I received this book for free from the publisher . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
on August 1st 2016
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Epic, Romance, Paranormal
Source: the publisher
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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.
There is only 1 problem when you get an ARC in May for a title that doesn’t release until August…
YOU WANT THE NEXT STORY NOW NOW NOW!!!!
Many of you know that I started reading romance only a few short years ago (*cough* 5ish *cough*) but until then my reading was almost always Sci-Fi/Fantasy or mysteries…. This story made me happy because it weaves some romance in to an interesting High Fantasy world which made my internal younger self so happy.
We have a world ruled by people who wield magic except for in the forgotten kingdom that just experienced something noone thought could ever happen…. They have a warlord without magic who managed to overthrow the tyrants and put his sister in charge of the realm. This is something that is amazing to the people but as we get in to the story we just really don’t understand how unusual this is and how much of a change this could mean for the people in this entire world. This is a world of the Gods where dragons exist and power is corrupting.
I found the idea of someone who was more than what she appeared to be fascinating but mainly I was intrigued by trying to figure out exactly who she really is. Cat is part of a huge puzzle that I just want to solve but enjoy finding out the bits and pieces that the author teases us with as the story unfolds. She’s powerful, extremely sarcastic and very slow to trust people around her but the thing that drew me to her was the fact that you know she’s so severely hurt that all she really wants is to be loved, cared for and have something she never got growing up…. unconditional acceptance. She made me laugh at times with her speak/act first then stumble as she realizes she’s not completely in her element around these people. I also appreciated the sheer honesty (other than her feelings for Griffin) with everyone around her.
Griffin was absolutely mesmerizing to me as you could see that he wanted her from the get-go and not just for her unique power. He’s an ass at times but as you get to know him it makes sense why he is acting that way but at the same time you want to strangle him as he tries to keep her safe by stifling her. I enjoyed seeing him struggle with his alternating need to hurt her for her stubbornness and kiss the fight out of her because of his attraction. He’s also hard to read in some respects as you aren’t certain if he really sees her or her power and what she can give him. I liked that when he was wrong he admitted it but I also appreciated how he honestly was trying to do what was best. He’s going to be fun to watch in the future stories and I cannot wait to see what happens as he finds out more about his Cat.
The other people in the story also fascinated me as well as the weaving in of the Gods such as Poseidon and Zeus but seeing things in a different way in this new world. I enjoyed learning about the kingdoms but mainly am going to enjoy seeing how the world resets itself in this time of change. I also look forward to seeing more of the Betas and seeing them find their partners or even just getting to know more about them and Griffin’s family.