- Series: The Kingmaker Chronicles (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (January 2, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1492626074
- ISBN-13: 978-1492626077
- Product Dimensions: 4 x 1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 173 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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." - Kirkus STARRED Review
"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 Shift of the Tide
"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
"Remarkable...Cat is smart, resourceful, strong-willed, and deadly. But she is also flawed and full of self-doubt, making her believable and relatable." - Philadelphia Inquirer
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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This was a great ending to the trilogy! I’m going to be super vague about everything because this is definitely a series I recommend reading in order, and I don’t want to give away any spoilers. To that end, you should know that we spend a lot of time in Cat’s head. Like A LOT. To the point that I felt like she was overthinking things, and in slowed the pace way down.
That was the only complaint I had about this book though, honestly. There were less steamy moments, but no less action and tense scenes. In fact, I was frequently worrying about favorite characters fast approaching death! I loved that Cat and Griffin came to terms about certain aspects of their relationship. And I loved how much more we learned about Cat. Amanda is truly wonderful at weaving characters I can get behind.
I hope we get more from this universe in the future! I’d love to see more books written about other side characters 🙂
THE STORY: Picking up after the events of BREATH OF FIRE, Cat and Griffin now take on their greatest challenge in unifying the three realms. Now Cat must go home and confront her murderous mother.
OPINION: I have loved the world building and complex relationships in this series. This book brings everything (at least regarding Cat and Griffin) to a close as Cat confronts her biggest fear -- her mother.
As the story progresses, the relationship to the Greek Gods that has been present throughout the series becomes explicit as Cat's destiny is fully revealed. There is less tension and drama in this story as between Griffin and Cat and I think the book suffers somewhat from this. While the action and fantasy is good, I was not as interested in Cat and Griffin's journey.
This book was necessary to finish everything up, but I missed the personal tension that made the first two books so good. Don't get me wrong, this book was not disappointing but rather suffered just a tiny bit in comparison to the other books in the series.
That being said, I really enjoyed the revelations here and seeing Cat and Griffin's relationship become more centered. Griffin is a wonderful partner for Cat and looking back on the series, all the qualities that make him so were obvious. They end up being such a grounded and complementary pair -- and part of the reason is revealed in this book.
WORTH MENTIONING: I hope there are more books set in this world because there seem to be more stories to tell.
CONNECTED BOOKS: HEART OF FIRE is the third book in the Kingmaker Chronicles. This book is intended to be read as part of the trilogy as it follows one couple and their quest.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in order to prepare a review. I was not required to write a review or to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
The beginning of this book was pretty intense!! It was a little shocking (in a good way) but had me reading as fast as possible to see what the outcome was going to be. That was a crazy good beginning to the book!!
My biggest disappointment from this book is that there is no epilogue! I'm actually a bit angry about that. I am feeling all kinds of ways. There are a bunch of loose ends. We spent so much time reading about Cat's pregnancy and "Little Bean" yet we don't get to actually see the baby born or know anything about it. We spent 3 full books getting to know all of the secondary characters but we have no idea what actually becomes of them or what happens next for them. I, like many other readers I'm sure, am very invested in a lot of the characters throughout reading this series and it is a let down to not see anything more of them. What about Kato? He is "where he needs to be." Well, where the hell is that?? How about Griffin's siblings? What happens next for them? Will Flynn and Jocasta get together? How about the gods? Do they just disappear or are they still going to be in their lives? Especially Aries and Persephone; they have more than a vested interest in Cat and are her family by all right. How about the circus family? What is next for them? Will they go their separate ways or remain close to Cat? What is next for Thalyria? There are so many unanswered questions. Those are just some off the top of my head.
In the first two books we got a good mix of our main characters and the secondary characters, mostly Beta Team. This book was mostly focused on Cat and Griffin. I missed having the Beta team and other characters always there throughout this book.
It seemed like Cat spent a lot of time having a pity party for herself and although I saw how she was struggling through figuring out her destiny and attempting to grow as a person, it got frustrating at times. She was behaving like a petulant child and there were a couple times where I wanted to shake her and tell her to pull it together.
Something that I really loved in this book as well as the prior two is the mythology and gods that were incorporated into the story. It was all really interesting and I felt that a lot of it was pretty on par with what I would expect for the respective gods, goddesses, mythological events or places.
I absolutely LOVED how the gods were watching out for Cat and helping her along the way. I really loved the god of war the most though. Aries was so helpful and caring. He definitely had Cat's back. Poseidon came in a close second. I feel like I should mention Cerberus at some point because that wonderful, amazing, sweet, three-headed dog with acid saliva protected Cat so well and, come on, who doesn't love a dog in a story.
I really really loved how Thanos and Salena were involved, and how they essentially became the closest things to parents that Cat had and raised her. Speaking of parents, Griffin's parents were pretty great. I adored his family.
There is so much that I loved from these books. This is probably one of my most favorite series ever. It was so much fun to read. The books were interesting, exciting, emotional, and had me completely enthralled. Even though I am a bit disappointed by this last book, I am so happy to have read this series overall. I will highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys stories of gods, goddesses, magic, mythology, romance, loyalty, family by choice not by blood, and overall just enjoys a good fantasy story. These books will tick all kinds of boxes.
I guess all I can do now is hope that the author releases some sort of follow up novella soon so I can get my questions answered. I am rating this book as 3.5 stars and rounding up to 4 since I just loved this series and characters so much. The first two books were 5+ star books for me. I will re-read this series again. I doubt I will ever tire of the characters.
Final thought: I sure live a boring and ordinary life.