Kingdom of Flesh and Fire

Blood and Ash #2

Jennifer L Armentrout

01 September 2020

“He was both the villain and the hero, the monster and the monster-slayer.”

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. 

4/5

Dit boek was voor mij minder goed dan het eerste boek, maar toch geef ik het alsnog 4 sterren. Omdat het boek er wel voor gezorgd heeft dat ik graag deel 3 wil lezen. Ik zal je zeggen wat het niet is: een boek waar je snel doorheen bent, een boek wat je niet weg kan leggen en een boek waar best wat meer mocht gebeuren. Maar oh wat ben ik benieuwd hoe dit verder gaat. En ik raad zeker aan om dit boek uit te zitten, bij wijze van. Wat het boek wel is? Nodig. Duidelijk nodig om verder te gaan met het verhaal, nodig om de wereld verder uit te bouwen, nodig om Poppy en Cas te leren kennen, nodig om de andere belangrijke karakters te leren kennen. Dit boek is veel minder onschuldig dan het eerste boek, en dat is iets wat ik soms ook echt leuk vind om te lezen. Hou je niet van de New Adult boeken? Dan kan je het boek skippen. Jennifer is wel echt de koningin van de cliffhangers, ik ga verder lezen; doei!

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