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The ​Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash, #3)

By Jennifer L. Armentrout
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book three in her Blood and Ash series…

She's been the victim and the survivor…

Poppy never dreamed she would find the love she’s found with Prince Casteel. She wants to revel in her happiness but first they must free his brother and find hers. It’s a dangerous mission and one with far-reaching consequences neither dreamed of. Because Poppy is the Chosen, the Blessed. The true ruler of Atlantia. She carries the blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.

The enemy and the warrior…

Poppy has only ever wanted to control her own life, not the lives of others, but now she must choose to either forsake her birthright or seize the gilded crown and become the Queen of Flesh and Fire. But as the kingdoms’ dark sins and blood-drenched secrets finally unravel, a long-forgotten power rises to pose a genuine threat. And they will stop at nothing to ensure that the crown never sits upon Poppy’s head.

A lover and heartmate…

But the greatest threat to them and to Atlantia is what awaits in the far west, where the Queen of Blood and Ash has her own plans, ones she has waited hundreds of years to carry out. Poppy and Casteel must consider the impossible—travel to the Lands of the Gods and wake the King himself. And as shocking secrets and the harshest betrayals come to light, and enemies emerge to threaten everything Poppy and Casteel have fought for, they will discover just how far they are willing to go for their people—and each other.

And now she will become Queen…

2668 Reviews

“If you didn't like the second book on the series, i do not recommend that you follow through with this one. This saga should have been shorter, or should have way more lore in it. The book starts with a bang, i must admit. It has lots of action in the first 10% or so. But then? Emptyness untill like 60% of the book, where we finally, slowly get more plot. Of course, the last 20% is packed with action and a cliffhanger onto the next book, as did the previous book. So 50% of the book is plotless, which is quite a lot considering the book is 600 pages long. It's just Casteel and Poppy talking and wondering about where does Poppy get her powers. Notice i say wondering, not training or investigating. This time could be invested into creating other subplots, or Poppy spending time with other characters (Poppy never leaves Casteel's side) and creating her own unique friendships with the wolven and with Casteel's friends. Not only that, but the convesations Poppy and Casteel hold are the same ones over and over again. They talk about what they have to do to save the kingdom, yet spend lots of leisure days in bed or walking around, just "waiting" for something to happen (Cas's parents arrival, them getting somewhere, etc). Casteel also talks about how special Poppy is and how much he loves her and such blind devotion has erased most of his character and personality from the first book. They don't really talk about anything else. Moreover, the jokes that i once found funny (the diary, the stabbing and the questioning) are tiring and overused. Can't they have new jokes? And don't get me started on their shows of afection. Normaly i love when book couples are affectionate towards each other. But here there are mostly ""spicy"" scenes and they are thrown so randomly without any context?? They can be talking about how to aproach a problem they have after a battle and then casteel is like: okay leave us alone now. Like.... for real? right now?? without any precedent??? i ended up loathing them. The joining was mentioned in the first book and is still being mentioned. However, i don't see Poppy getting closer to Kieran- i wish they had time to develop a true friendship and have their own little talks, own little jokes, so that whenever the joining takes place (if it does) they all truly care for each other. And then, when you are asking yourself how long until the story advances, there is an info dump. What, that thing you have been looking for, wondering how to get for half of the book without doing any advances towards getting it? Yeah, its past the mountains right there. Easy peasy. With the length these books have, there is more than enough time for the plot to reveal itself slowly, instead of throwing info dump after info dump. Also, about Poppy's family? It's okay to have a plot twist but please. ONE. All of the plot twists in this story are about who poppy really is and where does she come from. Its okay if you have a FEW. But not this many and so quickly? There are other plots where you can introduce a plot twist i promise. Now, the book did have some redeeemable qualities. I like the characters: i like the wolven, Kieran the most, and i like Poppy most of the time. I wish Casteel was as interesting as in the first book and was not around Poppy all the time. And when there is action (like at the beggining and the end of the book) the story is actually good! So either spread the plot more evenly or take away the boring fillers! So overall, the book is poorly structured and it's been lengthened without any reason, and thus i had a hard time getting through it. I keep hoping that the next book will have more plot and therefore less filler but... i have to say that the books went down in quality as i advanced with the story. If feels as if is the author doesn't know what to do with the story yet, and so it's not really well organized and structured.”
Thumbs Up“I want to start by saying I Love this story, Poppy, Kieran and Hawk! But this 3rd one was difficult and felt sloppy somehow. The writing is not up to par, and I was very disappointed by that: made the read that much harder. I know how good it can be and I was confused by this one. Felt like a filler except it was 645 pages. The last 5 Ch picked the book up and it was like we had gone out of the mist and back into the actual story as it should be! I was reminded why I love this series so much and now I’m hooked again wanting to know what happens next. So on to the next one ♥️”
Immersive settingBad writingUnengaging characters
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“Yeeessss!! Poppy & Casteel! 😍 and how much they grow! Loved it! I need more!💪🏼😤👊🏼”
Believable charactersCharacters change and growHeartbreakingRomanticThrilling
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“I couldn’t put this one down. May be my second favorite so far. A lot happened and changed in this one. Loving this series!!”
Characters change and growMulti-layered charactersOriginal characters
Thumbs Up“Didn’t enjoy this one as much as the 1st and 2nd book. There was still a lot of info dumping in the beginning. I’d say the 1st 65-70% is a lot like the 2nd book which, if you read them can make the 3rd book feel dry. Enjoyed the ending, adds and element for the 4th book. But I really struggled to get thru this book. Doesn’t matter how much smut you put in it to make it fill in the holes, it still felt dry and a lot of sex. Push thru if you can. I’m hoping the 4th book is way better now that characters are coming to light.”

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