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Breath of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – January 3, 2017
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"Breath of Fire is a heart-pounding and joyous romantic adventure that swept me away. Amanda Bouchet's talent is striking." - NALINI SINGH, New York Times bestselling author
"Bouchet sets the bar for high-concept fantasy romance. Simply brilliant." - Kirkus
"[Bouchet's] world-building reaches new heights . . . [a] page-turning addition to the series." - Booklist
"Bouchet ramps up the excitement . . . with high-intensity passion; adrenaline-fueled battles of wits, magic, and might; a host of magical creatures; and enough politics and world-shaking to keep readers eager for the final volume." - Publishers Weekly
"A rising new star in the romantic fantasy genre . . . snap up this series ASAP! (4.5 stars, TOP PICK)" - RT Book Reviews
"Read it and rejoice" - Heroes and Heartbreakers
"Romance readers will love this combo of action and romance . . . phenomenal. TOP PICK" - Night Owl Reviews
"Exciting" - BookPage
"Absolutely fabulous. I didn't want to put [Breath of Fire] down. Amanda Bouchet is now on my auto-buy list! I highly recommend her books to my readers and to anyone looking for a great blend of fantasy and romance." - C.L. Wilson, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Winter King
"[Bouchet's] novels are easily the most interesting, creative romances I've read all year" - Seattle Book Review
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Amanda Bouchet grew up in New England and studied French at the undergraduate and graduate levels, first at Bowdoin College and then at Bowling Green State University. She moved to Paris, France, in 2001 and has been there ever since. She met her husband while studying abroad, and the family now includes two bilingual children, who will soon be correcting her French. Connect with her at www.amandabouchet.com.
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OMG what an exhilarating ride!!!!!
Amanda Bouchet didn't hold back anything and started immediately were A Promise of Fire ended. And pretty much almost gutted me with anxiety when Griffin found out who Cat really was. And he was PISSED. OMG!!! I only thought no, no, no, please, not Griffin and Cat.
But, I should never have doubted the mastermind of Amanda Bouchet.
This book was one thrilling rollercoaster ride. Monsters, a vindictive mother, an icy lake, quests, and more monsters. I could barely breath a sigh of relief that Cat and Griffin survived when they were at it again.
Aside from all the heroic adventures Cat and Griffin and their team endured and conquered, there was a good amount of relationship building in this book as well. Cat learned to trust herself. But also to trust in family, specifically in Griffin's family, as well as in the Gods, they had a plan and she was the key to it.
Cat was very reluctant to acknowledge any ties to a future that had her anywhere close to ruling a kingdom. All she wanted was to be at Griffin's side. Whereas he had very specific ideas of where exactly Cat would be.
The dynamic between Griffin and Cat changed. They were more willing to make compromises for each other, to subdue fears and calm souls. Cat understood that some vows were done for her well-being and to sooth Griffin's mind. Every vow was a promise, a promise towards their future together.
Griffin made her whole again. He filled those missing pieces, and gave her a family as well.
Griffin's vision of one unified kingdom slowly took shape. It was a steep, upward fight. Bloody and vicious. But to get there they had to fight battles, go on quests, and survive everything that was thrown at them.
Amanda Bouchet has a knack for writing superb characters. Every single one of Cat and Griffin's family and team, was deeply layered. They had their own story to tell. Some stories were funny others tragic, but none was boring. And so many questions were still unanswered and leading to more adventures.
Even so the book was thrilling and electrifying it also had many funny and sweet moments. Especially Griffin and Cat made me laugh. They had so much chemistry, and sexual spark.
But also Cat's relationships with her team and Griffin's sisters were highlights to be cherished during such volatile times. They found time to chat, laugh and work on their friendships. Built on it until it was so deeply rooted that nothing could have broken it.
One of the things I loved most about this series is the connection to greek mythology. As a teenager I devoured books about greek mythology. Stories about heroic characters, going on unbelievable taunting quests. Fighting monsters and fickle gods. How unpredictable the outcome was because of the interference of those gods. Their animosity toward each other. One god killing the son of another god just to irritate them. Humans were playthings. Replaceable. One flick and they were gone. I was fascinated by it.:-)
The only thing that I could lament about is the length of the fighting scenes. Some went on and on and on, and I lost track a little. (:
Having to wait an ENTIRE year for book 3 is killing me.:-)
The background is a very clever arrangement of Greek gods and often just plain common sense when the politics of ruling a country is concerned. There is humour and warmth in this fast paced and very well written novel. The story is told in the first person and yet we never fail to know what the other characters are feeling.
My only negative is probably the price. It goes up each time and makes me sad as I am torn in what I can read. However I am loving the series.
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