Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Posted January 9, 2017 | 29 Comments

Breath of Fire by Amanda BouchetBreath of Fire
Author: Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #2
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: January 3, 2017
Format: eARC
Pages: 448
Source: Publisher

"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.

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.

I loved the first book, A Promise of Fire, and was excited to have a new series to indulge in. That excitement has slightly dimmed after reading Breath of Fire, though. Just a little. I did like it overall, but it had some issues.

Now that Cat’s big secret it out, she’s going to do whatever it takes to protect the people she loves. Even if it means facing her greatest fear and fighting her own demons.

What I liked:

  • Cat and her humor. She’s at her best when she’s confident and snarky, a real heroine I can get behind.
  • The secondary characters (except Griffin). I adore Kato, Flynn, and Carver, especially when they interact with Cat. They all have a great dynamic that has a nice balance of serious and humorous. I also love Griffin’s sisters and how they’re learning to be badass with Cat’s help.
  • There’s a lot of action and exciting danger. Gotta love violence!

What I didn’t like:

  • I like Cat, but she can be annoying at times. The times she annoyed me tended to involve Griffin somehow, though. I’m not so enthused about him in general, so there’s that. I just don’t like overbearing, contradictory people, and he fits that bill. Don’t even get me started on that fight in the very beginning of the book.
  • It went a little overboard with the sex. I’m so not a prude, and I read plenty of “smut”, but there were several times it felt out of place, so I just skimmed.
  • While there was some great action and fighting, it seemed to drag at times.

Like I said, I did like Breath of Fire, but the feeling wasn’t always consistent. I’m still looking forward to the next book, though.


29 responses to “Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

  1. Yeah I didn’t love this one as much as I liked the first either. That first scene was so off-putting to me. I did like the rest and thought the mythology got really fun, but it wasn’t as good as the first for me either. And man, I’m really unsure about that revelation at the end. I hope book 3 will be more like the first!

  2. I really liked this but I felt the same way about the sex scenes, they were way over done and overused, I skimmed a lot of the fighting that was involved as well. I do still really like the main storyline though and the blend of genres. I hope the last book won’t be a disappointment.

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  3. This series is on my list to read this year. I’ve been hearing such good things about the first book that I’m going to definitely read it. I’ll be back when I read these books but I wanted to stop in and say hi! Hope you’re doing well, Christy!

  4. Nathan

    Thank you for this good review. It is good you liked the second book, even if it wasn’t as good as the first. I don’t like overly gory scenes normally. As for sex, I am not a prude but, it depends on the book on how much, or if at all, should be in it.

  5. I liked Griffin a bit better, but yeah, Cat was parts good and annoying and the sex was distracting half the time. Love the series and can’t wait for book three.

  6. What do you mean you’ve read ‘smut’? I am so terribly shocked right now, Christy :O *grins* All joking aside, it’s kind of bad when you feel like the sex is too much… or that the timing is really not the best.
    I have this on my TBR and really look forward to it. Maybe having my expectations lowered a tiny bit is a good thing?
    Great review! Have a fantastic week 🙂

  7. Hmm. I’m at the 45% mark. I totally see what you are saying with your likes and dislikes. And the fight at the beginning…the whole first few chapters gave me whiplash!

  8. I love when the secondary characters are good, especially when they have a great dynamic! That can add so much to a story. But I also agree that while I have no issue with sex scenes, there is still such thing as too many sometimes. I’m glad you enjoyed the book, even if it did have some issues. Maybe the next will be better!

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  9. I really enjoyed this one but I can see where you are coming from with the things that you didn’t like as much. I have to agree with you about the fact that there was probably more sex in this one than I needed…especially the first part of the book. The secondary characters are great and I kind of like Griffin. I hope that you enjoy the next book in this series a bit more.

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