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Publisher's Summary

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes the next novel in her Blood and Ash series....

Is Love Stronger Than Vengeance?

A Betrayal...

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. 

A Choice...

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.

A Secret...

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.

©2020 by Jennifer L. Armentrout. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Picking up after an explosive cliff-hanger, Stina Nielsen narrates a captivating fantasy romance in which a young woman struggles to overcome betrayal.… Nielsen's immersive performance blends romance and action for an entrancing listen."
--AudioFile Magazine, An Earphones Award Winner

What listeners say about A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire

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  • Shannon
  • 08-11-20

Good... but way too much sex

I'm giving this 4 stars instead of 3 only because the storyline is good... but damn, she could have cut about four hours off the run time without the repetitive and overly detailed sex scenes. I don't mind a couple steamy scenes like we had in the first book, but when there are well over half a dozen and each one uses the exact same language over and over, you can just go with "..." and we all get the point. I started skipping them halfway through so I didn't have to listen to the narrator talk about "her very core" or "that bundle of nerves" one more time.

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  • LovelyD
  • 01-02-21

Way too much filler

This book reads like a college student wrote it, trying every trick to stretch a 3-page paper into a 5-page paper.
The plot goes absolutely nowhere for long periods of time. Constantly saying the same things in 25 different ways.
If the editors cut out the insanely repetitive rabbit hole of Poppy’s thoughts (that add absolutely nothing to the storyline) maybe we’d have a decent book. A big maybe.

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  • 907jsolberg
  • 05-11-20

Excellent book

The release of this audiobook could not have better timing. It is a fantastic book with a wonderful plot and the narrator is on point. Can’t wait for the next book. Thank you for helping me through the 2020 election.

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  • Heather Waller
  • 12-11-20

This series owns my soul

I've been living in this series for an entire week, Jennifer Armentrout was able to transport me into the book. I felt everything. Also, my heart dropped at the end. I felt so many emotions that Poppy (the main character) wouldn't be able to process them herself. I'll just be dying until the next book comes out in 2021. Also, the narrator? Beautiful. Stina Nielsen is amazing.

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  • Patricia Councell
  • 06-11-20

When is the next book!!!

I just finished and OMG it left me breathless!!Definitely rates with Throne of Glass.

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  • stevie speaks
  • 28-01-21

A story that beats a Dead Horse with a stick

The performance is great! The story idea is very good but I feel like I want to reach out and strangle Poppy who continues to be naive. Armentrout's repetitive narrative in the form of Poppy's inner monolog is so excessively tedious it makes me wonder if the author simply ran out of ways to advance her character. Hawke/Casteel on the other hand, is written nicely. It makes me wonder how his character could even stand Poppy. I'm only 10 chapters into the book and already Poppy has either stabbed Hawke or considered that action 20 times.

The first book moved the story along so well, I was expecting great things in this 2nd book. Yikes! Can I make it through 20 more hours of this?

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  • Alissa
  • 08-11-20

A little disappointed

Overall I like this book/series, but I was somewhat disappointed. Poppy drove me up the wall for most of this book. On one hand her brattyness and endless whiney internal monologue of boo hoo, he's done bad things in his dark and stormy past. On the other, gasp! He's so pretty! Nevermind about whatever legitimate concern we were discussing, such as that pesky kidnapping and forced marriage issue. It did pick up in the second half, and I was quite enjoying it. Then the cliffhanger ending was awfully anticlimactic. I probably would have waited to read this until book three came out if I had known.

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  • mat
  • 05-11-20

Best sequal to a series i've read in a long while

Everything good from the first book turned up to eleven. It's not perfect , no book can ever be perfect for everyone, but it definitely hits all of it's best qualities and expands on them. The chemistry between Cas and Poppy is beyond good i don't know if it's the writing , the narrator, or both but every time they were together every thing was awesome, and when they weren't together i actually missed their banter. I have not always been a fan of this author's work. Teen drama being more grating for me than entertaining, but i think she hit a nice tone with this series. Still some relationship drama, but in a way that makes sense and is usually resolved with some good old fashioned communication. I admit with the way the last book ended i kind of expected this book to be more annoying than anything else. but nope it turned out great. Lol it was a superb distraction from the real world. the world building continues to be quite fascinating. The only thing i would really nitpick about, was that for a girl who wanted to be an independent warrior type she spends almost no time training. and a LOT of time alone fretting about Cas's feelings while he actually did Princely stuff. Felt a bit Disney princess..ish, likes to talk about being all important and stuff but is never actually shown doing more than worrying about whether their prince REALLY loves them or not. Also i really really REALLY want the next book, cliffhangers are not fair, and those who use them are sadistic sociopaths. lol

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  • Andrew Horan
  • 12-12-20

Wow, a lot of sex

I read the first of this series and really enjoyed it. I was excited when this came out, but I haven't been able to finish it. I didn't expect so much sex. I don't even mind sex scenes in books. There was sex in the first one, but this one feels like every other scene is a very detailed sex scene. It's just boring. Also, I feel like the plot could've gone a lot farther with this interesting world they've set up, but instead you're kinda stuck around towns or castles while the main character whines about loving or not loving what's his face, or over thinking everything

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-21

I can't even...

The first book wasn't great but not horrible either so I figured I'd continue with the story. I'm about 4 hours in and I don't think I can take much more! Poppy's inner monologue so ridiculously excessive and annoyingly repetitive that it makes me want to pull my hair out. And while her interactions with Casteel were varied in the first book, in this one it's literally the same thing over, and over and over again. Seriously how many times does she need to throw a knife in his face, only for him to catch it mid air yet again. How many times does he need to tell her she's violent and it turns him on, only for her to say she hates him... oh but does she (insert long repetitive inner monologue about how much she hates him but also doesn't)... I can't even with this

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-21

Warning (no spoilers)

Okay this book is overall great. but a few issues to be aware of if you are going to listen or read.

should you get this book? yes

the first few 10 chapters or so were really dry other than two scenes which were really good (which if u know u know which scenes I mean). we hear way too much about what poppy is thinking, it's so dull and slow, repetitive and half the time Irrelevant and overcomplicated, and there's no sense of direction or plot. it gets better later on however overall the story doesn't really feel like a story. a few significant events happen to make the book interesting.just overall interms of a plot I feel there could have been more done.

despite that it is really good and I genuinely enjoy it even without a strong plot there is still a sense of that slow burn and romance, i like the sense of mystery put in. the ending was good plot wise.


in a way tho I feel like the first 10+ chapters were kind of starving us for any interesting plot. so that when we finally do get something we are happy to have atleast something. it makes me question my opinion.

overall still love it. hopefully the next book will have better pacing, and a more round plot. the scenes and romance with Hawke was pretty much perfect tho, so i'm not complaining about that.

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  • Lisa
  • 27-04-21

Truly brilliant!

I am always in awe when an author can make the 2nd novel in a series more compelling and gripping than the 1st. This was truly brilliant. I very much so enjoyed every minute of it.

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  • Poppy
  • 14-04-21

Wooooow

AMAZING.... Looking forward to 20th April :) when 3rd book is out. vibrantly brilliant, loved everything about the story and the narrator .... recommend ... totally.

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  • Kirsty
  • 12-04-21

The 20th better hurry up!

I stumbled across this series by pure chance but honestly I'm so glad I did. I was hooked from the start listened to both in less than a week (which on my schedule is quite the feat) but now! I have to wait 8 days to hear the rest!

The writing is beautiful, a little repetitive at times but frankly the story more than makes up for it.

if you're looking for an interesting world to escape into I'd highly suggest this one :)

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  • FIONA CHRISTIE
  • 28-03-21

Outstanding!

The second book is even better than the first. Great story line, it made me laugh out loud very much my kind of humour. Lots of action, fights, intriguing characters. Loved it. I’ve preordered the third book already. Thank you 👏👏

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-03-21

A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire Jennifer L. Armentrou

As much as I wanted to know what happened next in this series, I wasn't giving it much hope. And I was right to do so. I feel like nothing occurred in this one.

There was quite a lot of world-building (again) as Poppy explored new sides of her world. She had an annoying amount of questions. Which made me relate to Kieran, who is often bothered by her curiosity and teases her for it.

Apart from three, maybe four (if I'm generous) major events, this almost 650 pages long book was slow, and if I'm completely honest,  sometimes even boring. It had a lot of smutty scenes, and even though they are well written, they are often inappropriately placed throughout the book.

I like some of the new characters that were newly introduced. But there is one that isn't new, but he makes me want to finish this series. Kieran. I love him so much. Not only he cracks me up, but he's also hot as hell and unbelievably relatable.

Overall I gave this book three out of five stars on Goodreads, and that is only thanks to the brilliant narrator - Stina Nielson. Without her, I doubt I would finish even the first book.

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  • Sarah
  • 19-03-21

Oh my gods!

I am speechless that ending! Wow! I can’t Wait for the next book. I really enjoyed from blood and ash but this one was incredible!
Highly recommended.

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  • FanaticReader
  • 09-12-20

worth every penny

i think this is JLA best book to date. I'm looking forward to book 3. April can't come fast enough.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-20

Unputtabledownable

Fantastic second edition to this story. I couldn’t stop listening. Well narrated. Don’t want to wait for the next book in the story. Bit like a box set that’s ends on a cliffhanger!

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  • Sam C
  • 04-11-20

Favourite book this year!

I love this book! the story and characters are addictive I cannot wait for the next installment!!!!

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  • Taf
  • 13-06-21

JLA, I do not like the way your mind works

Me: JLA, I do not like the way your mind works
JLA: Oh God's, whatever, I want to stab you

This book felt like reading the diary of a disturbed 12 year old! It even refered to the diary of a courtesan type character. The plot was non-existent, honestly I can't even remember what the 1st 3/4 of the book were about. Well there was more unnecessary shuddering, amber eyes, filthy language from Casteel and stabbing or thoughts thereof.

The world building was barely there and it's still hard to understand how exactly it works. The only thing we know works is their raging hormones.

It only got 2 stars because of the very last line, which I'm loathe to say means I have to read the next book because I'm curious, it appears something is finally about to happen.

God's save us **rolls eyes**

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-05-21

Worth it

Gods! I had goosebumps for the entire last chapter! The character's accents dip occassionally and some of the sex scenes drag on a bit but definitely a great listen.

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  • J. Knight
  • 30-03-21

Story is great but too much sex.

This is a great follow on from the first book in the series which I enjoyed very much. While the story is a very good one and quite compelling, unfortunately there is just too much focus on sex for me.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-12-20

Loved it!

great story with exceptional narration. Can't wait to start the next book. Highly recommend this series.

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  • lia
  • 03-12-20

As addictive as it’s precursor

Loved it! Very fiery, addictive and funny. It has its cliches but that’s totally okay, and I am unashamed to say, I love that cheesy ness. The performance was good too, the narrator’s rendition of Casteel sometimes cracks me up a bit, but she still does an awesome job.
Finished with another cliffhanger, so I’m rather eager to listen to the next instalment when it is released next year.

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  • Chrissy W
  • 23-07-21

Seriously??!!!

This is so ridiculous! Throbbing bits and pieces and no story at all!!! Can’t believe I listened even Halfway through!👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻
Teenager stuff with a 200 year old man?!
Rather disgusting!

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  • OLIVIA Jones
  • 21-07-21

I loved every second

I loved every second!! it was almost like i was right there. the narrator does a great job!! I just love Poppy and Casteel too. I can't wait to start the next one. great flow between romance and fantasy

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  • Danielle
  • 20-07-21

Could not put this down.

Absolutely loved this book. Hooked after the first, this is definitely the better book. Can not wait to read the next one.

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  • Shelley
  • 26-06-21

Disappointing

Too many unnecessary smutty sex scenes.
The main character has become a “stomp your foot school girl”. Hers is the only perspective throughout the entire story and she repeats herself. Stupid.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-06-21

Don’t waste your time

This is quite possibly the worst book I’ve ever read (listened to). Nothing worthwhile happens, 80% is just talking and the other 20% is Poppy’s internal dialogue reiterating what had just been discussed.