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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rowan Jasmine
  • 07-06-22

Jarring narrator

I’ve been wanting a POV from Cas for a while, but after 3 books of the same reader, I got used to the style and pace, starting this book with a different reader, that’s faster and the style is different made it really hard to want to keep listening. Just super jarring and annoying 😫 would have been totally fine to use the original reader for both parts

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  • Vicki
  • 06-16-22

The best in the series so far

I enjoyed this book the most, I am already looking forward to the fifth to be released!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-15-22

Very mixed feelings about these books

Many times I had to skip forward as some of the conversations made me cringe 😅🤣 sometimes it felt like 12 years old talking to each other ( even though some of them are hundreds of years old or more) and then the sex scenes were so bad, I just couldn't listen to this. The first book was ok ish, but after that the last 3 I was questioning myself why I am still listening to them, probably because I bought them in advance 😅
there were some good bits and the story actually evolved, some lines made me laugh, so I gave it 3 stars, but I wont be reading or listening more of her books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-14-22

you have done it again

Omg jennifer, how do you do it.
How do you come up with all these exciting story lines. Just as I thought I finally I knew where you were going with the story you prooved me wrong and it was soo much better.
As for my favourite part? I really couldn't say as the book had me on edge from start to finish. I can't wait fir the next book.
Stina Nielsen has again done such an amazing job with your book and Tim Campbell has done a good job too.

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  • Weeziekitten
  • 06-06-22

easy read

enjoyable to listen to, I just get the listning bug. took me almost a month to work through. hope the next one comes out soon seems like things are just warming up.

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  • Mari Surdal
  • 05-18-22

Different narrative

I love everything about the book, but I really wish they had stuck with Stina Nielsen doing the narrating alone. She still does Poppy’s part but now we get Casteel’s narrative in a different voice, which just feels wrong… the book is 10/1 and the spice is just perfect!

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  • Malin Samuelsson
  • 05-18-22

Recommend

I Love this series (so far)

greate to get Cas perspektiv at times

not a fan of the ending
cause I don't want it to end... ever

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  • Milly
  • 05-08-22

Action and Passion.

The story was amazing as usual, just as what I have been accustomed to listening to this beautiful series. I think Poppy's character development has been deep and 'intriguing'. I adore the racey passionate sexy scenes too.

This is made perfect by Stina Nielsen's incredible talent to change her voice for the mood, the characters and whatever else that is needed to help you immerse yourself and be riding that emotional train alongside Poppy, Casteel and Kieran but I was really disappointed with Tim Campbell.

Having Stina Nielsen voice Cas up until this point when Tim Campbell came to narrate the Cas point of view chapters it is very jarring. He unfortunately just doesn't have the same emotional range that brings the characters to life and when he voices Poppy, it sounds mocking. Cas comes across as shallow in his thoughts almost like those chapters were written by a completely different person.

Luckily the majority is narrated by Stina N. and the emotion shines through her amazing performance and the writing.

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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-22

The sex detracts from the story

Found myself skipping through the sex scenes. They were just too much and didn’t add anything to the story. While both performances were good, not sure why another narrator was added in for this one and I would have preferred just one.

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  • jenny
  • 05-29-22

A bit repetitive

Love the general storyline but the constant sex is getting monotonous and even though I don’t care about swearing it seems to have an excess of it that detracts from the story. Really disliked the addition of the male narrator, he sounded way too old and just didn’t fit the feeling we have gotten used to for him

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-21-22

Interesting but frustrating

My feelings are mixed on this last book. I have loved this series, but it almost felt too drawn out, too long a wait for pieces to start falling in to place. It made me almost want to skip to the end. And then I wanted to hear about her finding her father, and having that reunion before sending him home, but it ended before that. Hopefully that is told in the next book!
I still enjoyed the series, narrators were great, and I cannot wait for the next book! Hopefully without too much extra fluff haha

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-22

The war with Tim

I have enjoyed this series so far! The writing is not outstanding, but the story while at times long winded is an easy listen.

What makes this series is Stina Neilson’s reading of it and book 4 was ruined thanks to Tim!

In the end I just had to skip the Tim bits!!! Please, please, please just stick to Stina for the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-22

Two narrators made for a bad listen

I enjoyed the first books of the series but this one just seems to drag on. I also wished they had used one narrator instead of two. I found the male voice very jarring.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-06-22

Why so much sex

A great story but it was very 50 shades of grey and I found myself annoyed and skipping the various sex scenes at the later half of the book also I don’t think sweat words were necessary for casteel in particular it took away from the setting of the story