PDF READ A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire Blood and Ash #2 Ë Jennifer L. Armentrout
As lost reading it allAKOFAF is a fantastic follow up to one of my favorite reads of the year Poppy is of her badass self the romance is steamyyy I am HERE for all the hot fantasy romances and I just love this world JLA has created so much If you thought the FBAA nding was awful in the best way prepare for AKOFAF s The cliffhanger will have you screaming Buddy read with Kim 1 From Blood and Ash 35 Stars 2 A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire 375 StarsIdk if someone s mentioned it or if I m alone in this but AKOFAF felt like the mix between Twilight and ACOMAF with a little bit of Wonder Woman cause for some reason the Kingdom of Atlantia made me think of Themyscira I m not alluding to A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is the seuel in the From Blood and Ash series and starts right where the first book left off It will answers some of the uestions but to no one s surprise will also leave you with a lot of uestions and theories thanks to the mean cliffhanger Atlantia rose from blood and ash We are no longer a fallen kindom Not by any sense of the world We haven t been for a very long time We are a kindom of fire I was kind of afraid to start this book because I thought I would be confused I ve read Book 1 From Blood Ash this year and it should be fresh on my mind but it s not cause I ve read a lot of other books since then and some details are kinda fuzzy If you re like me and too lazydon t have timeor for whatever reason to reread From Blood Ash let me assure you A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire gives a good summary or rather brings up important plotpoints that will remind you of the previous book What turned out surprisingly well was the pacing While it took me a while to get into the first book due to all the world building A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire was better paced from the beginning til the nd It had a good balance of actions fight scenes dialogue world building tc Not to say that there weren t parts that were dragging but it was way asier to get into the story Feelings were not stagnant Neither were opinions or beliefs and if we stopped believing people were capable of change then the world might as well be left to burn I d love to tell you something about the plot but I m shit with plot summaries so I m just going to ramble about the characters and the romance cause let s be honest that s what I m most interested in Penellaphe Poppy Balfour Poppy is a badass character but then all females in fantasy series seem to be super badass It s nothing special and it s not like it hasn t been done before It s sounds very negative but I don t mean it in a bad way It is what it is and that s okay Despite that trope being overused I still love Poppy so much Poppy is the girl that has been hidden from the world since her birth groomed by the society and the ueen she lived in to behave be uiet and do what she s told AKOFAF is the continuance of her character development into the real Poppy The character development was so good In this book Poppy learns a lot about her powers that are volving and her role in all of it Let s not start about her abilities with a knife sword or bow We stan a ueen or should I say princess who can cut up her nemies like a fine steak I bet you re one of those wolven bitches Hear they like their women all cut up He made a calling sound one used to summon a dog and my grip tightened Tell me girl What kind of bitch are you He lifted the club again and I made my move Shooting forward I slipped under his arm and grabbed the dirty tunic Thrusting the dagger up I used very ounce of strength I had to drive it deep under his chin I m this kind of bitch I growled The muscles under the mask pieced together by human flesh went lax as I jerked the knife free It will be interesting to see how Poppy is going to deal with what happened at the The Perfect Christmas Gift end Casteel Hawke thorne Da Neer I love you and I will love you until thend of time Casteel also known as Hawke in From Blood and Ash but I m going to just call him Cas because I like that name better lol Cas has built a name for himself as the Dark One but honestly the only dark thing about him is his hair Otherwise he is babyyy He is a tortured soul that is still dealing with his past Cas is putting on his charm infront of his people and trying to so hard to be The Taste of Night enough without knowing that he isnough Everything he does he does it fiercely The prince of Atlantia does not play when it comes to Poppy The things he says to her I don t know but it just wants to make me cry Cas has some swoonworthy things to say i m telling y all I need to feel your lips on mine He planted his hands on the carriage wall caging me in I need to feel your breath in my lungs I need to feel your life inside me I just need you It s an ache This need Can I have you All of you While Cas background was very wishy washy in the previous book for a reason I njoyed learning about his past and his family in AKOFAF I was soaking all the information about what shaped him into the man he is now like sponge in heat It s giving his character dimension with rough dges cause he s than just a pretty face Kieran I forgot his last name Jennifer L Armentrout has the talent to write the best secondary
characters Kieran is no xception JLA uses the same formula for all Kieran is no xception JLA uses the same formula for all her side characters sprinkles a bit of sarcasm here a little arrogance there insert a definition of loyal and supportive
and BOOM you ll have JLA side characters BUT IT WORKS EVERY Having said that I looooved what Kieran brought to the story Kieran and Cas bromance is one of my favorite things in this book Their bond is so strong and only death can pull them apart His brother from another mother Also Poppy and Kieran s growing friendship was hilarious They reminded me of two siblings who annoy A Scandalous Regency Christmas each other daily but also care about them a lot Honestly their interactions withach other is sooo funny He is not wounded Kieran answered At least not physically Emotinoally I believe you left him shreddedI rolled my The Return eyes Then why ask if he s okay if he s not hurt Kieran started to reply but Casteel beat him to it He s a worrywart Constantly fearing that I ve been injured or that I ve overexerted myself Wanting to know if I ve gottenight hours of rest and aten three suare meals a dayYeah that s xactly it Kieran replied drolly I reacted without thought slamming my Prince Hafizs Only Vice elbow into his stomach Casteel grunted out a curse Please don t fight atop the horse Delano called out from somewhere behind us None of us wish to watch Setti trampleither of you Speak for yourself came Kieran s droll voice Casteel straightened behind me Don t worry Neither of us will fall It was just a love tap That did not look like a love tap Naill commented That s because it was a very passionate one Casteel replied You re about to get a love tap to your face I muttered under my breath Casteel curled his arm firmly around my waist as he laughed If something happens to Kieran in the next two books I m ready to hail fire on y all The romance No His forehead dropped to mine There is one mor thing I need Something that I ve needed for days Weeks Months Maybe forever The bridge of his nose brushed mine But I know you won t allow it Not like thisThe pounding in my chest moved lower Whatwhat have you needed for so long You Oh my goooddd THE ANGST guys the angst Fake dating or in this case fake Aristotle and Poetic Justice engagement is always bringing a certain level of angst with it and I was here for it Poppy and Cas having to fake that they are in love infront ofveryone is doing things to my heart The uncertainty for the characters if what was saiddone is pretend or real All the kisses touches stares Give me all the longing That really tugged on my heartstrings Poppy and Cas relationship And Bid Him Sing: A Biography of Countée Cullen ended on a rocky note in the first book in this book Poppy starting to learn again that maybe notverything was a lie Their dynamic is interesting Poppy s love for sharp objects and Cas kink to be turned on by it That s some Bachelors and Bunnies: The Sexual Politics of Playboy entertainment right there While their banter greatlyntertained me sometimes Poppy s stabbing tendencies were repetitively mentioned It was maybe a bit too much But the honesty between and Casteel and Poppy is a sight to behold I mean after a betrayal the only way from there is up The truth is out The cards are open Communication is key and Poppy and Cas do that Whenever Poppy asked a uestion no matter how hard hitting it is Casteel answered her honestly Always he whispered in the breath we shared Your heart was always safe with me It always will be There is nothing I will protect fiercely or with devotion Poppy Trust in that in what you feel from me In me These two are so cute together So many heart yes Casteel and Poppy are slowly making their way into my top JLA couples 1 is always going to stay Daemon Black and Katy Swartz because they re royalty and no one can change my mind Anyway i m xcited for what next to come Hoping for a spring release with how fast JLA is writing fingers crossed 1 From Blood and Ash 425 stars 2 A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire 425 star. Reckless too hungry to resist the temptationA SecretBut 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 unpredictable And as her abilities to feel pain and Girl in Pieces 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 thearth begins to shake and the skies start to bleed it may already be too late. This series is the best thing JLA has Battleground Chicago: The Police and the 1968 Democratic National Convention ever written and is singlehandedly saving me from the disastrous year that is 2020 45 sIf you value your sanity don t read this book unless you also hold the seuel but if you re my friend you probably never valued your sanity anyways So allow me to give you a breakdown of what is currently going on in my obsessed brain Am I too biased toven attempt to rate this objectively Definitely Isn t the rating ultimately about my thoughts and motions and besides can t it be said that if the issues did not obscure my njoyment then they don t truly matter to me anyhow I believe so yes And did I love this Love I am dead Did that love have Bridging Liberalism and Multiculturalism in American Education everything to do with the romance and characters which are in thend the Where Robot Mice Robot Men Run Round in Robot Towns entire point of this paranormal fantasy romance Undoubtedly Were the characters and romanceverything I the aromantic dark loving I look for when picking up romance Uneuivocally Are they particularly healthy Not really Do I care Not Cruise Control even a little bit Will you now be assaulted with me level headedly gushing over this romance and trying toxplain why it s so special to me You got it winky winkTo put it simply if you like me crave from time to time a disarmingly seductive and feral new adult romance of nemies to lovers in an ngagement of convenience overflowing with deliciously addictive drama delightfully humourous banter City Limits easy to love side characters and wickedly creative steam a recurring theme of real or play pretend deftly woven throughout itsvery thread and want it to be uniue and make you feel and cheer and bleed A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire will provide ven better than its predecessor with a young woman who will never again be a passive pawn a prince who is mad than man and a war of love where neither side is afraid to fight to steal a heart and keep their own Beauty my sweet child is often broken and barbed and always unexpected I ll admit this series feels like a mix of so many pieces plucked from other bestsellers namely Twilight and A Court of Mist and Fury xcept it s somehow not a bad reminder because the pieces are turned on their heads Where Twilight had a problematically romanticised dynamic of a cat and a mouse AKoFaF has two cats playing chase Where ACoMaF was too sweetly romantic for me AKoFaF does it ferociously Honestly what is captivating than two savage souls tearing into one another taking pieces and denying that the other holds too many of theirsNow to put it not simply AKoFaF Vs FBaA Fave or All Time Fave Let s let get the whining and complaining out of the way before I can get to the level headed gushing AKoFaF is technically better than FBaA Which is only natural as the tension is already there the scale is grander the world is vaster it s ven smuttier and I do not say this lightly because I was murdered tcetera Culture and Enchantment etcetera you know how this goes BUT while I m giving both books the same rating while they are both predictable and I don t mind while both are not good at building mysteries in a way that it makes sense before unravelling From Blood and Ash was an all time fave and A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire only a fave Why What made FBaA iconic is no longer there It doesn t matter that the first book was smaller in scale bigger scale does not automaticallyual a better book And From Blood and Ash did what it did just right with the needed amount of movement to tension to focus on the iconic dynamic of a secret warrior Maiden and her shameless guard but AKoFaF did not With a bigger scale comes a bigger responsibility and you can t just take the same approach and unceremoniously dump it into a wholly different type of book JLA did capture the grandness rather well at the very nd and she vidently stole my heart again Yet she didn t own it as thoroughly Someone D DAY Through German Eyes 2 explain to me why the masses found FBaA to have a slow start and not AKoFaF With FBaA being stuck in a keep was understandable andxpected there was no urgency to move as Masadonia was the MC s home But in AKoFaF you turn Baroque Personae every page waiting for them to get off your asses and move already before I come drag you across the mountains And yet they don t Don t get me wrong I loved all the small drama and the newnemies to lovers romance but it needed to happen on the move dammit not in a keep no one cares about There is no conclusion what the fuck I m just gonna go ahead and uestion my and Democratic Art everyonelse s sanity who thinks this is a complete book Spoiler alert it s not Or maybe I just misplaced the last chapters where the build up and the mysteries raised through the Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? entire book actually gotven a semi answer My bad Please move on to my incessant gushing now Romance The Heart Soul of It All You re beautiful when you re uiet and somber but when you laugh You rival the sunrise over the Skotos Mountains In All The Mountains In all the wild world
friend and BOOM you ll have JLA side characters BUT IT WORKS EVERY
there are different kinds of relationships there are are different kinds of relationships there are partners who give ach other sweet whispers and kisses there are steely partners who provide peace in their steady mbrace and then there are playful partners whose very dynamic is a cat and mouse chase All relationships have a little bit of the three but yours magnanimously naughty soul gravitates unsurprisingly towards the ones with a dominant playful side That s why I live for Poppy and CasIn all the aforementioned vast wild world though there are also different kinds of understanding when we hear the word don t we usually think of sympathy for another s pain comradeship in compassion or acceptance of different beliefs Well what about rage or hate What about understanding one s vengeance and seeking no sympathy Understanding is as a rule crucial to us living side by side as varied humans but yours raging truly gravitates you guessed it towards the latter the most That is also why I live for Poppy and Cas Retribution is yours if you want it he said And if not I will be your blade the thing that Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group ends his miserablexistence It s your choice Readers keep comparing these two to Feysand from A Court of Mist and Fury and they need to stop Stop this madness right this moment Feyre and Rhysand are as a rule sweetness seeking people Yes they have their playful side but the core of their relationship is being cute and adorable and romantic and whispering sweet nothings That doesn t make them any less of a great couple I do love them it just makes them less of a my type of couple Whereas Poppy and Cas despite occasionally being romantic and adorable and making declarations of love operate on a bloodsport type of dynamic seriously Raleigh Ritchie s song Bloodsport Conscience and Memory: Meditations in a Museum of the Holocaust exists for these two no kidding you can find it on my playlist baiting circling one another looking to draw first blood It s a constant neverending challenge a game of who will best whom and it killed me and revived me and dug a den deep into my abandoned heart and no I m not dramatic you re dramaticTheir repeated scenarios of stabbing threats and pretending promises aren t JLA being out of ideas her banter and obviously drop dead steamy scenes are signs of her creativity what they are is an accurate in character core to their bond the type of which you d usually find in well developed partnerships with too much history What they are is a cycle he teases she brandishes dagger he innticed she is Conscience and Memory enticed so he teases so she brandishes dagger so he isnticed Pansy Vol. 6 even and you know how it goes That most likely sounds like a very dysfunctional romance but to uote Cas You can t spell dysfunctional without fun now can you He wants a fight she wants a fight it s a win win And them both being vengeful ruthless creatures andxperiencing a blooming development to Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods embrace the other s darker side is only a plus Stop criticising them for not being a sane boring logical matching please and thank you By the way I m not yours I told him I don t belong to anyone but myself Nothing changes that What if I just wanted a piece of you A tiny piece that belonged to me Tell me what piece of you I can have It can be any piece of your choosing Whatever it is I ll take it His chin grazed my cheek It will be my most prized possession Three further points to note in response to criticism of AKoFaF the issues and possibly problematic aspects to their dynamic are not glossed over and instead acknowledged he is clearly insane and she wants him not as in the body betrying kind but the I want youven as I hate you I love you Elizabeth I even as I shouldn t and I might be a little insane too one there is a difference andven as Cas perpetually teases Poppy he is not dismissing her and laughing at her but in delight of how she is serious about her threats all because he loves the challenge she is Casteel I Will FiveEver Be Swooning That was a temporary loss of sanity That s my favorite kind You see the reason I m in love with Cas is not because he is devilishly charming irresistibly handsome and willfully princely though that helps neither is it because he is impossibly insufferable unbelievably challenging and Education in a New Society endearingly ridiculous though that came close it s A BetrayalEverything Poppy hasver 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 than happy to obey He may have taken her but he will never have herA ChoiceCasteel 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. Ecause he is an unhinged vicious murderous tyrant next to all the above having gone through horrors changing and then carrying out his own horrible acts Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education effectivelyarning the title of the Dark One unlike SOME hero or villain supposedly dark YA love interests cue ye roll Casteel is mad but all the best people areOne of the main reasons for why AKoFaF slayed as it did was the delve into Cas s character deadly dark side and lonely vulnerable side all unleashed on the reader I can only beg JLA to not ruin him in the seuel because finding a character I stan this much is rare and scary too many times have authors chosen to step back from the madness fficiently breaking my heart of ice I still bear the bruises Poppy I Agree With Casteel on This One Fearing what you re capable of doesn t mean I fear you I know Cas has said it The Baby Swap Miracle enough times butshe is rather violent isn t she I realise that coming at things like a battering ram is not the best strategy it s actually one reason why Gryffindors despite being a huge part of me annoy mevery now and then but I to put it simply adore her Maybe it s because I relate to her impulsive randomness maybe it s due to how hilarious her living to snap way of life is I would sacrifice anything for a good laugh ven you or perhaps it s based on her aching for freedom or how she remains clever and rather wise when she s not overwhelmed by her motions mayhaps it has to do with her deserving the badass female lead description her rashness pointed out as she proceeds to provide me with a ueenly character development I have no ideaWhat I do know is that Poppy spent too long trapped in silence as her future was chosen for her her life discussed around her with only being on the recieving nd of an order and she will no longer wait to be rescued or controlled I cheered with very breath in and very breath out for her to show them all that forcing a warrior to don a veil of submission was never going to last Kieran A Moment of Appreciation Please I turned to him Were you injured Would you fret with worry if I was The corners of my lips turned down No Yes Not particularly Ouch He pressed a hand to his chest You wound me yet again He s not wounded Kieran answered At least not physically Emotionally I believe you left him shredded This is naught but a short paragraph of me telling you of how thoroughly my baby Kieran snatched my heart with his semi bored constant sarcasm his growing friendship with Poppy rooted in his imparting of wisdom and his precious bromance with Cas Move along now World Building Do I Need To Rant Again Fortunately for you the answer is no Yes there were still parts of the mythology that were poorly xplained Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation egverything that has to do with the deities and heartmates but the missing glue creeped between the jumble of picked paranormal slash fantasy Gender Justice elements to turn the mismatched into a successful match and the worldxpanded tenfold So you won t hear me complaining I realise you just did but shhhhh go to sleep Companions Playlist Other Reviews Whatnot Book series playlist Spotify URL Books in series From Blood and Ash Blood and Ash 1 A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire Blood and Ash 2 The Crown of Gilded Bones Blood and Ash 3 OFFBEAT AND UNBELIEVABLY REMARKABLE The Book Gods have finally listened to my prayers and combined the ingredients of intriguing premise ultrapowerful protagonists amazing secondary characters captivating world and not to forget delicious tantalising romance and poof A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire was born One that will woo you into its clutches and make your heart thrum at a faster rhythm in your chest one that will make you smile like an idiot at one moment and leave you with countless tears the next again plastering your face with a permanent grin owing to the very Generations and Collective Memory entertainin No no no no no You cannotnd this book on such a massive cliffhangerYou cannot do this JenniferFrom Blood and Ash was on the list of my top reads during the first half of 2020I am aware that I sound like a broken record but I loved that book so much so that I ve read it numerous timesI didn t think A kingdom of Flesh and Fire would be as good but Jennifer L Armentrout proved me wrong I am absolutely in awe of JLA s imagination I am not going to sugar coat itA Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is violent and I LOVED very part of it Hawke stole my breath away you guys He is a flawed character but his purpose and sense of duty love and loyalty makes him than admirable When Hawke tells Poppy You re the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thought I have when I fall asleep replacing verything From Notes to Narrative else It s why when I m with you I can be uiet I can just be You know what that means I felt those wordsI felt them to the core of my being I realise I sound dramatic but I wanted to cry myyes out and say Yes I know Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America exactly what you mean Poppy is such an amazing character and I do not say that lightly Does it make me sound morbid when I say that I admire characters that are willing to make sacrifices make than difficult decisions for the greater goodven if it means death Even though I have conflicting thoughts about thateven when I hate itI appreciate the sacrifices I loved Poppy s God's Choice: The Total World of a Fundamentalist Christian School endless curiosity I found so much joy when she asked so many uestions It made this strong intelligent kind womanven beautiful There No Doubt That I doubt that I the dynamics amongst the characters There was such a varied melange of personalities and I LOVED it Does it make it sound weird if I admit that these characters felt real The realistic actions and reactions between characters captivated me I LOVED that the characters had full blown conversations without it feeling rushedit s like if you are going to sit down and talk about serious important problemsit shouldn t be done within two pages So thank you JLA because I found myself nodding my head at the parts where I agreed with where the discussions were headed scoffing and wanting to voice my opinion on things I didn t agreeI was than invested I am well aware that this is a fictional book but that Ladies and Gentlemen is the power of Jennifer L Armentrout s writing She brings it all to life With Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) everything said and done I must be say that A kingdom of Flesh and Fire definitely had an air of mystery that kept me on my toes Even when I feltlated during parts of the book I was waiting for the other shoe to drop and completely ruin my heart But to be honest I njoy the suspense of the unknown Jennifer L Armentrout knocked it out of the park with A kingdom fo Flesh and Fire I cannot wait to read from this series update jla is NOT PLAYING with that cover damn i am willing to throat punch ppl aside to get this book don t doubt me HowHow is this better than the first book Guys Jennifer Armentrout used straight up witchcraft to write this novel That s got to be her secret because I didn t think s Ever since I finished From Blood and Ash A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire shot up to the top of my most anticipated seuels of 2020 FBAA is one of my favorite books this year and the nding absolutely killed me I NEEDED to read of Poppy Cas and this pic fantasy world full of gods magic and vampires Thankfully this much awaited seuel did not disappoint I loved being back with our main characters who have such great banter and chemistry together and learning about this new world Poppy is discoveringAKOFAF literally picks up right where FBAA left off with the wildest proposal ver Poppy is rightfully hurt and angry at Casteel for his lies and betrayal so their relationship or what s left of it is on thin ice Now to add in a marriage It s crazy but it just might work They both have something at stake and will do anything Foraging for Survival even marryach other to reach their goals And in the midst of this marriage of convenience Poppy also has to deal with being an outsider and despised by the Atlantians for being the former MaidenI was Fragments expecting a ton of angst and tension after what happened in FBAA and JLA dishes all of that out SO well I was feeling so much for Poppy and Cas they don t want to wantach other but the lust and chemistry that developed while they were Poppy and Hawke is still there and only gets stronger the time they spend together JLA nails the push and pull of the romance the longing the heartache and the love Poppy and Casteel are both fantastic characters and there was never a time I didn t root for them or want them to get their HEA And I just gotta say our vampire prince hero is Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries even hotter this second time around I loved him as Hawke but he s way compelling as CasteelWe do get much of the world building asxpected in a fantasy seuel There isn t as much action and the pacing of AKOFAF is definitely slower as it focuses on fleshing out this fantasy world and developing Poppy and Cas s relationship But one of the things I love about JLA is that her writing is so asy to read I never felt like there was too much info dumping and despite how much detailed and in depth we get into the Atlantian world I never felt like I 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 very breath offering up all she’s ver wanted Casteel has plans for her Ones that could xpose her to unimaginable pleasure and unfathomable pain Plans that will force her to look beyond verything 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.