Author: Amanda Bouchet

Audio: Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet #JIAM

Posted June 27, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 6 Comments

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Audio:  Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet  #JIAMBreath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #2
Narrator: Mia Barron
Published by Recorded Books on January 3, 2017
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 15 hours, 21 minutes
Audio | Goodreads

"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.

Griffin 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.



The first book in the Kingmaker Chronicles series, was quite the sensation. I reviewed Promise of Fire on audio and was excited for more. Then Jennifer had real trouble with Breath of Fire. But when the audio was available, I had some mixed feelings. But I loved the mythology, gods and creatures. I wanted to see what happened with the characters. The politics and battles were a suspenseful mystery.

Perhaps being on audio, it was easy for me to get absorbed and enjoy. Mia Barron really infuses emotion into the story. I noticed the distinct character voices without it being a distraction. I did listen at 1.25 speed, which was a first for me. I had never tried a different speed and it was a fit.

Cat was my problem. In the first book, she was childish. I have a disconnect between the constant reminders she grew up being tortured and suffering and fighting to survive. Now, she wants to hide. I guess it makes some sense since she missed having a real childhood. But I’m tired of her self-indulgence which borders on being whiny. There is also an overabundance of sexy thoughts and sexy times here, which is incongruous

Many aspects I loved did continue. There was growth in the mythology, politics and battles. Cat grew as a character infinitesimally. Her compassion for others and willingness to fight for her team is still heart-warming. She continues to move forward on her HEA. I want to see her take on dear old Mom in the next round, Heart on Fire, available January 2, 2018.

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.

Review Breakdown
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Overall: three-half-stars

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Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Posted February 1, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 5 Comments

       My initial thought of the first book: I was excited going into Breath of Fire. Then I actually starting reading it. I like the first few chapters but once Cat, Griffin and the rest of Team Beta was well on their journey to the Ice Lands I got bored. I started to skim. A. LOT. So much so I’m sure I was missing important information for the plot. I finally got to a scene in the book where Cat and one of the guys from Team Beta was in a cave (?) and I wasn’t sure why they were in there and what they were after but was ever the task it took forever. Cat went from saying Gag and Gross in the A […]

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

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

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 […]