Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Haven’t read the first novel, From Blood and Ash? Check out my review here!
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.
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.
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire picks up almost immediately after the events of From Blood and Ash. Poppy has refused Casteel’s proposition and remains under lock and key.
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire has major Twilight and A Court of Thorns and Roses vibes. So, if you’re a fan of either of those series you will most definitely enjoy the From Blood and Ash series. Armentrout has set up what’s going to be an incredible series with an kickass heroine and a swoon worthy love interest.
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is a slow moving sequel as Armentrout slowly teases out the world. Armentrout takes her times as she acquaints readers with this very complex and vast world she’s building. The kingdom of Atlantia is very confusing and much more in-depth than I had anticipated. It’s rich in detail and history. If you’re not a fan of rich and in-depth world building, you may find A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire slow and slightly difficult to get through.
One of my favourite aspects of this series is the main character herself, Poppy. She’s fierce, intelligent, and an absolute badass. Poppy reminds me a little of Alex from Armentrout’s Covenant series. Both are capable, headstrong, and refuse to cower behind others.
I also love that Armentrout is filling a void in the fantasy/romance genre. There are not enough fantasy novels with romantics elements at the forefront or that play a major role. I read series like these for the great world building, but also for the intense relationship between the main characters.
Overall, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire continues to develop the world and characters as Armentrout sets up what is going to be a spectacular fantasy series with heavy romantic elements. It will leave you begging for more.
*** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.