A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet (The Kingmaker Chronicles Book 1): 5 Stars!!!
KINGDOMS WILL RISE AND FALL FOR HER…
BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT
Catalia “Cat” Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods—and her homicidal mother—have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.
Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm—until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic. Cat fights him at every turn, but Griffin’s fairness, loyalty, and smoldering advances make him increasingly hard to resist and leave her wondering if life really does have to be short, and lived alone.
What a gem! A Promise of Fire is everything a new adult fantasy should be. It is creative and original with a kickass heroine, a swoon worthy hero, a steamy romance, and a real plot. This take on ancient Greece with its Gods, Goddesses, and magic is new and enchanting. Ms. Bouchet filled the story with fun, laughter, good friends, and terrifying villains. Her writing is magnificent throughout and keeps you turning pages well into the night.
Cat, our heroine, is strong, brave, and knows her value. I barely ever got annoyed with her (which is not normal) and was constantly surprised by her knowledge and actions. Griffin, our hero, is strong and smart with just the right amount of caveman. The plot is something new and exciting and the characters prove themselves time and time again.
I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait to start the next book in the series!