A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2): Review

About the Book:

Title: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Blue Box Press

Release Date: September 1, 2020

Pages: 637

Genre: Adult Fantasy

Synopsis:

A Betrayal…

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.518nA6KLZPL

A Choice…

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.

A Secret…

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.

Review:

5

I LOVED From Blood and Ash SO much, so I was super excited to start A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire. I always get a little bit nervous reading a sequel, as it’s usually not as good as the first book. This was a sequel that was even better than the first book! I don’t think that’s happened for me since ACOMAF. So, if you enjoyed the first book, you’re definitely going to want to pick this one up ASAP.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire begins right where FBAA left off. Everything Poppy has believed in, including the man she was falling for, has been a lie. The people she is surrounded by see her as this symbol of a horrible Kingdom, and she’s not even sure she knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. She does know that The Dark One is dangerous and that he wants her to fight him, and that she doesn’t mind doing at all. He may have taken her, but he can’t ever have her. She is hurt, angry, and confused, and must face the betrayal. She does so with so much bravery and courage.

Casteel is a man of many masks. His lies are seductive, and his truths are sensual. Poppy knows better than to give him her trust. He needs her alive and well to achieve his goals. However, he’s the only one who can help her get what she wants, to find her brother, Ian. She finds that she must learn to work with him, instead of against him. As they begin to work together, Poppy begins to become a part of Casteel’s plans. These plans force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself.

There has been unrest, talk of war, and lots of secrets, and Poppy finds herself at the heart of it all.

If you like action and adventure, betrayal, twists and turns, romance, and friendship, you will love this sequel!

About the Author:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer 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.4476934

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.

4 thoughts on “A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2): Review

  1. Hundreds&Thousands says:

    Great post!! I finished this recently, and whilst I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would, I see where you’re coming from. I totally agree that I found myself warming to Kieran and I think he’s definitely going to have a bigger role in the third book. I guess I wanted a bit more of a development of how Poppy’s feeling, and a reaction of something other than violence (but I guess casteel seemed to like it 😂) becuase she’s been through a LOT and the trauma wasn’t gone into that much? But I liked your take on it all! Here’s my review 🙂 https://hundredsandthousandsofbooks.blog/2021/03/11/a-kingdom-of-flesh-and-fire-book-review/

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