A Promise of Fire - Book Review
Romantic NA Fantasy 18+
UK PUBLISHER: Pikatus
(Kingmaker Chronicles #1)
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 it means falling in love with her.
If you enjoyed P.C Cast’s Goddess Series, then you will love this book! A Promise of Fire is a funny, light hearted read that is really enjoyable... so long as you don't take it too seriously. While the underlying plot was really interesting, most of the story is centred around lust and building up a budding - yet possessive - romance. Good fun if you’re looking for a fantasy with a steamier side.
The story follows Cat, a soothsayer in hiding. Spending her days hidden among the performers of a magical circus, she thinks herself safe - until a warlord realises the truth. That Cat is the Kingmaker - and he wants her for himself. Now taken prisoner by the Warlord and his band, Cat will do anything to get away. But as her powers emerge, her enemies grow, and it seems the handsome — but insufferable — Warlord is the only one who can protect her...
I enjoyed this book, despite its predictability - and the very obvious “secret” Cat is keeping from everyone. True there were about a million cliches and the main characters whining and violent outbursts became a little tiresome at times, but the underlying plot and world building I loved!
Set in a fantasy world ripe with magic and watched over by Greek Gods, power came in all shapes and sizes. Fire-breathers, invisibility, healers, mind control… although it seemed a little unfair that our heroine got a bit of everything. She was a bit too cool for my liking, and I would have liked to have seen her struggle more.
Also admittedly it took me awhile to catch on as to which Royal. Instead of Kings and Queens, everyone in the family had a title. Alpha, Alpha Beta… it’s a bit confusing at first but you soon catch the hang of it - and I liked that the author is trying to be different.
The backstory though - particularly Cat's - was pretty awesome. I’m looking forward to the second book where I hope we see Cat’s past catch up with her present. I also loved the secondary characters, including the Warlords vast family, his hunky team of fighters, and all the people at the circus who were deliciously unique.
As for the romance though, it was fun but mostly built on sexual tension that was drawn out for nearly 80% of the book. However the warlord was pretty possessive and dominating - a very primal sort of man - and opposite him Cat was the typical virgin with rampaging hormones and lots of curiosity. Since the story is from Cat’s POV, we get a lot of her inner thoughts which where funny, but she came across quite juvenile at times. I also felt her thoughts clashed with the sexual scenes which are graphic, but definitely well written.
All in all, this was a steamy read with the right amount of pops and sizzles. Despite its flaws, I still really enjoyed it and will definitely be picking up the sequel. Steamy, fantastical and hard to put down, I give A Promise of Fire 3 stars!