A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) – An Epic Continuation of the Rising Series!

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is a romantic fantasy by American author Jennifer L. Armentrout. Published in September of 2020, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is the second instalment of what is a six-book series, titled The Blood and Ash Series.

From bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new adult fantasy novel series, Blood and Ash. The second novel in the series, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, brings us back into the world of strife and drama!

If romance, political intrigue, discrimination, and high-end magical fantasy is your thing, then this novel should definitely be on your list! Perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses, or Holly Black’s The Folk of the Air series!

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A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire

Is Love Stronger Than Vengeance?

“The Book Gods have finally listened to my prayers and combined the ingredients of intriguing premise, ultra powerful protagonists, amazing secondary characters, captivating world and not to forget- delicious, tantalizing romance and poof – A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire was born

Goodreads user, She-who-must-not-be-named

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A Betrayal…

Everything Poppy has ever believed in is a lie, including the man she was falling in love with. Thrust among those who see her as a symbol of a monstrous kingdom, she barely knows who she is without the veil of the Maiden. But what she does know is that nothing is as dangerous to her as him. The Dark One. The Prince of Atlantia. He wants her to fight him, and that’s one order she’s more than happy to obey. He may have taken her, but he will never have her.

A Choice….

Casteel Da’Neer is known by many names and many faces. His lies are as seductive as his touch. His truths as sensual as his bite. Poppy knows better than to trust him. He needs her alive, healthy, and whole to achieve his goals. But he’s the only way for her to get what she wants—to find her brother Ian and see for herself if he has become a soulless Ascended. Working with Casteel instead of against him presents its own risks. He still tempts her with every breath, offering up all she’s ever wanted. Casteel has plans for her. Ones that could expose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain. Plans that will force her to look beyond everything she thought she knew about herself—about him. That could bind their lives together in unexpected ways that neither kingdom is prepared for. And she’s far too reckless, too hungry, to resist the temptation.

A Secret…

But unrest has grown in Atlantia as they await the return of their Prince. Whispers of war have become stronger, and Poppy is at the very heart of it all. King wants to use her to send a message. Descenters want her dead. The wolven are growing more unpredictable. And as her abilities to feel pain and emotion begin to grow and strengthen, the Atlantians start to fear her. Dark secrets are at play, ones steeped in the blood-drenched sins of two kingdoms that would do anything to keep the truth hidden. But when the earth begins to shake, and the skies start to bleed, it may already be too late.

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Do I want to read the sequel ASAP?

Oh yes.

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Our Overview

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is the second book in the “Blood and Ash” series by Jennifer L Armentrout. The story follows Poppy, the former Queen of the Kingdom of Atlantia, as she tries to reclaim her throne and find a way to defeat the evil King Casteel.

Poppy is a half-human, half-god hybrid with powerful abilities. She is on a quest to find and retrieve the three artifacts that will help her reclaim her throne and defeat King Casteel. Along the way, she faces many challenges and discovers the truth about her own past and the dark secrets of the Kingdom of Atlantia.

King Casteel is a powerful and ruthless ruler who will stop at nothing to maintain his hold on the Kingdom. He is determined to find and destroy the artifacts that Poppy is searching for, in order to secure his rule and maintain his power.

As Poppy travels deeper into the Kingdom, she encounters various allies and enemies, including her loyal supporters and the treacherous forces of King Casteel. She must use her cunning and strength to outwit her enemies and retrieve the artifacts. Along the way, she discovers the truth about the past of the Kingdom of Atlantia and the legacy of the gods.

In the end, Poppy is faced with a final showdown against King Casteel, as she attempts to reclaim her throne and restore order to the Kingdom. The outcome of the battle will determine the fate of the Kingdom and the lives of all its inhabitants.

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Map of the world accordingly, first appearing in the ebook and print versions of A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire.
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) – An Epic Continuation of the Rising Sereis!

Our Review

A truly amazing follow-up to a strong start of the series!

We genuinely loved Poppy and Cesteel, even if they might not communicate a lot, their interactions are enjoyable and they are amazing and interesting characters as individuals.

The secondary characters were so interesting! We can’t help but wish there had been a little more content with the wolven. Their dynamic was especially interesting to watch unfold.

If you crave a seductive adult romance of enemies to lovers, peppered with drama, banter, and some wonderful fantasy storytelling woven through every page – A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is for you. It hits a little harder than its predecessor, with a young woman who will never again be a pawn and a prince is more mad than man.

We said it and we said it again, Casteel and Poppy’s cat-and-mouse is so devilishly engaging. It will have you turning the page craving for another interaction between the two.

Our rating: ★★★★☆

About the Author

#1 New York Times and #1 International Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. 

Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision. Due to her diagnosis, she considers educating people about this disorder is a priority of hers which she will promote alongside her writing. Inspirational!

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Jennifer has won numerous awards, including:

  • 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You,
  • 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me
  • 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian.
  • DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
  • Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month.
  • Young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction.
  • Her novel STORM AND FURY was chosen for the 2020-2021 Florida Teens Read List.
  • The adult fantasy FROM BLOOD AND ASH was the 2020 Goodreads Choice Award in Romance.

Check out Jennifer’s author page on her website here!

Frequently Asked Questions

How many books are in the Blood and Ash series?

The blood and ash series currently has 3 books published, with another 3 on the way. The reading order is as follows:

  1. From Blood and Ash (2020)
  2. Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (2020)
  3. The Crown of Gilded Bones (2021)
  4. The War of Two Queens (2022)
  5. A Soul of Ash and Blood (Expected 2023)
  6. (Unconfirmed title)

Following the success of the series, Armentrout began another fantasy book series in 2021 as a companion to the Blood & Ash series.

The Flesh and Fire series is a companion prequel, with two novels.

  1. A Shadow in the Ember
  2. A Light in the Flame

Spice level of A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire?

Don’t expect to have to get the electric fan out, but still, From Blood And Ash does have a handful of spicy scenes towards the end of the novel!

Is A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire a series?

This novel, being the second in the series is titled A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire and is an installment in the epic Blood & Ash series.

Worth the read: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire?

Just as entertaining as its predecessor, From Blood and Ash. In fact, many people consider it to be better in some regards.

Have you read any of the Blood and Ash series? Let us know!

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