Books from the Backlog #282

Posted September 7, 2023 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 13 Comments

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #282From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Narrator: Stina Nielsen
Series: Blood and Ash #1
Published by Brilliance Audio on September 8, 2020
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Fantasy
Length: 19 hours 46 minutes
Pages: 496
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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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.

Why did I add From Blood and Ash to my bookshelf?

I bought a copy of this audiobook about a year and a half ago. I have heard a lot of great things about the series and am looking forward to it. Looking through some Goodreads reviews, it looks like readers either love or hate this book. I just started reading Fall of Ruin and Wrath by the same author and am loving it so far so I hope that I have a similar experience with this book.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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13 responses to “Books from the Backlog #282

  1. Nice! I loved this one! I am a huge fan of Jennifer’s! Her early YA books were really good too! I’m behind in this series since the books are always so huge! I’m a slow reader these days lol! But it’s a fun series and maybe it does drag in a few places, but I always consider those downtime moments and then things pick up again before you know it! I still need to read book 4 but since I intersperse her other prequel series in between them as a recommend reading order, I’m still very behind! I wish this series could have been around in my non working days! Lol!

  2. I haven’t read anything by this author, so sadly I can’t offer any opinions on this specific book. The cover is very striking, though! I hope you do enjoy it if you decide to read it.

  3. I really loved her alien series and was so so on the next ones. I’m curious about these because I’ve seen some folks really loving on them. Hopefully, you’ll be one of those who enjoy it.

  4. I haven’t read this author yet but I’ve heard a lot of good things about her books so one of these days maybe I’ll be able to read this one too.

  5. I am totally on the fence about these books. I have heard this series has a type of fantasy that just wouldn’t be for me. But definitely curious to see what you think about it. I hope you end of loving it.

  6. I have so many books by this author on my TBR. They’ve been there for years and I’ve yet to read anything by her! I really need to fix that. I hope you love this.

  7. I loved this book and the series. You really can’t stop at one. If you’re gonna commit to this book, you have to commit to the whole series. It’s exciting, but I will admit there are maybe some questionable parts in there. I was willing to overlook those for the magic of the rest of the story.