by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca Release date : August 2nd, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Source: Won | Format: ARC
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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.
I Won an ARC of this book in a giveaway.
I love it when book friends get so excited over a book, they push it until you almost break from the pressure to read it. A Promise of Fire, is one of those books for me. I honestly don’t even know how this one got by me at all! It has YOU WILL LOVE ME written all over it!
One of my favorite things about starting a new series is learning about the world and magic. A Promise of Fire has such a unique world with Greek Gods, magic and DRAGONS. Granted, it’s one that had some series gaps and one that leaves us room to learn from, but still. Amazing none the less.
What made me really, really love this book though were the characters. Cat is the type of character I love to read about. She is strong, fierce, and that mouth on her gives many a run for their money. She has insecurities and fears, just like anyone else, and while at times her actions to push people (aka, Griffin) away were tiring, I get it. Griffin, Kato, Flynn and Carver too, were such awesome characters. I am excited to see more of them in the next book!
Now, as far as the romance goes? I loved it! I thought Griffin came off rather strong at first, but it’s just his personality, which takes some getting used to. Their attraction is obvious but Cat has some things to work out before allowing herself to accept it.
A couple of things though – Cat reminded me a lot of Kate (Kate Daniel’s series). Now, this is probably why I loved her so much, but I also had this… since of déjà vu while reading. I also felt like the “mystery” behind her heritage was pretty obvious. AND View Spoiler » Why did she get freaking injured so much?! « Hide Spoiler This book isn’t without its flaws, but it sure was a great start to a series and I look forward to the next one!
So, if you’re looking for a new fantasy series to start, with a sassy heroine, sexy romance and yes, dragons, this A Promise of Fire will sure do the trick!
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- Have you read A Promise of Fire? If so, what did you think? If not, does it sound like something you would enjoy?
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