Let me start by saying that this book was predictable and maybe that was why I couldn’t get into it as much as I wanted to. It was filled with twists and hints placed around the book so if you looked for it or not you’ll see the hints and probably know what to expect next. It was a lovely read it was alright to me considering it was heavily recommended by booktokers and bookstagramers.
The worldbuilding, along with its history with the different kingdoms and the wars were pretty much alright I had some issues understanding or maybe accepting it but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the story either way. This book was marketed for fans of Sarah J Mass et cetera but if you just take it as a book and read it as a book written by Jennifer L. Armentrout you will enjoy it. It is not another Sarah J Mass. This is a Jennifer L. Armentrout and she’s done a good job with this book.
Plus guess what it gets better.
Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.
The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.
Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.