A Light in the Flame (Flesh and Fire #2) – Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Blue Box Press
Pages: 608
Release Date: November 15, 2022

Haven’t read the previous novel? Check out my review of A Shadow in the Ember HERE!

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book two in her Flesh and Fire series…

The only one who can save Sera now is the one she spent her life planning to kill.

The truth about Sera’s plan is out, shattering the fragile trust forged between her and Nyktos. Surrounded by those distrustful of her, all Sera has is her duty. She will do anything to end Kolis, the false King of Gods, and his tyrannical rule of Iliseeum, thus stopping the threat he poses to the mortal realm.

Nyktos has a plan, though, and as they work together, the last thing they need is the undeniable, scorching passion that continues to ignite between them. Sera cannot afford to fall for the tortured Primal, not when a life no longer bound to a destiny she never wanted is more attainable than ever. But memories of their shared pleasure and unrivaled desire are a siren’s call impossible to resist.

And as Sera begins to realize that she wants to be more than a Consort in name only, the danger surrounding them intensifies. The attacks on the Shadowlands are increasing, and when Kolis summons them to Court, a whole new risk becomes apparent. The Primal power of Life is growing inside her, pushing her closer to the end of her Culling. And without Nyktos’s love—an emotion he’s incapable of feeling—she won’t survive her Ascension. That is if she even makes it to her Ascension and Kolis doesn’t get to her first. Because time is running out. For both her and the realms.


A Light in the Flame picks up immediately after the events of A Shadow in the Ember. I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel as its focus was on developing Nyktoks and Sera’s relationship.

A Light in the Flame is on the slower pace side as Armentrout takes the time to develop Nyktoks and Sara as individuals, but also as a pair. They have to deal with the fallout of A Shadow in the Ember while also figuring out what to do next while battling an intense attraction to each other. Their spicy scenes together are fire hot and genuine. It isn’t spice for spice’s sake. 

While the focus of A Light in the Flame is mostly on Nyktos and Sera, there are a lot of important world building moments that will have repercussions for the future. Without going into spoilers, the ending is intense and has left me desperate for book three.

While I enjoy From Blood and Ash, the world building is confusing at times so I appreciated the almost cool down on the information being given. Like I mentioned previously, Armentrout focused on Nyktos and Sera’s relationship and that is where this novel thrives.

Overall, A Light in the Ember is an enjoyable sequel that focuses on Nyktos and Sera’s relationship and how it affects the future of this world.

*** I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 


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