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Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

a-promise-of-fireTitleA Promise of Fire

AuthorAmanda Bouchet

Genre: High Fantasy Romance

Series: Kingmaker Chronicles (Book #1)

Publication Date: August 2, 2016

Format: Paperback, 448 Pages

ISBN-10: 1492626015 (Sourcebooks)

ISBN-13: 978-1492626015 (Sourcebooks)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Catalia “Cat” Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.

Quick & Dirty: This was such a fun story featuring a feisty heroine, a hot warlord and lots of action. I loved this one and can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

Opening Sentence: I pluck at my crimson tunic, tenting the lightweight linen away from my sticky skin. 

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Fisa has been a soothsayer in a traveling circus for eight years now and she is content to live out her life in the shadows away from her family, her magic, and her destiny! Because Cat is no ordinary girl with magic, she is the Kingmaker and her magic would be a huge benefit to many powerful people.

One such person is, Griffin, a warlord that recently came into power in his kingdom! When he discovers who Cat really is he kidnaps her in hopes of persuading her to help him keep peace in his kingdom! He would love for Cat to do it willing and soon griffin finds himself falling for this stubborn witty girl! But Cat has so many secrets and even more enemies! Can they work through their differences and find love before their enemies destroy them?

Cat was such a fun MC! Her spunky attitude was hilarious and refreshing! She had no problem telling people exactly what she thought but in a way it was just a front to stop people from getting too close. She has a brutal childhood and you can see the scars that were left from her experiences! I loved watching her learn to love and connect with others! Her stubbornness and pride weren’t her best attributes but as you learn more about her it made sense why she was the way she was! Overall, I thought she was a wonderful heroine and she was so easy to love! I can’t wait to read more of her story!

Ok, now I need to tell you about the love interest!!! Griffin is so ridiculously sexy it’s kind of unfair! He has a very commanding presence and at times he can be very intimidating. But then there are moments when he shows so much kindness and compassion to others! His relationship with Cat is very entertaining and steamy! I loved watching them figure each other out and eventually fall in love! I thought Griffin was the perfect love interest and he has made it onto my list of favorite book boyfriends!

A Promise of Fire is a wonderful, epic high fantasy immersed with Greek mythology and romance! I picked this up because I needed a change from my normal YA books and I am so glad I did! The world was captivating, the pacing was spot on, the plot was intriguing and the romance was perfect! I loved the entire cast of characters and I thought the writing was phenomenal! I loved how the story ended as well. It wasn’t a cliffhanger but it did leave me hoping for more! If you like steamy fantasy books, I highly suggest you pick this one up!!!

Notable Scene:

I freeze, stunned. Disbelief leaves a sour taste in my mouth. “H-How did you get back here?”

He steps inside, crosses his arms, and leans casually against the tent post. The torch pops, sending a flicker of firelight over him that illuminates his inky hair and sun-bronzed ski. The wavering glow highlights the hard muscles rippling under his rolled-up sleeves, tapering down to corded forearms, thick wrists, and powerful hands. Hands that could break me in two.

His teeth flash. Wolfish. Confident. ” I have my ways.”

Kingmaker Chronicles:

1. A Promise of Fire

2. Breath of Fire

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FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of A Promise of Fire. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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