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Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
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.
A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1)
By Amanda Bouchet
It seems like the Gods want Cat and Griffin to heal the world.
I’m buzzing. Yep, I found one of those books. A Promise of Fire Is the type of books where all the stars align for me. The cover caught my eye and for the first time in awhile, it wasn’t because of abs of steel, the intense eyes of a very HOT guy or an Alpha looking guy who looks tough and bossy. This cover attracted me because the heroine, cover model, looks kick-arse. I saw the cover and almost instantly had thought of a character like Lara Croft, Tomb Raider. Now, I’m the extreme opposite in real life to a person like this, but who doesn’t wish they could kinda hold their own in an intense battle. Then, I read the blurb and I was definitely sucked into the want, need and desire to be part of this story. So, I took the plunge and reached for A Promise of Fire.
The story starts with us meeting a very hot (literally) Cat. She is part of a Circus and has been for years. The performers took her under their wing when she turned up nearly dead. They don’t know her story, history or how a 15-year-old ended up emaciated, dirty and with blister all over her feet but they care and protect her as well as they can. Cat has felt safe there but she has always been on her guard. She hides her identity and the abilities she was born with. Her mother, the demented freakazoid, wants her back and will do ANYTHING to find her and keep her…trapped tortured and begging. Just like her childhood. Cat will do anything to protect her new family…even walk away from them…tied to what she thinks is an enemy.
Griffin, also known as Beta Sinta, has been watching Cat for some time now. He knows there is something special about her and wants her intensely. He will use whatever means to get her to come with him and his Beta Team even if it involves kidnapping and tying her to himself day and night. Now that he has her in his grasp he knows she’s even more special than what he thought. The only slight problem is that she absolutely HATES HIM!! He’s a very determined man, and he’s certainly not going to let that be a barrier between them.
I honestly don’t want to give too much away. The ride is intense and gripping and at times I couldn’t read fast enough or flick the pages quick enough. A Promise of Fire is one of those books where you know you should be getting ready to…go to work, feed your kids, have a shower or sleep, but you push the world back for just one more word. The kids won’t starve and I’ll sleep when I’m dead.
I could take away a half star because the beginning world-building was a little confusing and hard to follow, but I find with most first books in a series that it doesn’t take long to catch up. A Promise of Fire gives you a lot of information to consider and take in and I know there is a lot more that hasn’t even been covered in this first instalment. So that half-star went back on because really, in the end, I know that all the puzzles pieces have yet to be laid out. I’m patient, I’ll wait with baited breath for more.
A Promise of Fire is full of action, adventure, schemes, deceptions and wars. Dragons, giants and scary creatures are used to fight wars. Magic is everywhere and the more magic you hold either in yourself or with the allies you have, the stronger force you are. There is an intense attraction between Cat and Griffin that jumps off the pages. Cat is fighting it with everything she has, knowing that all those she loves are in danger for knowing her. Griffin will do everything and anything to protect Cat and show her the love he feels for her. I love it when the hero knows what he wants and fights to have it. No giving up from Griffin. At worst, Griffin walks away to start the battle against Cat’s defences another day.
If you love a good fantasy romance A Promise of Fire is definitely worth checking out. I absolutely LOVED it!!