Release Date: August 2, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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.
Award-winning author Amanda Bouchet grew up in New England and studied French at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She moved to Paris, France, in 2001. Her first novel, A Promise of Fire, won several Romance Writers of America chapter contests, including the Orange Rose Contest and the paranormal category of the prestigious Golden Pen.
A PROMISE OF FIRE by Amanda Bouchet grabbed from the moment I saw the cover art and read the blurb. I knew I wanted to read Kingmaker Chronicles 1 and hoped that it will deliver well on its promise of pure awesomeness!
The world building is great, It's based on the Greek Parthenon (Olympians!), which I really love because it's been ages since I crossed paths with Zeus and his crazy family. I got some Xena/Hercules vibes (remember the TV show?) here in terms of the places ABouchet has shown us. It's exotic, rustic, wild, and full of magical creatures from Dragons to Cerberus and other classic Greek myth creatures.
The romance is sweet and full of romantic tension. Cat and Griffin started on the wrong foot, there's a lot of verbal foreplay disguised as bickering between the two. I love the dialogue and how their romance grew and developed. However there's also an element of Stockholm Syndrome involved, it's light and it's not misogynistic, Cat started as Griffin's prisoner, and her wit, tenacity, and loyalty eventually won Griffin and his team over.
A PROMISE OF FIRE is a solid fantasy read and a fantastic series debut. ABouchet gave us just enough details to shape the world and overarching series arc, but held back on some things regarding Cat to pique our interest and have us adding the next book, Breath of Fire 2017, right after reading this. Kingmaker Chronicles 1 is cleverly plotted, snarky, fantastic, and absolutely beguiling. This is a series you won't want to miss.
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A French master’s graduate and former English teacher, Amanda lives in Paris, France. She met her husband while studying abroad, and the family now includes two bilingual children who will soon be correcting her French.
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