[Book Review] A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout


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.

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Book Facts

Published: October 2021
Genre: Fantasy
Format: e-ARC 

                                                                                      ✨ I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ✨

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I always find the hardest part of writing a review is the beginning, you know what I mean? I have all the opinions ready to go in my brain, but then having to mould that into sense that’s the killer.. anyone else feel like that? No? Just me? 

Ok let’s dive in. I love the FB&A series but I was little apprehensive in starting this book – its almost a full set of new characters to learn about that somehow ties in with the main book – I mean how was that going to even work? However Jennifer really did pull it out of the bag. 

I’m just going to say it now, there is a lot of info dumping which makes the story feel a little heavy but I think that is the main point of this book right – to give us some background on what will happen going forward in TWOTQ. So many things from FB&A make sense now like my MIND IS BLOWN… 

Hang on I’m getting way ahead of myself. So Sera, probably one of the most unique characters I’ve read, so very different from Poppy also similar at the same time. I think I may even prefer her to Poppy. I enjoyed her mindset and how she sees the world.. it was a refreshing change seeing things through her perspective. Just like Sera the Primal of Death is just as complex. I would have loved some scenes from his perspective – I’m really interested in his thoughts and feelings because is actions were so interesting and sometimes really unexpected for what he is. 

As I was saying there is a lot of information given in this book, but on the whole the story was great, the spice level was on another level – it was all in the little details.. ahh I just loved it – the chemistry was instant and the love part was a long slow burn *Chefs kiss* I loved the world building and discovering what things were like before From Blood and Ash. 

In a Nutshell.. 

This story was damn good. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. Go read this and enjoy my lovelies!! 

My Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more

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