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With A KINGDOM OF FLESH AND FIRE, Jennifer L. Armentrout delivers an explosive sequel even better than its pulse-pounding predecessor.

This book is best entered blind, so I’ll keep it to some high-level beats and impressions (and please don’t proceed if you’ve not yet read the first book in the series).

‘FLESH AND FIRE’ picks up directly after FROM BLOOD AND ASH. Poppy is reeling after realizing everything she’s ever known is a lie, including the man she’d started to fall for. As the Maiden, she’d been caged beneath the veil of protection, only to discover she was the pawn in far darker and deadlier machinations.

And again, Poppy finds herself captive, but now under the vise of Prince Casteel Da’Neer—a situation far more dangerous than before. With him, her resolve wavers. With him, it becomes harder to ferret true intention. With him, her heart muddles the clarity she needs to find her path to freedom.

But the more Poppy uncovers, the tighter everything tangles together. And to make matters more complicated, Casteel may be the only one who wants her around, albeit for his own traitorous agenda.  The Ascended want her back only to use her. The Descenters want her dead. And the Wolven don’t trust her.

As the road to Atlantia nears, Poppy’s powers intensify and the clarity she sought is murkier than ever. But the secrets between kingdoms, from those near to her, hidden in her blood, her past—they change everything. And as the skies begin to bleed, and those asleep begin to rouse, she’s never been closer to a truth she never could’ve imagined.

With this latest, Armentrout has woven a tale that gradually, brilliantly builds. Much of the novel’s first part focuses on Poppy and Casteel—them as individuals, as well as their evolving relationship. All Poppy has ever wanted is freedom. To make her own choices. To pave her own path wherever it may lead. But she finds herself in a situation that gets more complicated along the way, and she must balance her longing or freedom with the pull to sacrifice for the greater good.

With Casteel, she must find her bearing. Theirs is a relationship shaped by both truth and lie, sacrifice and vengeance, and most importantly, a reluctant-yet-inescapable surrender to what they feel in their hearts. The closer they get to Atlantia, the narrative begins to shift towards secrets which will define the future for Poppy, Casteel, and both kingdoms alike. The culmination of it all will leave you breathless.

The next book cannot come soon enough.

Series:

Blood & Ash

Book 2

Book Type:

Fantasy / Romance

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A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire
By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Review: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire

With A KINGDOM OF FLESH AND FIRE, Jennifer L. Armentrout delivers an explosive sequel even better than its pulse-pounding predecessor.

This book is best entered blind, so I’ll keep it to some high-level beats and impressions (and please don’t proceed if you’ve not yet read the first book in the series).

‘FLESH AND FIRE’ picks up directly after A KINGDOM OF BLOOD AND ASH. Poppy is reeling after realizing everything she’s ever known is a lie, including the man she’d started to fall for. As the Maiden, she’d been caged beneath the veil of protection, only to discover she was the pawn in far darker and deadlier machinations.

And again, Poppy finds herself captive, but now under the vise of Prince Casteel Da’Neer—a situation far more dangerous than before. With him, her resolve wavers. With him, it becomes harder to ferret true intention. With him, her heart muddles the clarity she needs to find her path to freedom.

But the more Poppy uncovers, the tighter everything tangles together. And to make matters more complicated, Casteel may be the only one who wants her around, albeit for his own traitorous agenda.  The Ascended want her back only to use her. The Descenters want her dead. And the Wolven don’t trust her.

As the road to Atlantia nears, Poppy’s powers intensify and the clarity she sought is murkier than ever. But the secrets between kingdoms, from those near to her, hidden in her blood, her past—they change everything. And as the skies begin to bleed, and those asleep begin to rouse, she’s never been closer to a truth she never could’ve imagined.

With this latest, Armentrout has woven a tale that gradually, brilliantly builds. Much of the novel’s first part focuses on Poppy and Casteel—them as individuals, as well as their evolving relationship. All Poppy has ever wanted is freedom. To make her own choices. To pave her own path wherever it may lead. But she finds herself in a situation that gets more complicated along the way, and she must balance her longing or freedom with the pull to sacrifice for the greater good.

With Casteel, she must find her bearing. Theirs is a relationship shaped by both truth and lie, sacrifice and vengeance, and most importantly, a reluctant-yet-inescapable surrender to what they feel in their hearts. The closer they get to Atlantia, the narrative begins to shift towards secrets which will define the future for Poppy, Casteel, and both kingdoms alike. The culmination of it all will leave you breathless.

The next book cannot come soon enough.

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