In this A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire book review I am diving into the second book of the Blood and Ash series by Jennifer L Armentrout. As with any book review I try to keep the spoilers to a minimum however, there may be a few small spoilers.
“You’re an absolutely stunning, murderous little creature,” he murmured.”Jennifer L Armentrout A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is a continuation of the adult fantasy Blood and Ash series. With more twists, more romance, and more from our favorite characters. It is a beautifully written second book that makes you want to read on.
Since we don’t always get trigger warnings on books I like to give trigger warnings in my reviews. This can help people avoid certain triggers that could hurt their mental well being.
Possible Triggers in this book are:
- Sexually Explicit Scenes
For a list of the triggers I look for you can check out this link here. This may or may not be a complete list of triggers for this book, I do my best to make sure I mark anything that could be a potential trigger but I may accidentally miss triggers.
Synopsis and Author
Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie and as the truth is revealed Poppy must learn to choose for herself. She needs to escape the terrors of her future, learn to trust those who deceived her, and figure out exactly who it is she is.
Even with her powers growing and expanding she searches through her memories, dreams, her past, and tries to find the knowledge of who she actually is and where she came from. All while trying to avoid a war that will kill innocents. Will she continue to make the choice her heart wants or will she refuse and find her own way?
Jennifer L Armentrout brings to life a world separated long before into two kingdoms with characters that will find a place in your heart that you will hope can find their way.
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire Reading Experience
After leaving Masadonia in the last book our characters are in New Haven as a plan is being formulated to tear down the lies and deceit of the Queen and King of Solis. They travel through the Dead Bones Clan to Pompay and eventually to Spessa’s End where people from Atlantia are starting to settle after it’s been taken back from Solis.
Poppy struggles to deal with her feelings, sort through the lies and truths, figure out where her heart lies, and figure out who she is now that she is no longer the maiden behind a vale. Once again she is our only point of view.
Jennifer L Armentrout does a fantastic job about still allowing us to feel the emotions of other characters through that point of view, even if our main character doesn’t quite understand them.
Once again every detail is necessary for the story and the book moves at an extremely steady pace. It’s another page turner that you can’t put down until it’s over.
While the last book in the series, From Blood and Ash, dealt with Fate vs. Free Will, this book deals in a few different themes. While a large portion of the book is in Faith Vs Doubt with not only how our main character is dealing with her own internal changes, but how she’s dealing with those around her.
We also see a lot of power and corruption, family, and identity themes throughout this book. It’s a fantastic blend that keeps the book moving while taking you on an emotional roller coaster.
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is 610 pages with 45 chapters of heart stopping action, romance, and mystery that you just cannot put down. The details are all necessary to the story and there is very little fluff which makes the story move quickly.
Just enough description to bring the world and characters to life without boring you with unnecessary or long winded details. It’s an easy to read book with twists and an ending that will have you reaching for the next book so fast your head will spin.
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire Book Review
Poppy and Casteel take the lead for my favorite characters and together they are absolutely perfect. Their unrelenting desire to protect each other and their growing love for each other is just beautifully done. I love seeing the growth of both of these characters.
Keiran, Delano, and Vonetta are mine. I love them all and will protect them with my life. I cannot even begin to describe the amount of love I have for these characters and just how perfect they are for the story. Keiren and Delano both own my heart.
Also, all of the Guardians are amazing and I love them. We don’t get enough about these characters but I am absolutely in love with the badassery that is the guardians.
I hate Alastir with a passion. I don’t care who he is or that our main characters love him, he’s starting shit and I don’t like him.
Again the Duchess tops my list of hated people too and I was surprised to even see her return in this book.
Jasper is going to grow on me so fast and I just know it. He just seems like that really awesome Uncle who will kill and hide a body and no one will ever know that it was him or where the body went. He’s smart and knows what he’s doing.
This book just did not disappoint in the slightest. I couldn’t tell where the story was going and I was surprised repeatedly. I was able to feel annoyed with our main characters and bad life decisions they were making before they finally figured out the right way. This book grabs a hold of you and will not let go.
If you like high fantasy with gods, vampire-like references, and dragons, this series is going to be for you.
Before I rate this book I want to give you a bit of background about what my rankings mean. I typically read books that I check out through the Libby app with my local library or through Kindle Unlimited.
I rarely buy ebooks unless they are cheaply priced or on sale. I also very rarely buy physical copies of books. I’m a bit of a minimalist so I have to absolutely adore a book to buy a physical copy that will be proudly displayed in my home.
So my ranking system is as follows:
- 5 Stars equals I am buying a physical copy of this book. I will read this book at least 10 more times, it is the best ever.
- 4 stars equals a great book. I might buy an ebook version when it’s on sale so that I can re-read it at least one more time.
- 3 stars equals a good book. I likely won’t read again but I appreciate the story.
- 2 stars equals “Meh.” I will not read this book again, it had a lot of problems and I did not care for it.
- 1 star equals a bad book. I barely finished this book and I will never recommend anyone waste valuable book reading time on this book.
- 0 stars is a did not finish book. I will never finish that book and it is banished.
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire gets 5 stars from me. We have no idea where the story is going until we keep reading, it causes emotional damage, and the book ends on one hell of a cliffhanger. I absolutely loved everything about this book once again.
- The relationship growth between Casteel and Poppy.
- The wolven are all fantastic.
- Poppy learning to speak up for herself.
- The drama that Alastir causes is really annoying to me which is part of why I hate him even though our main character loves him.
Final Thoughts on A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire
Once again Jennifer L Armentrout is giving us a story that is unpredictable, beautiful, and heart wrenching. I’d say that this book pulls you in but to be honest once you read the first book you are pulled in and there is no letting go.
I absolutely love the character development and seeing our characters grow so strongly individually and together. You will want to read the next book immediately after finishing this book so make sure you’ve checked it out at the library ahead of time. To be honest if you are a fast reader check out the entire series at once if you can.
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