Title: Fall of Ruin and Wrath
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication: September 12, 2023
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
Long ago, the world was destroyed by gods. Only nine cities were spared. Separated by vast wilderness teeming with monsters and unimaginable dangers, each city is now ruled by a guardian―royalty who feed on mortal pleasure.
Born with an intuition that never fails, Calista knows her talents are of great value to the power-hungry of the world, so she lives hidden as a courtesan of the Baron of Archwood. In exchange for his protection, she grants him information.
When her intuition leads her to save a travelling prince in dire trouble, the voice inside her blazes with warning―and promise. Today he’ll bring her joy. One day he’ll be her doom.
When the Baron takes an interest in the travelling prince and the prince takes an interest in Calista, she becomes the prince’s temporary companion. But the city simmers with rebellion, and with knights and monsters at her city gates and a hungry prince in her bed, intuition may not be enough to keep her safe.
Calista must choose: follow her intuition to safety or follow her heart to her downfall.
This author is one of my favorites. Her writing style is very distinctive and she is excellent at world building. I feel like I read her stories and fall right into them. This book is no different. It is the first of a series, so if you don’t like to read unfinished sets, wait for the rest. This does end in a semi-cliffhanger.
Calista is an orphan who has had to do anything to survive. As a character, she is very likable. As with most of Jennifer’s female leads, Calista is stubborn and combative. She meets Prince Thorne, who is drawn to her immediately. He’s rough and tough and there isn’t anything I don’t like about him already. The banter between these two is so, so good. The sexual tension is off the charts immediately. On top of all that, I had an easy time understanding the world and the magic/fantasy aspects of this story. The angel stories have been done so many times that it is hard to find something different, but I already love the spin Jennifer has put on this tale.
There is also a strong underlying tone of consent here, which is a running theme for most of her work and I love that! There is spice and it is oh so good. Thorne, and the type of being he is, gives an excess of pleasure naturally and I will let your imagination run from there.
I don’t have any negative things to say so far. I enjoyed this book immensely. I am a vibes kind of girl and this book has them. I highly recommend this book to readers of the From Blood and Ash series or Flesh and Fire series by Jennifer L Armentrout.
Five stars all day!
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