ARC Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Posted August 2, 2016 by Suzanne in Reviews / 6 Comments

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ARC Review: A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
A Promise of Fire
by Amanda Bouchet

4 Stars


Released: August 2nd 2016
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 448
Format: eARC

Recommended Read!

“…will I be reading the next book in this series? Hell. Yeah.”
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It’s been a slow year. Very few books have wowed be and yet one of the few that has has been a Fantasy Romance, not the more prolific genre and not one I have read a huge amount of. And yet here I am, on my second Fantasy Romance and I am once again wowed by how much I enjoyed it. Maybe that’s the Universe trying to tell me something. Well Universe, I have taken note, there will definitely be more Fantasy Romance in my future.

Not that I am a Fantasy novice, it’s the genre I commenced my reading journey with way back when. It’s just romance was never really a dominant element in my previous Fantasy experience. Adding a heavy romance aspects definitely adds something different, although that focus also, inevitably, leaves other things that fall to the wayside. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, depending on your reading tastes and your reading mood.

Anyway! I digress! I haven’t even given you a book description. A Promise of Fire tells the tale of Cat, a soothsayer from a travelling circus. But, Cat isn’t quite who she seems, and her life as a soothsayer has been the perfect way for her to hide from her past. But, when a certain Warlord comes to her tent her fate starts to change, and maybe not just hers either, after all, there’s the prophecy that predicts she will destroy the world…

As you can tell, I liked it. It was a great easy read that nonetheless chucked you into this brand new world where the Greek gods rule and magic is an important and accepted part of life. I liked that Bouchet mixed this unfamiliar new world with names of Gods and creatures that we can all recognise, it allowed you to slip with ease into her brand new land.

The romance. Griffin and Cat, they are the focus of this book rather than a huge amount of world building. What you are reading the next page to discover is if they will ever get together. Or, if Cat being the slightly immature and jumpy character she is, will continue to push him away. I know, it isn’t the most flattering description of our main character, and there were points where I found her irritating. But overall, I like her, she reminded me of a Sarah Maas character, kind of tough and bitter, until you get to the core of her.

So, will I be reading the next book in this series? Hell. Yeah. I wasn’t expecting to like this nearly as much as I did and I will be racing to see what Bouchet has in store for us next.


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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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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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I don’t read that much of it either, but I just finished Eidolon, a fantasy romance by Grace Draven and it was one of my top books this year so I’m totally ready for A Promise of Fire. I read a sneak peak of it last month and loved it. It’s at the top of my wish list for August. Glad you liked it!

Darynda Jones
Darynda Jones

Great review! I read this and loved it. Like you, I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did, so it was a very nice surprise!


Thanks for the review and author intro Suzanne


Sounds awesome! And I love the cover

Amy R
Amy R

Thanks for the review, this is on my wishlist.

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