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Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

About the Book

“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.
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.


Truth be told, I took as long as humanly possible to finish this book because I enjoyed it so much. This is absolutely the kind of book you could read in a day or two, it grips you and pulls you along, making it hard for you to put it down. But I managed to take awhile, dragging it out, letting me live in a wondrous, mythologically infused world for a little longer.

I'm not an avid romance novel reader. I have read my fair share, but I don't naturally gravitate toward them. This novel fortunately brings a unique medieval fantasy world to life and that's what kept me reading.

Cat has a deep dark past and a prophecy to boot. These things would be cliche if the book didn't manage to do a damn good job at making these tropes new and interesting. The world building was great and all of the characters genuinely seemed very well rounded and mostly lovable. Stubbornness tends to show up in romance novel heroines, but yet again, Cat come across as a very fleshed out character with very understandable motives and ambitions. You really just want Cat to dish out all of her secrets, because you really do root for her.

Another way in which this novel succeeded was in the author's style and tone. She made it very funny when need be and very tense and stressful at other times. She was very adept at keeping me intrigued.

Overall, I truly have very few qualms this novel and I definitely enjoyed it. In all earnestness, I will be getting my paws on the next in the series, because A Promise of Fire got me hooked!

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