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From Blood and Ash

Blood and Ash, Book 1
Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
Series: Blood and Ash
Length: 19 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
4.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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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.

Critic Reviews

"Dreamy, twisty, steamy escapism. Take me back!" (New York Times best-seller 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 best-selling author of A Curse So Dark and Lonely)

“Action, adventure, sexiness, and angst! From Blood and Ash has it all and double that. So many feels and so many moments it made me cheer for the character. Read. This. Book! You'll be obsessed!” (Tijan, NYT best-selling author)

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  • Keoki McCarthy
  • 29-09-20

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-09-20

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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  • Crafty Momma
  • 10-09-20

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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  • masesq
  • 10-09-20

*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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-20

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-09-20

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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  • G. Schuerg
  • 13-09-20

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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  • Monica CM
  • 11-09-20

Excellent Series

I cannot wait for the next book to come out on audible! I’ve already read the book - but, if it’s the same narrator they used for this book...it’s gonna be GOOOOODDD! Just read and listen to them...you’re welcome!

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  • 📚Erin 📚
  • 10-09-20

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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  • Niaboo2000
  • 08-10-20

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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  • Tinker
  • 27-10-20

YA smut

**Spoiler** If I had listened to this book in my late teens I think I would have thought it was brilliant. Now I prefer my fantasy with an epic storyline and well developed characters. So if your looking for a racy fantasy, then this book is for you. If your not so interested in an eighteen year old cashing in her V card, save that credit!

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  • Chloe
  • 25-10-20

WOW

Incredible story that absolutely floored me. Originally downloaded to help me sleep, but I stayed up all night to see what would happen next. The narrator does a great job. I didn’t like her male voices at first but once I got used to it I barely noticed!

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  • FanaticReader
  • 22-10-20

As good as reading the book.

The best JLA book to date. Good narration, interesting story and overall a very pleasant experience.Totally recommend this purchase.

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  • kimia k.
  • 18-10-20

Incredible

This book was so incredibly thrilling and entertaining that it has quickly become my favourite book series this year. Cant wait to listen the next one!

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  • Sound Asleep
  • 30-09-20

Gripped from the start

Really enjoyed it and found the narration well balanced for portraying the different characters. Looking forward to the next one

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  • Penelope Winterbottom
  • 27-09-20

Great listen

Enjoyable book, romance and intrigue. Narrator made the characters come to life, can’t wait for the next book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-09-20

Absolutely gripping

I was hooked from the absolute beginning! The writing is wonderful and vivid and the characters are full, life like and engaging. The narrator does a fantastic job in bringing the written word to life and I can’t wait for the next book to be released on audible.

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  • ML79
  • 12-09-20

Tired, abusive tropes not saved by great narration

I am beginning to wish their could be a new discrete catagory in YA and ‘romance’ for abusive situations. In this one we have rape by deception, the enduring favourite of power dynamics, Some gaslighting and trauma bonding. With werewolves and vampires . No- I won’t be getting the sequels and I’m sad this stuff is sold without caveat ( though it should be available - I’m not a book banner - just sell it as what it is - emotional abuse erotica lite ) Any one just want to read a story with some minor character flaws and some remorse and character growth and reparation for those as they stumble forward ?

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  • Suzzanne smith
  • 12-09-20

Omg a must read!

Absolutely loved this book , the narrator Stina was brilliant. I’m hooked on this series 💕 & can’t wait to binge on the next book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-20

Great Reading

A bit slow to start but then I was hooked. Fast paced & exciting. The narrator was fantastic. Really looking forward to the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-20

Slow start but gets better

i found this book really slow & pretty uneventful to start with, and nestly gave up. however i hung in there and the pace & interest of storyline does get better. Pleasant narrator.

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  • Sophia Illingworth
  • 25-10-20

Delicious!!

I love the way Jennifer L Armentrout writes. Deliciously enthralling. Stina Nielsen was perfectly cast as the narrator. I listened every spare minute I could.

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  • Bonita
  • 23-10-20

really enjoyed this book

liked the narrator, liked the characters and it had me tuning in late at night to find out what happens next. looking forward to book 2 coming out

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-10-20

Standard storyline, frustrating narrator

I will preface this by saying that I enjoyed this book. Yes the heroine follows some of the same stereotypical densities and there are so many cliches, but for a relaxed weekend read, I wasn't too disappointed. However, the narrator at times slips in and out of accents, and it becomes confusing as to who is talking, especially between Poppy and Tawny, and Hawk's occasional lapses in any accent whatsoever. Probably one to reread on paper. So all in all, enjoyable- so long as you don't have high expectations

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-10-20

Absolutely YESS

LOVE LOVE LOVE If you're on the fence about whether to get this book all I have to say is YES, ABSOLUTELY DO IT, you won't regret it The voice Stina does for Hawke is beyond perfect and got a few giggles out of me Another book boyfriend in the collection!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-10-20

I just..... Wow

So I have seen this in a lot of pages and decided to give it a try... I'm glad I did because I got sucked in and when I finished the book I realized it was 5am but I am looking forward to reading the next one. This book is absolutely worth the time and money. The narrator was good too. Wish her male voices were a bit deeper though but not bad I guess. The story worth it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-10-20

Absolutely loved it

An amazing read. Definitely helped zoning out of painting and into the story line.

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  • Taleisha
  • 07-10-20

Slow to start but worth it

Need the next book ASAP! Was a slow start but enjoyed it in the end