Title: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
First published September 1, 2020
637 pages, Kindle Edition
A Kingdom in Peril… Poppy’s world has been turned upside down.
The man she trusted has betrayed her, and everything she thought she knew has been a lie. Now, surrounded by those who see her as a pawn in a dangerous game, she must navigate the treacherous waters of Atlantia while trying to uncover the truth about her past.
But there is one person who could help her – the Dark One, Casteel Da’Neer.
Casteel is a man of many faces, and Poppy knows better than to trust him. But as they work together to uncover the secrets that threaten their world, she finds herself drawn to him in ways she never thought possible.
He offers her everything she’s ever wanted, but at what cost? With war looming on the horizon and enemies closing in from all sides, Poppy must decide whether to trust her heart or her head.
As the stakes grow higher and the danger more imminent, Poppy and Casteel find themselves bound together in ways they never imagined. But with dark secrets lurking in the shadows and ancient powers at play, they must tread carefully or risk losing everything.
The fate of two kingdoms rests in their hands, and time is running out. Can they uncover the truth before it’s too late, or will their love be the downfall of them both?
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a thrilling and riveting sequel to From Blood and Ash that is sure to captivate readers with its magic, adventure and romance.
Armentrout, a New York Times bestselling author, is well-known for her ability to create immersive worlds and compelling characters, and this book is no exception. Set in the fantastical world of the Ascension series, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire picks up where the first book left off, following the journey of Poppy, a powerful and rebellious heroine, who struggles to come to terms with her newfound abilities and her role in the war against the Atlantians.
With the help of her loyal friend and protector, Hawke, she embarks on a dangerous journey to the heart of the enemy’s territory to uncover the truth about the impending war. Armentrout’s writing is gripping and evocative, immersing readers in a richly detailed and captivating world.
From the bustling cities to the treacherous forests, each setting is brought to life with vivid descriptions that leave a lasting impression on the reader. The author’s skillful and seamless blending of action, adventure and romance also adds depth and nuance to the overarching story, engaging readers on multiple levels.
In terms of character development, Poppy and Hawke stand out as complex, well-drawn characters who have a depth and grace that is seldom seen in young adult fiction. They are not just warriors and lovers, but friends and confidants who support each other through even the toughest of times.
Armentrout’s portrayal of their relationships is nuanced, authentic and emotionally engaging, drawing the reader in and making them care deeply about what happens to both characters. Despite its many strengths, however, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is not without its flaws.
The pacing can falter slightly at times, with some sections feeling drawn out or repetitive. Additionally, while the world-building in the book is largely impressive, some readers may find it confusing or overwhelming at times, particularly if they have not read the first book in the series.
Overall, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is a worthy successor to From Blood and Ash, and a must-read for fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s work.
It is an epic and thrilling tale of magic, adventure and romance that is sure to captivate readers from start to finish. For fans of young adult fiction who crave an immersive and well-crafted world, populated by complex and engaging characters, this book is a definite must-read.
Rating: 4/5 stars.