The Crown of Gilded Bones

The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout Book Summary

Bow Before Your Queen Or Bleed Before Her…

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book three in her Blood and Ash series.

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 blood of the King of Gods within her. By right the crown and the kingdom are hers.

The enemy and the warrior…

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.

A lover and heartmate…

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.

And now she will become Queen…

The Crown of Gilded Bones by Jennifer L. Armentrout Book Reviews

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- disappointing2 star

waited so long and was so excited. the first couple chapters and the last couple chapters were great and everything in between was pointless. very disappointed

- From Blood and Ash5 star

I literally could NOT put this series down. It has everything you could ever was in a book!!

- Read it5 star

Read it and find out

- Meh2 star

This didn’t feel as exciting to read as the previous books. It felt like a chore to read. The only motivation I had to finish this book was because I bought it. If you want to spice thing up, take a shot when you see the words: stabbing/stabbed, knife/dagger, heart, question/questions. Author always brings up her stabbing him in the heart at least twice in every chapter.

- Very disappointed2 star

I waited so long for this book. Hyped it up for months to my husband and friends- I was so let down. There is so much dialogue and hardly any moving plot whatsoever. Hugely disappointed

- Felt let down2 star

I love this series and was really looking forward to this book but felt really let down. I found it to be slow moving with too much unnecessary dialogue. Pages were spent describing excess detail or to over state the obvious. I did not enjoy it even half as much as the first two. I’m really hoping the next is better and with more action. This series has so much potential.


I was at the edge of my seat at 4am

- Loved!!!5 star

Love this series!! This book is no different. Lots of twists and turns that will keep you reading!! I don’t think I put it down since I started reading it!! So addictive!! Can’t wait for the next book in the series!!

- Can’t wait5 star

I can’t wait for the next book!! I love this series

- Couldn’t stop reading!5 star

I’m already finished reading this novel and now I’m mad at myself for not spacing it out more because I don’t even know when Jennifer plans to write the next story. I’m an avid reader and I’ve read plenty of fantasy/romance/adventure books in my time and this is by far one of the best series I’ve ever come across. Each of the characters is incredibly well-developed and the story is so immersive that I’ve found myself laughing out loud, crying and on the edge of my seat at other times. I can’t applaud Jennifer enough for her fantastically skillful writing and the beautiful, magical world she has created. Jennifer - please write more soon! I can hardly wait to learn what happens next! :)

- So good5 star

October is too far away. How can I go so long without Cass and Poppy? I live this series.

- Not as good as the other two but still amazing4 star

Jennifer never fails to impress. This was probably my least favorite of the three released, but still good nonetheless. Lots of world building and mushy couple moments. I realized this book was all lovers no enemies and that’s why I prefer the other two lol. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

- Love it!!5 star


- ALOT of dialogue...3 star

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed this book. But there are assumptions and deductions the reader makes throughout this book that the author feels obligated to drive home with pages and pages of dialogue. It gets frustrating and tedious. There are also times when the author poorly attempts to make the reader doubt what they have already guessed and then present again as a twist.... It just felt like the story was completed and then some editor came in and said “ It’s too short you need to add more everywhere.”

- Soooooooo slow1 star

I loved the first 2 books. But this book was just talking talking talking and I skimmed a lot. I wanted to love it but it was hard to get through

- Loved5 star

I loved this book. Definitely good on world building and further character development. The plot twists kept me on my toes and eagerly reading as much as i could. Some parts felt rushed or maybe I’m not the best at comprehension but over all it was an amazing book and I can not wait for the story to continue. I have so many theories and ideas about what will happen next!

- How to make rebook bob5 star

This is a good mean mushroom that eats presidents for tips at him restaurants

- So good!5 star

I’m in love with this series and just as I expected, this book did not disappoint. SO GOOD!

- Yes!5 star

This is the best book in the series! I couldn’t put it down. The significance of book being released on April 20th was not lost. 😉

- 10/105 star

Hearts wrenching, I feel like crying, book is so beautiful

- Save for a long plane ride2 star

This book feels roughly 90% dialogue by volume. It often feels like the author wanted to tell an entirely different story, one that takes place hundreds of years ago in book time. But she told this one, so instead we spend the majority of the book having things explained to us. Interspersed with a spicy scene. The first book was great, the second one was good, this one is just lost. I got 600 pages in waiting for it to pick up and it was still explaining background. Better to save this one for when you need to kill 8 hours, because it’s very hard it get through otherwise. (Also the decision to name two frequently mentioned characters Malec and Malik is a baffling one.)

- Fast paced and action packed.5 star

The story never stops moving. Not once do you find yourself wishing to skip forward or to get to “the exciting parts”. Just when you think you have found out a secret, the secret changes. Amazing.

- I am in love5 star

This series is absolutely amazing. I am both overwhelmed and amazed by the writing. I can’t even process what I’m feeling right now, and very few books have the ability to do that to me. I can not wait for the next one!!

- WOW5 star

Worth the wait!

- Omg5 star

I devoured this book in 3 days...This book slayed me in the best way possible. This series is AHMAZING! I’ve loved every book in this series and I literally can’t wait till the next one.

- Awesome!!!5 star

I was so intrigued I couldn’t stop reading. I loved everything about it! Can’t wait until the next book!

- BEST BOOK EVER!!!5 star

This one of my favorite series of all time! Love the story line and characters! Love the fact that I actually laugh out loud when I’m reading this and cry at other times! It was worth the wait.

- 😭😭😭5 star

I thought this was the final book!!!! I truly loved it but wow I wasn’t prepared to be left needing more. Ugh I can’t wait for the next book

- Perfect5 star

This is by far the best book in the series. Well done! 👏👏👏👏👸🤴🐺🐯🐉🗡

- The one with the filler episode...2 star

I’ve never skimmed a book so hard in my life.

- This series is everything5 star

I can’t even begin to explain how much I love this series. My heart is aching for the 4th book to come out.

- Couldn’t put it dow5 star

Absolutely amazing. The plot, the twists, the characters, everything! I love this series too much and now I cannot wait to see what happens next!! Thank you !

- Cliffhanger ALERT AGAIN4 star

You’re killing me with these cliffhangers! I re-read this series 3 times getting ready for this book; AND you still leave us on another cliffhanger!!!! Ahhhhh! Not sure I’ll be as excited about the next one, if I know we won’t find resolution in the end! Absolutely worth the read- but just be prepared to be unsatisfied with the ending.

- Book error?1 star

The book cut me off on Chapter Three? Don’t know if this was supposed to happen, but J spent maybe an hour trying to figure it out. Nonetheless the chapters I read were amazing, so I’ll admit I cried a little when it cut me off after only 3 chapters.

- Frustrating but great4 star

It was so so so good. I don’t know why I assumed this was going to be a trilogy and as I reached the end and realized it wasn’t.....I was panicked.

- Book Hangover!!!5 star

Can I just go back in time and read this for the First time?? I.devoured.This.Book. I am in such a book Hangover right now I can’t think of anything else! And now I’ve got to wait until October for next one??? 😭😭😭😭 I will patiently wait because I know it will be just as amazing as these past three books. I just can’t get over how much I love this series!!

- wow5 star

this is the best book i’ve ever read. no exaggeration. i feel so empty after finishing it.

- Crown of Gilded Bones5 star

Oh my god!!! Wow!!! Just wow!! I’m already dying to read the next book! Long live the Queen of Flesh and Fire!

- Absolutely loved!5 star

These books are possibly my favorite books of all time!! I loved every single part of this book! 💕

- Great!4 star

Loved it! The only thing... I thought it was a trilogy! Now I have to wait again for the next one! This whole series has been great! I highly recommend

- Oh My Gods!5 star

This third book in the series is CAPTIVATING. I could not put it down. Cant wait to see what happens next!

- book hangover5 star

this book completely met my expectations and now i have the biggest book hangover of my life ...

- Something wrong with the book?1 star

I preordered this and when I started to read it today it cut me off at chapter 3 like a sample book download. So what the heck? I NEED TO READ IT.

- MUST READ5 star

I went into this book with high expectations and JLA completely surpassed them, From the first chapter in till the end of the book so much progression and never a dull moment. I loved Casteel and Poppy before but this book sealed the deal. Their relationship progressed so beautifully. This book is an amazing roller coaster with love, sadness, and laughter, so many emotions. My favorite book so far.

- Audiobook?4 star

Where is the audiobook on iTunes for this? If apple has the book available they need to have the audiobook available on the same day.

- Sosososo goood!!!5 star

I’ve been waiting for this book for so long and I have to say I am beyond impressed when I first started the series I wasn’t expecting that much but I’ve learned a lot about myself and the characters. I just-how do you say Jennifer L Armentrout really outdid herself with this book I read her other books in her other series and nothing compares to the wonder that is a crown of gilded bones plan to re-read this book about 1000 times before I die and if I die reading this book I can rest in peace knowing that I will forever be happy I would recommend this book to anybody who needs a book and who likes to read needs help because it’s just so beautiful it’s beautifully written the characters are wonderful it’s lovely it’s action packed as well

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Ashley__s - .3 star

So. Much. Filler.

MirellaKA - Engaging5 star

This book differs from the others with respect to the information and revelations we get but it was all worth it and well written. We get to see more of our favourite characters and I was simply hooked the entire time and I just cannot wait for the next book!

Kayraeb1 - 3.5/53 star

Not my favourite out of the series. A lot of info-dumping, but I guess it was necessary for the story. I did feel like the story dragged on or was a little dull in some parts too. However, I’m excited for the next instalments in the series!

Socamai - Love5 star

Just in love this was amazing

JoLtwde - Awesome4 star


snmann - Disappointed1 star

Disappointed. I really liked the first two books but this third book feels like it’s just adding more and more to the books so JLA can get more books out of this series. The book didn’t really advance the plot any further expect you learn more about poppy and what she is. But it’s left again on a cliff hanger and now it’s going to be another year or so until the next book. It just feels like JLA cares more about making money by making as many books as possible.

hannah.1005 - love love love5 star

i cannot begin to say how much i love this series. it is just perfect. i keep trying to find books that make me feel butterflies when i read about poppy and casteel but i cannot.

Nlw68 - Got bored in the middle2 star

I might go back and finish it one day but it got bogged down before I was half way through and I just couldn’t keep going... I did like the other books in this series but maybe there’s just too much to get your head around in this one, or maybe I’m not in the mood for it? Too much time spent in details you don’t need.

jadebilusich - Poorly crafted3 star

Disappointing after the first two. Really noticed the lack of storytelling prowess. Everything was explained via long conversations between characters and even then the relationship between deities, gods, primal was overly complex and ultra confusing in a messy, rathe than clever way. Last quarter was ok, but has lost something for me since the first. Lacks the feeling of genuine high fantasy given the characters’ use of certain slang terms. Relationships needed to be more multi-dimensional by now. There was no evolution to Poppy and Casteel’s or even Poppy and Kieran’s relationships. Poppy became less believable the more attitude she got. I wanted to see Poppy continue to emerge from the oppression of being the maiden, but I found she did so in a petulant, surly way that seemed immature and made me annoyed with her. It lost its charm in these ways for me.

Dallas Pearce - If Beyoncé was a book5 star

If Beyoncé was a book series, this would be it. I don’t know how I’ll ever fill the whole this series will leave me. 100/10

Melly78 - Consuming5 star

I devoured the first two books and then had to wait months before the release of Crown of Gilded Bones, but it was truly worth the weight. These characters will stay with you as you read the book and long after. I love that Poppy has found her strength and power and the unbreakable love that she has with Casteel. I expected this book to be the end of the series. When will book 4 be released???

chocolate salad - In love5 star

I cried, I laughed, and I want to read the next one already

Drtechnoid - Ohmagawd!!5 star

Jennifer!!! That was epic!! I cannot believe I’m just left hanging!! I was not prepared for that ending!! So many !!!!!’s 🤣 how long do I have to wait now?? Love your writing style, love cas and poppy more than words and absolutely love watching her grow and learn who she is ❤️

teiwel - Wow5 star

Waited 8 months for this release and it didn’t disappoint! Only downside is waiting for the next instalment..

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout Wiki

Jennifer Lynn Armentrout is an American writer of contemporary romance, paranormal, and science fiction. She was born on June 11, 1980 in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Some of her works have been on The New York Times bestseller list. Her young adult novel Obsidian has been optioned by Sierra Pictures.She is considered a "hybrid" author, having successfully self-published while maintaining active contracts with small independent presses, and traditional publishers. Her current publishers include Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Publishing, Harlequin Teen, Disney/Hyperion, and HarperCollins. Armentrout is highly prolific and states that she writes for eight hours a day almost every day. Publi...

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