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.
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Five stars: A thrilling fantasy with Greek mythology, sizzling romance, magic, danger and fantastic characters. Don't miss this one.
After a brutal childhood, one filled with terror, abuse and death, Cat finally escaped and found a home at the circus. For eight years, she has hidden and made friends, the first time she has had a family in her life. Then one night, her comfortable life comes crashing down when she is abducted by a war lord who is intent on using her powers to further his kingdom. Cat wants nothing to do with him, and she will fight to her death to escape him, but then something unexpected happens, she actually starts liking him. Will Cat escape with her life and her heart?
What I Liked:
- What a fantastic book. I am thrilled that I finally heeded the buzz about this book and picked it up. It was well worth the read. This is a fantasy book that you need to read. It features Greek mythology, solid world building, magic, danger, bromance and a red hot romance, all packaged into one terrific book. Don't miss this one.
- The characters shine in this one. Cat, the heroine, comes across as fiery and bristly at first, but it is easy to forgive her because she is kidnapped and she has a tragic past. I loved that she is so complex. On the outside she appears untouchable and she has a sharp tongue, quick to throw insults. On the inside, she is vulnerable, scared and desperately wanting to love and trust someone. Griffin at first meeting is scary, dangerous and determined to have is way. I wasn't sure I liked him, but just like Cat, once his layers were peeled away, I loved him. He appears all rough and gruff, but he is kind, compassionate, wise and gentle. Totally fell in love with him. Griffin's three companions: Kato, Flynn and Carver are wonderful. The are loyal comrades, and funny. I enjoyed the bromance between them. I also loved watching them become like brothers to Cat. There are some wonderful secondary characters as well, like the mysterious Selene, the wicked Andromeda, and even Poseidon. I loved the cast of characters in this one.
- The romance is one of the best kinds. It starts out completely antagonistic, especially since Griffin decides to kidnap Cat. It is full of tension and underlying heat, and then it continues to heat up and bubble until it finally boils over and explodes with fiery passion. I loved that it was combative, then it turned to hesitant trust and finally friends to lovers. For all of you who crave antagonistic romances, this is one you don't want to miss.
- I loved the action and danger in this one. There is rarely a dull moment. If there isn't a battle waging on scene, you are privy to the terror that was Cat's past.
- I was thrilled that this one featured Greek mythology. It has been a long while since I read a book that had Greek mythology. This one has mythology, magic, and all the creatures you love such as giants, dragons, and more.
- Even though it drove me crazy not to have all the information as far as the world building and the intricate details of Cat's past, the author does an excellent job of creating suspense and tension by throwing out tantalizing tidbits of information all along the way, making you crave more and more details.
- The ending isn't a cliffhanger, it ends in a good spot, but I was left wanting more and more. Luckily, the next book releases Winter 2017.
And The Not So Much:
- I struggled a bit with the world building. Like with most fantasy novels, you are thrust into a strange new world. There aren't a lot of details up front, you are forced to learn as you go. The one thing that helped a bit was the inclusion of Greek mythology, but then again, if you aren't familiar with the tales of the Greek and all the gods, you might be lost. I wished there was more information, but thankfully, there is enough to give a solid foundation. I was also a little perplexed that I didn't have all the necessary detail regarding magic, especially the blood magic.
- I loved the romance, but one thing that frustrated me was there was constant mentions of heat and desire, and it felt to me like it was overkill. Though most readers will probably love it. When the big payoff comes, it is all worth it.
- The big mystery about Cat's past isn't completely spelled out, but the reader is savvy enough to piece it all together. It bothered me that Griffin couldn't figure it out, and I was disappointed that the book finished before the truth came out.
- The other little niggle I had was that the ending seemed a bit anti-climatic. There is so much tension and buildup throughout, and I was expecting a big climatic confrontation at the end, but it doesn't happen. I think it is going to build up over a couple of books before it comes to a head.
A Promise of Fire is without a doubt, one of the best fantasy novels I have read. It features a terrific cast of characters, a fantastic antagonistic romance, magic and mayhem, Greek mythology and plenty of action and danger. This was a book that sucked me in and kept me entertained throughout. Just go get the book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.