A Shadow in the Ember (Flesh and Fire, #1):Review

About the Book:

Title: A Shadow in the Ember

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Blue Box Press

Release Date: October 19, 2021

Pages: 647

Genre: Adult Fantasy, Adult Romance


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. 51r1jpA5DCS

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.



JLA delivers for me again! A Shadow in the Ember is a new prequel series that’s set in the world of From Blood and Ash, and it had me hooked from the beginning. A friend and I did a buddy read together, and thankfully found out that we should read this before reading The War of Two Queens. I highly suggest this, as it explains a lot of the history in TWOTQ. This book has been comped as being loosely based on Hades and Persephone, so I think if you like that story, and you love FBAA, you’ll definitely enjoy this one!

I absolutely loved Sera and Nyktos! Sera is such a strong female character and Nyktos is just Nyktos! Never thought I would fall for these characters so much. There’s a lot of witty banter between them and so much angst! I loved that this was a slow burn, but there was so much other stuff happening in the story that it kept me fully entertained. I really delighted in this world and the mythology so much, and that we were able to see the world during the time of the gods and Primals. My friend and I had lots of discussions as we were reading about different theories, etc. in this world and in the future FBAA world.

I definitely can not wait for the sequel, A Light in the Flame which will be published in November 2022!

About the Author:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.h030r3g0j8vi8jm0p6kc8tguqo._SY600_

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.

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