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Book Review: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: Blood and Ash, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: eBook, 637 pages.
Source: Library
Published September 1st 2020 by Blue Box Press
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Contains major spoilers

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.

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.

I’m not sure I know how to put into words how much I enjoyed A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire.  I’ve wanted to read this sequel awhile but I just couldn’t find it with reasonable price. In the end the eBook was available in my library and I was so happy to finally getting a chance to read it and it was worth the wait!

“What matters is that I choose her. And that is all that matters.”

Casteel could be so frustrating during this book but I couldn’t help but love him. He never talked about his emotions and this book would’ve been way less angsty if he didn’t keep everything inside him but he also showed how much he cared by his actions. Cas is so protective of Poppy and he’d have let his people insult him but he couldn’t let them made her flinch and threaten her, let alone insult her.

Poppy felt like she was mourning Hawke’s death. The Hawke she knew didn’t exist and while she had trusted him with everything, even his name wasn’t real until she found out it was really his second name.

The romance continued to be a slow burn. It could be annoying at times since there was pretty much zero communication unless Poppy was curious about random things. At the same time I lived for Poppy starting to trust Casteel again and how we got little pieces about how he thought she was not only beautiful but also intelligent, unique and brave. Cas is both the hero and the villain. He might feel like a monster but he always let Poppy made her own choices, as long as she wasn’t putting herself in danger. 

Kieran is great but I got tired of his little comments about Poppy always having questions. You’d think they would be happy she was asking questions after finding out her whole world was a lie. I did love him basically telling Poppy that she was stupid when she thought Casteel didn’t have feelings for her.

I can’t believe I have to wait until March for The ​Crown of Gilded Bones. I could barely stop reading A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire even to work or sleep and that ending just made me eager to keep reading but alas I have to wait. This book was not perfect but I loved every bit of it, even the angsty parts and I couldn’t stop thinking about it after it was over. There’s still so many questions unanswered.

5 stars

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