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Listening Length 19 hours and 46 minutes
Author Jennifer L. Armentrout
Narrator Stina Nielsen
Whispersync for Voice Ready
Audible.com Release Date September 08, 2020
Publisher Brilliance Audio
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B08CZXLBSQ
Best Sellers Rank #210 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#1 in Fantasy Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#2 in Paranormal Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#23 in Fantasy Romance (Books)

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Reviewed in the United States on April 14, 2020
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2.0 out of 5 stars The editor should be fired. (No spoilers)
By Lauren on October 6, 2020
This book...I seriously pray that the kindle version is some sort of unedited manuscript, because there are atrocious grammatical errors rampant throughout. It has pulled me out of the story continually, to the point where I don’t even know if I want to finish reading. I’m currently about halfway through and took the two yellow highlighted photos on the same page and had to stop to write this review. In case you do not see the issues: everyone refers to a group of people. Here the author is referring to houses. The word should be “every one” as in every house. And “well” is used to describe verbs, “skills” is a noun, so skills are not well. They are good. I wish I would have taken a picture of the numerous comma splices as well. The sentence “of course, not” appears twice. The only way that makes sense is if the speaker is making some sort of “sike” Borat joke, and I assure you, they are not. The plot is slightly interesting, but it’s as if the author wrote all the smutty parts and then pieced together a story around them. I’m a 28-year-old female, I don’t have a college degree let alone some advanced English degree, and yet I still find these mistakes blatant and clumsy. Words are repeated multiple times in the same sentences, it’s just a mess. I highly recommend reading the sample before you purchase the book to see if the stilted prose and grammatical errors are something you can get past. For me, they are not. I would not recommend this to a friend.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This book is just a pretty cover. It reads like a first draft.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 15, 2020
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 29, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Phenomenal Fantasy Book
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2.0 out of 5 stars Es gibt schlechtere Bücher - und sehr viel bessere
Reviewed in Germany on May 29, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Destiny, duty, desire and need...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 14, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Destiny, duty, desire and need...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 14, 2020
"This," a deep voice whispered, "is unexpected."

Gods, this book!! I did not expect to fall this hard. I'm in love. I'm obsessed. And I now have a serious book hangover! I went and pre-ordered book 2 before I even got half way through this book!

From Blood and Ash sees Poppy, the Maiden, suffer a solitary life away from the joys of society, waiting to fulfill a destiny that's never been fully explained to her. Enter Hawke, a Royal Guard duty-sworn to protect her. Destiny and duty soon become tangled with desire and need. And not all in Poppy's world is as it seems...

Poppy is a strong and loveable main character, with so much fight and passion, who isn't afraid to push against the rules that try to control her. Hawke is sexy, mysterious and oh-so-swoonworthy but what's even better is his attitude towards Poppy. He never tries to undermine or baby her. He embraces her strength and helps her to develop. He always gives her choice, something that's very symbolic, especially when she doesn't have one in every other aspect of her life. The relationship between Poppy and Hawke is raw and hot and leaves you feeling like you are the one burning. This book is definitely spicy, in the best possible way!

"There was nothing sweet or soft, like I'd imagined a kiss to be. It was hard and overwhelming, claiming, and when I sucked in a sharp breath, he took advantage, deepening the kiss'

Everything just kicks off in the last 250 pages and we see two major plot twists - one that seemed obvious and another that was more surprising. I loved both! Jennifer's writing made them flow effortlessly! There are likeable side characters like, Viktor and Tawney, and other characters, like Kieran, Delano and Elijah, that we get introduced to and who I hope we see more of in the next book, especially their humour. Then there are those characters that you just loathe. And there's one part of the book that is so very satisfying!

The universe Jennifer Armentrout has created is unique and she's paid close attention to detail with the world bulling. At times, it did get confusing and I still have so many questions about the wolrd Poppy and Hawke reside in. Parts of the book were slow in places but neither of these points take anything away from the story and it's also the first of four books so I know my questions will eventually be answered.

This book needs so much more attention! It's up there now as one of my favourite fantasy books and I'm so glad Jennifer was brave enough to take the leap of faith into this world. I'm on countdown until 1st September for book 2!

Pros:
> Poppy as a strong-minded female character
> Hawke... That's it just Hawke.
> The Spice! Slow and teasing with a satisfying climax
> The world building
> The plot twists
> The side characters

Cons:
> Slow paced at times
> Confusion with some of the world building (but I know these will be answered)

Memorable quotes:
> "Death is like an old friend who pays a visit, sometimes when it's least expected."
> "With truth came power. And I was never one to hide away from the truth."
> "I have her."
> "Both halves are as beautiful as the whole."
> "It feels like I've known you longer. You feel that, too?"
> "You make me proud."
> "You belong to me."
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