The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Fantasy, 645 pages, published in 2021

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.
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.
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.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Oh man, where do I even start with this book…I enjoyed the first book, had mixed feelings about the second, but this one took it to a whole other level.


There was one specific scene where Casteel told Poppy that she can be who she is and feel everything she’s feeling around him. She didn’t need permission, but after guarding herself for so long, she had forgotten.


This book just felt like one long, repetitive, boring conversation. It just felt like the characters had a problem, would discuss it, get absolutely nowhere, then discuss it again. There was some action at the beginning and end, but other than that, it was just a long conversation.

There were some references to modern day things (like showers and casseroles, of all things) that immediately took me out of the story. It takes some effort to take this book seriously for me, but those things made it impossible.

Everything with the worldbuilding and family trees is so confusing to me and I’m not sure it will ever make sense.


If you enjoyed the first and second books, you’ll probably like this one? I’m not even sure. My opinions about this series go downhill with each installment, especially when I realized that there will be at least two more books in the series after this one.

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