Title: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: New Adult/Fantasy
In short: A boring book with an epic ending
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire starts off desperately slow. Considering the cliffhanger that it ended on, this kind of surprised me. I had expected so much more to happen in this sequel after all the talk of marriage and going to Atlantia at the end of the last book. Unfortunately most of this book involved talking about marriage and going to Atlantia. In fact I’d say I’d read about 75 per cent of the book before anything really happened. JLA could have cut out a lot of stuff in this book and made it much more exciting. Obviously pacing just isn’t her strong suit as an author.
I found there were huge chunks of this book which where JLA just dumps a whole lot of information. It was quite frustrating to read as I spent so much time just waiting for something to happen. Instead there is a lot of talking about stuff that’s certainly going to happen. Casteel and Poppy spend a lot of time trying to sort out their feelings for each other. There is a lot of dialogue where they talk about each other and their relationship then go and do something, then they go back and talk about their relationship again. It was a bit of a snooze fest.
This isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy the book. By all means, it was okay to read. I enjoy Poppy as a character and I forever want to know more about her and her history and how Atlantia works. It’s just that JLA spends a huge amount of time teasing this information instead of actually giving out little tid bits here and there. I mean, she teases threesome. But nothing so exciting happens because surprise, surprise Poppy still can’t figure out what she wants. Hell I’m still confused as to why she even wants Casteel.
Thankfully JLA gets the act together before the book concludes and at least 25 per cent of the book is genuinely exciting. I made a mistake reading this book before the release of the third one because this ends in a gigantic cliffhanger. JLA is a bit of a tease after all. Overall the book was okayish.
I’m rating it 3/5 stars.