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.
All. Of. The. Feels. If possible, A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is even better than From Blood and Ash. It is sexier and so much more raw. So many things get torn open in this second book and my heart was pounding the entire time.
“I didn’t offer Casteel of piece of me as we rode forward, joining the others. There was no reason to because what he didn’t know was that he already held too many of them.”
– A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, 234
Casteel and Poppy are so much more. Their tension, their attraction, their fierceness, their magnificent fighting skills…everything amplifies in this second book. I absolutely adore them both, but especially Poppy. There were so many times I found myself envious of her. YES. Envious of a fictional character… I literally wanted to be her in so many moments of this book.
“With your dagger?” Kieran sounded impressed. “That and my sparkling personality.” The wolven snorted. “It was probably the latter than did him in.”
– A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, 255
There is also Kieran and all of the other amazing side characters we get to meet. Honestly, I love Kieran and hope he gets a spin-off of his own. There is so much more I want to happen and know about him
I honestly was expecting a much different last 20% of the book, but am so gosh-darn happy with what we got. I know Jennifer is no stranger to breaking readers’ hearts, but she does a damn good job at stitching them back together. The ending of this book was everything I could have hoped for yet still leaving me wanting so much more.
Waiting until April for The Crown of Gilded Bones is going to be torture. Hats off to this series so far, what a stunner.