Before we get started, if you haven’t read the first book in this series, From Blood and Ash, check out my review for it here!
Overall: 5/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire took this series to the next level. It adds on to everything we loved about From Blood and Ash, and will have you dying for the next book.
// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Mature Content, Child Abuse (Mention), Kidnapping/Abduction //
Release Date: 9/1/2020
Publisher: Blue Box Press
Page Count: 637
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is the sequel to From Blood and Ash, and takes place immediately after the ending of the first book. There’s not much else I can say here without spoiling the first book, but let’s just say- if you liked From Blood and Ash, you’ll want to pick this up.
Writing & Setting
We all know at this point that I’m obsessed with Jennifer L. Armentrout. This book has her trademark wit with plenty of steam and heart at it’s core. She continues to build onto the world introduced in From Blood and Ash, adding more so much more to the lore. I was absolutely fascinated with these new additions.
I’ll be honest, not much happens in this book. But did I mind? Not one bit. The dynamics between the characters made up for it. And when stuff did happen? It was intense and amazing and I can’t stop thinking about it. I’m so happy with the direction this series is going in and I can’t wait for the next book to come out!
I am in love with all of the characters in this series. Seriously. I’m obsessed.
I knew I would love Cas. I already loved him in From Blood and Ash, so it was inevitable, but I didn’t expect to love him this much. He’s just such a great character. And his relationship with Poppy? Iconic. Adorable. Just so amazing. Poppy is another character I really enjoyed in this book. I was occasionally frustrated with her, but it all made sense for her character so I’m not mad about it. I think she’s a great protagonist.
We also meet (or get to know) a lot more side characters and they’re all so interesting. Keiran is the absolute best part of this book. I love him so much and I really hope we get more of him in later books. My only complaint with the side characters is that the cast isn’t very diverse, but hopefully, that will be improved on in later books.
Pros- great characters, steamy romance, interesting world, fun writing
Cons- the series has gotten better in its diversity and representation (I love that Poppy isn’t thin and it’s very clear that she’s mid-size/plus-size), but there’s still room to grow
Overall- 5/5 stars.
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is a fantastic new installment in a series that is absolutely worth all of the hype.
If You Liked A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, I’d Recommend:
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas [Review]
- Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout [Review]
- Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin [Review]
What’s your favorite new adult fantasy? I really want to read more!