Sep 14th

Review of A Promise of Fire

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A Promise of Fire
5 Star Rating

Title: A Promise of Fire
Author: Amanda Bouchet
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date Published: August 2, 2016
Where I got the book: Received in July 2016 My World of Books Subscription Box. The July 2016 box was reviewed here.
Purchase Your Copy on AMAZON | or one of our indie affiliates Quail Ridge Books | Flyleaf Books
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Catalia “Cat” Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.
What a wild ride! I have to admit, I received this book in a subscription box and I didn’t know anything about it. Even when I looked it up, I did not have high expectations. IT BLEW ME AWAY!! A Promise of Fire had absolutely everything I wanted! It had a slow burn romance, lots of witty banter, a strong female heroine, magic, and tons of action and adventure.

Cat is a fabulous main character. She is strong, funny, impetuous, and her inner thoughts are so realistic. This book is actually written in first person. I realized as I started reading it that I am not used to first person but I really liked it. I liked “being” Cat while I read this book. Griffin is an amazing foil for Cat. He is strong, but he is also careful and serious. Their interactions really drove the story and I was never bored, not even when the action slowed down. Flynn, Kato, and Carver are amazing! They are my favorite part of this book, romance aside. I love when a male character has real friends who truly care about him. Too often men in literature are solitary or have silly friends that don’t value them. I also love how protective and inclusive they were of Cat and how they treated her as a capable equal. The rest of Griffin’s family is really interesting and each one, no matter how small their part, really added something to the story. I also liked Cat’s circus family. They were really cool and I hope we see more of them in the next book. Cat’s mom didn’t play a huge part in this book, at least not in person, but I really liked her. She’s the kind of crazy, psycho bad guy that every good book needs. I hope we see her more in the next book as well, even though she creeps me out!

The writing was the most surprising. I know nothing about Amanda Bouchet or the publisher who did A Promise of Fire, but she did an amazing job and the publisher needs a cookie for picking this story out of the masses of submissions they receive! Everything was seamless. We went from action, to romance, to mystery, to magic all without issue or awkwardness. The banter was extremely well done, top notch. I literally laughed out loud at times. Other times I got this goofy smile on my face. How do I know? I caught a glimpse of it reflected on my glass door as I was heading outside to read alone, where no one could see my goofy smile. I’m serious, I read this book in about four hours, give or take, and it made me SO HAPPY!

I loved the story, even though it was slightly familiar. There are a lot of fantasy books out there that feature a heroine with special abilities but to be honest, I don’t care. I loved this story and I think I might go crazy waiting for the next book! The elements including the world, the culture, and the magic were all new and used in a completely different way. While it involves the Greek Pantheon, this is definitely not Greece or an alternate Greece that I can tell. I like that there was a little of the familiar but then a whole new landscape with interesting new places and customs to learn. Maybe Bouchet has started a trend and we will see more of this! Maybe the Book Gods will smile on me and someone will drop A Breath of Fireon my lap in the next few days. A girl can hope. And hope. And hope. If you love a good, fun, high action fantasy with a little romance thrown in, then you need to grab A Promise of Fire right now!

A Promise of Fire
5 Star Rating

Title: A Promise of Fire
Author: Amanda Bouchet
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Date Published: August 2, 2016
Where I got the book: Received in July 2016 My World of Books Subscription Box. The July 2016 box was reviewed here.
Purchase Your Copy on AMAZON | or one of our indie affiliates Quail Ridge Books | Flyleaf Books
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Catalia “Cat” Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.
What a wild ride! I have to admit, I received this book in a subscription box and I didn’t know anything about it. Even when I looked it up, I did not have high expectations. IT BLEW ME AWAY!! A Promise of Fire had absolutely everything I wanted! It had a slow burn romance, lots of witty banter, a strong female heroine, magic, and tons of action and adventure.

Cat is a fabulous main character. She is strong, funny, impetuous, and her inner thoughts are so realistic. This book is actually written in first person. I realized as I started reading it that I am not used to first person but I really liked it. I liked “being” Cat while I read this book. Griffin is an amazing foil for Cat. He is strong, but he is also careful and serious. Their interactions really drove the story and I was never bored, not even when the action slowed down. Flynn, Kato, and Carver are amazing! They are my favorite part of this book, romance aside. I love when a male character has real friends who truly care about him. Too often men in literature are solitary or have silly friends that don’t value them. I also love how protective and inclusive they were of Cat and how they treated her as a capable equal. The rest of Griffin’s family is really interesting and each one, no matter how small their part, really added something to the story. I also liked Cat’s circus family. They were really cool and I hope we see more of them in the next book. Cat’s mom didn’t play a huge part in this book, at least not in person, but I really liked her. She’s the kind of crazy, psycho bad guy that every good book needs. I hope we see her more in the next book as well, even though she creeps me out!

The writing was the most surprising. I know nothing about Amanda Bouchet or the publisher who did A Promise of Fire, but she did an amazing job and the publisher needs a cookie for picking this story out of the masses of submissions they receive! Everything was seamless. We went from action, to romance, to mystery, to magic all without issue or awkwardness. The banter was extremely well done, top notch. I literally laughed out loud at times. Other times I got this goofy smile on my face. How do I know? I caught a glimpse of it reflected on my glass door as I was heading outside to read alone, where no one could see my goofy smile. I’m serious, I read this book in about four hours, give or take, and it made me SO HAPPY!

I loved the story, even though it was slightly familiar. There are a lot of fantasy books out there that feature a heroine with special abilities but to be honest, I don’t care. I loved this story and I think I might go crazy waiting for the next book! The elements including the world, the culture, and the magic were all new and used in a completely different way. While it involves the Greek Pantheon, this is definitely not Greece or an alternate Greece that I can tell. I like that there was a little of the familiar but then a whole new landscape with interesting new places and customs to learn. Maybe Bouchet has started a trend and we will see more of this! Maybe the Book Gods will smile on me and someone will drop A Breath of Fireon my lap in the next few days. A girl can hope. And hope. And hope. If you love a good, fun, high action fantasy with a little romance thrown in, then you need to grab A Promise of Fire right now!

By Kate Woods

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