is perfect!! Tim you are a lovely reader but my expectations have been let down with this change!

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  • Katelynn
  • 2022-03-18

Please never say eather like that again.

It was a well written book, I’ve looked forward to reading it for a long time. The narrator did great but I really wish she would stop drawing out that word like that. It makes getting through the book so hard 😂

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  • Kristin P.
  • 2022-03-15

Narration switch makes sense, and I like it

The reviews I have seen so far are not fond of the fact that another narrator was added. The switch in narration is strange in the beginning, but given how this book is WRITTEN (it switches from one point of view - how the first three books were written - to two povs) it really makes sense. Tim Campbell does quite a good job with it (and Stina Nielsen continues to be great). It would have been difficult to appreciate the full scope of what switching the point of view accomplishes in a written work in the spoken version without adding Tim, and given the purposeful change in style I wouldn’t have want to lose that as a listener.

Fascinating book. Can’t wait to see what happens in the next one.

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  • Jenlit
  • 2022-03-17

Come on people, don’t be haters!

I’ve noticed so many reviews complaining about Cas’ POV narration. Yes, Stina spoiled us with an amazing Cas, and you still get her Cas with Poppy’s POV. Though I do think Tim did a fantastic job with his narration too! I’ve listened to a few of his narrations before and have been a happy listener :) Yes, it is a voice change in the fourth book in… but so is having Cas’ POV… and being a person who loves multiple POVs, I thought it turned out great!

On another hater note~

I’ve loved this book series very much and have listened to them multiple times… that being said, anyone who is surprised and upset at what happens in chapter 44… OMGoodness, GET OVER IT! There were plenty of hints and foreshadowing since book 1 people. I think JLA did wonderful job in making it into something heartfelt and special, not cringy. But to each their own, right? I don’t however, think that the book, author or readers/listeners should be bashed because of it. JLA characters and world building are magnificent and I cannot wait for the next in this series and in the Flesh and Fire series!

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  • Kristi F.
  • 2022-03-23

Absolutely hated everything about it

I loved ACOTAR. I struggled with the previous books in this series but muddled through to get to the end. My overall thoughts:
1. There was absolutely no growth in Poppy over these books. She is no hero. Rather a child who got lucky over and over again.
2. The painfully redundant sexual jokes and inuendos were grating by the end.
3. We all KNOW Kieran thinks Poppy asks too many questions. They were worn out by book 3. As were many other things meant to be humorous.
4. The painful inner monologs of Cass and Poppy were so childish. "I'd do anything and suffer at all costs for him." No! "I'd do anything and suffer at all costs for HER!."
5. The use of modern day slang was eye rolling at best. "F*ck Boy?" Really? Do better.
6. The author tried to wax poetic through the joining and it came off as campy and....well not very sexy.
7. Eeeeether....OMG. Narrator pronounced it 3 different ways and NONE were right. 2 syllables. E-ther.

I won't go on. I know most love this series but I hated it. I'll keep ACOTAR but will never read another book by this author.

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  • Hodan Jama
  • 2022-03-16

Deeply betrayed by this author

Everything JLA setup in the first 3 books and then hinted at during the spin-off regarding Poppy and Cas relationship is a joke now. I am just done with this author and these stories. Good luck to y’all.

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  • Charlie Coyer
  • 2022-03-17

AMAZING! But I have a couple complaints!

I absolutely adored the two part narration. But it bothers me that the climax and ending were so scrunched and fast paced. We needed more detail. I don't wanna give anything away so I'll just say that the LAST ten chapters are what we waited over a year for. and that is the only thing that bothers me. 😭 Other then that, the book was amazing and I'm doing a second read already.

edit: Second read is done and I am editing this to say that while yes, the climax and ending were scrunched and a bit to fast paced.. it was utterly insane and so worth the wait. all of JLAs books are phenomenal and this series is WORTH every read thru and re-listen. and trust me.. I've re listened to the first three books tons of times. I CANNOT WAIT for the next book. the two part narration is phenomenal! the action packed scenes were very detailed, the LOVE between our favorite three is tangible. and how Poppy steps up to her new position as queen is breathtaking. ❤️ I love this series so much and can't wait for more. ❤️

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  • Jaclyn
  • 2022-03-16

Don’t care for the narration.

As an avid audible listener, I can’t stand when they change narrators in the middle of the series. The female voice is the same and excellent, I do NOT care for the male voice. After listening to the first three books of the series with one voice in my head and then to have the voice and accent to completely change was startling. His voice is too dry and the lilt in the voice isn’t the same. I would have preferred the same voice throughout the entire book, even if the point of view switched between chapters.

Other than that, the book is excellent so far and I can’t wait to finish it!

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  • Moandh
  • 2022-03-20

A strong fourth book!

The War of Two Queens is the fourth book of the Blood and Ash series and should probably be read after the first book of the spin-off series, A Shadow in Ember. I will not say anything more or try
to summarize this because it would spoil the previous books especially since book 3 ended with a cliffhanger.


I'm gonna be honest here. I didn't really want to read this, I had to make myself start it. And, yes, I enjoyed it overall but it was too long, which was why I had trouble starting it actually.
Look, I couldn't tell you what to cut out of the story after having read it, but it's justy very hard for me to get through book this long.

Besides that, I did enjoy this. I feel like that was a good continuation of the series, with twists and turns I didn't expect, but, also things I was expecting for some time now, that finally came to be.
Quite a lot of things took me by surprise actually, and some of the things I thought I had figured out turned out to be very wrong, which I found compelling and kept me interested.

I liked the overall plot too, I really did enjoy this journey for our characters, and I liked seeing their relationships grow and evolve.

I had quite a lot of fun with all the talk of Seraphina and Nyktos and it made me look forward to the second book in the spinoff series even more. I'm truly so curious about how all of this came to be.

If you like steamy books, you should like this one, cause it was pretty damn steamy, as in there was quite a lot of sex scenes. (I actually wondered time and time again, how they could even have sex so damn much but I'm ace sooooooooooo...)

I also enjoyed the dual point of view, I liked seeing glimpses of Casteel's thoughts, and that the main point of view was still Poppy's.

Anyway, this was long but really enjoyable and I'll be waiting impatiently from more by Jen.