FCT: A Promise of Fire - Amanda Bouchet

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A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet


Catalia "Cat" 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.
I’m sure there’s an enjoyable book in here somewhere, but I read into the third chapter and I couldn’t be captured by it. I didn’t particularly feel drawn to the narrator — who is the main character — but it was a sure sign to move on when every mention of the Greek mythos that this world was built on just made me long to read Percy Jackson. They aren’t even in the same genre aside from their fantasy elements. This is Adult Romance and Percy Jackson is Middle-Grade Adventure.

Despite the good ratings, an encouraging review from a Goodreads friend I trust and the extremely interesting concept of a Kingmaker, I don’t think I’ll ever be drawn back to this.

Verdict: Pass.

Pages: 441
Year: August 2nd 2016 (2012)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (Piatkus)