A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout is the second book of the Blood and Ash series. I read From Blood and Ash back in December and only just started to finish this series. Granted I had other books I needed to read and then House of Sky and Breath was released so I’m finally getting back to this series. Pro tip, if it’s been awhile since you read books in a series and can’t remember everything before diving back in, listen to the audiobook. This way you can refresh your memory and continue to read physical books until you’re all caught up again. Like always, I will not have any spoilers for A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire.
Poppy’s entire life has been a lie, even the one she’s been falling in love with. Without her veil as the Maiden, Poppy doesn’t know who she is besides a monstrous symbol for those she’s been surrounded by. All Poppy knows is that no one and nothing is more dangerous than him: The Dark One, The Prince of Atlantia. Out of all the orders she’s been given, fighting him is one she loves to obey. He took her, but he will not keep her.
Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and faces and his lies and touch seductive. However, Poppy knows not to trust him. They need each other, alive, to reach their end goals. Working together presents its own risks though. Despite the plans he has for her, Casteel tempts Poppy at every turn with everything she’s ever wanted. These plans will force Poppy to look deeper at herself and Casteel, and bind the two together in ways no one is prepared for. Alas, Poppy is too rash and curious to resist the temptation.
However, the unrest in Atlantia has increased while waiting for their Prince to return. The citizens whisper of war, all centering around Poppy. Firstly the King desires to use Poppy to send a message. Then the Descenters just want her dead. And with everything, the wolven are becoming more unpredictable. While all this is happening, Poppy’s powers are growing and becoming stronger, and Atlantians’ fear of her also grows. There are dark secrets from both kingdoms at play, that all would rather stay hidden away. However, when the ground starts shaking and it starts raining blood, it may be too late to turn back.
First of all, I couldn’t wait to start A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire after the ending of From Blood and Ash. This is where the story really picks up in my opinion. There are truths dropped where you just need answers and A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire gives some of those answers, interesting dynamics, and even more questions.
Now, like I usually do, I’ll focus on the characters. The reason I do this is because without the characters, there is no story and they’re the easiest aspect of the book to relate to. First there’s Poppy. Still love Poppy, however there are spots where she frustrates me. I understand that there have been lies, betrayal, and little knowledge and experience, but Poppy misses some obvious signs. However, once she has a few realizations, Poppy blossoms. Pun not intended. Next, Casteel’s the morally grey male character everyone needs. Yes he kidnapped Poppy, but he’s such an understanding gentleman to her that you have to love him. Lastly is Kieran. I was indifferent about Kieran, but now I love him. Despite acting indifferent and usually uses dry sarcasm, Kieran is loyal, caring, and quite funny. The relationship he starts to develop with Poppy makes me feel fuzzy inside as well.
“I’m not insecure enough to care about the opinions of little men.”
“My heart, which gave a happy little flop, was obviously stupid.”
“Curiosity is a sign of intelligence.”
“There’s the vicious little creature. I missed her.”
“Protect your Prince, Poppy.”
“You’re an absolutely stunning, murderous little creature.”
“Welcome home, Princess.“
Star Rating: /5
Spice Rating: /5
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