A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Fantasy, 713 pages, published in 2020

After being betrayed by those she thought she trusted and finding out everything she’d been told her entire life was a life, Poppy is stuck with nowhere to turn.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Content Warnings: explicit sex, mentions of torture, sexual assault, and imprisonment

Even though I enjoyed this book quite a bit, I had some issues, so I think the first one is still my favorite.

The first book has a mysterious element, where you don’t really know what is going on, but once you (and Poppy) find out, the story lost that mysterious atmosphere that I enjoyed so much.

There was a lot of worldbuilding and lore at the end of the first book that went over my head a little bit, and I wish I understood it better because I feel like a lot of this book relies on the reader knowing that. There were a couple reveals that left me underwhelmed because I had literally no idea why they were important.

I also felt like the plot was quite drawn out. This is by no means a short book, and not a whole lot happens in terms of plot. There was also one very inappropriately timed sex scene that actually made me laugh out loud because I was shocked!

I still really enjoyed this book! The romantic relationship definitely progressed and gained some depth that I really liked. I also have a new favorite character – Kieran! His sense of humor and his loyalty to those he cares about made him so likeable to me.

I’m definitely excited for the next book! I don’t know how JLA gets these books out so fast, but man, am I thankful. I’m hoping I can get a better grasp on the lore beforehand, because I know it’s going to play a big role going forward. There was also a ritual mentioned in this book many times and if you’ve read it, I’m sure you know which one I mean. Anyway, based on how many times it was mentioned, I am desperately hoping that it will happen in the next book!

Anyway, this was definitely a good entry into this series, though I do think it suffered a little bit from middle book syndrome.

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5 thoughts on “A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  1. I wish there had been more to the plot as well, but I also enjoyed how character-driven it was since I love Poppy and Casteel together.
    (Ooh and I am dying to see if that ritual will happen in the third book! I’m particularly interested in finding out more about Poppy’s powers and to see how evryone in Atlantia will respond to her.

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  2. Great post!! I finished this recently, and whilst I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped I would, I see where you’re coming from. I totally agree that I didn’t really understand the whole ascended thing, it was so confusing! And when they started doing it in the middle of a battle (I hunk that’s what you meant?) I was also so shocked, surely they could have been doing something more helpful πŸ˜‚ I guess I wanted a bit more of a development of how Poppy’s feeling, and a reaction of something other than violence (but I guess casteel seemed to like it πŸ˜‚) becuase she’s been through a LOT and the trauma wasn’t gone into that much? But I liked your take on it all! Here’s my review πŸ™‚ https://hundredsandthousandsofbooks.blog/2021/03/11/a-kingdom-of-flesh-and-fire-book-review/

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