A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 2, 2016
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"I can say, without a doubt, that A Promise of Fire is going on my keeper shelf...I cannot remember the last time I wanted to both savor and devour a book." ― Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
KINGDOMS WILL RISE AND FALL FOR HER...
BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT
Catalia "Cat" Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods-and her homicidal mother-have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.
Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm-until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic. Cat fights him at every turn, but Griffin's fairness, loyalty, and smoldering advances make him increasingly hard to resist and leave her wondering if life really does have to be short, and lived alone.
It’s been awhile since I’ve indulged in a straight up fantasy. With lots of action and mystery, Greek gods galore, a hot, sexy and broody hero, and the mother from hell, I truly enjoyed A Promise of Fire despite the unbelievably whiney although quite kickass heroine.
Cat is both strong and broken at the same time. She has a myriad of secrets and is obviously running from something as she’s been hiding as a 40+-year-old soothsayer in a traveling circus for years (she’s in her 20’s). When Griffin, the non-magical warlord who toppled the realm’s magically powerful ruling family, figures out what she is (but not who) and kidnaps her, needless to say, she is not a happy camper. We know this by all the whining she does…
While this is a very slow burn romance at its heart it’s an adventure. I loved all the action and the camaraderie (although it takes Cat awhile to get there) fangirling every time a god showed up to save the day. Because Cat seems to spend a lot of her time on the brink of death they show up more often than you would think.
Griffin is your typical über alpha warlord who thinks he can win every fight out there and that he can fix everything. He needs Cat to secure the throne for his family so he can heal the land and its people from the atrocities the last rulers put them through. I think he’s a bit dense in not figuring out who Cat is but, other than that, I really liked him.
Griffin may not know who she is but one thing is for sure, she has the bitch from hell after her who will come to get her at some point. When that happens, I know it’s going to be epic since Cat seems to be getting stronger and stronger every time one of the gods saves her ass. Cat’s scared to death but I think she’s a lot more of a contender than she believes she is.
Cat and Griffin’s chemistry was off the charts but it took a while to go from enemies to friends to lovers. Once they FINALLY got there, it was awesome. Cat’s back and forth with her fears of dooming Griffin got on my nerves as did her refusal to tell him who she really is. But, I also knew she had reasons for her fears so I got past this eventually.
Regardless of my issues with her, I really liked the book. As it’s a trilogy, this story is not done but no fear, I have the next one waiting on my Kindle for me to get time to read it.
Rating: 4 Fantasy Indulgence Stars
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