Book Review: A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L Armentrout

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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…

This book review is long long long overdue and I’m sorry I waited so long to share with you guys my thoughts on this book.

A Shadow in the Ember By Jennifer L Armentrout stole my heart and my soul. This book became an instant favorite by the time I was only a few pages in. Armentrout is a genius. An absolute mastermind. An amazing storyteller, builder of worlds, master of words. This woman does not miss and I’m amazed that she outdoes herself each and every single time. This book made me go through a myriad of emotions and when I finished that last page, I couldn’t help but go back to page one and start all over again.

Hundred of years before the events of From Blood and Ash, A Shadow in the Ember tells the story of the very first Maiden. Seraphena Mierel was born to uphold a desperate deal made by her ancestor in hopes of saving his people; To become the Consort to the Primal of Death. However, that is not Seraphena’s only duty. Trained from a young age to be a deadly assassin, she is tasked with not only fulfilling her destiny but to also make the Primal fall in love, become his weakness and assassinating him. If she does not, she dooms her kingdom to fall under the Rot.

All Sera has ever know in her duty. But when Fate intervenes and the Primal of Death is not what she envisioned, Sera’s duty becomes much harder to fulfill…..but did she ever have a choice? Her life has never been hers.

I felt for Sera. Her life was filled with so much loneliness and lack of love. I spent a good portion of the first few chapters just wishing ill on her parents. Sera’s character was very well written. Loyal to her people despite them not knowing she exists and a strong sense of duty, she became one of my favorite characters fast. Her independent attitude was probably my favorite thing about her despite sometimes being the reason she gets into trouble.

Nyktos…or should I say, DADDY NYKTOS, is one of the best male leads ever created. Nyktos’ personality reminds me of Cameron from Trust In Me (one of her New Adult Books under the pen name J. Lynn) for some reason. Maybe it’s because he’s utterly sweet and selfless. Or maybe it’s because of how he acts toward Sera. Im a sucker for “Touch her and you die” men but also for “She can handle herself but I want to protect her anyway”.

I love how we got more history of the FBA world through this book. I love how we get to see it before the blood trees and the craven overrun the world, how humans lived before being pushed into the lower caste. A Shadow in the Ember added so much to the overall picture of the lore and answered so many questions I had while reading From Blood and Ash. I cannot wait for the next installment of this prequel.

A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L Armentrout is a great and fascinating read, filled with adventure and spice. It’s perfect for readers who enjoy a good romance book with lots of fantasy elements. It’s a good 4/5 stars for me.

Things I didn’t like about A Shadow in the Ember:

  • The end of the book seemed a bit rushed.
  • Wish we got to see more of the supporting characters
  • Tavius.

Things I did like about A Shadow in the Ember:

  • The small similarities between Sera and Poppy
  • What Sera did to Tavius
  • Nektas and the small draken
  • The Bedroom scene
  • Sera being a badass in the red forest
  • “Daddy Nyktos”

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