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Heart on Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – January 2, 2018
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"Delivers breathtaking romance, riveting action, mythology, and high-stakes political games...Bouchet continues to not only set the bar for fantasy romance but to crash over it." - Booklist STARRED Review
"Bouchet's stunning Kingmaker Chronicles trilogy ends the way it began, with creativity, brilliance, and a breathtaking balance of heart-pounding adventure and heart-wrenching emotion.
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"Fans will swoon...Bouchet's series ends strongly with a hopeful vision of leadership balanced with divinity and humanity." - Publishers Weekly STARRED Review
"Readers should take note! Heart on Fire is a fantastic conclusion to a spectacular series. Bravo!" - RT Book Reviews TOP PICK
"Detailed and emotionally resonant, this epic adventure will please Game of Thrones and Wonder Woman fans seeking more romantic emphasis." - Library Journal
"Magic, action, romance-everything I love in a series. Cat will steal your heart." - JENNIFER ESTEP, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
"I love these books!" - CHLOE NEILL, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
"A thrilling conclusion to an epic tale! The final Kingmaker book delivers with both heat and heart-loved it!" - JEFFE KENNEDY, award-winning author of The Pages of the Mind
"Amanda Bouchet closes out her epic Kingmaker Chronicles with a tale both sweeping in its world building and poignant in its emotion. A Homeric trilogy not to be missed." - GRACE DRAVEN, USA Today bestselling author of the Wraith Kings series
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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Something that bothers me about trilogies is that characters tend to remain the same despite having been through the ringer. That is not the case here. At her core, Cat remains the same Catalia we met in book one. But in a lot of ways, some more subtle than others, she's changed. Her thought process is not the same, and it seems all the yelling Griffin has done, has worked a bit too because she takes care of herself more (if nothing else, because of Princess Eleni). She matures greatly in this book, and there is a lot of introspection because of that which I appreciate it even though it gave the book a slower pace. And it is not just Cat. Griffin also has to face some incredibly difficult experiences and they change him, sometimes not for the better (Not forgiving you Piers). There is some important character development for secondary characters, as well, like Carver (who, like everybody else, I am hoping to see more of soon, especially with a certain fire mage).
Mysteries are revealed, some were not surprising for me, some were shocking (Thanos!). No question raised in previous books ends without an explanation. I really, really love to have all the knots untangled.
The writing was beautiful, as I've come to expect from Bouchet, the banter fabulous. The action was breathtaking and the emotional moments... no words.
Overall, this is the book I waited a year for. *4.5. And the 0.5 is only because I truly, truly hated what she did to (view spoiler) and if it could be taken away, I would. And also because I feel I needed an epilogue.
Cannot wait to read anything else Bouchet writes.
<3 <3 <3
You'll still be my light in the dark, Cat. Even if you fall.
Cat's main problem is that she doesn't have confidence in her magic. All the people around her see her as the embodiment of hope for a new better future but she has her doubts. Those doubts are magnified when she finds out how much the gods have interfered with her life and with Griffin's.
When Griffin's brother Piers calls a god to ask him to take her away from Griffin, she learns that her main protector when she was a child was actually Ares, the god of war. Of course, Piers's actions don't go quite as he thought. He missed the part of the scroll that said "call a god, lose a soul." Since Ares won't take a pregnant Cat, he has to choose between Griffin, who the gods want right where he is, and Kaia, his own innocent younger sister. Griffin sees Piers's actions as a major betrayal of him and his family. When Piers is sent off with Athena, Griffin is angry and betrayed and has his faith in his family tested.
That is only one test the Cat and Griffin have to deal with here. When searching for a potion to make her unreliable magic more reliable, she and Griffin run into her mother who is posing as the hermit and, when poisoning her fails, throws her into a volcano. Only the sudden appearance of wings she didn't know she had save her. However, those same wings fail her when she is sent to Tartarus by Zeus for trying to assume a gods powers. Cat needs to finally believe that she has what is necessary for her magic to work reliably before she can escape and get back to Griffin.
This was a great conclusion to a series that has been filled with action, adventure and romance from the very beginning. I like the worldbuilding and I really like the characters in this series. I love the relationship between Cat and Griffin. Fans of epic fantasy won't want to miss this series.
I waited for midnight to arrive for my pre-order, and I read until I couldn't stay awake any longer (6am. Thank goodness I didn't work today!) And promptly picked it back up when I woke up. This book had a bit of a different feel to it, but it wasn't entirely a bad thing. The the surprise of Ares in the book was snoooo spectacular, I literally dropped my kindle and almost started pacing for a minute. Serena was awesome, too.
But the characters felt...different. Cat tends to be a little self pitying, which drives me up the wall, and she was that way in book one. At one point 3 characters are basically screaming at her to please get over it and do her thing, and she's like a brick wall. Griffin was different, too. I wouldn't say he was weaker, but he wasn't his usual self, which is understanding because of the "thing" that happens, but I never felt like he and Cat ever hashed it out of got it out in the open. Loyalty was his binding force, and I just felt like it was never really resolved.
The ending left me a bit perplexed. There was all this build up for this one moment, but then the moment just....doesn't happen. It felt rushed. Call me a cold chick, but I wanted to see Alpha Fisa get hit a few times. You know? She just...it ended strangely to me.
And I'm unhappy with not knowing what exactly happened to a certain member of Beta Team. It was cryptic from the start, and when I realized I was on the last page of the book, I was very disappointed that that mystery wasn't put to rest.
Overall, this book is really good. The last book can be hard to read because the adventure is officially closing, but I'm very glad I stuck it out. I know it sounds like I have a lot of domains about it, but this is still one of my favorite series of all time, so I'll be reading the whole thing through again in no time, so don't take the "I just can't hold it in" comments in this review too seriously. They're just my opinion.
I am very much looking forward to Amanda Bouchet's next series.