Narrated by Stina Nielsen, A Light in the Flame is the second audiobook in the Flesh and Fire romantic fantasy series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Almost twenty-eight hours of suspense, romance and discovery left me breathless and eager for more.
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Flesh and Fire #2
Narrator: Stina Nielsen
Length: 26 hours and 27 minutes
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.5x
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes book two in her Flesh and Fire series…
The only one who can save Sera now is the one she spent her life planning to kill.
The truth about Sera’s plan is out, shattering the fragile trust forged between her and Nyktos. Surrounded by those distrustful of her, all Sera has is her duty. She will do anything to end Kolis, the false King of Gods, and his tyrannical rule of Iliseeum, thus stopping the threat he poses to the mortal realm.
Nyktos has a plan, though, and as they work together, the last thing they need is the undeniable, scorching passion that continues to ignite between them. Sera cannot afford to fall for the tortured Primal, not when a life no longer bound to a destiny she never wanted is more attainable than ever. But memories of their shared pleasure and unrivaled desire are a siren’s call impossible to resist.
And as Sera begins to realize that she wants to be more than a Consort in name only, the danger surrounding them intensifies. The attacks on the Shadowlands are increasing, and when Kolis summons them to Court, a whole new risk becomes apparent. The Primal power of Life is growing inside her, pushing her closer to the end of her Culling. And without Nyktos’s love—an emotion he’s incapable of feeling—she won’t survive her Ascension. That is if she even makes it to her Ascension and Kolis doesn’t get to her first. Because time is running out. For both her and the realms.
Warning: This series must be read in the order of its release.
I have been enjoying Armentrout’s romantic fantasies featuring gods and this “enemies to lovers”, delivers a sweeping romance. Fair warning, this ends on a major cliffhanger, but it was worth the pain.
Sera and Nyktos’ story will tug at your heartstrings as reveals are made and the stakes run high. The story picks up where A Shadow in the Ember ends. Despite a year and close to two hundred books later, the details came rushing back and Armentrout did a lovely job of refreshing our memories.
The world-building is wonderful from the world of the gods to the complexities of their personalities, courts and more. I loved the banter between Nyktos and Sera. Sera is passionate and quick to temper. I for one, couldn’t blame her. Nyktos’ backstory ripped at my heart. So much sacrifice.
The prophecies, danger, and twists kept me listening into the wee hours. The author continued to flesh out the world and prepare us for the last book, A Fire in the Flesh, set to release in 2023. When almost thirty hours of audio is over in the blink of an eye, you know it has hooked you.
The romance is heated, frustrating, swoony and slow building. You’ll root for them, want to pick up arms and battle by their side. Occasionally, you’ll also want to bop them in the back of the head.
The danger and battles are intense and wonderfully written, but the romance and problem regarding the embers are center stage. The ending brings answers while leaving us on the cliff that has me longing for the final audiobook.
Stina Nielsen is wonderful as the narrator of this series. She brings the characters to life, capturing their emotions and enhancing the overall tale. I began listening at 1x and drifted up to a more comfortable speed of 1.5x.
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I’m so glad about the refreshing our memories, bit. It’s been a while since I read the first one, and I don’t have time to reread it before tackling this one. I’m very much looking forward to it.
This book was beautiful. I am always amazed by Jennifer L Armentrout because she writes these books so quickly, and they are amazing every single time. FBAA really spoke to me, and so did this book. I never felt so heard until I discovered these characters. Sera struggles with anxiety and seeing her deal with it and how others help her was beautiful. Especially, seeing Nyktos help her because that’s the dream.
I like the mythology elements and I’ve heard such great things about this author. I need to pick up the first book in this series.
This sounds very exciting! Nice to know that it must be read in order.
I hope to this series someday. Great review, Kim.
I hope you go with the audio version.
No let downs with the middle book here. I love the moderns with the powerful gods involved so I’ll get to these at some point.
This and the other series are so good!