Series: The Kingmaker Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet

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.

I. CAN’T. EVEN.

It’s taken me weeks to write this review. Well, primarily because I’ve been busy AF. But also because I didn’t know how to write a review without fangirling my head off. Guess what? Still gonna fangirl. I’m partial to fantasy romance as it is and this did not let me down.

I can’t remember how I stumbled upon A Promise Of Fire. I think it rolled across my Kindle recommendations and I grabbed a sample. However, I devoured the sample and paid full-price because it was THAT good. I finished the first book in 24 hours, making my boyfriend curse the day he got me a Kindle. I could not put this book down.

I hate reviewing sequels, so I’m lumping it in here.

Let’s start with the MC. Cat is a badass. She’s strong, independent and takes shit from no one. She also has some pretty neat powers. She masquerades as a soothsayer in a circus for years to hide her real abilities: telling truth from lies, turning invisible, and a number of other things. She has a mysterious past that isn’t revealed for quite a while.

Life is dandy for Cat until a warlord (Griffin) shows up and figures out what she can do. He abducts her and the story begins.

Minor qualm: it felt a little Stockholm Sydrome-y for me. But I got over it.

The characters — even the minor ones — were very complex and easy to get attached to. I was so worried about everyone whenever there was a battle or someone was upset.

The worldbuilding was fantastic. It was complex and completely fantasy. Gahh. Magic, magical creatures, murderous family members, war, power struggles…fantastic.

If you like romance or fantasy or both, read this. Read it now. You will not be disappointed! I tried not to give too much away in this review because the best part is going in blind and being surprised. 5/5 – new favorite adult fantasy romance!

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