She’s been the victim and the survivor…
Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.
The enemy and the warrior…
Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head.
A lover and heartmate…
But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other.
And now she will become Queen…
“Don’t borrow from tomorrow’s problems?”
“Common sense. That must be a new thing for you.”
“Look at us, agreeing on who to kill and who not to.”
“Two wrongs never made things right or better, nor did they cancel one another out. They just were.”
“The heart doesn’t care how long you may have with someone… It just cares that you have the person for as long as you can.”
“Bravery is a fleeting beast, isn’t it? Always there to get you into trouble, but quick to disappear once you’re where you want to be.”
This is book three of the Blood and Ash series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. If you have been following my blog for a while, you know I love love love Armentrout’s work; she is one of my favorite authors. I had been waiting for this book for so long. This book was very well written and the pace wasn’t too slow. If anything, I thought it was a TAD rushed at the end.
The story follows Poppy and Cas as they try to adjust to the idea that they may be King and Queen of Atlantia while still trying to uncover the secrets of their enemies and the mysteries that surround Poppy’s origins.
Armentrout did an amazing job at keeping me on my toes without being too confusing. I was always wondering how everything was going to piece together and then would get hit with another curve ball. I am still dying to know how everything will come out and if the series is going to go the direction that I think it will go. I am beyond excited to see where Armentrout takes it next.
Overall, I really loved this book and love this whole series. The cliff hanger at the end just left me wanting more. Too bad we have to wait at least another yea. If you like high-fantasy romance, this book (and whole series) might interest you. Happy reading!
Crown of Gilded Bones