Monday, June 13, 2016

Review: A Promise of Fire

Author Amanda Bouchet
Format e-ARC
Print Length 448 pages
Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published August 2, 2016

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.

My Opinion

Thank you to Sourcebooks Casablanca and Netgalley for allowing me to review this novel. This in no way influenced my review.

Fantasy is not usually my genre. I tend to find it too dry, lacking in romance. A Promise of Fire has just enough romance to make the book HOT! Mixed in with just the right amount of wit to avoid the curse of being too dry.

First things first- look at that cover! It is absolutely gorgeous. Cat with a fierce look on her face, little make-up, the red tunic and leather pants. The background of snow riddled mountains and fire yes fire hovering above her hand. Her sword drawn as if to say “bring it.” I am in love with this cover- which makes sense since I fell in love with the world, and story within the pages of the cover.

The Cat on the cover really does depict the Cat in the story. She is fierce, loyal and strong. She has to be having been born with the gift she has into the family that she was blessed with. In case you did not pick up on it her family is pretty much evil. Cat stays true to character throughout the story. She never once gives an inch with Griffin, which surprises him. Cat is in hiding when Griffin finds her. After threatening to hurt those who have shown her kindness she agrees to go with him. Griffin is a Warlord, who took over the crown for his sister. When he finds Cat he knows that she will be able to help his family on the throne. Her ability to tell a truth is invaluable. Finding her though unleashes an enemy upon them that he did not foresee, one that she was trying to avoid.

There is no insta-love in this book. It is more like a slow simmering fire that occasionally flares out of control. It takes time for their chemistry to find a balance between love and hate. He did abduct her, she wants to hate him. She tries to hate him but he is doing what is best for his people. His treatment of his Beta Team shows her what a fair guy he is. His men are beyond loyal. He treats Cat like a wounded cat, allowing her to lash out at him when she needs to and protecting her when she needs to be protected. 

A Promise of Fire is a great debut fantasy romance. The world building is rich and exquisite. The reader feels as if they are traveling the lands with Cat and Griffin. The characters are full of depth and emotion. The adventure is thrilling with a hint of urgency.

My Rating 5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote Every sentence a person utters can be a promise- or a betrayal.

Other People

Kato- member of Griffin’s team
Flynn- member of Griffin’s team
Carver- Griffin’s brother, part of his team
Andromeda- Cat’s mom

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