A Shadow in the EmberJennifer L. Armentrout

A Shadow in the Ember

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A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout Book Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns with book one of the all-new, 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 then…end 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 (Jennifer L. Armentrout) Book Reviews

First review Second ReadI’ve read this twice. I really enjoy JLAs writing. Love her other series too. I enjoy seeing how this all plays out in her head. Can’t wait to see what happens next!!.Score: 5/5

Chills all over!!Maybe the best romance novel I’ve ever read!!!! The last half of the book is even better. The last 5 chapters had me GLUED to my phone. Couldn’t put it down. Finished it in 3 days. Absolutely amazing wonderful beautiful story that connects so many dots..Score: 5/5

ConfusingI need a family tree and world building that isn’t executed through an exposition q&a every other chapter to make it through the rest of this terrible terrible series..Score: 2/5

Amazing!Yes!! The spice ❤️🌶❤️ I will definitely be recommending this book to everyone I know!!!!!!!!!!!.Score: 5/5

Is there more?I can’t wait for more , what happens????????.Score: 5/5

Must read!!Loved it! Couldn’t stop reading!!!.Score: 5/5

Great prequel!Fell in love with Cas and Poppy…wasn’t sure how I’d feel about Sera and Ash but needless to say…I couldn’t put this book down. It makes me want to go back and re-read the other series because so much more information is laid out in this one that I’m having to really rack my brain to remember the details from prior. I’m going to have a hard time waiting till fall 2022 for the next installment!!!.Score: 5/5

So good!Did not disappoint! Loved Nyktos and Sera so much!.Score: 5/5

LOVE THIS!I fell in love with Sera and Ash even more than I did Cas and Poppy which is saying a lot. I love the intensity of Ash and how different he is with Sera. I couldn’t put this book down and finished in over the weekend. Read all day and all night! I CANNOT wait until Fall for the next one..Score: 5/5

AwesomeI could kick myself, for some reason I thought I’d read this book since I have read almost all of this authors books I could find. So I kept skipping over it until I realized last night that it didn’t say “read” but had a price to purchase. I started it this morning and it’s going on the evening and I can’t put it down..Score: 5/5

I need more!I literally could not put this book down, it was SO GOOD. I was a sucker for the FBAA series but this put it to shame in my opinion. I am disappointed in the ending… not a fan of cliffhangers, I cannot wait to see the rest of their story..Score: 5/5

The best fantasy romance author out thereJLA, never fails. I found myself always latching on to the romance of a good story but this time I actually craved the fantasy more in this book because it was just that good. Don’t get me wrong she writes the steamy bits freaking well. But I just adored the fantasy writing for this one. And when you mix the two together you easily get 5 stars..Score: 5/5

WowCaptivating. I devoured this book in days and was left reeling. I can NOT wait for the next installment.Score: 5/5

I am already in love with this series❣️A phenomenal continuation after completing the Blood and Ash Series!!! 🥰💞📖.Score: 5/5

Absolutely riveting!So beautifully written and captivating! I could see this story play out in my mind like a movie. I cannot wait for the next book..Score: 5/5

I love this author and her stories!I am sitting in the edge of my seat waiting for the next book in this series as well as her “From Blood and Ash” series. These stories are exciting, inspiring, steamy, and with the perfect amount of humor included..Score: 5/5

AMAZINGJust read.Score: 5/5

Absolutely incredibleI was hesitant to read it as I thought different main characters in the fbaa world could never live up to the og’s and would disappoint (as many prequel/ sequel series do for me) but I was thoroughly mistaken. I could not put down this book. Rip my sleep schedule..Score: 5/5

My Honest opinionThe book was good don’t get me wrong… but I do not care for books that leave the story hanging so much. There has GOT to be another book. The ending alone is what makes me not give it 5 stars. It’s a great read. Sometimes a bit wordy. But the ending…. Ugh. I need the rest of Ash and Sera’s story. Like yesterday..Score: 3/5

Omg!That Cliff hanger!! I need book 2! This book was such an amazing read!.Score: 5/5

AMAZING!!!Thank goodness when know how this story ends already because of the Blood and Ash series. And like Sera and Poppy, I have so many questions. Jennifer Armentrout has done it again! Cannot wait to see how their story continues!.Score: 5/5

Shadow in the EmberLoved it⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ms. Armentrout is one of my favorite writers. Her books are never boring and her characters are full of surprises and humor. Another great series. Can’t wait until the next book. Thanks for what you do 👍.Score: 5/5

Great!!!!This book was amazing!! I can’t wait to read the next one!.Score: 5/5

MarianaAn amazing book with passion, lust, and an enemies to lovers trope,.Score: 5/5

Casteel and PoppyI loved this book!! But I NEED more Cas and Poppy!!!!!! We didn’t get to see Cas give Poppy that ‘biggest diamond ring’ and I want to see them in their King and Queen roles. How they manage the two kingdoms…Atlantia and Solis!.Score: 5/5

PerfectionI had so much fun reading this and remembering tiny details from the FBAA books. I highlighted so many things in this book and I had a blast reading it. The ending is a bit of a cliff hanger but everything wrapped up nicely and I’m not too upset with it. I know this book is a new release but I already can’t wait for more books. Ash is the sweetest and sera is so fire-y. 🥺.Score: 5/5

LOVED THIS BOOKSo good I don’t even know…cannot WAIT for wotq.Score: 5/5

AMAXINGGCould not put this down wow i finished it in a day!!.Score: 5/5

Great PrequelMoves faster than her other books, well written. The story was entertaining and kept me engaged. Spicy :).Score: 5/5

Stunning!Stunning! I devoured this and enjoyed every word. I loved being back in the FBAA world and getting a better understanding of the ascension and how it all started. The secondary characters surrounding Nyktos and Sera were all amazing in their own ways, and I loved the banter between all of them. This had incredible chemistry, jaw dropping moments, and an underlying tenderness between the two MCs that made my heart ache. I know there’s been a lot of mixed reviews, but I thought this was beautifully done..Score: 5/5

Loved every pageI look forward to more books in this series! I loved every page of this book!.Score: 5/5

Loved it!This book was amazing, devoured in a matter of days. I love the parallels between sera and ash and poppy and cas, it made me think back to when poppy sat with Nyktos and he said she was just like her, now it’s clear the “her” in question is sera. I think some could find flaw in the similarities but I think it works wonderfully since they are their descendants and traits can be hereditary. Regardless I cannot wait for the next book, the cliffhanger is almost too much to handle. I need the rest of BOTH series ASAP!!.Score: 5/5

10/10It gave what it needed to give.Score: 5/5

Loved itHope there will be a book 2 of this series or at least a continuation! Loved the characters and how they tie into the blood and ash world. Read after the 3 book in the series. This has lead me to even more questions that I can’t wait to be revealed!.Score: 5/5

GET THE BOOKIt’s an amazing book but i didn’t like how some things played out but i still loved it and everything connects ! i cannot wait for twotq ❤️.Score: 4/5

Didn’t expect…I did not expect to like this book and only picked it up because I heard it gave hints to The war of two Queens. I am SOoOOo glad I did. I may not understand how certain things will tie in, but I devoured this book and am excited to see how it all meshes together. I love love love these characters just as much and Poppy and Cas. I am really eager for this prequel series (fingers crossed that it will be a thing).Score: 5/5

There better be a sequel!I loved this book! I legitimately read it in less than a day because I was so hooked, but I will be forever disappointed if there doesn’t end up being a sequel. I can see why there might not be, but the book ends on a such a darn cliffhanger that I will always be left wondering about the rest of Sera and Ash’s story. Other than that, soooo good..Score: 5/5

Loved it!!!🥰OMG I really loved this book and now I have a better understanding. But I really hope there’s a book 2 so Ash and Sera story continues..Score: 5/5

Amazing!!This book was absolutely amazing!!! If you have read from blood and ash then you will probably like this one. I absolutely loved this book! The characters are amazing!.Score: 5/5

Amazingly written!If I could read a series for the rest of my life, this would be it. I’ve grown to love the storyline of every book, the tension and build ups. I can’t help but wish it were real! Eagerly waiting for the next book to come out..Score: 5/5

WowLoopovvveeeddxx iiiittttt!!!!.Score: 5/5

So goodThis was the prequel we needed and it was hot and steamy. I LOVED it as I did all the other books in this series. Waiting until March will be very difficult..Score: 5/5

Doesn’t disappointI have yet to be disappointed in something JLA writes. This is a wonderful off shoot of the From Blood and Ash series. I love how stubborn and independent yet still vulnerable Sera is. And Nyktos is amazing. He’s tough and possessive but caring and sweet and a great ruler. I gave 4.5 stars only because a little of the details (especially at the end) get a little confusing. I’m holding faith that as the series goes on stuff gets a little more clear so I’m not worried. Again 100% suggest this book but beware of cliffhangers..Score: 4/5

SOOOOOOOO FREAKING AMAZING!!You must read the other books first. But THIS book was so good. Explains so much. I CANNOT wait for the war of two queens to come out!.Score: 5/5

The best fantasy romance authorThis book is everything I crave in a book. Adventure, strong female characters, sex, and love. It’s the perfect balance and so beautifully written. I can’t wait to read the next book!.Score: 5/5

AwesomeLoved it. I can’t help but notice the similarities between Ash + Sara’s relationship and poppy + casteel. They have the same dynamic. Sera is literally poppy: “I have so many questions,” she’s a bada** warrior, she can heal people… the list goes on. Ash is the powerful tall dark and sexy who everyone thinks is evil but is actually an amazing person. Therefore, he’s basically casteel. Lol don’t get me wrong.. I really liked the book, but they’re literally the same characters with different names slapped on. Also, I had such a hard time remembering the names and places. I need a sheet that tells me who everyone is, a map with everything labeled, and a timeline so I can figure out when all of this took place. Otherwise, the book is really good. Can’t wait for the next one!.Score: 4/5

Glorious!!Loved every second! Love her writing and how it hooks you. I literally could not put this book down..Score: 5/5

Great read!!Can’t wait for the next book.Score: 5/5

New favorite!Loved Blood and Ash series, but Sera and Ash in the Flesh and Fire series definitely resonate on a different level! Absolutely loved this book and can’t wait for more! Biting at the bit for book 2.Score: 5/5

Read it!!Crying! I loved this to much...Score: 5/5

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JLA can do no wrongThe From Blood and Ash series was honestly my favourite series but I’m 100% hooked on Sera and Nyktos’ story. This book was amazing and so much fun. Love this author and all these characters..Score: 5/5

Chefs kissMasterpiece. Such a great read. Thank you JLA!.Score: 5/5

Fantastic ReadI was hooked from page one. Looking forward to reading the next instalment..Score: 5/5

EntrancedThis series, plus Poppy & Casteel have me hooked..Score: 5/5

This should have come firstLoved this book! So much better than all of her other books and I was not expecting the writing, plot and pace to be as terrific as it was. A great surprise and a treasure to find..Score: 5/5

OmgCan not wait for the next book.Score: 5/5

A spellbinding readA captivating story with beautifully constructed characters..Score: 5/5

AmazingSo good! I’m devo there’s not a second one out.Score: 5/5

It is a Must Read!Seriously loved this book. It was vivid, wild and such an exciting read. Highly recommend this book. It beautifully compliments the Blood and Ash series..Score: 5/5

Love itSuch a great book. All of her books are fantastic but I particularly love the Blood and Ash series and this one. Can’t wait for the second book because I couldn’t put the first down!.Score: 5/5

IncredibleI couldn’t put it down, exceptional writing and so captivating! I can not wait for the next book 😍 my #1 favourite series!!!.Score: 5/5

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This book omgI started reading this book without realising it was a prequel to a series and GOD I’m so sad it’s over and there’s not gonna be a follow on cause this is one of the best books I’ve read in a while! The plot was constantly thickening (I didn’t think it was even possible) and every character from our main ones to our loveable supporting characters were all amazingly captured! It truly was amazing, I loved that it was sexy without being rammed down your throat but it held that sexy suspense all throughout the pages. Tension was constantly being built and that ending !!! THE ENDING !! I’m just so heartbroken that there isn’t MORE cause it definitely felt like it was leading to something else and now I am desperate to know what happens next! Really loved Ash and Sera and the way they maintained this banter that felt so easy and natural! Can there be a sequel to a prequel ?? Please ?? I wish I could give it more than 5 stars :(.Score: 5/5

The ending made me feel sad☹️I enjoyed this book and it kept me hooked but i felt depressed at the ending. the writing became a bit repetitive at times, love the characters but sometimes i think things became unnecessarily over complicated.Score: 4/5

Best book in the seriesI love the whole series, but this book is (so far) my absolute favourite. Every character is gripping..Score: 5/5

Outstanding!Absolutely amazing, Jennifer has outdone herself again!!!! X.Score: 5/5

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