Book: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire
Series: From Blood and Ash #2
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Adult/New Adult fantasy romance
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.
My Rating: 5 STARS
I absolutely loved A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire and I’m slightly surprised at that because although I enjoyed From Blood and Ash I did find it slow and predictable but A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire was definitely not that.
After the ending of From Blood and Ash and the unveiling of who Hawke really was I felt so aggrieved for Poppy and felt the same way she did towards Hawke. It was interesting to go into A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire disliking the male lead but also liking him at the same time. And from the very beginning of this book I loved the dynamics of the relationship between Poppy and Casteel.
The push and pull of their relationship in A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire was so compelling to read. This book was very much focused on the relationship between Poppy and Casteel and the over arcing plot kind of took a back seat but was still moving along just a bit more slowly. And I was really glad of this because after the ending of the first book I felt like it did the series and characters more justice to have them come to terms with each other and explore their feelings and grievances towards each other before other things happened.
I loved the romance and how it grew more in A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire. The banter between Poppy and Casteel was so fun to read and I liked how they reacted to each other. I liked Poppy in the first book and I liked her even more in this one because we really see her come into her own and make her own decisions. I also loved seeing more of her abilities as they grew and developed. I liked finding out more about Casteel’s back story.
The first book focused on the Ascended and I liked how A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire focused on the Atlantians and getting to see their side of the story. The group dynamics between Casteel’s people and Poppy were intriguing, how mistrustful they are of one another in the beginning. The way the wolven bonds were described was very unique and I liked finding out more about Casteel’s and Kieran’s bond. I liked seeing more of Kieran and the banter between him and Poppy.
Even though the romance is the centre of this book I did think the plot was still captivating and I didn’t find this book as slow as the first. I think the reason for that it because I loved reading about Poppy and Casteel’s romance so much.
Overall I loved this book and now know why it has such a high rating on Goodreads. I love how the romance is the centre of A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, I love the relationship between Poppy and Casteel and I liked all the character dynamics of the people around them. After the ending of this book I am in desperate need for the next book and can’t wait to see where the story goes.