Author: Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #1
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
KINGDOMS WILL RISE AND FALL FOR HER…
“Cat” Catalia 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.
BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT
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.
I’ve tried to avoid starting any new series lately, mainly sticking with standalones and series I’m already committed to. I’m just reluctant to commit to any new ones right now unless all or several of the books are already available. However, I could not refuse A Promise of Fire. Good thing, because holy smokes its freaking good!
This book totally sucked me in with the vivid and unique world of magic and Greek gods. It’s full of action, intrigue, and danger. But also has a lightness about it with humor and amazing characters.
Characters, man. It’s all about the characters. Cat is one fantastic heroine! She’s sassy and fierce, and can truly kick ass when it comes down to it. Actually, Cat has some Kate Daniel vibes about her and I’m super okay with that.
It isn’t only Cat, though. There’s a whole slew of characters to love, but my favorites are Kato, Flynn and Carver. These guys are so entertaining! I love their banter and how they have such a strong bond. I love them even more when it comes to their dynamic with Cat. They treat her just like one of them and she gives it right back.
I really do like the romance, but I don’t have strong feelings either way about Griffin. I mean, they’re great together, but I think it’s mostly because of Cat. I will say that I’m not a fan of his jealousy, but meh, I guess it works. Hopefully he’ll knock my socks off in the next book.
Overall, A Promise of Fire is fun and exciting! I love it and can’t wait to see what happens next.