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A Promise of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles) Mass Market Paperback – August 2, 2016
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"High fantasy is a rare find in romance - complex world-building and political machinations can get in the way of a central, essential love story - but Bouchet skillfully melds the genres while crafting a sexy, emotional romance. Griffin and Cat are beautifully matched - together, her magic and his might make for a sparkling read. A Best Romance of the Month." - The Washington Post
"Debut author Bouchet tells a swashbuckling tale through Cat's irreverent, diffident, yet still somehow buoyant first-person point of view; this is an exquisite high-fantasy romance with masterful worldbuilding based on Greek mythology. An exciting fantasy/romance debut: action-packed, emotionally charged, and skillfully plotted." - Kirkus Starred Review
"Give this to your Game of Thrones fans. They will love the political plays, the dragons, and the adventure. Bouchet is a debut author to watch." - Booklist Starred Review
"OH MY GOSH. I haven't been so blown away in a while... Take a chance on A Promise of Fire. I swear, you'll thank me later, gushing and singing your own praises about this amazing new series. Well done, Ms. Bouchet. Well done." - Romance Junkies
"Fantasy romance at its finest! This book has it all: A heroine full of spunk and spark, a hero full of mystery and masculinity, and an epic story full of intrigue and action. You will fall in love with these delicious characters. This book is utterly breathtaking!" - Darynda Jones, New York Times bestselling author of the Charley Davidson series
"An epic, sweeping novel of romance, magic, mythology and war, A Promise of Fire was simply awesome!" - The Romance Reviews, 5 Stars Top Pick
"A Promise of Fire is one of the best books I've read in years... This is something quite new in a pile of the same old same old. So if you want to be transported into a fantasy kingdom, don't miss out on this story. Reviewer Top Pick!" - Night Owl Reviews
"Every summer should have one hotly anticipated read and for romance fantasy fans this year that read should be A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet. A perfect blend of adventure and love story with a fantastic hero and heroine at its center, this is a not to be missed story of gods and goddesses, magic, prophecies and the power of true love." - Heroes & Heartbreakers
"I can say, without a doubt, that A Promise of Fire is going on my keeper shelf. I want more of these characters and I want more of this world. I cannot remember the last time I wanted to both savor and devour a book, and Bouchet's writing is so engaging and magical that I wish she had some sort of backlist I could dive into for the next few months. If you're even slightly tempted by this review or from the chapter one excerpt, buy this book." - Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
"A sexy, mysterious fantasy that straddles the line between mythic adventure and paranormal sizzle." - Damon Suede, award-winning author of Bad Idea
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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I'm not sure how I selected A Promise of Fire, but I'm certainly glad I did, as it turned out to be a truly awesome Adult Fantasy Romance which engaged me from the very beginning. It's interesting that the world building in this story blends Greek mythology, magic, and elements unique to this story. The main characters, especially my favorite, Cat, a Royal in hiding and Garrett, the Warlord and his loyal band of warriors, are solid, and best of all, I cared about them all. The book's got that indefinable spark that made me connect and invest in what was happening from the start.
I know that Urban fantasy readers have met this kind of heroine before. Cat's laying low. She's the daughter of a ruthless tyrant of a Mother who wants Cat back under her thumb. And her childhood was forged in torture and blood so she doesn't believe she can be loved and believes that anyone she could love will meet a horrible end. Cat has her own power, but she has to hide it in order to hide herself, but I loved her as she was very much her own person.
Anyway, she's hiding out in a circus when Garrett crosses her path. Somehow, this powerful warlord has figured out one of the secrets she holds close. She is what's called a Kingmaker. Cat can feel the difference between a truth and a lie, and that's only the beginning of her multiple powers. She's also a warrior in every sense of the word. Garrett kidnaps her and forces her to come back with him back to his sister's kingdom.
At first, I didn't care for Garrett. However, he had a way of growing on the reader (as well as Cat). His family now rules one of the nearby lands. The whole family are very good people and Cat doesn't know what to make of them, but she comes to love them because they real and loving people who need Cat, her guidance, and her magic, to hold on to what they've gained. And while at first she fights the idea with everything in her, she grows to love not only the group, but specifically Garrett, the man who has changed her life.
I really just loved the contrasts in Cat's character. She jaded. She believes the worst in people because that is the only life she's known. But in other ways, she's naïve. I loved watching how the simple goodness and kindness of Garrett's people begin to affect her on a fundamental level. I loved how she comes to begrudgingly accept friendship and love into her life, while still being the prickly, argumentative powerhouse that she always was. I love Garrett's stalwartness, his steadiness and strength that he wants to share with Cat from the start. I believed in their growing feelings for one another and I wanted for it to work for the two of them and I certainly came to grow in love for them both.
This book is the first in a new series. While it doesn't end on a cliffhanger, it certainly leaves me wanting more. I want more of these characters and more of their story. I would definitely recommend this one for fans of fantasy romance. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, Breath of Fire. Way to go Amanda!
Yep, you guessed it, A Promise of Fire has a growly Alpha-hero (who is actually a Beta, how's that for snide irony) and a super-powerful Mary Sue of a heroine who is beautiful and has multiple ill-defined powers, and doesn't want to let the hero love her because its TOO DANGEROUS for him (cue an exasperated sigh from Kirsten), and to just top off the trope cupcake with a cherry, they also STOP THE HANKY PANKY or de-escalate it about 5 times for no reason that I can see. I mean, wowsers, what with all the wings unfurling in Cat's chest and bolts of lust you wouldn't think they could continually be interrupted without someone actually coming in and interrupting them, but I don't care in the end.
It doesn't bother me one whit. The reason I give this one 5 stars what with all the tropes more well-used than a (insert off color reference here) is because of two things: oodles of delightful snarky banter between Beta Sinta (his sister is the Alpha of the kingdom) and Cat but also between Cat and the other hunky members of Team Beta.
And also because Cat is super-grouchy. She complains like all the time about it being too hot, or there not being enough fruit or people being stupid. It's fun.
Plus Cat has a secret that isn't majorly obvious from chapter one (only majorly obvious from like halfway in when you want to hit Beta Sinta over the head with one of Cat's many knives and be like "duh....how can you not guess who she is?").
Meanwhile, they're gallivanting all over a faux Greek-fantastical countryside complete with cyclops, dragons named Sybaris, lightening scars on the earth from Zeus, and goat cheese phyllo triangles which Cat can't stand. Once in a while they save each other. But in the end, it's all leading up to a second book where they set their sights higher than just jumping each other's bones and surviving the next dragon attack.
Going over now to pre-order the next in the series. This is my kind of trashy fantasy romance.
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