REVIEW - A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Title: A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1)

Author: Amanda Bouchet

Publisher: Piatkus Books

Release Date: 12th January 2017

Source: ARC
"Cat" Catalia Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a travelling circus. She is actually an exceptionally powerful Magoi - known as the Kingmaker - who can divine lies. But Cat has no interest in using her powers - or in being used for them - and stays under the radar, far from the clutches of her power-hungry homicidal family.

An ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, Griffin, is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her - then does everything he can to coax her to help his people willingly.

Cat has worked hard to avoid the dangerous destiny she fears is in her blood but the balance of power in their world is shifting. The old magics are no longer all-powerful and there's a new, ferocious force at work. To survive, Cat will have to explore the true depth of the powers she's spent so long running from - and perhaps even learn to work with her enemies . . . .

Sexy, dark, magical, mythical.....just a few words to describe this novel from Amanda Bouchet!  

An enjoyable few days where spent exploring the land that has been created here, the land that Cat our female protagonist lives in.  Straight away you can tell she is not one for taking any crap from anyone and straight away she gets crap thrown at her!

We meet her as a member of a magical circus where she is travelling as a soothsayer, she is hiding her true colours but the arrival of a warlord at the circus takes her out of hiding and on a journey to back to where she grew up and where she is now running from.

But Griffin, the warlord has a plan for her, he knows that she is a Kingmaker, an extremely powerful Magoi who can tell when someone is lying to them and as his family have recently conquered a northern realm he wants Cat and her talents to help them stay at the helm of their new acquired realm.

But first they have to get there!

As a flight risk Cat is tethered to Griffin by a magical rope, this leads to a lot of awkward moments and a ton of chemistry, there is nothing subtle about Griffin, he is tall, dark and handsome and knows what he wants and even though he wants to use Cat for her powers you can tell straight away that he wants her for something else too.

Now I don't want to spoil this for you as it is a great read but we follow Cat, Griffin and his men (also easy on the eye) as they take the treacherous journey north, Cat is still hiding a lot from Griffin but as they get further north more and more about Cat is revealed, she is lot more powerful than we could have imagined, scarily so and she is going to have to try her best to make it north alive and out of the hands of the people seeking her for revenge.

Now I enjoyed this book, it jumped straight in to the action, the only thing that bugged me a little was Cat's whinging, I know she had been taken by Griffin but she moans like hell, it did get a bit repetitive but I suppose it was part of her character but I forgave her for this as she is totally kick ass.

Anyway for fans of fantasy with a touch of smoking hot added in, this will be up your street!

Thanks to Piatkus for providing me with a copy.

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  1. This sounds good... and that's a cool ability to be able to discern lies. That would be handy lol! Sounds like her and Griffin get a little hot under the collar for each other too ha ha. This does sound like a good fantasy, I just saw a review for the second one somewhere today...

    1. Yep, I didn't realise the second one was out too, may have to have a lookey!!

  2. LOL at forgiving her because she's kickass. I was supposed to have read this for book club but slacked and didn't get it read in time. I'll have to make time, though, because it sounds fun :)

  3. Gah! Everyone is raving about this book. I have it just sitting on my bookshelf. I obviously need to make time to read it. I can handle whining as long as there are easy on the eye characters to keep my occupied. LOL! A 4 star review from you is like a guarantee for me. Thanks for your spoiler free review!


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