Genres: Enemies to Lovers, Fantasy
A Shadow in the Ember is the first book in the Flesh and Fire series, a prequel set years prior to the Blood and Ash series giving us the story of the first Maiden, Seraphena and Nyktos. Little did I know how badly I needed this story before I sat down and devoured over 700 pages in a couple of hours and was left with a book hangover that feels like it’ll never be over.
Seraphena was born for one purpose; to save her people from the Rot that is destroying them and become the consort of the Primal of Death by making him fall in love with her and then kill him. Her entire life, she was trained to destroy him. What Seraphena never expected was to be the one that falls for him.
“I knew these were the kinds of kisses I’d read about in those books. The ones I’d never experienced at The Jade when I sought to ease the restless energy in me. Because I could do this for hours and never grow tired.”
Much like Poppy, Seraphena is another badass female who can hold her own against a tough fight. But Seraphina also has a family that treats her horribly and a childhood that wasn’t hers, her days filled with training to be a weapon against the Primal.
And then there’s the delicious Nyktos who we initially meet in the Blood and Ash series but now in a whole new light. Mystery and temptation all rolled into one package. This brings the character to a whole other level, especially when we get to the Shadowlands. While Seraphena and Nyktos butt heads, the heat and tension radiates from them at every interaction. Hello slowburn romance!
“He drew my head back, as he kissed me like he wouldn’t allow a single part of my mouth to go unexplored. As if he’d been waiting for ages to do this.”
I need so much more and I need it ASAP! Armentrout had me at the edge of my seat the entire time and I could not put the book down. I loved every second of it because as always, the Queen of romantic fantasy gave us gold! 5+ Stars!!