Book Review: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire By Jennifer L Armentrout
I’ve never seen an author release two books IN THE SAME YEAR THAT ARE UP TO PAR WITH ONE ANOTHER. From Blood and Ash left me hung over, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire left me soulless in the best way possible. A perfectly written sequel that just left me open mouthed and clutching my pearls by the end of the book.
WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD
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Poppy’s life has taken yet another unexpected twist. With the shocking announcement from Prince Casteel Da’neer, the man she knew as Hawke, of their supposed engagement, Poppy has gone from one gilded cage into another….or so it seems. New truths come to light the more time she spends with Casteel and his people and Poppy must make a decision that can change her life drastically yet again. She knows better than to trust the Dark One…but his secrets seem just as dangerously seductive as he.
Poppy’s character development in this book was by far by favorite thing about this book. She continues to grow stronger and more confident in herself as the story goes on. Continues to move forward despite all she knew was a lie and despite those she loved are now gone. Her curiousity and short temper with Casteel made up for some amazing moments between the two. Not to mention, her budding friendship with Casteel’s best friend, Kieran….the shade between them two was hilarious.
Kieran was an amazing secondary character throughout this book. Supporting both Casteel and Poppy’s character development, allowing Poppy to see a more human side to Casteel and pushing Poppy to open her heart more toward him. His willingness to protect Casteel and Poppy warmed my heart.
Casteel…Hawke….I dont think I’ve gushed about him enough in the last review. A character filled with depth. Seemingly perfect but with dark secrets and trauma hidden underneath. His inappropriateness throughout the story was….*dreamy sigh* And his willingness to take responsibility for all that he has caused?? The weight he carries from all those that have died because of him?? We get to see such vulnerability with Casteel and that makes my heart sing! JLA gaves us the perfect imperfect male lead once again.
Lastly, let me gush about the world building in this book. JLA paints a gorgeous picture of what the world outside the walls looks like. Of how alive it is. The Blood forest, the fog within the mountains. The voyage that we go with the characters in this book is both haunting and beautiful. JLA gives us enough without over-painting the picture and I’m super appreciative of that.
Overall, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire gets a 5/5 stars from me.
Things I didn’t like:
- look at that….I have no complaints!
Things I did like:
- Once again, the plot twist!! WOW
- The action was well placed
- Good supporting characters
- The World Building
- The Lore