A Promise of FireSeries: Kingmaker Chronicles #1
by Amanda Bouchet
Published by Sourcebooks, Casablanca on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…
Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.
You’ve seen this book around.
Book two is out tomorrow.
You’ve heard the hype about this debut.
You’ve read the reviews.
Does it live up to it all?
Yes, yes it does.
I finally got around to reading A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet and it was such a breath of fresh air in the world of UF and PNR. Not exactly a straight up UF and not a true PNR, I would compare this story to Cecy Robson’s Weird Girls series in that it really is a mash up of the two genres. The romance is hot but the action and plot driving that action is just as strong. And unlike most PNR, the romance doesn’t wrap up neatly in one book.
But I’m putting the cart in front of the horse.
We have to get our love birds together first.
Cat is a clairvoyant, working in a traveling circus. Told from Cat’s POV, we learn that she has been traveling with the circus ever since she escaped a tortuous childhood in the Kingdom of Fisa. All Cat wants to do is live free and basically not draw attention to herself. Solid plan except she’s caught the eye of one warlord who has just conquered the Kingdom of Sinta, where the circus currently is. He and his small group of men kidnap Cat and plan to take her to their castle. Trust me when I say that Cat is none too happy about the situation.
If you think you know the story, you really don’t. You see, the warlord, Beta Sinta as he’s referred to for most of the book, feels completely justified in “taking” Cat because he feels he can provide safety from her enemies and a good life. Cat is upset with the whole “against her own will” thing. How the heck are these two going to get together when they are on each other’s nerves?
It’s a wonderful slow, steady, and FUN romance that I could not stop reading!! Between the constant banter between Cat and Beta Sinta (or one of the guys on his “team”) and the well written actions scenes, I devoured this book in a matter of days. I’m usually a slow UF reader but I kept finding myself craving time with Cat and the boys.
The characters have depth as shown by being able to both carry the witty dialogue and fight smart battles. By the end, I needed Cat and Beta Sinta (or Griffin, if you like) together like I needed to breath because, well, I was holding my breath so long and turning blue waiting for Cat to let someone love her already!!! I love a good romance that teases and romances me 😉