"A Promise of Fire" is one of the best books I've read in years. I love a great fantasy novel paired with a romance story. You get just that in this book as well as lots of adventure and banter. I've added Amanda Bouchet to my must follow list. I love how she has paired a feisty heroine with a scrumptious warrior for an all out epic fantasy adventure. Think Greek gods meets romance novel. 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. The last fantasy romance author that really transported me like this was C.L. Wilson.
I LOVED the heroine in this book. "Cat" Catalia Fisa is a feisty woman who has been hiding out in a traveling circus. Her family is really bad news. Siblings kill off siblings and she's been fighting her whole life. Cat is now living in a different land than she was born in. She's assumed a different identity and everything has been great for some time, but things are about to change. She is filled with magic and where there is great magic there are those who want to use you. Cat can tell who lies and who tells the truth. Her skill will be a huge bonus for a king.
Our fabulous hero is Griffin. He's the ruler of a non-magic land, while Cat is from a magic infused place. Griffin falls for Cat fast, but Cat isn't on board with hooking up with Griffin that fast. She doesn't see a future for them when she has to stay out of the public eye or draw attention from her powerful and deadly family. Can Griffin keep her safe? He believes he can, but he doesn't know all that he is up against.
Overall these two really sparked and I came to love them both. This is just their first adventure. This book does end on a happy note with us rooting for them and the future we see for them. I can't wait to pick up the next book and continue the journey. Will they have kids and will they survive all those who want to destroy them? Who knows? But with the love of Griffin's robust and friendly family I see lots of happy years of family get-togethers for them all.
KINGDOMS WILL RISE AND FALL FOR HER...
"Cat" Catalia 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.
BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT
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.
Kingmaker Chronicles Trilogy: A Promise of Fire / Breath of Fire (coming January 2017) / Heart on Fire (coming Fall 2017)