Review: Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Review: Breath of Fire by Amanda BouchetBreath of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #2) by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on January 3rd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Mythology, Romance
Pages: 448
Source: Netgalley
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four-stars

SHE'S DESTINED TO DESTROY THE WORLD... "Cat" Catalia Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. But now, her newfound loved ones are caught between the shadow of Cat's tortured past and the threat of her world-shattering future. So what's a girl to do when she knows it's her fate to be the harbinger of doom? Everything in her power.
BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP ITGriffin knows Cat is destined to change the world-for the better. As the realms are descending into all-out war, Cat and Griffin must embrace their fate together. Gods willing, they will emerge side-by-side in the heart of their future kingdom...or not at all.

Review:

Another winner in the bag! Just as enjoyable as A Promise of FireBreath of Fire was a fun mythological fantasy roller-coaster of a ride with many revelations and secrets being revealed. I love that Cat is still snarky, that Griffin is still alpha and Beta team (Carver, Finn and Kato) is still freak’n awesome.

The story opens up were we left on in the last book. It was a bit of an odd beginning, but from there on out, with a Beta  team road-trip-esque quest to find the Ipotane and a Gladiator-esque battle-to-the-death tournament, I was kept on the edge of seat. I seriously loved the crazy adventure. There was finding the Chaos Wizard, fighting a hydra, getting lost in a maze, and battling some Goddesses! There was definitely no half-assing anything in this book.

“There’s no way we’re getting past that. At least it stays in the lake.”

I eye the enormous creature. “If it didn’t, we’d be dead. More dead. I mean, really dead. For real.”

The Agon Games, while not even a quarter of the book, was deadly, intense and action-packed. I love that we got to see a little more of Griffin’s sister Jocasta. The amount of times I thought people were going to dead definitely kept my stress level up!

About the romance. So steamy! If you thought there wasn’t enough smoochy time in A Promise of Fire, well it definitely got amped up in Breath of Fire, now with Cat and Griffin (most Cat) not denying their love for each other. I very  much still love them together. They’re quite the power couple. And also ridiculously cute!

“There once was an Alpha named Griffin.” I stop, at a loss. “Son of a Cyclops! Nothing rhymes with Griffin.”

He chuckles. “You’d have more luck with ‘An Origin named Cat.”

“Easy. She’s as crazy as a bat, and kind of a brat.”

Smiling, Griffin drops his hands to my waist and pulls me in close. His lips trace a scorching path across my cheek to my ear. “And I love her just like that.”

Beta team. I love them to bits. We definitely got to see more of them, their history and their personalities in this. I’m still waiting with bated breath for the Finn/ Jocasta romance to be a thing. I loved getting to see more of adorably charming Kato! And oh Carver, I need to know more! I don’t really know who I love more. I hope to the high Olympian heavens that they get their stories!

Overall, this was a fantastic adventure read, with some big developments that have me crying in the corner because we have to wait a year for book three. If you enjoyed A Promise of Fire, you’ll fly right through this was it’s amped up greek mythology, action and romance. I need more!

And on a slight random note. I love that Cat and Griffin’s horses (Panotii and Brown Horse) have personalities. Just the best.

& QUOTES! Because this book is so funny.

“You keep the others in line.” Panotii nods. I swear to the Gods, my horse nods. Brown Horse raises his head and pins me with a gimlet stare.

I roll my eyes. “Fine. You can help. You’re both in charge.”

Apparently satisfied, Griffin’s horse goes back to gazing, shearing the grass around him with neat, organized efficiency. Griffin and Brown Horse were made for each other.

&

“Onward to the Ipotane! This day is turning out great!”

Griffin levels a flat, dark look on me, not amused.

Kato looks ill. “I…It…Me…”He stares at the massive snake. “Big.”

I squeeze his arm. “Don’t worry. You’ll speak in complete sentences again soon.”

&

I make a show of smoothing down my hair – a lost cause at this point. “Ah, that. It’s getting to the stage where it deserved a name. The Knotted Nest? The Twisted Tresses?”

“What about the Terrible Tangle?”

I nod. “That has serious possibilities.”

“The Matted Mess?” he suggests.

{*Thanks to Sourcebook Casablanca and Netgalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About Amanda Bouchet

Amanda Bouchet grew up in New England where she spent much of her time tromping around in the woods and making up grand adventures in her head. It was inevitable that one day she would start writing them down. Drawing on her Greek heritage for the setting and on her love of all things daring and romantic for the rest, her debut trilogy, The Kingmaker Chronicles, took form. She writes what she loves to read: epic exploits, steamy romance, and characters that make you laugh and cry.

A French master’s graduate and former English teacher, Amanda lives in Paris, France. She met her husband while studying abroad, and the family now includes two bilingual children who will soon be correcting her French.

four-stars

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

10 Comment

  1. YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY! I’m so glad you loved this book! I’ve been looking out for your review, to see if you’d read it yet. 😀 Beta Team is probably my favorite fictional group of guys (and Cat)! I love their camaraderie. I like that this book did not disappoint in terms of the adventure aspect, which was even more present than it was in book one. Same with the ~steamy~ romance. 😉 Wonderful review, Cyn!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. These are hits with me, too. I’m with you and need to see some Finn and Jo time hopefully before it’s all wrapped up.

  3. I do love all the characters dynamic, I think that might be the best part of this series. Great review, glad you liked this one as well!

  4. Greg says: Reply

    This sounds fun, and I love the sound of the mythological parts. And hydras and stuff too… 🙂 I might have to give this series try.

  5. Yes! So glad you loved this. I actually wish these were in hardback to keep on my shelf as the covers are awesome and the writing is too. I need more 🙂

  6. Lol sounds so good. Glad you enjoyed it. Great review. ~Aleen

  7. I’m reading this one right now and I really like it! Not *quite* as perfect as the first one, but somehow I think I can overlook that. 😉

    Cat, Griffin, Griffin’s sisters, and Beta Team…how does one author write so many awesome characters? Seriously, Amanda Bouchet has the best writing juju when it comes to characters and dialogue, haha.

  8. I struggled with a few things Cyn, but agree this series is wonderful and I look forward to book three!

  9. I need to get my butt in gear. I was supposed to read book one already for book club and totally missed it. Ah! Yay for book 2 being good, too!

  10. Yeah, the beginning was odd. I liked the tournament part the best, even if it did remind me a whole lot of the one in the Kate Daniels series.

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