Narrator: Stina Nielsen
Also by this author: From Blood and Ash, The Crown of Gilded Bones
Series: Blood and Ash #2
Also in this series: From Blood and Ash, The Crown of Gilded Bones
Published by Brilliance Audio on 3td November 2020
Genres: Erotica, Fantasy, New Adult, Romance, Supernatural
Length: 24 hours and 21 minutes
Source: I bought it
Amazon Kindle, Audible
Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.
Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.
But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.
As soon as I finished the first book I jumped right into this second book. This book picks up right where the first one ended. With the first book ending in such a cliffhanger, I was grateful to be able to dive straight into the second book.
I enjoyed the first book in this series but I LOVED this second book. The pace was spot on and
The chemistry and teasing between Poppy and Hawke is off the charts. Their relationship is so good. I really enjoyed seeing this develop over the course of the book. I wish some things hadn’t needed to be rushed but I understand why. If you love an enemies to lovers story then this series is for you.
I loved seeing Poppy go from the wallflower maiden to the strong leader. As she learns that everything she has been told is a lie she vows to expose the truth. Once her eyes are opened she proves that they have underestimated her time and time again.
Kieran, oh Kieran! I love this guy! We NEED a book for Kieran! He is so funny. I love the relationship he has with Poppy. I’d love to delve deeper into his character there is so much there.
The narration is excellent. Stina knows just how to pitch her voice for the right level of suspense, excitement and danger. Stina really made this story come to life.
As with the first book this one ended on the BIGGEST cliffhanger so make sure you have book 3 before you get to the end I mean unless you love being tortured!
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