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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.

What the critics say

"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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Like really bad fanfic

Oh my word, I don't even know where to begin. This book made me so friggin mad! I will try to keep this in chronological order, like the issues I had as they came up.

First though, I liked the narrator. She put a lot of effort into making sure every character sounded different and memorable. I like her.

*THERE WILL BE SOME SPOILERS*

Okay, so it picks up right where it left off in Blood and Ash. 👌🏻 cool. Things progress. Slowly. So damn slowly. First thing that really drove me crazy was how contemporary the dialog was. The first one wasn't so bad, it was contemporary enough that it wasn't like slogging through mud but this was, it was like I was in high school? The sarcasm was laid on WAY too thick. Like, there's no need to have EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER be sarcastic and witty and need to have the last word. Like I have never rolled my eyes so much.

Next big piece of madness here: the SEX. I felt like I was reading 50 Shades of Grey 🤢 It's everywhere and it's too damn much! like too much! Everytime they're alone, BAM. Every chance he got to touch her, its was sexually. I SKIPPED PARTS!! I never do that! It got so predictable and it lost its shine. Like give it a break Armentrout! Where's the build up, where's the antici-

Next! Speaking about the sex. As someone who has been pressured sexually, I didn't appreciate that that was such a prominent story line. Every time she said, "no don't", he 'sensed her desire' and that suddenly made it okay. I hated that. Like gross!! It's way too possessive and I didn't enjoy Hawke as a possessive person in the first one. His complete change of character was unwanted. Yes, there's something to said about having to be a little different when he was her Royal Guard. Another thing to have a personality 180 degrees from the one I just fell in love with and not in a good way!

Onto the next, repetitiveness. She says "there's something seriously wrong with you" and variations of that so many times. Like the description of his eyes got beat to death and then some. It doesn't help that she has like 30 min long monologs about stuff. Now, usually, that's not a problem. Usually, you want more inner dialog so you can understand more. This case, however, I was telling her to shut up so often.

So I mentioned, I rolled my eyes ALOT. Yeah, so much of this friggin book was predictable. Like, cheesy not good kind. I can't name every single time that happened but I'll tell you, it happened every chapter. Kinda like the sex did....it was awful. I realize that if you read a certain genre a lot, you get good at guessing where the twists and turns are gonna go but there are LOTS of books that manage to still throw in surprises. Like, I don't think there was a single moment in this book that surprised or shocked me.

ESPECIALLY the end. Of friggin course she's the last descendant of the king of gods. Like, OF COURSE. 🙄🙄🙄

I was so incredibly disappointed with this book. I hear there's a third and honestly, I might just ask a friend how it ends so save myself the wasted hours listening to it.

-pation.

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Enough with the digits and bundle of nerves.

Ok. Spoiler alert. There’s a lot of sex in this book. Not good sex….bad sex. If I have to hear his fingers referred to as “digits” and her vag referred to as “a bundle of nerves” again, I might just stop this book and write off Armentrout forever.

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Love the story but...

Honestly love the story and the world created but find the amount of sex over the top and unnecessary. Yeah yeah yeah they can’t keep their hands off each other. We get it.

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This book dragged on

Well preformed, the the story dragged on with romance scenes and little plot progression. It was brutal to listen to for 24 hours.

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  • zac
  • 2021-03-13

yikes

i liked the first book but this one is hard to love, im roughly an hour in and poppy is just annoying and whiney, not to meantion missing 90% of her braincells, narrator is good though

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Torture

This book was like torture to me. It was so incredibly slow for sooooo long it felt like an anvil hanging over my head every time I thought about it sitting there waiting for me to continue.

It took way too long for her to accept him. Plus she had no real friends so the majority of the book is her internal dialogue… which does not advance or change much. She is supposed to be cute and curious clever and strong like in the first book but she is just thick and silly in this one. She lacks any real depth.

So are we reading sexual assault scenes now and calling them romance? Because Castile straight up assaulted her and I guess we are calling that ok? Nah, not for me. Nor is the way that he treats her no as yes. Bizarrely enough he emphasizes consent when they are in that rock pool/cavern. That almost made me laugh… almost.

Not to mention the fact that he is 200 and she is what, 18?? Come on, he is practically a pedo.

I utterly detest how they speak to one another. They use very modern phrases and vernacular which makes them seem silly. He is a powerful dark lord yet he tells her “let’s go kick some ass”. She says “there is something SO wrong with you” and “whatEVER” constantly.

The narrator did a wonderful job. I really like her and will look for other books she has narrated.

This book made me annoyed and I have no idea why on earth I finished it. I really liked the first book so maybe I was hoping. My hopes were dashed it seems.

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omg i love these books!!

So good I would love to see them in the movies to match the vision in my head!! Just fantastic, so captivating!!! I highly recommend!!

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  • Sam
  • 2022-06-20

Thoroughly enjoyed

I was hesitant based on reviews but i liked it better than book 1. I disagree with the reviews that say there were too many spicy scenes.

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God Awful

I don’t know how this series got so popular. I enjoyed the first book and then it quickly turned into a dumpster fire. The literal entire series is walking and talking (I wish I was joking) and having other characters answer exposition questions. There is no set dressing whatsoever other than empty and boring conversations. This book wouldn’t pass the Bechtel test, but the main character is a badass(TM) and not like other girls(TM) because she can shoot a bow. (Oh boy we’ve never seen that before!) The author can’t make up her mind on what the canon is…. the MC gets new powers like a 2AM infomercial goes “but wait, there’s more!” And worst of all, the spice is tame AF, I don’t know how tiktok thought this was spicy but maybe it’s scandalous for 12-15 year olds. Seriously.

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Poppy seems like a whole different person

While the narrator is great, the characters seem so different to the first book. I understand there needs to be character growth, but it's slightly jarring in comparison to the book before this.

Every character interaction for the first few hours is snarky, argumentative, and bratty and there is little genuine heart to heart conversation without it ending in an argument or someone leaving.

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  • Shannon
  • 2020-11-08

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
  • 2021-02-01

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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  • stevie speaks
  • 2021-01-28

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
  • 2020-11-08

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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  • S. A. Shreve
  • 2021-03-12

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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  • 907jsolberg
  • 2020-11-05

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
  • 2020-11-12

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
  • 2020-11-06

When is the next book!!!

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

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  • Andrew Horan
  • 2020-12-12

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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  • mat
  • 2020-11-05

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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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2022-07-28

A good 2nd book following FBAA

The narration is as good as the first book. Stina Nielsen gives life to all the caracters and we can easely recognise them appart. Good book if you are commited to reading the 2 following ones. It is not a story of its own. But I can't wait to follow Poppy and Casteel guided by Stina Nielsen in the 3rd book ! Amazing time ! Loved it !

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  • 2020-11-14

Amazing amazing amazing

I love this serie! Great story, and very well read by Stina Nielsen - can't wait for the next book...