“With my sword and with my life, I vow to keep you safe, Penellaphe,” he spoke, voice deep and smooth, reminding me of rich, decadent chocolate. “From this moment until the last moment, I am yours.”
From Blood and Ash is the first book I’ve ever read by Jennifer L Armentrout and is definitely not the last as I vow to read the rest of her books because I’m definitely missing out!
The story follows Poppy, a Maiden living a guarded life not because she wanted to but because that’s how she was raised. Given a huge responsibility that is connected with the next generation, Poppy never had a choice until the arrival of the new guard, Hawke.
The world building was so detailed in this first book of the Blood and Ash series that made me pause and backtrack to analyze what was being described. There was a lot of information in the first half of the book that could be missed easily. I felt that the author’s intention was to build a complex world and to confuse the readers with regards to the plot.
Written in Poppy’s point of view, there were instances that I felt frustrated because it wasn't easy to relate to her guarded and innocent mind. Reading from her perspective needs some getting used to but I understand why the author chose to have it that way, I believe it was necessary for the reader’s journey to properly understand where Poppy is coming from and for the sake of the secrets that will be unraveled.
The choice of words used were perfect and I must say that JLA can write romance so so so well that it was easy to get lost in the world of From Blood and Ash.
Although I had difficulty reading this at first because of some disturbing scenes (sexual harassment), I ended up loving From Blood and Ash and would highly recommend this to any fans of paranormal romance. There’s a lot of intense and sexy scenes that is highly addictive.