The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout is the third book of the Blood and Ash series. I bought my copy of The Crown of Gilded Bones when I was almost finished with A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire so I could jump right to the next book. This series is slowly taking over my life, and I love it. Like always, I will not have any spoilers for The Crown of Gilded Bones.
A victim and a survivor…
Poppy never thought it was possible to find this kind of love with Prince Casteel. Even though she just wants to bask in their happiness, the pair must first free Malik and find Ian. However, their mission is a dangerous one with profound consequences neither could foresee. Due to Poppy being the Chosen, Blessed. With the blood of the King of the Gods coursing through her veins, she is the true ruler of Atlantia. Through birthright, the crown and kingdom are hers.
An enemy and a warrior…
Despite only ever wanting control of her own life, Poppy must choose if she wants to be in control of others by either rejecting her birthright or accepting the gilded crown and becoming the Queen of Flesh and Fire. However, a forgotten power starts to pose a threat while the kingdom’s sins and secrets finally come to the surface. This power is determined to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head.
A lover and heartmate…
However, the greatest threat to Poppy, Casteel, and Atlantia is in the west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash waits to carry out a plan she’s waited hundreds of years to do. Now Poppy and Casteel must make decision, whether or not to travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King. And despite secrets, betrayals, and enemies threatening everything they’ve strived to protect, Poppy and Casteel will discover just how far they’re willing to go for their people and for each other.
And now she becomes a Queen.
So, it’s been two months from when I finished reading The Crown of Gilded Bones and writing this review. I literally couldn’t stop reading this series to write a review. Need to stop doing that, especially for books I enjoy as much as this one. Therefore this review will not be as detailed as reviews I’ve previously posted. I will have this paragraph at the beginning of the reviews that weren’t written immediately after finishing them.
Finally, Poppy and Casteel are together. I absolutely love their chemistry together, and their friendship with Kieran makes their trio even more fun. Not only that, but Poppy is a god and the rightful Queen of Atlantia. Going from a dressed up doll for the Ascended to Queen of Atlantia is such a beautiful transformation for Poppy. Not only does it show how much she has accomplished, but also how much she has grown and come into herself. With that comes meeting the people of Atlantia and becoming Queen.
Once they’re in Atlantia, the flood gates come open with truths, betrayals, and even more questions. It never ends with the revelations in this series. I believe Poppy handles all this maturely and helps Casteel from becoming overly emotional about the situation. The last half of The Crown of Gilded Bones is where a lot of the action and heartache happens. Honestly I didn’t expect that ending, and I was really tempted to wait until The War of Two Queens released to jump right into the story. However, I had to wait and read A Shadow in the Ember immediately after which I highly recommend everyone do.
“You told me I was your home. That works both ways.”
“I went to the Red Pearl that night because I wanted to live. And I found you.”
“Most men wouldn’t know logic if it smacked them in the face.”
“Are you seriously smiling at him after he just suggested that I don’t have a brain?”
“I, for one, am glad that I’m surrounded by those who have more loyalty and thirst for adventure than common sense.”
“You are a King. My King. And you will always be my everything, but never will you be a thing.”
“I didn’t know one could feel such wrath and yet feel such silence.”
Star Rating: /5
Spice Rating: /5
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