Review of A KINGDOM OF FLESH AND FIRE (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
“Your heart, Poppy? It is a gift I do not deserve.” He placed his hands on his knees as he lifted his gaze to mine. “But it is one I will protect until my dying breath.”– A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire
Jennifer L. Armentrout
What an addictive series! I could not put A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire down
Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.
Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. Plans that could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.
But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. The King wants to use her to send a message. The Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.
Just like the first part in this series – From of Blood and Ash – I finished A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire quite quickly. When I opened this book and started reading, I was really drawn into the world and did not want to leave it. The first book ended with a cliffhanger, and I was looking forward to the release of this one. And I can say that miss Armentrout did not disappoint!
This book did focus more on the characters and less on the storyline. In this book, we get to know Casteel and Poppy better and see how they try to work together, which is not easy after what happened in From of Blood and Ash. In A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, the storyline moves forward more slowly. Even though not much happens plot-wise, we get to know Solis and Atlantia and their customs. We learn more about the culture of Atlantia and the gods, and also get to know Hawke/Casteel better.
In A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, several new characters are introduced. Kieran – a character I love – also returns in this book. We get to know him and his friendship with Cas better in this sequel.
Even though the book was more about the characters and world-building and not the plot, I still found that there was a lot of action in the book. A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is a compelling book full of action and plot twists.
I did have some issues with the spicy scenes at times. I am a huge fan of spice in a book, but in A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire those scenes were too much at times, and it seemed like they were supposed to resolve all the problems. At the beginning of the book, I thought those scenes fit the story, but then there were more and more and some were a bit cringe-worthy.
Some plot twists were a bit predictable, but that didn’t make them any less good. I crawled into bed late many nights because I couldn’t put down A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire. Armentrout writes so enchantingly and just drags the reader through the 640 pages. I don’t usually like long books because I find that an author can’t often hold my attention. Jennifer L. Armentrout is an exception to this. It really didn’t feel like a book with +600 pages.
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, of course, ends on a cliffhanger. The cliffhanger itself is somewhat predictable, but still makes me want to read the next book right away.
Would I recommend it?
Yes, definitely! A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is a book full of action and suspense with interesting characters.
Assault, attempted murder, blood, branding (referenced), cannibalism, death, decapitation, fire, gore, kidnapping, murder, profanity, questionable consent, sexually explicit scenes, torture, violence, war
(Side) characters of colour
Fantasy (new adult)
September 1st 2020
Blue Box Press
About the author
Jennifer L. Armentrouts lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.