BOOK REVIEW: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

BOOK REVIEW: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. ArmentroutA Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Is Love Stronger Than Vengeance?

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.


A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire was an epic continuation of the Blood and Ash Series. This story brought out all of my emotions! The laughter constantly floated out of me, I cried more tears then I could count, my smile was a permanent fixture on my face and at times uncertainty pooled in my chest. I loved every single minute of it! If you’re a fan of addictive fantasies, fearless heroines and the most enticing of book boyfriends, then you definitely need to add this one to your tbr!

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

This book picked up right where From Blood and Ash stopped. Deceit and lies swirled around Poppy. So much of what she thought was true wasn’t. Her Kingdom, Hawke, to even herself. My heart ached watching her come to terms with it all. But Poppy persevered. She was brave, fearless and faced challenged head on. She was someone that you could look up to and respect. And I loved listening to her voice as we traversed this new chapter of her life with her. Especially anytime she was near Casteel.

“Most people aren’t as insane as you,” I said in a throaty voice that wasn’t mine.
“That’s not a very nice thing to say.” He scraped harder with his sharp teeth, just below where he’d bitten me before, and I gasped as my body jerked. “And the truth is, you like my brand of insanity.”
My blood pounded through me in a dizzying push. “I don’t like anything about you.”
He laughed as his lips skimmed the side of my throat. “I love how you lie.”

Oh you guys, Casteel was the embodiment of intoxication. I am obsessed with him. I didn’t care that he could be cold and ruthless at times. I didn’t care that he could kill without a second thought. He did what he had to do to keep those he loved safe and to get what he wanted. So the way he protected and respected Poppy made my heart race. The way he spoke to her made me smile and laugh. And the way he looked or touched her set my soul on fire. Casteel is officially my favorite book boyfriend ever!

“Just pretend?” I trembled as the tips of his fingers skated down the side of my throat, around to the nape of my neck.
“Pretend.” His lips hovered above mine once more, right there, teasing.
I closed my eyes, my voice barely more than a whisper. “Yes.”

This story was filled with not only a physical, but an emotional journey. So I loved watching Poppy and Casteel figure out their way alone and together. There was the proposal, frightening creatures, horrific truths, obstacles that seemed impossible to breach and deals to be made. Trust, faith, and love shimmered across the pages but so did the uncertainty of their world, what was to come and their feelings for each other.

He claimed my lips as if he were staking a claim to my very soul. The possibility that he was already well on his way to doing so should’ve served as a dire warning, but I was far too immersed, far too gone at the feel of him, lost in how demanding his lips were.

Anytime Poppy and Casteel were together, I would find myself laughing, smiling or sighing. Well also tears a time or two orrrr more. But their relationship was so deep, so real. I loved how hard Poppy fought against Casteel. She tried her best to not cave, to not care for him. But he was Casteel, he was irresistible. So while they may fight, bicker, and wear masks around each other, at the end of the day they were perfectly imperfect together.

His forehead dropped to mine. “There is one more thing I need. Something that I’ve needed for days. Weeks. Months. Maybe forever.” The bridge of his nose brushed mine. “But I know you won’t allow it. Not like this.”
The pounding in my chest moved lower. “What…what have you needed for so long?”
I shuddered.

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire was seductive, addictive and mesmerizing. There was a fierceness to this story that consumed me. It was impossible to put down and not to feel everything all these characters did. We got to know characters deeper….I love Kieran! And we got to dive into their world and see so many things unfold that I can’t talk about. It’s killing me to keep quiet! A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire was absolutely breathtaking and I can’t recommend it enough!

*I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Other Favorite Quotes:

“You’re beautiful when you’re quiet and somber, but when you laugh? You rival the sunrise over the Skotos Mountains.” – Casteel
“I have a lot of blood on my hands, Poppy. Sometimes, so much that I don’t think they’ll ever be clean. So much that I don’t know if I ever want them to be.”
The next time I saw Casteel, I was going to shove the stupid knife so far into his chest, he would have to dig it out.
“You don’t smell like that to me,” he murmured, and a shiver curled its way down my spine. “You smell like honeydew.”
Oh, my gods….

Reading Order & Links:

Amazon (click on covers) & iBooks (click on titles)

From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash Series) #1


A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash Series) #2


The Crown of Gilded Bones (Blood and Ash Series) #3

A Shadow in the Ember Ash (Flesh and Fire Series) 


The War of Two Queens (Blood and Ash Series) #4

A Light in the Flame (Flesh and Fire Series ) #2


A Soul of Ash and Blood (Blood and Ash Series) 


A Fire in the Flesh (Flesh and Fire Series) #3

Visions of Flesh and Blood (Blood and Ash Series) #5.5

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  1. Leigha @ Shelfleigh

    You summed up perfectly how I felt about this book. It was absolutely mesmerizing! I loved watching the relationship develop between Poppy and Cas. Their “pretending” scenes were smoking hot.

    And that ending…I’m going to need the third book ASAP.
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    • Jen

      YES! It was truly mesmerizing and I loved watching their relationship develop. I need that third book too, I can’t wait for next spring lol!

    • Chloe

      I feel like the main reason why we all NEED the third book, like, right now, is because of the way the author grabs our attention. For example, have you noticed that at the end of every book, a whole new set of characters are introduced? We get a few mentions of them toward the end of the book, enough to make us understand basic motivations or personalities, but we don’t get to truly know them in any meaningful way, so we want to, especially since the characters are introduced as extremely plot-relevant while keeping that suspense. Or, did you realize that at the end of each book, both Penellaphe’s beliefs and the ideas of others around her are challenged? In the first book, she starts to realize that the Ascended suck more than she thought, and the Atlantians need to think about WHY their Prince would marry Poppy. In the second book, she has to come to terms with her connection to the gods and the fact that she just happens to be ANOTHER Chosen. The audience wants to see the new characters react to the development, they want to see Poppy react, and they want an emotional and physical shift of plot. For an example, I will use the first book’s cliffhanger. In book 1, Poppy’s beliefs about the “Ascended” have been challenged in a logical way, a way that forces her to think about why the facts match up so perfectly as she refuses to believe Casteel. This is an emotional struggle for Poppy because of her brothers, AND a plot one because now her goals have changed drastically from marrying Hawke to escaping and trying to get the truth about Ian, her brother. Then, when Casteel proposes (in the least romantic way :P), the Atlantians/Wolven/Descenters (I’m just going to call them Descenters in the future) need to change their plan of bargaining the Maiden for Prince Malik. They also need to come to terms with having Poppy, and the reader can infer this will be very controversial, given that the Descenters are loyal to Casteel but might hate Poppy enough to attack, as evidenced by Jericho and his Merry Men. This leaves the reader with a ton of things to be curious about: The finer details about vamprys, how they will try to recover the Maiden, Poppy’s reaction to the marriage proposal, how she will handle Ian being a vampry, how Casteel will regain Poppy’s trust, how Poppy will handle Malik’s imprisonment, etc. Now, try and match this up with Book 2’s cliffhanger. See? Jennifer A. is able to keep the readers attention by establishing a new setting, cast of characters, conflict, and sort of overall plot while keeping it connected to the main storyline.

      but like I still need book 3 please autho-

      • Jen

        Oh my goodness I’m so sorry I’m just now seeing this! But I completely agree! I don’t know if you’ve read her other books/series but she does this in other stories too. One of the first series I read by her gave me some of those exact same thoughts of oh my gosh what did we just learn and how did that even happen?! It was the Covenant Series, it’s a take on Greek mythology. And then she did that a few times in the Lux Series too and after reading both of those 7+ years ago I knew I had found my unicorn author that I was obsessed with! I just posted my review of ASITE here, and OMG be prepared cause the foreshadowing of what we know that has come and what is still to come *mind blown*! I. Am. Obsessed. Too ♥!

  2. This series is definitely going on my tbr. Lovely review Jen!

    • Jen

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that. Thank you!

  3. Theresa Hernandez

    Yay!!!! I really need to start this series!
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    • Jen

      YES! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book. Out of all of JLA’s books to pickup, it’s so this series ♥.

  4. Pamela @ Reverie Society

    Reading the book right now and I’m enjoying it so much! Your review made me so happy about what’s to come!

    I feel like there’s still a lot Casteel isn’t telling and I’m really excited about that XD
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    • Jen

      I’m so excited that you read this series too! YUP Casteel is good about doing that lol. We learn so much about him in this book, but I still want to learn more about him. I’m greedy like that. 🙂

    • Chloe

      I feel the same, hope Poppy won’t be TOO upset about it, lol 😀

      she is probably very sensitive to betrayal at this point

      • Jen

        I was hoping the same too, she’s so resilient so I had a lot of hope! ♥

  5. Arielle

    I totally agree with your review. Now I am desperate for the 3rd book. The ending was insane and left me wanting so much more.

    • Jen

      I have SO many questions after that ending! I can’t wait to learn more about them and their world when the 3rd book releases. Then we’ll probably be desperately wanting that 4th book lol.

  6. Ari Augustine

    I loved FROM BLOOD AND ASH and this second book so much, I finished them in the same weekened. Both left me with such a hangover!
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    • Jen

      That must have been the most amazing experience, finishing them in the same weekend ♥! Lucky you! I had the biggest hangover too and couldn’t pick up another book for days.

  7. Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    Sounds fantastic! Armentrout astounds me with the number of books she manages to write. I haven’t started this series yet, but I definitely plan to.

    • Jen

      She amazes me too! And I love that she shares snippets, while writing, in her online reader groups. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts when you read this book! 🙂

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