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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
"If you're looking for a magical book with heart, romance, adventure, and characters who stay with you long after the book ends, try A Promise of Fire. You won't be disappointed! The Kingmaker Chronicles is sure to be a huge hit and well-worth the praise-worthy buzz it's already getting far and wide. Amanda Bouchet has made me a desperate fan. 5 Stars, Recommended Read." - Romance Junkies
"Really great start to the series. There is a solid HEA, although the big conflict with people in the realm who want to hurt Cat and Griffin is not over yet Breath of Fire and Heart on Fire release next year. A-" - Smexy Books
"I don't think I can recommend A Promise of Fire highly enough. If you like fantasy at all, go read it. If you like mythology at all, go read it. If you like alpha heroes, or chosen-one stories, or strong and independent heroines, go read it. Just... just go read it." - All About Romance
"A Promise of Fire made me laugh out loud more than once." - Thea Harrison, New York Times bestselling author of the Elder Races series
"A Promise of Fire is terrific . . . one of the best debuts I've read in years." - Kirkus
"Easily my favorite book of 2016! It's gritty, full of action, and Bouchet does such a beautiful job of building the setting. I was hooked from the first page." - Bookriot
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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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.
Eight years ago Cat ran away from home and ended up joining the circus as a soothsayer. Of course this is all a front to keep people from finding out who she really is: The Kingmaker. Everything changes when she runs into Griffin, warlord for the Sintan royals. He knows her for what she is, and knowing his kingdom needs her power, he kidnaps her.
I wasn't prepared for the story being so seated in Greek Mythology, but I loved it. The land of Thalyria is divided into three kingdoms Sinta, Tarvan, Fisa. Divided further into those with magic (Magoi) and those without (Hoi Polloi). There's Oracles, and Gods, and various creatures. The world Amanda Bouchet created is wonderful, and completely easy to become enmeshed within.
Cat was a wonderfully snarky, stubborn heroine. She's running from her past and determined not to bring anyone else into her troubles, but I loved watching her walls crumble, and see her form relationships. Pretty much shattering everything she believes herself to be.
The chemistry between Cat and Griffin just jumps off the page. There is so much sexual tension between them I couldn't stop reading because I was just waiting for them to do something about it! The banter is definitely on point as Cat tries desperately to keep herself from feeling too much for him, but Griffin is just as stubborn as Cat and once he sets his sights on her nothing can dissuade him.
There's a lot of mystery that revolves around Cat's powers and her past. It's pretty easy to figure out early on, she kind of beats around the bush a bit, and it verges on being dragged out too long. It's saved, however, because there are still enough blanks to fill into the story in order to get the full picture. Plus, it helps a lot that I really didn't want to leave this world or characters. Is it too much to ask that the next book be released now?
I'm so happy that this one lived up to my expectations. It's an action-packed, romantic ride, and I can't wait to see how things unfold further.