From Blood and Ash is an epic fantasy romance novel written by New York Times bestseller author, Jennifer L. Armentrout.
This article answers some of the most common questions regarding From Blood and Ash.
What is From Blood and Ash about?
From Blood and Ash is about Poppy who the gods have chosen to carry the mantle of the Maiden.
As a result, her life has never been her own.
So she is denied a lot of simple things that others can freely enjoy.
However, Poppy is a fierce soul who wants to take control of her own choices.
Then Hawke – a mysterious guard – enters her life.
After that, Poppy finds it more difficult to be found worthy by the gods.
Who is Poppy?
Penellaphe “Poppy” Balfour is a 19-year-old woman living under a veil that is mandatory for the Maiden. She is also the main character of the book. We follow the story from her perspective.
When she was young, Poppy survived a craven attack. As a result, she holds scars from that incident over half of her body.
Poppy is a very complex character with multiple layers. To sum up, she is strong (both mentally and physically) and fierce. However, she is also thoughtful and curious.
Poppy also has powers that allow her to feel what others feel and ease their pain with happy memories.
Who is Hawke?
Hawke is the second main character who we follow throughout the book as well.
He is very mysterious and holds many secrets. Hawke is also described as extremely handsome.
Poppy can detect a great deal of pain from Hawke at all times. But he remains quite carefree and humorous.
Is From Blood and Ash YA or NA?
From Blood and Ash is a new adult novel. That is to say, the book has mature scenes and deals with heavy topics. The characters are over 18 as well.
How many pages long is From Blood and Ash?
It is 462 pages long with 41 chapters.
Is From Blood and Ash a series?
Yes, From Blood and Ash is the first book in an ongoing series.
The second book is A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire.
It is followed by The Crown of Gilded Bones.
In March 2022, The War of Two Queens comes out. It is the fourth installment in the Blood and Ash series.
And A Shadow in the Ember is the first book in a prequel series that takes place thousands of years before the events of From Blood and Ash. It came out in the fall of 2021.
Where and when is From Blood and Ash set?
From Blood and Ash is set in a fantasy country called Masadonia.
This book isn’t set in our world, but it seems medieval.
Is there a love triangle?
There is not a love triangle in From Blood and Ash.
Is From Blood and Ash enemies to lovers?
From Blood and Ash is an enemies-to-lovers story.
So, there is plenty of sexual tension amidst the action which is great for those looking for a good enemies to lovers romance.
Who is Rylan?
Rylan is a part of the royal guard. He is assigned as one of the personal guards for Poppy and therefore is allowed to see her face.
Rylan is a kind soul.
For instance, he often takes Poppy out into the garden for evening walks.
Who is the Duke?
Duke Dorian Teerman is the ruler of Masadonia. He is part of the royalty and Ascended.
The Duke is ruthless and enjoys to misuse his power. As a result, he judges Poppy’s actions very harshly and punishes her for them.
Is From Blood and Ash spicy?
When we say a book is spicy, it means that it contains sex scenes.
From Blood and Ash has some spice in a handful of scenes towards the end.
Is From Blood and Ash appropriate?
From Blood and Ash contains mature scenes not intended for the younger audience, as mentioned above.
Similarly, it also contains triggers like physical and emotional abuse as well as torture and death.
In short, please be mindful of these elements if you decide to read this book.
Similar books to From Blood and Ash
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – Throne of Glass does feature a lot of similar elements that make From Blood and Ash so great. For example, there is a badass female main character, romance to die for, and beautiful world-building as well.
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – First, Serpent & Dove has forced proximity like From Blood and Ash. It also features fun-to-read interactions between our main couple just like in From Blood and Ash.
A Deal with the Elf King by Elise Kova – The main character in this book, Luella, is very similar to Poppy in many ways. Moreover, A Deal with the Elf King has swoon-worthy slow-burn romance and steamy scenes.
Memorable quotes from Blood and Ash
“Death is like an old friend who pays a visit, sometimes when it’s least expected and other times when you’re waiting for her. It’s neither the first nor the last time she’ll pay a visit, but that doesn’t make death any less harsh or unforgiving.”
“From Blood and Ash. We shall rise.”
“You were hurt. You can be assured that will never happen again.”
“With my sword and with my life, I vow to keep you safe, Penellaphe. From this moment until the last moment, I am yours.”
“You’re an absolutely stunning, murderous little creature.”
“Fear and bravery are often one and the same. It either makes you a warrior or a coward. The only difference is the person it resides inside.”
“I bet you’re as sweet as honeydew.”
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How does From Blood and Ash end?
Jericho, along with the other dissenters, tries to kill Poppy in the cell but Kieran manages to step in. After that, he makes a command to get the Prince immediately.
Kieran carries Poppy away. She hears Hawke telling her to open her eyes.
He says that he will make Poppy’s pain go away. Hawke then bites into his wrist, tearing the skin open. He tells Poppy to drink.
Kieran tries to question him and calls him Casteel. However, Hawke doesn’t listen.
Poppy protests because she thinks that she’ll turn into a monster. Hawke persuades Poppy to drink his blood.
Poppy does so and feels better. Hawke explains to her that it’s because the blood of an Atlantian has healing properties.
He admits to using his ability to compel her to drink his blood but says that he hasn’t used it on her before.
He again says that the Ascended made the Craven.
Poppy starts to feel odd. She tries to get Hawke to kiss her but he refuses. He says she’ll hate him later for it.
Hawke assures her that those who tried to kill Poppy will pay. He says that he’ll kill them for it.
Poppy remembers that Kieran called him Casteel. Hawke admits to his name being Casteel and being the Prince.
Poppy then gets mad and tries to get away from Casteel. Ultimately, she stabs Casteel in the chest.
Poppy starts crying, apologizes, then runs out into the snow.
In a moment, Casteel catches up to her. He bites into her neck. After that, they have a passionate moment in the snow.
They start back to the house. Casteel says that he doesn’t blame Poppy for trying to kill him. He gives her his shirt.
They both admit to still being angry at each other. He picks her up and carries her inside. On the way, he says that he’ll take her home to Atlantia.
Casteel brought Poppy back to the room where she stabbed him.
Kieran stood by the door keeping watch. He explains that Atlantia is beyond the Skotos mountains.
Poppy proceeds to take a long bath. Kieran rushes in after a while since she didn’t answer his calls.
And she is horrified since she is naked in the tub. She tells him to get out.
Poppy changes to clean clothing and falls asleep.
She wakes to Casteel touching her cheek. They talk for a while.
Casteel says he’ll escort her down to dinner.
On the way, they pass a wall where bodies were nailed on display. They were the ones who’d hurt Poppy.
They go to eat and Poppy’s mind lingers in the hallway. Casteel asks her about it and she says that she was shocked.
Casteel says that they will be leaving in the morning. But Poppy says that Atlantia isn’t her home.
Casteel then says his suspicions out loud, that Poppy is part Atlantian.
Kieran wonders why they must go home.
Casteel lifts his and Poppy’s joined hands. He says that they must go home to marry.
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