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The War of Two Queens

By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Narrated by: Stina Nielsen,Tim Campbell
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Publisher's Summary

War is only the beginning...

From number one New York Times best-selling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book four in her Blood and Ash series.

From the desperation of golden crowns...

Casteel Da’Neer knows all too well that very few are as cunning or vicious as the Blood Queen, but no one, not even him, could’ve prepared for the staggering revelations. The magnitude of what the Blood Queen has done is almost unthinkable.

And born of mortal flesh...

Nothing will stop Poppy from freeing her King and destroying everything the Blood Crown stands for. With the strength of the Primal of Life’s guards behind her, and the support of the wolven, Poppy must convince the Atlantian generals to make war her way - because there can be no retreat this time. Not if she has any hope of building a future where both kingdoms can reside in peace.

A great primal power rises...

Together, Poppy and Casteel must embrace traditions old and new to safeguard those they hold dear - to protect those who cannot defend themselves. But war is only the beginning. Ancient primal powers have already stirred, revealing the horror of what began eons ago. To end what the Blood Queen has begun, Poppy might have to become what she has been prophesied to be - what she fears the most.

As the Harbinger of Death and Destruction.

©2022 Jennifer L. Armentrout. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Aeeeether Annnnoying

I’m only a few chapters in and may have to read this written book instead. I don’t mind Castille’s new voice with Tim (I do miss the playfulness in Stina’s version but it’s not a show stopper). What IS a showstopper: the way Stina says AETHER every time. It brings me out of the story and it’s SO annoying.

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Please never say eather like that again.

It was a well written book, I’ve looked forward to reading it for a long time. The narrator did great but I really wish she would stop drawing out that word like that. It makes getting through the book so hard 😂

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Casteels voice

I wish they would have stayed with just Stina! Stina is perfect!! Tim you are a lovely reader but my expectations have been let down with this change!

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Freed.

For the last year, I was in a chokehold by these books and this love story. No other books could satisfy me because Poppy & Cas were so beautifully written. The unnecessary sexual insertion of Kieran into their relationship was just unbelievable and silly. Thankfully, this book broke my literary chains and I am free to find interest in other stories. I will pretend the series ended at book 3. You should as well. Also, the new narrator sounds like an old-ish man. I thought it was well known that you don’t switch narrators in the middle of a book series.

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Narration switch makes sense, and I like it

The reviews I have seen so far are not fond of the fact that another narrator was added. The switch in narration is strange in the beginning, but given how this book is WRITTEN (it switches from one point of view - how the first three books were written - to two povs) it really makes sense. Tim Campbell does quite a good job with it (and Stina Nielsen continues to be great). It would have been difficult to appreciate the full scope of what switching the point of view accomplishes in a written work in the spoken version without adding Tim, and given the purposeful change in style I wouldn’t have want to lose that as a listener.

Fascinating book. Can’t wait to see what happens in the next one.

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Absolutely hated everything about it

I loved ACOTAR. I struggled with the previous books in this series but muddled through to get to the end. My overall thoughts:
1. There was absolutely no growth in Poppy over these books. She is no hero. Rather a child who got lucky over and over again.
2. The painfully redundant sexual jokes and inuendos were grating by the end.
3. We all KNOW Kieran thinks Poppy asks too many questions. They were worn out by book 3. As were many other things meant to be humorous.
4. The painful inner monologs of Cass and Poppy were so childish. "I'd do anything and suffer at all costs for him." No! "I'd do anything and suffer at all costs for HER!."
5. The use of modern day slang was eye rolling at best. "F*ck Boy?" Really? Do better.
6. The author tried to wax poetic through the joining and it came off as campy and....well not very sexy.
7. Eeeeether....OMG. Narrator pronounced it 3 different ways and NONE were right. 2 syllables. E-ther.

I won't go on. I know most love this series but I hated it. I'll keep ACOTAR but will never read another book by this author.

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Come on people, don’t be haters!

I’ve noticed so many reviews complaining about Cas’ POV narration. Yes, Stina spoiled us with an amazing Cas, and you still get her Cas with Poppy’s POV. Though I do think Tim did a fantastic job with his narration too! I’ve listened to a few of his narrations before and have been a happy listener :) Yes, it is a voice change in the fourth book in… but so is having Cas’ POV… and being a person who loves multiple POVs, I thought it turned out great!

On another hater note~

I’ve loved this book series very much and have listened to them multiple times… that being said, anyone who is surprised and upset at what happens in chapter 44… OMGoodness, GET OVER IT! There were plenty of hints and foreshadowing since book 1 people. I think JLA did wonderful job in making it into something heartfelt and special, not cringy. But to each their own, right? I don’t however, think that the book, author or readers/listeners should be bashed because of it. JLA characters and world building are magnificent and I cannot wait for the next in this series and in the Flesh and Fire series!

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Deeply betrayed by this author

Everything JLA setup in the first 3 books and then hinted at during the spin-off regarding Poppy and Cas relationship is a joke now. I am just done with this author and these stories. Good luck to y’all.

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Don’t care for the narration.

As an avid audible listener, I can’t stand when they change narrators in the middle of the series. The female voice is the same and excellent, I do NOT care for the male voice. After listening to the first three books of the series with one voice in my head and then to have the voice and accent to completely change was startling. His voice is too dry and the lilt in the voice isn’t the same. I would have preferred the same voice throughout the entire book, even if the point of view switched between chapters.

Other than that, the book is excellent so far and I can’t wait to finish it!

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AMAZING! But I have a couple complaints!

I absolutely adored the two part narration. But it bothers me that the climax and ending were so scrunched and fast paced. We needed more detail. I don't wanna give anything away so I'll just say that the LAST ten chapters are what we waited over a year for. and that is the only thing that bothers me. 😭 Other then that, the book was amazing and I'm doing a second read already.

edit: Second read is done and I am editing this to say that while yes, the climax and ending were scrunched and a bit to fast paced.. it was utterly insane and so worth the wait. all of JLAs books are phenomenal and this series is WORTH every read thru and re-listen. and trust me.. I've re listened to the first three books tons of times. I CANNOT WAIT for the next book. the two part narration is phenomenal! the action packed scenes were very detailed, the LOVE between our favorite three is tangible. and how Poppy steps up to her new position as queen is breathtaking. ❤️ I love this series so much and can't wait for more. ❤️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-22

I don't even know what happened

I don't want to be disrespectful to the author, putting your work out there must be hard, but I think I may be done with these books. The writing is just so hard to follow, when you do catch up with what's going glung on you have to contend with Cheesy lines and underdeveloped characters. Like when she mentioned anyone outside of the main characters I have no idea who they are, what they look like or what kind of character they are, and then you're expected to feel something about said characters when sometimes happens to them. The books feel like they have no editor and that is possibly true. The story is good, apart from some choices made in this book that are a little weird. And while the story is good it's not properly fleshed out and just feels hollow and too much like JLA is explaining something to you rather than trying to make you feel like you're there I continue to listen to it because I want to know what happens in the story but the way that she writes it is just very amateur and at times painful to get through. The dialog is also so repetitive. Overall I just wish she'd take her time and get an editor instead of churning them out so fast

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  • charlotte stanton
  • 10-12-22

Okay story (spoilers in review)

I liked this story but being honest it did really drag and I had to encourage myself to keep going.

Once Castieel was rescued(2 3rds through) it picked up and the pace quickened.

Someone described this book as a giant puzzle with different people bringing different pieces the whole time and it's true. it felt at times they had all the information they needed then curve balls would arrive with the next visitor.

I loved the story from Castieels point of view, that voice actor reading the story (x chefs kiss x ).

Of course chapter 44 is the big one that we are all waiting for. it was very good but felt it was missing something. With a huge build up over the last 2 books of joining I felt like more of that was needed. but then I am biased as I prefer the wolf over the Atlantian any day!

Worth a read to get a satisfyingish middle / ending to current dramas if you love the characters. although I am not in a rush to read the next when it comes out as don't feel so devoted to the story anymore.

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  • 03-30-22

slowly slowly slowly speedy end

Did enjoy this, and will I be listening to the next . I was hoping there would be more focus on the other characters and did a mini air punch for the Cas POV chapters as it certainly gave this book more variety by having a different voice. Fingers crossed for more of this in future books. Found it better then the last however, the first book in this series is my favorite

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  • Emma Pryse
  • 11-07-22

another excellent book

loved how they had a male to speak castile point of view this time

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  • Sofia Baker
  • 10-24-22

Loved this series

Really well put together and the story is so good. This was by far the best book out of the series, I'm going to miss these characters. Hopefully another series will be written.

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  • Sharon Sheridan
  • 10-16-22

Just can't stop Listening!

Brilliant stories, wonderfully narrated I just couldn't stop listening to it. Next book please! Fantastic

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  • Kez140
  • 10-14-22

Great book, But Casteel already has a voice

I just can't with the change in narration, starting this book with a new voice was a shock to the system when you've listened back to back (including the prequel) with Stina. Whilst i understand the sentiment behind giving Casteel a voice for his perspective (i do love his perspective) He'd already been given a voice by Stina which I've come to recognise and to have a new narrator for his part was quite jarring for me as i get lost in the story and the voices so hearing a complete opposite voice jutted me out of it abruptly everytime. Luckily the majority of the book is Stina and no hate to Tim it's just my opinion on how i prefer to listen to Audio, it felt quite Siri like.

Overall this was a great addition to a series and i look forward to the next book


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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-20-22

can't wait for the next book

I absolutely LOVE this book ( the whole series really) its f*** amazing.

Stina is doing a wonderful performance ,not 100% happy with the Male narrator but it works ok.

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  • Carolann Burchnall
  • 08-05-22

l found this to be very exciting and shocking

l absolutely loved this couldn't put it down l had to finish . listen again

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  • Polli.P
  • 08-04-22

utterly breathtaking

Superb narration to a fantastic story. Book number 4 and the story has not faltered for one chapter. I'm so caught up in this world and all the amazing characters to hat I never want it to end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-22

Unexpected!

I'm still trying to catch my breath. Unexpected plot twist. You don't want to stop reading and the writer has a magical way to keep you invested to find out what is going to happen next. I can't wait for the next one! Worth every word S2

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-03-22

Mixed feelings.

Interesting story but very long-winded chapters dedicated to unnecessary descriptions of...everything. I found myself zoning out a lot and missing important aspects of the story because of this. However, one has to admire (when not zoned out) how beautifully put together her sentences were. Definitely an artist in word play 😁

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-22

Great story line but...

Engaging story line that keeps you wrapped however, the infatuation of the protagonist and her partners sex scenes are a bit too much, frequent and dragging... would always skip through those scenes as it is just too much away from reality... 3-4min of sex scenes ... everytime they lock eyes...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-22-22

Loved it!

Jennifer Armentrout never fails to impress with her incredible writing.

Before delving too far into my review, I do want to stipulate that I LOVED this book and it is the best series of books I think I've ever read (aside, of course, from John Marsdens Tomorrow When the War Began series, which will always be my favourite.)

However, there are some things I didn't like, which is probably normal, given that we are on book 4 (or 5 if we count A Shadow in the Ember, which, of course, I do.)

I did not like Casteel in this book though. ALL he thinks about is sex, he is patronising to Poppy, who has proven she can stand on her own two feet without him. His "sugary amusement" whenever she questions him, or threatens him is insulting to her and frankly, I'm unsure as to why JA has her put up with it. I'm also unsure why Poppy loves him so much. He has given her no reason to. All he does is laugh at her as she gets stronger, goes through the culling and develops into the bad ass primal that she is. She is so much stronger than him, and whenever he is reminded of that, he needs to dominate her sexually, seemingly to stroke his ego, and that domination happens far too often. The sex scenes are long and become quite skipable at times. I'm afraid I did skip through quite a few of them. Their desperation and clawing at each other was great when they were reunited but man, how many times do we need to read about them doing the deed? I'd much rather hear more about the storyline than him doing everything he can to make himself feel like the one charge.

I adore Kieran in this book. His vulnerability is sweet and enticing. He is so likeable and his connection with Poppy was so lovely.

I also liked the addition of the new character Reaver and the return of Tawny.

Stina Nielson brings the characters to life and makes me unsure if I'd ever actually be able to read the physical books without her character impersonation in my mind. My only critique of Stina's performance would be her drawing out of the word ether, which gets a little grating at times.

Tim Cambell brings Cas to life wonderfully and it was a great addition to the audible experience.

I know it seems like I didn't, but I truly loved the book. it was so so so good.

I'd recommend this series to anyone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-22

The war of two queens

I’m not sure how I feel about this book. I really enjoyed the first two books, 3rd was a bit boring. This one I just found confusing and I’m not too bothered about smut in books but dare I say that there was just too much of it! As soon as Casteel is freed it’s like every second they are “doing the dirty” I did enjoy Malik and Millicent though. I honestly don’t think I’ll continue this series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-22

love the series

I love this series. love Stina Nielson, but was disappointed with the change of narrator for some chapters. It meant the same characters are acted with a different voice depending on the chapter. was unnecessary when Stina did such a great job of both male ans female characters in previous books.

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  • RomanceBooktalk
  • 07-20-22

So Many Mixed Feeling 😩

Noooo! I can’t believe I’m saying this, but damn… I feel like I’ve been cheated out of a good story!😩

After finishing Book 3 on such a high, I had huge expectations for this book, and now that I’ve finished it… I feel 😳😳😳

Why, oh why, would JLA mess with the winning formula of her previous books??? And what’s with all the word dumping??? Seriously, it felt as if she was trying to stretch out her storyline by adding over the top descriptive writing to all her scenes (I’m embarrassed to admit that I kinda switched off on numerous occasions during the endless repetitive and dramatic dialogue). 🙈

Personally, I felt the best part of the storyline was the in last quarter of the book, where most of the “exciting stuff” happened. But damn it JLA! Chapter 44 should’ve been earth shattering… instead it was over before it began!!! 😩

My favourite new character in this series was hands down REAVER, the shape shifting Draken. I absolutely loovved him, especially when he was in his hot and sexy naked human form; and his sarcastic sense of humour was an added bonus! 👌🏼

Will I continue with this series, you ask? Yes, of course I will. I’ve come too far to give up now, especially when the REAL war is about to begin! Bring on book five!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-20-22

So disappointing

This is the first time I've not finished a book. Usually I'll push through but I literally cannot do it. The biggest gripe I have is I feel like the author is constantly insulting the readers intelligence by explaing... then re-explaining and reminding and explaining again. Mate i know you've told me the mechanics of the plot 1000 times now i think I understand what an Atlantian is. Also I get unnecessarily angered by how the narrator draws out the word aether 🤣 give me back the author that wrote the first book, it's disappointing how this has ended up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-22

This is the heart and soul of fantasy books

I am so in love with this series, I may just scream!
Thank you Jennifer for giving and giving. Poppy’s curiosity and her relationships with the characters, arghhh! I could ask for anything more.

Passetttt, where is no. 5?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-22

Amazing Books

This has been such an amazing series I was so hooked! I hope I get to read a lot more of this story in the future