From the moment she was born, Poppy has been more than just a girl. She is the Maiden, and she has known her entire life she will be given to the gods the moment she turns 19 to help turn humans into Ascended, powerful, immortal beings that rule the kingdom of Solis.
Because she is the Maiden, she cannot be touched by anyone, and she lives mostly in solitude under the watchful eye of Solis' royalty. At 18, Poppy is lonely, and she isn't sure she can bear the weight of the kingdom on her shoulders.
Then, mere months before her Ascension, Poppy meets Hawke, a new guard who makes her yearn and question the life she has agreed to live.
But the Ascended, Hawke, and nearly everyone around Poppy aren't what they seem, and she risks putting her trust in the wrong person at every turn. As she finds herself more drawn to Hawke than ever, she may realize her heart is what's left her most vulnerable.
The first installment in Jennifer L. Armentrout's "Blood and Ash" series is a gripping and sexy fantasy full of twists and turns.
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