The Crown of Gilded Bones: ★★★☆☆
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Adult Fantasy Romance
Book three in the Blood and Ash series.
Spoiler Warning: while this book does not spoil the contents of The Crown of Gilded Bones, it may allude to characters or instances within From Blood and Ash and A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire.
The Crown of Gilded Bones Synopsis:
“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.” [Abbreviated Goodreads Synopsis]
The Crown of Gilded Bones Non-Spoiler Review
The Crown of Gilded Bones picks off right where A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire ends. I love this choice, it slams us straight back into the story. The beginning of this book was so tense, and there was a battle scene that I loved. Armentrout is known for her romances, but she writes action scenes so well. I only wish there were more.
Before I get into the details, I just want to say that I really enjoyed this book and I had a lot of fun reading it but I didn’t finish it with a feeling of love and excitement that I felt when reading the first two books.
This book was just . . . too long. The first and last 100 pages were really entertaining, but I felt like the middle section was so repetitive. There was a really big decision to be made in this book, and we spent so long debating back and forth inside Poppy’s mind that by the time the choice came, I wasn’t surprised. I felt like this with a lot of the big reveals, Poppy asks a lot of questions, she’s curious, and I love that. But she does such a good job at considering all the options that a lot of the time, one of the reveals is something she has already considered, so instead of feeling like “no way I never saw that coming” I’m left thinking “ah, so that prediction was right.” Now, this isn’t always the case, there were reveals I didn’t see coming, but it did happen too often.
Speaking of repetitive, and it hurts me to say this, but I didn’t find this book funny, at all. What I loved about the previous book, especially the first instalment, was the charming and indecent banter between Casteel and Poppy. But I just felt like it was all a little overdone, we’ve had so many diary jokes for three books that I’m no longer entertained by them. Even a lot of the sexual remarks made between the two – stabbing jokes, domineering comments – felt like they’d been used a lot. This isn’t limited to dialogue, there were moments were someone would take of a dirty shirt, for example, in one paragraph, and then the same sentence was repeated again a couple of paragraphs later.
I’m disappointed that I have more negative comments that I expected for this book. Perhaps I’m not the exact target audience – I admit I don’t read a long of fantasy romance – but considering how much I love this series, I expected to enjoy this one just as much.
There’s a lot of sex in this book, which is fine, it’s what the genre demands, but my favourite moments between Casteel and Poppy were when they were just taking to one another. They spent so much time battling foe or not talking, that it was nice to see them get to know one another more, and for Casteel to open up about his past. I thought those moments were really nice.
We learn a lot about the world in this book, the Gods, society, the history. It was nice to see the landscape expand and learn more about Atlantia. We also see some familiar faces and meet new characters.
Of course, in classic Jennifer L. Armentrout, this book ended on another cliff-hanger. Despite my mixed feelings, I still enjoy this series and I’m looking forward the fourth instalment.
Series Ratings so far…
From Blood and Ash: ★★★★☆ [My Review]
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire: ★★★★☆ [My Review]
The Crown of Gilded Bones ★★★☆☆
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Thank you for reading,
Nicole / HalfWildBooks