You know those books you stumble upon and then fall so deeply into you can’t breathe and you don’t care? Yup. Found one of those.
I picked up From Blood and Ash at Barnes and Noble on a whim. People on Goodreads who read and liked my book (Thief in the Castle) also read and enjoyed From Blood and Ash. So, I thought it’d be right up my alley.
OMG. It was right up my alley.
I didn’t know this was a vampire romance at the time of purchase. It didn’t feel like a vampire romance until the last act, when things REALLY picked up.
This book takes the vampire/werewolf thing and makes it into something brand new. The world was built so phenomenally well, I didn’t know there were vampires or werewolves, at least not in the traditional sense, or the Twilight sense. Of course, I have stayed away from the vampire/werewolf genre because I told myself I didn’t like it. (Because of Twilight and the craze that followed.)
Let me correct myself: I don’t like contemporary or urban fantasy, and a lot of vampire stories are those. From Blood and Ash is a high fantasy, which is my jam.
This book absolutely blew me away, enough that the typos didn’t bother me. Yes, there are types. Quite a few. It’s like the copy editor fell asleep. There were a few times where the wrong word was used, a few where a word was left out, and a few odd spaces or a quotation mark that was facing the wrong direction. Things an editor should have caught. Sure, typos exist in all books, but these were…bordering on the shameful side. There were other instances of major clunk in the sentences, enough that I lost my sense of story and had to read the sentence out loud. Just some real awkwardly worded sentences. If I tried to put those in a book, my editor would have been like, “What are you trying to say?”
All in all, the writing was not as clean as it could have been. A good round or two of editing would have trimmed the word count and the useless scenes/lines that are just…there.
But, like I said, the story made up for the surplus of typos. It’s a bad boy/good girl senario, and the lady and her guard senario, and y’all know I am a sucker for both of those. There’s also mystery within the plot as to what is really happening with the Ascension, because it’s clear from the first page that it’s not what it appears to be.
And Poppy. Poppy is my kind of protagonist. She is sheltered and fiesty. She has been through some very dark things, but she remains bright as a star. She’s awkward when it comes to people because she’s not been around people, yet she can handle a dagger. Again, MY KIND of girl.
The first act pulled me in, the second act held me there, and act three kept me up at night. I cannot recommend this book enough for lovers of high fantasy romance that’s not afraid of getting smutty. From Blood and Ash is dark and sensual, fantastical and mysterious. I LOVE IT. I bought book 2 and 3 before I finished it.
So, From Blood and Ash gets a smutty 5 out of 5.