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

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

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Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: September 1st 2020

My Rating:✨✨✨✨.5

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My review for From Blood and Ash #1

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.

Gods, Magic, Vampires… oh my!

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire henceforth referred to simply as AKOFAF is the second book in the Blood and Ash series and picks right up where the first book left off on a pretty big cliff-hanger.

Questions are answered and more questions are asked.

Poppy wants to stab Casteel and to be honest that is a pretty fair summary of a big chunk of the book.

Don’t get me wrong I think Poppy and Casteel are absolutely adorable but I am just going to get a big criticism out of the way first and then we’ll get on with the good stuff.

FBAA and AKOFAF share the same problem and that problem is FILLER.

The world is huge and wonderful and the characters are adorable, funny and likable but I just feel that these books could have been condensed so much with a bit of editing.

A lot of the book felt super repetitive to me with the same recycled jokes and smut scenes over and over again. You all know I love my fantasy smut but this is a bit much even for me!!

The pacing of this book definitely felt a little bit better than the first book and it was easier to get into then FBAA and there seemed to be a good balance of action/world building/ sexy time but there were still a lot of parts that just DRAGGED.

Poppy is still a total badass. I loved her in FBAA and I love her even more in this book. As you read more and more you discover so much more about who she is and you learn things even Poppy didn’t know about who she is and where she came from and there were definitely a lot of surprises!

Her character development is absolutely top notch to be honest. I don’t feel like it is in anyway rushed and the way she comes into her abilities is brilliant and really exciting to read and learn about.

Casteel is another character I really want to talk about. I know most readers of this series absolutely love this guy and okay, he’s great. I love his humour and the way he let’s Poppy be who she is and protect herself rather than molly coddling her. He lets her fight and I love that.

He has done bad, dark things that have earned him a name and a reputation as “The Dark One” but for me I just see him as a sweetheart.

He certainly makes it onto my list of potential book boyfriends.

Like Poppy you learn a lot more about his background in AKOFAF which we really needed because in FBAA we really didn’t know anything at all about him.

Since we are talking about characters the last one I feel I need to cover is Kieran! Now I know he is only a secondary character here but I just love him! He is so loyal and the bond between him and Cas is fantastic, like brothers. I also love his sass and sarcasm.

He is just a really cool character and he really works for me in the story.

I love that we get to see so much more of him throughout the book and of course going into ACOGB which I will be writing my review for very soon.

Okay so moving on from the characters now and let’s talk about the ROMANCE! Oh my gosh the romance in this book is just… weird?

I actually love it though. I feel like the whole enemies to lovers thing was done so well with Poppy and Casteel… actually probably the most I have ever enjoyed that trope in a book.

The whole fake engagement and “pretending to be in love” thing whilst actually falling in love really got me. I thought it was brilliantly done.

Poppy’s tendency to lash out violently toward Casteel and Casteel calling her a vicious creature and actually being turned on by it… oh, what a kinkster!

There was so much banter and humour between the two characters and I found myself smiling a LOT as I was reading these scenes.

I did mention earlier in my review that a lot of these types of scenes are repetitive though and I stand by that completely, as much as it was fun and brilliant we could have used less of it.

I’m really glad that I read this book with book #3 already on the shelf because there is no way I could have happily sat and waited for release with the way things ended!

I’m hoping to get my review up for ACOGB within the week!

If you haven’t started this series yet I hope my reviews help you decide whether or not you want to pick them up!

Read the Blood and Ash series if you like…

— A huge fantasy world

— Exciting magical system

— Gods, Vampires and Wolven

— Badass female leads

— Enemies to lovers

— Steamy smut scenes

Favourite Quotes

“You can’t spell dysfunctional without fun, now can you?”

“Dear gods, you have her on her own horse? Soon, she’ll be running one of us over instead of stabbing us.”

“You’re an absolutely stunning, murderous little creature,” he murmured.”

“He was both the villain and the hero, the monster and the monster-slayer.”


Have you read this book? Do you want to? Share your thoughts in the comments below and let’s discuss! ♥


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