A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash Book 2) Kindle Edition
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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES, # 1 International, and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia. She also writes under the name J. Lynn. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel and her hyper Border Jack Apollo, and a slew of farm animals that include alpacas, goats, and sheep.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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- Print Length : 637 pages
- Publisher : Blue Box Press (1 September 2020)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08BZ61HDF
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- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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There's a fair few heart breaking moments here as well but just as many funny ones, with the banter between characters highly entertaining. The world building with an emphasis on Atlantian history makes up a good portion of the book which makes it even more immersive.
There is no doubt that I will be continuing this series. JLA's journey down the fantasy road has definitely paid off.
I absolutely devoured this book.
Poppy is an amazing character and absolutely badass and I can’t wait to see what she does next!!
Hawke/Casteel makes you fall just a little bit more in love with him.
I love the friendship development between Poppy and Kieran and the bromance between Cas and Kieran.
Definitely a must read..
Other than that I can not wait for the next book. Thank you so much JLA for your amazing creativity and sharing it with others. You are a jem.
Armentrout writes brilliant chemistry between the main characters and the banter humour is on point. I love it. The ending is a cliffhanger so hope we don’t have to wait too long as it leaves us with more questions. Great read, thanks 💝
Poppy, Casteel and Kieran = best group ever!!! Most awkward group ever!! A omg is this turning into love triangle thing?
Honestly love love loved this book so much, this series is amazing!
The cliffhanger ending was a little frustrating and there was a lot of repetition with certain themes or conversation pieces, but i still enjpyed it. I also noticed quite a few grammatical errors, missing words, and jumbled sencences that really should have been fixed in the editing process, so it felt a little rushed in some ways.
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The book picks up exactly where it left off. Poppy is hurt and angry by what Casteel has done, and is not happy with the prospect of marriage. The first 30% of the novel sees her pretty much confined to her room (minus one escape attempt). It’s basically one long scene and there is so much of Poppy thinking about how she feels, and masses of dialogue where huge amounts of historical information are dumped out. Then we see a little action and I was thinking, brilliant this is where it kicks off. But not really. Then we’re back to pages and page of dialogue and info dump. My brain was actually hurting at one point with all of the names of gods and previous kings and I just wanted something to happen to break up the exposition.
It’s not until the very end of the novel that we really see something begin to happen and a huge battle scene. It was great, but was so short and I couldn’t help feeling like it could have happened way earlier.
In all honesty this book was way too long and could have been condensed considerably. The pacing was slow and even worse it was riddled with grammatical errors. You can kind of forgive those in a self published novel (although not really). But this was released by a publishing house who obviously did very little editing. A simple read through would have picked up a lot of the errors.
The author also uses the same phrases over and over again. After seeing the same things repeated five times it gets a little irritating.
I enjoyed elements of the story. But it really was a let down in terms of pacing and progression of the plot. Great idea, poor execution :(
I want to talk about the characters and the relationships, but I feel like I am entering spoiler territory for the first book - so if you haven't read the first book then I would definitely recommend it - and you can check out my review of From Blood and Ash which I have linked above.
Firstly, Poppy is just incredible, we see her awakening in the first book, she realises that most of the things she has been told are lies and half truths, and she deals with it all so well, even if that means getting stabby with a certain person. She grows and listens and we get to witness her internal struggle as has to chose who and what to believe. I love that she is vulnerable and brave at the same time, that she is capable of taking care of herself in a phyiscal sense (she is so badass I love her) but also that in many ways she is so innocent. She had no clue about relationships or even friendships because she had no frame of reference. It all makes for very compelling reading!
I also want to say that with her relationship the power dynamic is literally perfection. I am a huge fan of enemies to lovers, and I love the relationship Poppy has in these books. The fact that she has the nickname Princess melts my heart. I love that she threatens to stab, well just about anyone who annoys her, and follows through with it too. I love that she is such a good person, and wants to help, even those who do not want her help, even those who hate her. The banter between her and Cas is just so swoon worthy - I do love snarky banter!
Cas is literally perfect, and he reminds me a lot of Roth from the Dark Element series, the way he baits Poppy and the things he says to her and yes the fact that he calls her Princess. But we also get to see beyond the snark and the confidence in this book, we get to see him ask Poppy to just pretend even though they are alone. We get to see his vulnerable side which makes him all the more appealing. Though to be fair we also get to see him rip the heart out of a mouthy wolven too.
These is a whole range of new characters, but one of the highlights for me was Kieran. He is an amazing character and I love that we get to see more of him in this book, that he is the voice of reason (most of the time) and tells both Poppy and Cas the truth even when, especially when they don't want to hear it. I hope that we get to find out more about the Wolven in future books.
I don't want to spoil anything of this book so I am just going to say, I loved it - my favourite read of the 80odd books I have read this year, I loved it even more than From Blood and Ash even though before I started it I could not see how that would be possible. And that everything was perfect, pacing, plot, worldbuilding and characters. I just adore Jennifer L Armentrout's writing style and I now need to focus my efforts on reading the rest of her amazing sounding backlist and trying to resist the urge to reread the two Blood as Ash book whilst I wait (impatiently) for book three which I believe is due to be released in Spring 2021.
Poppy is still processing Hawke's betrayal, she is angry, hurt, and confused. In a very short span of time, she has learned that everything she has known is a lie and the person she was starting to fall in love with is someone else entirely. The first chunk of this book is all about Poppy coming to terms with this, the most obvious issue of Hawke being Casteel. It was heartwrenching reading some of the scenes between them - so much hurt but there is also a lot of healing and that was kind of beautiful. Casteel is not a perfect guy, and he doesn't try to be, and this is what makes him him, I would have really liked a few chapters from his perspective.
As well as the emotional parts of this book there are a lot of kick as moments and battles. Poppy snark and stabby tendencies are on point throughout. As well as the ever-looming threat of the ascended which made me feel on edge whilst reading justing waiting from the to strike.
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire picks up right where From Blood and Ash left off, with Poppy away from everything and everyone she has ever known and surrounded by Atlantians and Wolven alike. And not all of them are thrilled to find The Maiden with them. Right from the start I couldn’t put this book down. I just needed to know what was going to happen. I am completely and utterly obsessed with this world and this vampire related mythology. I just love every single moment of it. I am always hesitant to talk about this series as a vampire-series as it really isn’t. It is so, so much more. It’s a heart-racing epic fantasy that just so happens to have some vampire type mythology intwined in this incredible storyline.
Poppy and Casteel are two of my all time favourite characters. They have such great character growth throughout this book and I loved every moment of this development. They are both thrust into this situation that they weren’t expecting and have to gradually come to terms with their feelings for each other. Despite the betrayal and everything they have been through, they have to accept that they are going to have to work together. Honestly, I loved how much their relationship developed throughout this book. It was just such a fantastic development. I absolutely adore them both and some of my favourite quotes in this book comes from the romance between these characters. It’s absolutely heartmelting.
Honestly, I was so anxious while reading this book. I’m in Jen’s reader and spoiler groups for her books and I had seen many, many theories of things readers wanted to see. One of them is a major thing for me and something that should it appear in a book I would DNF on 99.9% of the time. It would absolutely kill me to have to do that with this series, so I was in such a panic about it. I am so glad I continued and pushed through though as this book was just completely and utterly epic!
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is filled to the brim with twists and turns. Honestly, it’s mind-blowingly good. I usually guess a lot of the twists and turns throughout the books that I read but there were certain things in this book that I didn’t see coming at all. When I finished it I actually could not speak. I couldn’t believe what had just happened and I was just left shouting WHAT?!?! If a book can do that for me then that is a sign that it’s a phenomenal book!
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire was just utter perfection. From the heart pounding twists and turns and the mind-blowing plot, to the swoon-worthy romance, this book had absolutely everything that I love in a book. You thought From Blood and Ash was good? Look out the absolute epicness of this sequel. I couldn’t put it down and I am now left reeling dying to know what is going to happen next. This series is a must-read for any fantasy fan.