A Shadow in the Ember (Flesh and Fire #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Make him fall in love, become his weakness, and end him. That was my destiny.

Plot Summary

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.

Trigger Warnings: Blood & gore/ explicit sexual content/ murder/ suicide

My Review

Seraphena was born with an obligation. She was to be a Consort to the Primal of Death, make him fall in love with her and then kill him in order to stop the plague that was spreading in Carsedonia. 

Sera is very skilled with weapons and often helps her sister rescue children from the streets and dangerous situations. One night she witness a murder of a man and child and before she can attempt to help them, she is restrained by a mysterious man named Ash, whom she believes is a God. Together they try to find why the supernatural creatures are in the human world killing people.

Their banter is hilarious, much like Hawke and Poppy. It was absolutely delightful.

“Don’t,” Ash cut me off as he spun around. “Not a single word.” I scrambled to my feet. “Excuse me?” “In case you have trouble counting, that is two words.”

I was very excited to read this book because it is set in the world of From Blood & Ash which I absolutely love.

I found Sera very similar to Poppy. They’re both strong and fierce characters that put aside their own happiness to save their dying kingdom. Nyktos really surprised me. I thought he would be harsh and violent, being the Primal of Death and all, but he’s tender and caring. 

Although it’s not necessary to understand this story, I would definitely read From Blood & Ash first.

There are some plot twists in this story and that ending absolutely wrecked me. It ended in a cliffhanger and now I have to be strong and wait for the second book.

Highlight Moments

– Sera waiting for the arrival of the primal of Death

– Sera and Ash first meeting

– The lake scene

– Sera being tortured by her brother and the arrival of the Primal of Death

– The revelation of Primal of Death and Primal of Life true story

– The huge cliffhanger in the end


“What does…meyaah Liessa mean?” That eyebrow seemed to climb even higher. “It means my Queen.”

“I am Nyktos, ruler of the Shadowlands, the Primal of Death.”

“Where’s all that bravery?” Ash asked.

“My bravery ends when I’m faced with something that can swallow me whole.”

“In case you’re wondering,”—his voice was a kiss against my skin—“this is me intentionally staring.” I started to lower, seeking the shield of the water, but I stopped myself. I would not shrink or cower to anyone or anything. “Pervert.”

“You should’ve thought about that before you picked up that whip,” the Primal growled. “And touched what is mine.” What is mine? Another laugh tickled the back of my throat. Now he claimed me?”

PLOT: ★★★★★
COVER: ★★★★

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