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Thoughts on The War of Two Queens (Blood and Ash, Book 4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


The fourth installment of the Blood and Ash Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout was released called The War of Two Queen. I read it in a day… literally stayed up all night unable to put the book down. While I could do a proper review, I haven’t done so with the rest of the series. I have a lot of thoughts I wanted to share, which means I’m going to go heavy into spoilers, especially regarding the last few chapters of the book.

So, here’s my quick spoiler-free review:

I loved this book and would give it a rating of 4.25 out of 5 stars. This book returns to the fantasy elements over the romance ones. While the romance elements are still there, they aren’t as heavy as the second and third books in the series. Most of the focus is on the plot of moving the world forward. From the war between Poppy and Isbeth, rescuing Casteel, and the prophecy that hangs over everyone. There are more secrets revealed that will have lasting effects on the story moving forward. There will be one more book in the series and I’m curious how things are going to wrap up in it.


From the desperation of golden crowns…

Casteel Da’Neer knows all too well that very few are as cunning or vicious as the Blood Queen, but no one, not even him, could’ve prepared for the staggering revelations. The magnitude of what the Blood Queen has done is almost unthinkable.

And born of mortal flesh…

Nothing will stop Poppy from freeing her King and destroying everything the Blood Crown stands for. With the strength of the Primal of Life’s guards behind her, and the support of the wolven, Poppy must convince the Atlantian generals to make war her way—because there can be no retreat this time. Not if she has any hope of building a future where both kingdoms can reside in peace.

A great primal power rises…

Together, Poppy and Casteel must embrace traditions old and new to safeguard those they hold dear—to protect those who cannot defend themselves. But war is only the beginning. Ancient primal powers have already stirred, revealing the horror of what began eons ago. To end what the Blood Queen has begun, Poppy might have to become what she has been prophesied to be—what she fears the most.

As the Harbinger of Death and Destruction.

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Spoiler Heavy Thoughts on The War of Two Queens

I’m not going to be going into every detail from the book, but the majority of them. Most of them are going to focus on the end of the book as it sets up for the final book of the series.

The main elements that were explored in this book were:

Other smaller details that were revealed or happened:

I’m looking forward to seeing where the final book in the series takes the characters. Especially since Poppy is now fully a Primal. As Nektas states she’s the “Primal of Blood and Bone, the Primal of Life.” Though she’s not the true Primal of Life yet, Seraphina still holds that title. Jadis we know is still alive and Ires will be freed in the next book. Isbeth may have claimed he was a willing participant in the creation of both Millicent and Poppy, but we don’t know from his perspective what happened. Only he went to the mortal realm after Malec became unconscious then was trapped in a cage that nullified his powers.

Also, it will be interesting to see a new antagonist in this series now that Isbeth is dead. Kolis is the antagonist of Flesh and Fire series so we know a bit about the things he will do. But we still have yet to fully meet him in either series. He’s been a mention thus far. Not to mention, who the hell is Callum. We know he’s a Revenant but that’s it. I don’t recall him from A Shadow in the Ember. Most of those individuals were killed by Nyktos when they moved against Seraphina, but I also didn’t commit their names to memory. But he seems important since he taught Isbeth how to make more of him. Not to mention, I have a feeling he had a hand in Isbeth learning about Kolis after Malec and her son were taken from her. I’m still surprised she killed Malec, but I guess it was either Malec or Poppy and she’s already mourned Malec for years so it makes sense in a way why she chose him.

I’m really curious if Millicent will team up with Poppy. We know her sister fled after the battle and Malik went after her, but she seemed shocked to learn that her mother intended to murder her to raise Kolis. I mean it would’ve been Poppy had Millicent not been a failure. Which honestly was Isbeth’s fault. She waited until Casteel was weak to use his blood for Millicent’s Ascension, and couldn’t use Ires’s blood since his powers were nullified in his cage. Still, Millicent learned that her mother fully intended to kill her and that was her sole purpose of being born. The same goes for Poppy. That cannot be easy to process. I hope the sisters somehow manage to come to mutual terms in the wake of everything since Millicent didn’t agree with the things Isbeth was doing. At least, according to Malik.

If you read this book, what did you think? Any elements you were surprised by or what do you think of the events that happened?

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Mae Polzine

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