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I’m so excited to finally be able to share my review of A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire with you!
Is Love Stronger Than Vengeance?
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
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.
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Kingdom of Flesh and Fire was such a steamy read. It had everything you could ever ask for in a book; enemies to lovers romance, hot sexy scenes and a plot that was intriguing and went with the romance versus being lost in it.
While it’s been a while since I’ve read From Blood and Ash I never felt lost. Armentrout does a great job of reviewing what happened last book without info-dumping it. It picks up right where for first book ended, that non-marriage proposal Cas just dropped on Poppy. The pacing of the book was the same as the first book. The plot was slow moving but that just left open the possibility of character development and the development of what was going on between Poppy and Cas.
Poppy is still fierce, brave and a tad naive at times. She’s got no romantic experience which leads to her questioning how she feels or what she’s thinking Cas might feel. Like we as readers know what’s going on with them but neither of them are the best at communicating their feelings. Luckily this was not the main plot of their romance so for those who get frustrated with the miscommunication trope (plot line?) will be happy with the quick resolution.
Behind the romance we’ve got the Atlantians versus the Blessed. We actually get to meet more Atlantians and see how they actually live and survive versus everything Poppy has been told growing up with the Blessed. We get some bombs dropped, shocking revelations and a shroud of mystery not answered until the very end.
Armentrout sure loves her cliffhangers though, abruptly leaving us once again dying for the third book. While we get one major question semi-answered there are so many more that need to be answered. I’m interested to see how it’s all going to be wrapped up in the third book which I wish I could dive into immediately. I just need more steamy scenes between Cas and Poppy and to know how Kieran is going to fit into all of this.
About the Author
#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Border Jack Apollo. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was an Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over a hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.