Title: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Blood and Ash #2
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Audience: New Adult
Length: 626 pages
Publisher: Blue Box Press
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Source: Personal collection
Recommended for fans of: Sarah J. Maas, Holly Black, Danielle L. Jensen, vampires
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.
HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS.
The angst. The romance. The banter. The steam. The worldbuilding. The mythology. The friendships. The enemies. THE CAVERN! The action. The politics. The politics. The dagger. The setting. The paranormal magic system. The family drama.
I freaking love this series. I loved From Blood and Ash, but A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire took the series to a whole new level. Poppy has quickly become one of my all time favorite heroines. I now have a new ultimate book boyfriend (sorry, Rhysand). Chapter 31 is the new Chapter 55 (IYKYK). If you loved ACOTAR, you need to read this series.
To keep things spoiler free, that’s all I can say about this book, but I could gush about it all day long. If you’re not convinced that you need this series in your life yet, revisit my review of From Blood and Ash to understand why I fell in love with this world and its characters. I also recommend finding a friend who wants to read along with you or a friend who has already read this (I volunteer as tribute) because this is a book you will NEED to talk about!