Everything Poppy has ever been told and believed in is a lie, including the man she has been falling in love with. Now she’s living among people who see her as a symbol of everything they hate. Poppy doesn’t even really know who she is outside of being The Maiden. Then there’s him, Casteel Da’Neer, or as she thought she knew him, Hawke. She had begun to fall in love with Hawke and those feelings didn’t just disappear, but she also feels betrayed. She doesn’t want to just be a pawn in the Prince’s plan.
Casteel needs her alive and healthy for his new plan, to end a war before it starts. While Poppy needs Casteel to help find her brother Ian, and determine whether he is has become a soulless Ascended. Unrest has begun in Atlantia, while they wait for their Prince to return. The Descenters want her dead, The King wants to use her to send a message, but something is happening with Poppy. As the love between Poppy and Casteel grows, so do her powers. They are changing right before her very eyes. Poppy begins to wonder if maybe if there was something more to attack on her family when she was a child. On top of everything, the gods have taken interest in Poppy and Casteel.
Wow this book! I really enjoyed From Blood and Ash, but I completely loved A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire. Poppy really comes into her own and discovers who she is outside of being The Maiden. Poppy becomes this fearless heroine, who realizes that she deserves love. I loved the relationship between Poppy and Casteel. You can just feel the love and passion they develop for each other over the course of this book. I really love their relationship and how it evolved in this book. I also enjoyed Poppy’s developing friendship with Kieran. Also, Alstair drove me crazy. You could tell that he hated the idea of Poppy and Casteel together, and he tried to play it off as him being concerned for Poppy.
My only issue with this book, and it’s very minor, is that I couldn’t connect with Poppy’s determination to get her brother back. I understand that it is another thing that Poppy and Casteel have in common, and that he is the only family that she has left. However, we know almost nothing about Ian. We learn more about Casteel’s brother, than we ever learn about Ian.
Also that cliffhanger! I know that A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire just came out, but I need the next book immediately! Jennifer L. Armentrout has easily become one of my favorite authors just from reading this series. I both couldn’t put this book down, but also wanted to savor this book.