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.
Well I so know I’m not going to be with majority on this one…but I was not the biggest fan of book two of the Blood and Ash series. After getting such an epic set up from book one, I was super pumped and expecting to be blown away by the sequel and that just didn’t happen for me.
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire picks up immediately where From Blood and Ash left off so that was great! I was so ready to see how Casteel/Hawke was going to get Poppy to marry him after all the craziness they dealt with in book one. And let me tell ya folks…you’re going to have to wait a while for anything major as far as plot developments to happen. Book two felt very much like a filler book. And some of the sex scenes in this one were just plain weird for me. Like borderline not ok in my book (pun not intended). Don’t get me wrong, the sexy banter between the two was super steamy and Casteel is incredibly endearing but I couldn’t help but feel that some of the sex scenes were oddly placed at times.
I also have a hard time rooting for a heroin who frequently gives into her bloodlust. Like yes their enemies need to go down but I guess I’m more used to the good guy being the bigger person when it comes to showing those that don’t deserve it mercy. So it was hard to see Poppy constantly cross that line. Like are we as readers supposed to be ok with her murdering the people who have wronged her in cold blood? Do they deserve it? 100%, but should she still stoop to their level and kill them? Idk…I just have a hard time with that I guess.
I didn’t not like the story but I didn’t love it like I hoped I would. I still enjoy the dynamic of Poppy and Casteel. And I LOVE Kieran and hope that JLA gives him his own series at some point. I just really hope the next book is better because this one ended crazy and I definitely have to know what happens next. And despite the hiccups, I still like the overall unique world and storyline.
Have you read book two of the Blood and Ash series? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts? I’ve read some other readers reviews and I know it’s not just me who feels this way. Comment below!