A Shadow in the Ember is the first book in the Flesh and Fire series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
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.
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.
I absolutely loved returning to the world from the Blood and Ash series and meeting the characters that were mentioned in The Crown of Gilded Bones. The world and character building was fantastic and dived deeper into what we learned already form the Blood and Ash series. A Shadow in the Ember is a passionate romance with suspense and full of action.
Seraphena is such a strong character and I loved how she never gives up as well as having the weight of her people’s survival on her shoulders. Her interaction with Ash reminds me of Hades and Persephone which is one of my favourite characters. She is stabby just like Poppy and her relationship with Ash reminds of Casteel and Poppy.
Nyktos was amazing and I need more! I can’t wait for the next book.