Book Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet


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.

-from goodreads

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Another Hoopla find! I enjoyed this book. It wasn’t without it’s problems of course. I always find the premise of falling in love with your captor a strange one, but it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. Which I understand isn’t a glowing review but hey, it’s all I really have. It was entertaining, it kept my interest and had some really cool elements to it. This was billed to me as a YA book, and let me tell you, it is not. On goodreads it says adult, which is good. It was a bit of a surprise to me, but not a bad one. Let me say it again, this is an adult book.

Cat is much more than she seems. She is the powerful clairvoyant known as a Kingmaker. Shes sassy, annoyed and ready to fight at all times. Hiding from the Fisa family in the North, she is doing everything to keep herself hidden. That is before Griffin, the warlord, finds her and takes her captive. He’s determined to keep the peace in his newly conquered land, and equally as determined to get in Cat’s pants. There is magic, adventure, intrigue and secondary characters that I loved. The magic was awesome, and was well written. And once the captive/captor relationship was broken, the romance was red hot and still somehow sweet.

Some things I didn’t like:
Cat had a weird view of herself. I don’t know, sometimes the way she described herself was grating. She would flip flop on how she felt about her body all the time, and it just felt off. She had curves in the beginning, and she would alternate between liking them and hating them. Then once she started loosing weight (because she almost died) she seems to hate that she was ever curvy in the first place. It wasn’t great.

All in all though, it was an entertaining read.

fantasy/romance – – Found on Hoopla

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