This is the first book in the From Blood and Ash series.
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.
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.
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.
From Blood and Ash is an enthralling book. It was one of my quickest reads. From the very first sentence I was intrigued to see what happens.
The characters that Jennifer created made you instantly connect with them. Poppy, Victor, Hawke, Tawny and Ryan were my favourite. The father/ daughter relationship that Poppy has with Victor was lovely. I really loved how protective he is even though he is her guard. The friendship she has with Ryan and Tawny was lovely and it was wonderful see Poppy be a little more open when it was just the three of them.
I loved the relationship between Hawke and Poppy. I enjoyed seeing Poppy, an independent and self confident women in most things, become softer throughout the book with Hawke. The relationship is grows throughout the book and I look forward to reading more in the next one.
The world building is one of my favourite parts of this book. Armentrout has created a world that has hints from other books such as vampires but doesn’t reveal to much in this book and I am keen to find out more.
The plot twists in From Blood and Ash kept me glued to the pages and made me feel all sort of emotions when events happened throughout. The events turned things upside down and made me question things I thought I knew.
Overall I love this book and I look forward to reading the sequel A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire.