A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016!
An NPR Best Book of 2016!
"I can say, without a doubt, that A Promise of Fire is going on my keeper shelf...I cannot remember the last time I wanted to both savor and devour a book." — Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
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.
The Kingmaker Chronicles:
A Promise of Fire (Book 1)
Breath of Fire (Book 2)
Heart on Fire (Book 3)
Praise for The Kingmaker Chronicles
"Breath of Fire is a heart-pounding and joyous romantic adventure that swept me away. Amanda Bouchet's talent is striking."—NALINI SINGH, New York Times bestselling author on Breath of Fire
More Praise for A Promise of Fire:
"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
"Bouchet skillfully melds the genres while crafting a sexy, emotional romance."—Sarah MacLean, The Washington Post
"A Promise of Fire made me laugh out loud more than once."—Thea Harrison, New York Times bestselling author of the Elder Races series
Debut author Bouchet makes a very strong start to her Kingmaker Chronicles, combining a richly developed political landscape defined by the influence of powerful ruling families, meddling gods, and destiny with a broad exploration of the relationship between might and magic in a social context. In a fantasy world where access to magical power is tied to geography and bloodline, Warlord Griffin, second in command of kingdom Sinta, is guided by a oracular dream from Poseidon to soothsayer Catalia Fisa, who's hiding in a traveling circus from her family history and her magical role as Kingmaker. Griffin hopes to use Cat as a tool in his challenge of the status quo, in which the minority Magoi rule the hoi polloi. Their smoldering erotic burn hits charged love/hate buttons without falling too far into glorifying Griffin's abduction of Cat, and by the end of the novel, they become a powerful team well situated for the fights ahead. Bouchet writes believable camaraderie, dramatic fight scenes, and moving personal angst, but worldbuilding purists will hate the insertion of the Greek gods into this secondary-world fantasy context.
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It’s Flawed but Worth It
This is one of those stories where the descriptions pull you in. The heroine is flawed, sometimes annoying but understandably does what she does because of her past history—not farfetched. The people around her are flawed. It has battles and adventure. It has romance—if you can stomach it. I don’t want to spoil it, but heroine pretty much gets kidnapped and falls for her kidnapper as he smiles at her, and more or less bullys her, and tries to force her to be loyal to him. And she hates it, till she kind of doesn’t. If you can stomach that, then you can get to the juicier plot points—most of which are predictable but the fun is still there. My issue is how abruptly this books ends though. If I didn’t get into it now when there’s already three books out I would have been mad. Though I am not amused by that $7.99 pricing for book 3 :P All in all, it’s what I want from a fantasy and adventure story. It’s steamy bits do the job. It was a fun read I didn’t want to stop.
There’s a name for this romance. It’s called Stokholm Syndrome. I found myself constantly irritated that our 23 year old heroine Cat, one of the most powerful beings on the continenet, had the emotional maturity of a 15 year old. She came from a damaged and brutal background and after finally escaping and finding friends and family with her circus she is forcibly abducted by Griffin. And because he’s hot and smiles at her she falls for him? Naturally. I guess we are supposed to forget he kidnapped her and held her prisoner? All of course while telling her they belong together and he cares for her….because the whole captor thing doesn’t make it remotely manipulative and predatory. I feel like from Cat we get this whole vibe of “I’m fierce and ruthless! Kill or be killed! Oh but that ones good looking and says he cares for me so I’ll bend to his will and become a blushing school girl.” The book has its moments and if they would have changed her love interest to someone else, maybe a God or demi-God, or you kow anyone doesn’t drag her from her home and tie her to a rope, I could have really gotten into it.
A great read
I normally don't read in the fantasy genre but I came across this book and it sounded interesting so I gave it a try. It was a very good decision. The book has humor, romance, sarcasm, myths and Cat's life will tear at your heartstrings. As soon as I finished I bought book 2 so that I could continue the story. The only bad thing is now I have to wait until next January for the 3rd book.