A Shadow in the Ember: Flesh and Fire, Book 1 By Jennifer L. Armentrout and 2

That was one of the best books I have read in a long time. The connection to Blood and Ash was just an added treat on top of an amazing story. Still don't like how she does her chapters but besides that I am very impressed. Don't want to wait months for the next one. A Shadow in the Ember: Flesh and Fire, Book 1 I feel like this book left me wanting and not in a good way. Like, I’m not mad I read it, but I didn’t have the same attachment to characters as I did in FBAA. I have hopes that this book seems rushed to give us all the necessary details so that book 2 can be great because A Shadow in the Ember: Flesh and Fire, Book 1 4.5 rounded up! The book had ups and downs for me, mostly with ups, but I did get distracted often by all the similarities to the FBAA story. Overall it’s a really strong start and I connected with Sera and Ash then I ever did with Poppy and Cas. Can’t wait A Shadow in the Ember: Flesh and Fire, Book 1 Wow! There are no words to describe my absolute and utter love for this book. Right from the moment that Jen told me she was planning on writing Nyktos’ story and that it would be loosely based on the Hades and Persephone myth, I knew this would possibly be my favourite book of hers. I am such a sucker for anything mythology and God based, so this book was practically made for me. I just knew I would love every moment of it and even though I went into this with the highest of expectations, Jen smashed every single one of them. This book is nothing short of a masterpiece. A Shadow in the Ember follows the story of Sera, a maiden chosen by the Gods to be the consort of the God of Death. She is trained as an assassin with one goal: make the God of Death fall in love with you… and kill him. But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, especially not when emotions get involved. I absolutely adore Sera! She is just such a phenomenally flawed character and such a joy to read about and experience her emotive and complex journey. I have been a huge JLA fan for a decade now but I am completely serious when I say Sera may just be my favourite of all of her heroines. She is so snarky and just absolutely everything I love in a heroine. And Nyktos? Dude, don’t even get me started because we will be here for a loooooooong time. He is just so sweet and swoonworthy… even if he is the God of Death and can kill you with one look. I absolutely adore him. Seriously, Casteel who? …..He even rivals my love of Aiden and Zayne… and if you know me, you know that is huge and saying a lot! A Shadow in the Ember is just perfection. Right from the start I was completely obsessed with this world, which is familiar to us… but also not. I loved seeing how different everything is from the world we know in the Blood and Ash series. It was so awesome to see how thing fit together… and how so much makes sense now. However, Blood and Ash fans I will warn you… you may get answers, but you’re gonna be left with a whole lot questions. My mind was left reeling wondering how everything is going to fit together. I cannot wait to re read this when both series are finished and see how it all fits together. This book has the perfect balance of action and romance. Everyone who knows me knows while I love romance in a book, I do not read pure romance because I get bored. I need some action to keep me interested… this book was a fantastic balance of that. Swoon worthy romance, steamy scenes and the best fast paced plot! I was constantly left mouth agape, shocked by what was happening. It is filled to the brim with twists and turns and you won’t know what the hell is happening…. in the best possible way! I just loved every single moment of this fantastic book. I am actually excited for the second Flesh and Fire book than I am for the next Blood and Ash book. I just loved this one so much . This was without a doubt my favourite JLA book to date. It had absolutely everything I love in a book. Action? Check! Romance? Check! DRAGONS!!!! CHECK! CHECK! CHECK! It’s like if I listed everything I love to read… this book has it all! It’s utterly perfect! A Shadow in the Ember is Jen’s best work yet. If you think From Blood and Ash was good… you’ve seen nothing yet. This book is perfection! A must read for all fantasy fans everywhere! A Shadow in the Ember: Flesh and Fire, Book 1 A Shadow in the Ember is the start of the prequel series to From Blood and Ash. Taking place many years before From Blood and Ash, A Shadow in the Ember follows Seraphena as she is the chosen consort to the Primal of Death. However, she has been trained her whole life to kill him to save her people. Reading this book made me feel like I was reading FBA again, in the way that I was so gripped and into this book. This was just an extraordinary book, as I knew it would be, that's set in a magical fantasy world. I was a little worried it might be to similar to FBA but even though it is set in the FBA world with similarities it's it own book, with its own characters. As always it was so well written, and I struggled to put it down. There's so many unexpected moments that you think you've worked out then BAM there's another twist and you were wrong. ASITE was teased as an Hades and Persephone retelling without the kidnapping which is one of my favourite retellings to read so I was extra excited. JLA did not disappoint! You had the elements of Hades and Persephone, but it wasn't the main story of the book. You have the widely loved 'I was supposed to kill you' trope which I loved and an epic slowburn romance. Sera has become one of my favourite heroine's. She's a badass character that has been given the task of saving her people, even if it wasn't her choice. Sera is a kickass and impulsive characters but she is also caring and wants what's best for her people. She's been trained her whole life in the art of killing and seduction to seduce and kill the Primal of Death and you can tell she excelled at that. She definitely has similarities to Poppy from FBA and the same stabby trait (which I loved) but she is also her own character. Her childhood and family made me so sad for her, she's been made invisible to everyone and shut out and I really felt for her. She wasn't treated like a daughter or a sister or even a friend but instead, a weapon and a means to an end, and made me want to get stabby for her. Enter the holy hotness that was the Primal of Death, Nyktos. He was just WOW. JLA just has the amazing talent of writing super hot, alpha males and I am in love. He's super mysterious from the beginning and very infuriating but so powerful you don't want to get on his bad side. There were also times makes he made my heart strings melt, with his acts and words. From the minute Nyktos and Sera meet, you can feel the attraction, the pages practically steam. The snark between the both of them is hilarious. They both are hotheads and they make Poppy and Casteel look soft. Now this was definitely a slowburn and with the chemistry they both had once they finally gave into the tension there was fireworks. The spice was explosive, JLA defiantly amped it up for this book. As for the plot, you will learn so much about this world, if you have read the From Blood and Ash series (which I do recommend reading before ASITE) there's so many questions we get answered and new information, which is amazing but also leaves you with questions. everything starts to make sense and connections are formed, your jaw will be dropping to ground, many times, I was breath taken and shocked by some of the conclusions and twists it gave me so many chills and thrills. You meet new some amazing new characters that i'm excited about and old characters that you've heard of before. I loved finding out about their lives beforehand, especially the characters that we have met before. and DRAGONS, I loved dragons and I am just obsessed. As always JLA never disappoints and writes incredible stories, and from that ending I am left wanting . I can't wait for book two and to get of Sera and Nyktos! Thank you JLA for sending me this ARC. A Shadow in the Ember: Flesh and Fire, Book 1

#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns with book one of the compelling Flesh and Fire series set in the beloved Blood and Ash world.Born shrouded in the veil of the Primals, a Maiden as the Fates promised, Seraphena Mierel’s future has never been hers. Chosen before birth to uphold the desperate deal her ancestor struck to save his people, Sera must leave behind her life and offer herself to the Primal of Death as his Consort. However, Sera’s real destiny is the most closely guarded secret in all of Lasania she’s not the well protected Maiden but an assassin with one mission one target. Make the Primal of Death fall in love, become his weakness, and thenend him. If she fails, she dooms her kingdom to a slow demise at the hands of the Rot.Sera has always known what she is. Chosen. Consort. Assassin. Weapon. A specter never fully formed yet drenched in blood. A monster. Until him. Until the Primal of Death’s unexpected words and deeds chase away the darkness gathering inside her. And his seductive touch ignites a passion she’s never allowed herself to feel and cannot feel for him. But Sera has never had a choice. Either way, her life is forfeit it always has been, as she has been forever touched by Life and Death. A Shadow in the Ember: Flesh and Fire, Book 1

Seraphena Mierel's only purpose in life is to fulfill her part in the deal her ancestor made with the Primal of Death many years ago. In an attempt to save his people, he asked for help and in exchange, he promised the first daughter to be born in the Mierel line would be A Shadow in the Ember: Flesh and Fire, Book 1 Once again, I am at lost as how to start my review and this is often the case when it comes to Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books. I’m going to try and make this review as spoiler free as possible. I knew that I was going to love this new series from the Blood and A Shadow in the Ember: Flesh and Fire, Book 1 What blows my mind about this book is that it answers SO many questions about FBA but could really stand on its own. Though, I highly recommend reading it in order. Sera is such an interesting fmc and I can't wait to read about her. She's so A Shadow in the Ember: Flesh and Fire, Book 1 This is one of my favorite authors. I love her series and I love that it is not YA! Lots of steam scenes. If you love Sarah J Mass you will love her series. this is a prequel to the blood and ash story. If you loved that series you will love this new one!! A+ from me! A Shadow in the Ember: Flesh and Fire, Book 1 This is the first time I have read a book by Jennifer Armentrout. I was completely captivated with the story from the very first page. The world building is so vivid and detailed. The characters are fascinating and multifaceted. Good and evil. Love and hate. Truth and lies. A Shadow in the Ember: Flesh and Fire, Book 1


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