Friday, August 12, 2016

Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Title: A Promise of Fire
Author: Amanda Bouchet
Series: Book One in the Kingmaker Chronicles
Published By: Sourcebooks Casablanca (August 2, 2016)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!


Book Description:
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 seems like lovers of urban fantasy are always on the lookout for something new, something great, and most importantly, something different.

Bouchet's debut series is all of those things. With a wonderful blend of fantasy and mythology I can say without a doubt that readers need to look no further for something that stands out and needs to be taken notice of.

Filled with an outstanding cast of characters, action, humor, and a very slow burning, tension filled romance, this series kept me rapidly turning the pages and left bereft when it was over.

With talk of gods and goddesses, kings and queens, the world that Bouchet created was so much fun to delve into. One with wickedness, deceit, and mythical creatures abound, this kept me on my toes and always wondering what would pop up next. 

I can promise that this will be one series I won't only have my eyes on but will be one I will eagerly be awaiting the next release and will drop whatever else I am reading to get to it. 










*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

56 comments:

  1. I keep hearing great things about this one! I want to try!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Please do, it really is so good and I think you would like it.

      Delete
  2. I have seen nothing but great things for this one. Glad you enjoyed it too!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh good first in a new series and from the looks of your review a great one! I WANT!! :) thanks Kindlemom!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it.

      Delete
  4. Yayyyy! I'm so happy you love this series just as much as I do, Ali. It's seriously so impressive, especially given that it's a debut. I really can't wait for more of these characters and this world. Good thing we don't have to wait too long! :)
    Great review, Ali!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I know, I can't wait! I went to request it on Netgalley and saw it had already been archived though, that makes me sad! I don't know how I missed it already.

      Delete
  5. I've been chomping at the bit to read this! I especially like the sound of the perfectly paced romance. Can't wait!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was a good pace, no insta love per se. ;)

      Delete
  6. I've seen nothing but rave reviews for this one Ali, I think it needs to be my next read! I can't wait for the slow burn, tension filled romance:)

    ReplyDelete
  7. You know, a few years ago I heard "Urban Fantasies are a thing of the past." After reading this, I'm so happy to say that prediction didn't come true. I've only seen positive reviews and it seems to be a reason why.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I definitely don't think they are a thing of the past Tyler, or at least, I love them more now than I ever did. ;)

      Delete
  8. I enjoyed this one too though the story kind of fizzled a bit for me near the end :S

    They released the cover of the second book last week! It goes quite nice with this one!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I saw it and it was nice. Yeah the ending was more about the romance than the plot I agree, but still good. ;)

      Delete
  9. You know how I feel about this book, lol! But I'm so happy you enjoyed it. :D

    ReplyDelete
  10. Great review! I've seen so many people love this one that I really need to give it a try -- glad you loved it, too!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Eva, I hope you do and love it as well.

      Delete
  11. Nice! I'm glad to hear this was really well done, and I love when the characters are great.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They were all great which was a lot of fun.

      Delete
  12. I really need to try this series, you love it so much!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm really hoping the other books will be just as good.

      Delete
  13. Oh my... look at that cover... and then your fab review. You are right I need to get to this one. I've been enjoying a lot of fantasy lately and I'm adding this one to my wishlist.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Woo hoo! Really hope you love it too!

      Delete
  14. I enjoyed this one so much, too! I loved the world-building and the slow-build romance was so well-written. I'm really excited for the sequel and am so glad you enjoyed this installment as well! Wonderful review! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much and yay for you loving it too. I'm keeping my fingers crossed book two is fabulous.

      Delete
  15. Sounds like a wonderful book. I like all the elements you talked about especially the mythical creatures.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It was so much fun to have that aspect adding in to the story line as well.

      Delete
  16. Welllll, it sounds like you really enjoyed this one Ali! I'm happy for you! It seems like you always enjoy your books and you always have something good to say about them. ♡♡ I LURVE those books that we can get lost in!♡♡

    Awesome review as always girlie! Xoxo!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much for the kind words Keionda!! I really appreciate it. <3

      Delete
  17. I keep seeing great reviews for this one and since you really liked it, Ali, that means I need to put it on my tbr. Great review!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you do and that you like it as well.

      Delete
  18. New to me but looks good! I love the cover and your review is great :) always looking for new urban fantasy although I am not a big fan of mythology. I read it however sometimes and have read both good and bad. Sounds like this one was done right:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This was done really well, it was a nice seamless blend of the two.

      Delete
  19. This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

    irenethayer.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. Yup, I loved this too. I especially loved how she and the guys always wrestled and fought. :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes! Their relationship was the best, kind of reminded me a bit of the one series with Cricket and the boys by Barol, was that her name? No I can't remember now but it reminded me of them.

      Delete
  21. Awesome Review always on the lookout for unique engaging fantasy!!
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Tori, this is definitely an easy read that was hard to put down. ;)

      Delete
  22. Alright...that does it..I am grabbing it!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Oh magic! Fun! I'll have to check this one out! Great review xo

    ReplyDelete
  24. Dear God, if I don't get my hands on this book soon! Everyone has been raving about it. Great review!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks and I really hope you love it as well!

      Delete
  25. Yes, yes, yes! Wasn't this amazingly good?!! I'm so happy you loved this. Have you seen the cover for books two - gorgeous. *grabby hands*

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Ali :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have and I can't wait to read it! I hope you have a great weekend too Kim and thanks!

      Delete
  26. Yay, I just got the audiobook for this one which is the only way I could listen to an fantasy book this long, really excited for it!

    Nereyda│ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you love it, it really was addicting.

      Delete
  27. Blast it! I passed on this one and so regret it. Sounds like it's been a smash hit with just about everyone. Whew!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh darn, well you can always get it later. ;)

      Delete
  28. I'm so glad to see you enjoyed this one. I've requested the audio for review. I can't wait until I get it.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    ReplyDelete