A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L Armentrout
“You should’ve thought about that before you picked up that whip,” the Primal growled. “And touched what is mine.”
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.
This is the first book in the series set in the same world as Blood and Ash but the timeline proceeds. Here we have Seraphena the first Maiden chosen before birth to save her people and become the Consort to the Primal of Death. She must make him fall in love and then end him.
It’s no secret one of my favorite books is From Blood and Ash. Starting this one I did struggle a little because the story is so similar. It’s really hard not to compare. But once the book gets going it takes on a life of its own and I loved it! Sera like Poppy is another strong- anything but delicate Maiden- that can kick some serious 🍑! I love JLA’s female leads! And Nyktos is just another swoon worthy evil yet dreamy male! The development of characters in this and all of JLA’s stories is so amazing. The world building and plot just totally draw you in. These books are thick but you don’t want to put them down. I will definitely be rereading this one to hold me over until the next book releases!