Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Posted January 2, 2017 in Review / 8 Comments

Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

A Promise of Fire

Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #1
by Amanda Bouchet
Published by Sourcebooks, Casablanca on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 448
Format: eARC

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.

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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.

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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 😉


About Amanda Bouchet

Amanda Bouchet grew up in New England where she spent much of her time tromping around in the woods and making up grand adventures in her head. It was inevitable that one day she would start writing them down. Drawing on her Greek heritage for the setting and on her love of all things daring and romantic for the rest, her debut trilogy, The Kingmaker Chronicles, took form. She writes what she loves to read: epic exploits, steamy romance, and characters that make you laugh and cry.

A French master's graduate and former English teacher, Amanda lives in Paris, France. She met her husband while studying abroad, and the family now includes two bilingual children who will soon be correcting her French.




About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of “happily ever after” books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It’s for her family’s sake. When not reading, she’s homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.



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8 responses to “Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

  1. Wasn’t this just a awesome fantasy romance!! I’ve so glad you read it and loved it Kristin! I loved the second installment as well and can’t wait for more. The romance, world building, and mythology is even bigger in A Promise of Fire 🙂

  2. This has a kickass cover. Don’t know about the romance part but the UF elements sound good, this almost sounds like a genrebender with some classic fantasy bits (the whole kingdoms stuff)? Either way sounds good, and I’ve seen a few good reviews for it here and there. Glad you liked it!
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  3. I loved this book last year when I read it. It was a total surprise for me too. That’s the best kind, right? I was really, really sad when I didn’t get approved for the ARC of Breath of Fire, Really, I didn’t take it well at all. haha. But I’m gonna buy the book this week and hopefully start it soon. I’m so excited for it. I’m hearing only great things.

  4. I absolutely loved this book! Definitely a favorite romance novel of 2016. I also read Breath of Fire last year (“last year”, heh), and I enjoyed it a lot. It’s cool that this series is a continual series and not a companion series. Trust me, the romance really takes off, in Breath of Fire. 😀 I hope you enjoy book two.

    Wonderful review, Kristin!

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  5. I just finished this book on audio (still need to post review). I’ve had it for a bit and was scared to try it. I have a tendency to be disappointed with books that might be over-hyped. While I enjoyed this book, I didn’t think it was the five star read that I’ve seen many people give it. It was really fun though (I agree with your four stars). I will be getting book two when it come out on audio.
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