Review: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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.

REVIEW

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.

RATING: 10/10

Review: From Blood & Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Maiden is chosen at birth, they must live a life of solitude, never to be touched, can’t be looked upon, and never to be spoken to. An entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, yet she isn’t quite sure what she wants. Right now she would like to be able to enjoy life, and fight back against the evil that took her parents life.

Then she meets Hawke, a gorgeous guard who becomes honor bound to ensure her safety until the day of her Ascension. They have an instant connection, and he makes her feel things she shouldn’t feel as the Maiden. As this test of her faith is happening, Poppy also finds herself caught in the middle of a fallen kingdom trying to rise again.

REVIEW

I knew nothing about this book, but kept getting it recommended to me because of how much I like Sarah J. Maas’ books. I ended up completely loving From Blood and Ash, and finished it in 24 hours. (It also helped that my area got hit by a tropical storm, so I had lost power and I had no other distractions.) Poppy and Hawke have such great chemistry, and I love the world that Jennifer L. Armentrout built in this novel. I also enjoyed the slow trickle of information, you find out things as Poppy does. Poppy has a lot in common with many young adult fantasy heroines, but I really enjoyed the exploration of her sexuality. That often isn’t seen or maybe done off-screen in other novels, but fully explored in From Blood and Ash. I did figure out the one major twist beforehand, but it didn’t hinder the book for me at all.

I recommend this book if you love fantasy and romance. It definitely checks off both those boxes. I can’t wait for the sequel which comes out September 1st!

RATING: 9/10