Book Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Posted December 19, 2016 by Lori in Books, Reviews / 1 Comment Tags: ,

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Book Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda BouchetA Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on 2016-08-02
Genres: Adult, fantasy, Love & Romance, Mythology
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed
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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 went into this only knowing that a few bloggers I follow had read it and liked it. Then a few days later, I happen to be wandering around my library and the cover jumped out at me. I decided to grab it and see what the fuss was about. And I’m so glad I did! I devoured this book! If you love banter between main characters, deep friendships, budding romances, fantasy, and fighting, then this book is definitely for you!

I really enjoyed it. I loved the characters, both Cat and Griffin, but also the secondary characters like Kato and Flynn and Jocasta and Selena and so many others. I loved the friendships that developed throughout the book and I loved seeing Griffin’s family’s interactions. I also completely loved the world-building. Going into it, I somehow didn’t realize it had so much to do with mythology but I also really enjoyed seeing it in play along the way. But what really sold me on the book was the banter between Cat and Griffin. Yes, their relationship starts out with him kidnapping her. But she doesn’t make it easy on him. (Plus, he had reasons, so you know, it’s totally ok!) < /sarcasm > So you do have to sort of be able to get past that to be able to enjoy any part of this book and I definitely struggled with it a bit myself because I’m not a big fan of the whole Stockholm Syndrome thing but the relationship changed enough early enough for me that I could get past it. But if you can’t, which is definitely okay, just know this isn’t for you.

A couple of other things: I really could have done without the whole “life force” exchanges thing. It felt weird and kind of gross to me. And there was a lot of talk about her weight and the changes her body went through for various reasons. I definitely could have done without that as well. And typically I’m not a fan of gruffy type alpha males but Griffin was just different enough and their banter was fun enough that I was sort of okay with it in this one. But, again, it was a little bit of a stretch for me to get behind him in this one so if you think you can’t get past it, this one probably isn’t for you either.

But otherwise, this book was very enjoyable and a surprisingly quick read considering its length and the amount of detail it contains. I really cannot wait for the next book in this series. Sometimes I find it hard to enjoy older fantasy books because they can be slower or harder to get into or just plain boring, but this one had enough banter and action and interesting mythology and missing princess stuff to keep it interesting. Plus, I’ll just say it one more time, I love all of the relationships in here. The romantic ones, the friendship ones, the family ones, the good and the bad. They were so interesting to watch and it’s really what I’m hoping for more of in the next one. That as  well as the fun banter and the violent war they promise is coming!

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