I received this book for free from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #2
Genres: Romance, fantasy
Source: the Publisher via NetGalley
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SHE'S DESTINED TO DESTROY THE WORLD... "Cat" Catalia Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. But now, her newfound loved ones are caught between the shadow of Cat's tortured past and the threat of her world-shattering future. So what's a girl to do when she knows it's her fate to be the harbinger of doom? Everything in her power.
BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT Griffin knows Cat is destined to change the world—for the better. As the realms are descending into all-out war, Cat and Griffin must embrace their fate together. Gods willing, they will emerge side-by-side in the heart of their future kingdom...or not at all.
The Kingmaker Chronicles: A Promise of Fire (Book 1) Breath of Fire (Book 2) Heart on Fire (Book 3, coming Fall 2017)
Praise for The Kingmaker Chronicles"I cannot remember the last time I wanted to both savor and devour a book." —Smart Bitches, Trashy Books"An exquisite high-fantasy romance with masterful worldbuilding." —Kirkus STARRED Review "Fantasy romance at its finest! You will fall in love with these delicious characters." —Darynda Jones, New York Times bestselling author of the Charley Davidson series"A sexy, emotional romance."—The Washington Post
I cannot even tell you how excited I was for this book. The first book in this series hooked me so bad! I’m so thankful I was able to get approved for this one so I didn’t have to wait in between the books at all!
*Fair warning: This review will have spoilers for the first book in the series. Don’t read further if you don’t want to know.*
Having just finished the first book, this second one starts exactly after the first one. It was nice reading them back to back to not have any of the recap that some books do but if it’s been a while since you read the first one, you might need to do a quick review before starting the second. Unless maybe you’re unlike me and have a great memory.
Another thing you should be prepared for with this one is that Cat and Griffin’s relationship is definitely different than the first. Which, if you’ve read the first, then you know. But what I wasn’t expecting from it was for so much of the beginning of the book to be just sex scenes. And cliched scenes at that. You know, the kind where everything is amazing and the women want everything and it’s all mind-blowing, like eight times in a row and they can’t believe how perfect they are for each other. All of that. It was almost so bad that I stopped reading but I knew from reviews that it would move on in a bit, so I stuck with it. And I’m glad I did. But getting through that first part that was almost just erotica and then the alpha Griffin moments, it was a little disappointing for me. But by the end, I loved them together. They learned to work together and respect each other and had a much better relationship in the end. Which is really what it’s all about. Especially considering neither really seem to have had a lot of real experience in the relationship department. So while the relationship between them wasn’t always what I wanted, I did appreciate the growth they went through together during the story.
Once we got past the beginning and all of the sex scenes, things really started happening to move the plot along. I really enjoyed about the last 30% where so much of it is action and fighting scenes and page-turning moments. I know we need the in between and I was fine with most of it but it did get a little bit slow in the middle. And I also really enjoyed getting to see Griffin’s family again and spending some more time with all of them. We also get to see some of the characters from Alosa’s old lives too, which was interesting. I really like all of the characters and their developments throughout the book. I know that can sometimes take a backseat when you’re talking about romances and fantasy stories for all of the action but none of them felt neglected and I loved that. It’s probably my favorite part of the books, just getting to spend more time with the characters.
In the end, I didn’t love this one as much as the first but it was still a really good installment. I wish I had liked the romance parts better but I did really love the fantasy and action elements. Plus, the characters continue to pull me in. I have a few predictions for the next one but I’m not going to share them because I’m usually pretty wrong on those kinds of things. But I am definitely interested in seeing how the next book plays out after that ending!
If you’ve been looking for epic fantasy and romance all smashed into one great series, I highly recommend you check out these books!