Review: Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Review:  Promise of Fire by Amanda BouchetA Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Romance
Pages: 448

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.


It’s been a while since I’ve read fantasy romance but man, oh man, am I glad I caved to the peer pressure (okay, fantastic reviews) and picked this up because holy heck was it a ton of action-packed fun! There’s epic battles, crazy bad guys, fabulous characters, adorable characters, dragons!, magic and amazing romance all set in a Greek mythology-esque kinda universe.

The characters were definitely a highlight for me in this book. Cat, our heroine, is hilariously sassy and has a bit of an uncontrollable mouth on her. She’s also a Kingmaker, with some pretty badass powers. We get to see inside her head and I can’t help but love that dichotomy of what she thinks versus what she says aka. She can’t decide what she wants/trying so hard to deny the chemistry between her and Griffin.

Seriously? It’s over, just like that. No more tussle. No more hard, heavy body on top of mine. No more hot breath in my ear. No more tongue.
Thank the Gods. Gag!
Sort of.
Except not at all.
Gah! I’m going insane!

Griffin (aka warlord Beta Sinta – second in command) is amazing. He’s totally your super alpha broody male. And he’s perfect for Cat. They have such a lovely hate to love, tension and banter-filled relationship. I really enjoyed the build-up of their relationship.

“Now that that’s settled, you’re coming with me.”

“Never in a billion suns. Not even if Zeus showed up as a swan and tried to peck me in your direction. I wouldn’t go with you even if my other option was Hades dragging me to the Underworld for an eternal threesome with Persephone.”

The secondary characters are also amazing. Griffin’s brother Carver, along with Flynn and Kato easily snuck into my hearts with their endearing friendship and adorableness. They basically wear down Cat’s wall with love. And the rest of Griffin’s family is also adorable and sweet. His sisters are so precious.

The story is full of adventure, intrigue, and battles. I really enjoyed the road-trip as Griffin brings Cat back to Sinta. Of course, it’s not an easy trip and there are people/gods/monsters that would like to get their hands on Cat. There was particular adventure that they got into that had me just cracking up.

Overall this was such a fun and entertaining read. It’s so easy to get invested in the characters and it’s basically never-ending epic-ness and adventure with this gang. Because this is a series, the ending sort of wraps some stuff up but really kicks the doors wide open for the big story. I’m crazy excited to see what comes next for all the characters!

“You. Dragon. Falling. Giant…water hand. Cerberus. Gods, Cat!”

“That about sums it up.”


“I can defend myself.”

He smiles. It’s lopsided, and more heart-stopping than I care to admit. “Is that how you got caught by a warlord with a magic rope?” he teases.



Kaia frowns. “Are you supposed to threaten us?” She turns to Griffin, flouncing prettily in her seat. “Is Cat supposed to threaten us?”
He nods. “It means she likes you.”
“That doesn’t make any sense.” Kaia smiles brightly anyway. “I like you too, Cat.”
Griffin grins, obviously pleased with himself”


Ha! That was easy enough. I grab Kato and pull him ahead.

“Don’t hold hands with me. If Griffin sees, he’ll have me dismembered.”

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.


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9 Replies to “Review: Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet”

  1. Yes, yes, and yes! Love this new series. Cat and Griffin are going to make many readers swoon and ship! 🙂

    1. Definitely!!! I hope this series continues to be amazing!

  2. Oh! I am dancing right now my friend..DANCING! I loved this and listened on audio. I am so happy to see you not only enjoyed it, you loved it!

    Your comments for the past few days on my blog were lost in the sphere as I migrated my hosting. I am sorry.

    1. I’m so glad I picked this up! This book was seriously amazing! Everyone should read it 😀

  3. I don’t know how this book flew under my radar because now I’ve seen a few reviews for it and they have all been raving. It sounds like the type of book I would adore!

    1. This flew under my radar too but yeah, all the amazing reviews made me pick it up. It’s totally worth checking out, Nicole! I hope you love it, too!

  4. You portrayed the book beautifully. You have a seem less description that made Me want more. Exactly what a good book review should do. Explain enough with out crossing the too far line.

  5. This sounds so dang good! I love all of those aspects you mentioned. Dragons? Check. Action/adventure? Check. Check. Check. Thanks for sharing your review. 🙂 ~Aleen

  6. Diane Elizabeth says: Reply

    Cat sounds like such a fantastic character, I’m really looking forward to starting this series. Thanks for the review.

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