Bow Before Your Queen Or Bleed Before Her…
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book three in her Blood and Ash series.
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…
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The third installment in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s steamy fantasy series ups the consequences—and the danger—for her odd-couple heroes. Picking up directly where A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire leaves off (this is one series where you really should start from the beginning), the book opens with feisty young Poppy arriving in the kingdom of her dark-hearted betrothed, Prince Casteel. It’s a struggle. Not only is she finding it hard to control her growing powers (one word: dragons!), but her presence is dividing the people of Atlantia, leading to a betrayal with devastating consequences. We love Armentrout’s trademark banter and seriously hot sex scenes, and The Crown of Gilded Bones is full of both. The raised stakes bring even more intensity to what was already a page-turning series.
Disappointing after the first two. Really noticed the lack of storytelling prowess. Everything was explained via long conversations between characters and even then the relationship between deities, gods, primal was overly complex and ultra confusing in a messy, rathe than clever way. Last quarter was ok, but has lost something for me since the first. Lacks the feeling of genuine high fantasy given the characters’ use of certain slang terms. Relationships needed to be more multi-dimensional by now. There was no evolution to Poppy and Casteel’s or even Poppy and Kieran’s relationships. Poppy became less believable the more attitude she got. I wanted to see Poppy continue to emerge from the oppression of being the maiden, but I found she did so in a petulant, surly way that seemed immature and made me annoyed with her. It lost its charm in these ways for me.
Got bored in the middle
I might go back and finish it one day but it got bogged down before I was half way through and I just couldn’t keep going... I did like the other books in this series but maybe there’s just too much to get your head around in this one, or maybe I’m not in the mood for it? Too much time spent in details you don’t need.
This series was my first fantasy book series (thanks to #booktok) and it was amazing!!! Im sad i have to wait now for the next book to come out but i highly recommend. This was probably the slowest out of the other two books and then was a bit rushed at the end of the book. A bit repetitive but still great nonetheless.