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The ​Crown of Gilded Bones

(Blood and Ash #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  168,691 ratings  ·  16,602 reviews
She's been the victim and the survivor…

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 b
Paperback, 645 pages
Published April 20th 2021 by Blue Box Press
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Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

plot heavy + romance heavy + smut heavy = TOP TIER

I finished this last night and fuck me, I’m still reeling from everything that happened. I just have one question: HOW THE HELL DO I GO ON WITH MY LIFE NOW?

honestly, I just came for the romance and romance only. with a side of plot😊 and i was not disappointed! usually by the third or fourth book in a series, the romance is the main thing for me. when I’m so in love with a ship and adore them with all my heart then everything
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021, romance, fantasy, arc
From Blood and Ash: ★★★★
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire: ★★★

2 1/2 stars

The Crown of Gilded Bones was one of my most anticipated books this year. These books are like junk food for me. High quality? No. But very enjoyable. And sometimes that’s all we need. The first book was tons of fun. I had a few issues with the second book but I still enjoyed it anyway. However, this installment simply wasn’t as good as the first two.

This book continues directly from the cliffhanger of AKOFAF and the first chapt
Marina 🌊
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you see me giving 5 stars to a book that hasn’t released yet. Mind your business. Me & Kieran’s wolven senses smell the excellency 💅🏻


I just finished.

1. I love Kieran.
2. I love Kieran. Give me more of him please.
3. Poppycas supremacy 🔥
4. A lot of info-dumping :/
5. Repetitive sometimes.
6. Predictable ending. Am I still upset? Yes, I am sangry. How do I recover. Send help.
7. Poppy’s family tree gave me whiplash. What is the truth Oprah. C’mon
8. Give me book 4 now.
9. I enjoyed it.
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
well, im now deceased. the vamprys have sucked me dry and ive officially ascended.

please respect my privacy during this difficult time.

P.S. cant wait for you all to join me in the afterlife on the 20th. 🖤


holy crap. i got an ARC! you have no idea how fast i rushed home to start it - usain bolt could never. lol.

im so sorry for everyone else who has to wait a few more weeks. buuuuut the first three chapters are available as a preview in apple books here !

5 stars
Before you ask: There's no Joining.


“Bravery is a fleeting beast, isn’t it? Always there to get you into trouble, but quick to disappear once you’re where you want to be.”

I love and respect you immensely, Jennifer L. Armentrout because of which I really want to be biased and rate this book five stars straightaway. But I'm afraid I don't want to mislead people. I want to convince you all to read it (especially for the last 20 chapters) but I'm afraid you might resent the middle, slow part
spring ~♡
Nov 08, 2020 rated it did not like it

I thought From Blood and Ash had ‌zero plot. Or maybe the plot was invisible. Then I tried the second book and realised this one has even less plot than the first one. After that, I tried this trash. And guess what! Turned out this one has even ✨less✨ plot than the second one which I thought wasn’t even possible. Did I mention the first book has no plot?

Ugh, this book made me realise I'm not giving enough credits to my histo
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hear me out: Poppy, Cas, and Kieran & that’s all i’m gonna say about that 👀

New Review:

OKAY. First half will be spoiler free and second half will have spoilers.

This book was so freaking epic. Books 1 and 2 left us with so many questions they hurt my head and then the real purpose of Book 3 was to answer all those questions (which gave me an even bigger headache tbh). Do I love this series for the world-building and the plot? No, not really because i’m
Ashlee » libraryinthecountry
WELL. If that wasn’t an EPIC ending, I don’t know what is. 🤭😵🔥

If you’re hoping to get a coherent, non-rambling review in which I carefully examine all of the themes and crafty bits of this book ... you’re out of luck. 😂 Instead, you’re going to get me straight up FREAKING OUT because this book has left me IN A STATE ... of awe, of disbelief, of adoration ... I’m feeling all the things, y’all.

"There cannot be equality in power if there is no choice."

This book has more of everything that I lo
• Lindsey Dahling •
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
Trying to decide if I need to begin mourning one of my favorite series or not.

1. The book starts off strong.
It was very much like the series I know and love. There was action. There was tension. There was suspense. We hit the ground running.

2. The middle draaaaaaaaags.
And by middle, I mean the middle 80%. I’ve never read War and Peace, but I imagine it feels something like this did. I kept falling asleep after a few pages and then started actively avoiding reading altogether. Nothing happens. An
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars

This was just as info-dumpy as AKoFaF—no it was worse actually. But I have a feeling that if i had known it was gonna be like this prior to reading, I would’ve liked it a tiny bit more(?). Like I once said, i like to be mentally prepared for what i’m getting myself into. So that’s a lesson learned for the next books in the series—I’ll just wait for the reviews instead of diving in head first.

That being said, this was just exhausting af. It felt like the world building and info dumpi
❀ Rose ❀
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.
WARNING: rant coming your way. Enjoy.

🔹 Overall feelings:
〰 *Le sigh*...
Here’s the thing, this wasn’t necessarily a bad book. It was however, an incredibly boring one. Seriously.
I think that this was a tiny bit better than the second installment in the series in the sense that the repetitive conversations were less repetitive this time around but it still does not deserve more than two stars in my opinion because, as I said, it was mind numbingly boring.

🔹 The characters:
Poppy an
Lia Carstairs
That ending completely wrecked me.

I went from being punched in the guts to screaming to silently sobbing to cackling like an insane lunatic.

Oh how I can't wait to see the chaos that's coming and more dragons

The Crown of Gilded Bones was far from perfect yet I still wholeheartedly loved it. The expansion of the world and it's creatures was just amazing. Surprisingly, me—who's horrible at keeping up with too many new terms thrown in books, actually was able to follow through all that was going on
Phuong ✯
1st read April 2021: 3.5 stars
2nd read March 2022: 3.5 stars

I needed a refresher in preparation of The War of Two Queens and now I'm ready.
"Isbeth may have her Revenants, her knights, soldiers, and those who support her." My grip tightened. "But I have the draken."

this quote has the same energy as

Meghan Trainor - What If I

One thing for sure, if you didn't enjoy A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire , you will sure as hell not enjoy A Crown of Gilded Bones , because it's as slow-pa
Jun 14, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: rtc
where's the bleach because my eyes need to be cleansed

review to come...
Lucie V.
“The villain is always the hero in their story, aren’t they?”


I'm still reeling from the last part of the book. The ending completely wrecked me. But at the same time, Poppy is so fucking awesome... 😭😭😭

✅ Strong badass main character
✅ Amazing secondary characters
✅ Perfect love interest
✅ Sweet and sexy romance
✅ Funny banter
✅ Plot and pace
✅ Action
✅ Gods and mythology
✅ Drakens!!!! 🐉
❗️❗️ Huge cliffhanger 😩


While I am madly in love with the characters and the world-bu
Laura Thalassa
Sep 30, 2020 marked it as to-read
myo (myonna reads)
2.5 stars if i’m being frank.

whoever told me this book was “sooooo good” i want my personal own rounds with you.

i can very much tell at this point JLA wants long drawn out series because besides for 200 pages, literally nothing happens in this fucking book. she keeps using the same jokes from the first book, the same lines like mentioning hawke’s dimples constantly. kept trying to figure out who she was a descendant of, which is fine but in this book they would go so far trying to figure out h
Maryam Rz.
EDIT: There was no Joining but, damn, did I love the theme of that backstory reveal and ofc the amount of fun. Review to come.


I appreciate how JLA understands that she’s left us all hanging off the cliff edge with that ending and intends to publish this in April 2021.

Y’all, just “hang” in there for six more months. (terrible pun absolutely intended fight me)


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DNF @ 10% - No Rating

I’m gonna press pause on this one…

I am just bored, quite frankly. I didn’t love the first two, but kind of wanted to at least find out how this ended; however, I was just made aware that this is still not going to be the concluding book…so I’m out. I can’t see myself sitting with these characters, this story, and this writing for another 1000+ pages. I don’t hate read and I think I’ve decided this just isn’t for me.

Maybe I’ll pick it up again later, maybe not. Happy this se

1.) From Blood and Ash ★★★★
2.) A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire ★★★

the way i really thought this was the last book of the series lmaooooo! but so much just.... didn't happen after that amazing start and before that really powerful (& omg all the twists) ending. but i had a good time for the most part while reading this, even with so many lulls throughout. but i am begging for kieran to just get his own book.

content and trigger warnings: blood depiction, captivity, violence, gore, talk of death of a c
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
2nd Read, Nov. 2021 — 4 Stars
1st Read, April 2021 — 3.5 Stars

#1 From Blood and Ash — 4 Stars
#2 A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire — 4 Stars

I’m building a shrine for MISS WILLA COLYNS to show my appreciation for all the hot and sexiness TCOGB/her diary served me with. 🔥👅 😈

“You are the foundation that helps me stand. You are my walls and my roof. My shelter. You are my home.”

The first 10% was SOOOO GOOODD, but the rest was still as info dumpy as ever with repetitive dialogues and a snail like
dnf @ 56% l 2%

i tried. i really, really tried to get through this shitty mess of a book but i’m not putting myself through this torture any longer.

can i just say that
booktok has some serious issues🤡🤡

my opinions from the second book still stand so if you want to see me attacking this series in all it’s glory, i recommend going to my review of the second book as well.

but, dare i say it, this book has been the worst out of all three.

but before i get started, i’d like to say that i would love to gi
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
EFF ME RUNNING!! That freaking ending!!!! Badassery makes me happy! 😏 Not just at the end though ...

My name is Poppy and you mess with my family and you can just kiss my @ss and die 😘

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Apr 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
ok well damn.
i could go on and on about this book but i’m gonna keep it concise. no spoilers, however it’s my thoughts and opinions at the moment

it’s no secret that JLA can write a very addictive book and it’s also no secret that this series is definitely heavy romance over plot. in fact most of this was hearts and butterflies and that last 30% was action. i’m honestly fine with this but i wish we were introduced to it earlier in the book. it was pretty slow in the beginning and not as fast pac
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I would first like to thank Jen and Steph for sending me this ARC and for being a part of JLA Reviewers.

Spoiler free review

When I started this book, I knew a lot of things were going to happen, it begins straight from where the last book ended and so much stuff had already gone down. What I did not expect was that my jaw would be dropping with the first four chapters. I haven’t read a book in a while where at the beginning something major happened in the beginning chapters, it was a nice change
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
I wish I could shout about what happened at the end of this book because SO MUCH IS GOING ON, but I will just say I’m so freaking excited for everyone to read TCOGB. It’s another fantastic installment in this fantasy romance series that I just can’t get enough of! We learn more about Poppy, her powers, Cas’ family, the Ascended, the war between the two kingdoms, the gods.... there's A Lot. And in the midst of this is our favorite power couple who are now married(!!!) and being all cute and hot a ...more
Jul 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars🌟

This was pretty close to perfection and definitely my favourite so far in the series. It started with a bang, also noticed how well written (in the beginning) it was compared to the previous books in the series. Plot wise? I found it to be much more interesting and I appreciated how there was always something going on while maintaining a sort of balance of light hearted conversation and of course, smut.

I noticed people were not happy with Poppy's powers leveling up so much.
✩ Yaz ✩
4 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This will be spoiler-free so I've got you!

So yeah.. let's talk about The Crown of Gilded Bones, it's the third installment in the Blood and Ash series.

What the hell was that ending JLA!?

It started with a bomb
It ended with a nuclear explosion

This book was more intense than its predecessors. It was such a thrilling experience.

More political intrigue
More world-building
More romance (10x times more)
More characters
More locations
More action
More secrets

The plot-twists were
Sep 18, 2020 marked it as to-read




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