A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer Lynn Armentrout
5 plus plus plus top 2020 book/series
Where to start this review??? I could talk about how this is the most original and riveting piece of fiction I’ve read in lord knows how long. Or maybe I could tell you how once it ended, I reread the last few pages to savor it and seriously thought about starting it all over again. Maybe I should talk about how I was out all weekend for the long holiday and I read in a hammock and did that reading with one drunk eye blurry vision thing. (Don’t judge. You know you’ve done that!)
Maybe I should tell you how this is my favorite series I’ve read this year, and it def falls in line with some of my favorite paranormal fantasy world-building ever. Yes! That’s where this should start… With the world-building. Everything was created so beautifully potent in my imagination. Besides, world-building Armentrout shows us that she is great at building hot steamy scenes. I’ve read most of her work and a lot falls into YA. Not this one. When it is hot, it is so hot. Maybe it’s the built-up tension? IDK.
I’m still a little euphoric over the entire reading experience. I can not wait for the next book. BTW this is the second book. The first is From Blood and Ash. And I was in love with that book, but this one, wow wow wow.
And the twists and turns and unexpected on your seat, I didn’t see that coming thrill ride, it is no mystery why this has all of those Amazon best-seller banners. If you love getting lost then this is your series.
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.
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. Plans 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.
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. The King wants to use her to send a message. The 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.