A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Posted January 13, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | , , , | 6 Comments

A Promise of Fire by Amanda BouchetA Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #1
Narrator: Mia Barron
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Recommend by: Jen (RedHotBooks.com)
Source: Library
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“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.

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet as an amazing start to what I am sure will be a fantastic series.

Cat puts me in mind of watered-down Kate Daniels. She is in hiding from a dangerous parent, her case the mother, and she has to destroy any signs of her blood if she bleeds. She fights her attraction to the alpha male that wants her, but that’s true of most heroines at first. Cat is good with knives and has magical powers.

I think want I liked most about A Promise of Fire was the banter between Cat and the other characters. She is “catty” most of the time, but not in a way that puts you off of her as a reader. She’s a heroine that I found myself rooting for.  I also liked the use of Greek Mythology. Bouchet did not go high-brow with it so I had to reach for a reference book. All the usual Gods were mentioned and not in an over done way that kept the plot moving along.


Only one thing kept me from giving A Promise of Fire a full 5 stars, and that was Cat’s immature behavior about her attraction to Griffin and the first few times he kisses her.

He pulls away, glaring at me. “Whatever happens to the rest of us, you live.” My pulse going wild, stunned, I shove him and sputter, “Gross!”
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!

Then Cat makes note to herself that she is being childish.

I can’t bear to face Griffin after that kiss. My maturity level is apparently that of a five-year-old because I stay invisible for two whole days [. . .]

Granted, Cat is only 22 years old but come on. She’s old enough to not act like a tween when a man she is attracted to kisses her. Sure put up a good fight and make him earn it, but don’t talk like an elementary girl with words like Gross and Gag. Oh, and why are words like that being used in a Fantasy book. The time of the made up world is not clear. I guess it could be modern times because women are part of the royal army and no one looks twice at them for wearing pants but there are castles, dragons and other things that make me thing of a historical setting. I’m new to Fantasy so I might be over thinking it.

Other that the little issue with Cat’s immaturity I fell for the story, characters and Bouchet’s voice in A Promise of Fire. I’m currently in the middle of reading the second book, Breath of Fire that just released and I’m enjoying it too. Look for that review soon.


Anne’s Audio Review of A Promise of Fire:

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A Promise of Fire by Amanda BouchetA Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #1
Narrator: Mia Barron
Published by Recorded Books on August 2nd 2016
Length: 14 hours, 45 minutes
Source: Publisher
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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.

The audio was wonderful and Mia Barron captured the humor and banter so well. Her voice has an odd quality to it which took a minute to understand but then it felt right, becoming a perfect part of the experience. She did alter voices somewhat for characters but overall she was Cat’s voice and this is all Cat’s point of view.

I agree with Jennifer’s thoughts about the similarities to Kate Daniels and frustration with Cat’s immature behavior. But Cat IS young and inexperienced. She’s been through too much so I can understand her using sarcasm and childish comments as self-defense. Defense is always necessary to her.

And really who wouldn’t need it with Griffin on the scene? Can we say hot, alpha male book boyfriend material to the max? There were plenty of very arousing scenes and even the sex scenes were well-written.  Griffin became completely clear on what he wanted and how he felt about Cat. His words and actions were heart melting.

This was so much fun and I can’t wait to read Breath of Fire. I truly hope Cat continues to grow up and can be more honest with others. She has skills and intelligence. Cat needs to use them to fight for the life she wants.

Listen to a clip on Amazon.

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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Overall: four-stars
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6 responses to “A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

  1. I listened to the first book (review to post soon). I have to agree with your thoughts. I had seen people comparing Cat to Kate and I really didn’t agree because I thought Kate was a stronger character (not just abilities, but as character, she has more depth). But your comment that she’s a watered down Kate fits much better. I agree with you about maturity too. I think it’s a fun book and I will be requesting the second book to review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  2. I’ve heard so many good things about this one and the sequel. I actually have it for audio review – hopefully I’ll get to it soon! I think I’ll like it – though I know that immaturity will bug me a bit too. Not enough to kill the book, but yeah – that’s ridiculous.

  3. Wonderful review. I loved this debt. The Mythology was great and I agree on Cat being like Kate Daniels in away. It didn’t bother me or maybe I was to into the story to really notice the child like part, but I see it now, though it didn’t stop me from loving this first book.