A Promise of Fire

A Promise of Fire

by Amanda Bouchet

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A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016!
An NPR Best Book of 2016!

"I can say, without a doubt, that A Promise of Fire is going on my keeper shelf...I cannot remember the last time I wanted to both savor and devour a book." — Smart Bitches, Trashy Books


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.

The Kingmaker Chronicles:
A Promise of Fire (Book 1)
Breath of Fire (Book 2)
Heart on Fire (Book 3)

Praise for The Kingmaker Chronicles
"Breath of Fire is a heart-pounding and joyous romantic adventure that swept me away. Amanda Bouchet's talent is striking."—NALINI SINGH, New York Times bestselling author on Breath of Fire

More Praise for A Promise of Fire:
"I cannot remember the last time I wanted to both savor and devour a book." —Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
"An exquisite high-fantasy romance with masterful worldbuilding." —Kirkus STARRED Review
"Fantasy romance at its finest! You will fall in love with these delicious characters." Darynda Jones, New York Times bestselling author of the Charley Davidson series
"Bouchet skillfully melds the genres while crafting a sexy, emotional romance."—Sarah MacLean, The Washington Post
"A Promise of Fire made me laugh out loud more than once."—Thea Harrison, New York Times bestselling author of the Elder Races series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492626022
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 26,696
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Amanda Bouchet grew up in New England and studied French at the undergraduate and graduate levels, first at Bowdoin College and then at Bowling Green State University. She moved to Paris, France, in 2001 and has been there ever since. She met her husband while studying abroad, and the family now includes two bilingual children, who will soon be correcting her French. Connect with her at www.amandabouchet.com.

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A Promise of Fire 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Got this book on Nalini Singh's recommendation and couldn't be more pleased. Great book. Can't wait for book number 2 in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If u enjoy David Eddings and Anne McCaffrey this new author has serious potential.
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
t’s always a pleasure when I start a new series that has a good mix of action, romance, and interesting world building. In A PROMISE OF FIRE, book one in the Kingmaker series, Catalia has been living and working as a soothsayer in a circus far from her northern homeland hiding out from an evil queen in whose palace she was raised. She catches the attention of Griffin, known as Beta Sinta, who with his family conquered the southern province of Sinta that had been run by royals who cared nothing for their people except for the taxes the paid and forced labor provided. Cat has some very strong magical talent including being known as a Kingmaker; she can tell who is lying, but at a great physical cost. The warlord Griffin needs Cat as she is a powerful weapon to help retain his kingdom which has little magic so he takes her, and on the journey to his home, she discovers that though he is her captor, he has many commendable qualities. Cat is far more attracted to Griffin than she wants to admit; their verbal and physical sparing adds a lot of spice to the journey. This world is set within the background of Greek mythology with the gods and goddesses who control the destinies of magic and non-magic folk alike. Although Cat was raised in abysmal circumstances, she did not let that corrupt her soul, but she certainly has some resulting issues to deal with that affect having a relationship with Griffin. Cat has a lot of secrets and Griffin is determined to know them all. I have seen criticism that Cat is a “helpless heroine,” but I see her as a survivor who has to deal with extremely difficult situations in the past and continuing on to the present. Cat’s story needs to be viewed in the context of her world and society. She is clever, creative, and has a sassy mouth that adds to the fun. I very much enjoyed this tale of adventure, magic, and romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was recommended this book from a friend and she was right. It was awesome. I read it in three days, but it only took that long because I had to work. It captured my attention and brought me into a new and creative world full of magic, god's, mythical creatures and powerful characters. I already pre-ordered the second novel. My only disappointment is that I have to wait until January to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was a good read. Kept me hooked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice plot, good writing. One of those you have to finish in one night. Will be awaiting the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much! It was the perfect combination of adventure and romance. I haven't been this excited for a new series in a long time and I can't wait for January to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazingly worth the read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting take on mythology. I don't usually like first person narrative but this was done very well. The action was plentiful and the dialog was witty. The romance part was slow to fully build but it fit.
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Falln2books More than 1 year ago
I picked up A Promise of Fire at BEA in Chicago, back in 2016. Between all of the moves and life disasters and events since then, I never got around to reading it. When I was looking at my bookshelf yesterday, trying to decide what to read, it jumped out at me, and I'm glad it did. This is a fantastic novel. The characters are so well-developed, they feel like real people. The writing is superb; the pacing is spot-on. There is the right balance of action and romance, and the ending ties things up while leaving room for the sequel, which I've already bought and downloaded on my Kindle. Cat is a fantastic heroine. She has just the right amount of sass. Her horrific past is heartbreaking, and while she seems too combative and flat out abusive, it starts to make sense the more Cat reveals about herself. Griffin was a bit too "macho" for my tastes. He needed a course on toxic masculinity and then he needed to tone it down a bit. Cat can more than stand up for herself, though, and at least she called him out on his crap. Also, he took a lot of Cat's abuse, and even though he abducted her (when looking at this through an Ancient Greek mythological lens and all of the events surrounding it, it's not as annoying or awful as it would be in other contexts), he was kind and didn't deserve her wrath to the extent that she dealt it. I liked that both characters were flawed and that I didn't love everything about them, though. It made them more real. The secondary characters were just as well-developed, and I really loved Flynn and Carver. They were my two favorites, I think. The world-building and descriptions were well done, and I felt like I was there in this fantastical realm with Cat and Griffin. The plot was sound, and with all of the Greek mythology woven into a fantasy realm, that couldn't have been easy. Normally I get annoyed with characters who seem to develop Stockholm's Syndrome, I don't think that was really the case in this instance. There were a lot of sociopolitical, cultural, and religious things surrounding Cat's abduction that made it less of an abduction and more of a fate type of thing. Anyway, potential Stockholm's Syndrome aside, there was just the right mix of action and romance, and our heroine is no pansy. She can fight just as well, if not better than, the men. One thing that struck me as different in this novel is that there were large sections devoted to Cat developing relationships (friendships and a romantic relationship) with different people, and while I would have thought that would annoy me, it actually made the relationships feel more realistic and really created a rich emotional story. Overall, I'd recommend this novel to anyone who loves paranormal romance, fantasy novels, and Greek mythology. It's a wonderfully unique and genuine read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This girl had me laughing out loud at her witty, snarkey, humorous asides. She ran from a tortured childhood and joined a traveling circus where she found a family of her choice. Despite the horendous childhood she grew up to be a strong, smart, courageous woman. The characters in the book are great! You'll be pulling for them every step of their journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has got to be the best book I’ve read in years! And saying THAT is hard for me! Feel like I’m betraying my favorite authors ,like Nora Roberts,Nalini,etc....! So sorry ladies! I was hooked from the first to last page. So original,sexy,funny and fast paced. Have read second in series and now just bought the last in series. Afraid to start it tonight,it is now 9:00pm,I would be up all night reading! I will have to pick a day I have nothing too do,cause for sure not gonna get anything done on that day!
Betul90 More than 1 year ago
I was in the mood for a Fantasy Romance book and the blurb of this book sounded amazing. Wow! This book exceeded all my expectations. I am blown away with the world Amanda Bouchet has created. This book is refreshing, unique, adventurous and funny. Also there is just the right amount of action and romance added to perfect the story. I was intrigued and hooked from the first page. A Promise of Fire starts with Cat working as a soothsayer in a circus. She can tell when someone is lying. Griffin is a warlord who meets Cat and wants to use her for her powers. I absolutely loved their first interaction. Cat is such a smartass and isn't afraid of anything. He ends up kidnapping her and takes her with him to his home. The days on the road weren't all without pain and struggle. Cat can't stand Griffin and fights him at every turn. There's are also Griffin's brother and two friends who made this book even more enjoyable with their smart remarks and jokes. Cat really did put up a struggle and I was amazed by how long she kept it up. She has secrets that no one can know about and she is in constant danger. She doesn't want to feel anything for these men because she doesn't want to put them in harms way. The more she pushed the more they protected her. I loved every character in this book and they all added so much to this story. Cat has found her way into my top 10 favorite badass female characters. She is smart, caring, loyal and strong. Griffin was such an alpha male and he was the perfect guy for Cat. He was loyal, protective and honest. Their push and pull relationship had me laughing out loud a couple of times. They were the perfect match! This book is definitely one of my all time favorite Fantasy books. It was phenomenal and I loved the writing. I wouldn't change anything about this book. This book is a gem in the Fantasy genre and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. The ending didn't leave me hanging, so don't be afraid to start this series. Amanda Bouchet is an author to look out for!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Warning: Past Abuse This was a fantastic book with the perfect blend of fantasy and romance and I am so excited to read Amanda Bouchet’s future books. The world building is was so great, with a very rich world filled with depth and history. The land of Thalyria is so interesting with it’s Northerner’s possessing magic and it’s Southerners being just plain mortals. The presence of Gods, Goddess, Giants, Dragons, Oracles, and an abundance of magical powers and creatures weave throughout, leaving you waiting for the next surprises. There was a lot of interference by the Gods to ensure that Cat and Griffin are helped along the way; though I will say this lessened in the second half of the book. If certain Gods are so clearly behind Cat it makes me wonder why they let her be so badly hurt by Andromeda to begin with. But I guess you can just say the Gods are capricious. I’m usually not a huge fan of books written in first person but Cat has such a great voice! She’s funny, very sarcastic, and just so entertaining to read her inner thoughts. I loved that Cat was also very tough and knew how to take care of herself. She doesn’t need anyone to rescue her and she’s not afraid to do whatever it takes to protect herself and those she cares about. Griffin makes a great hero who is both tough and possessive as the mighty Warlord but also sweet and gentle when he’s confronted with Cat’s fears and insecurities. These two have such great chemistry and banter and bicker in the best way. I loved watching Cat learn to trust Griffin and begin to soften as well as watch Griffin really take it up a notch when he realizes that Cat is meant for him. The supporting characters are just as interesting and I found myself falling completely in love with Beta Team. I hope there will be plenty of Flynn, Kato, and Carver in the next books. I do wish this book had a map so I could better understand the layout of Thalyria; it’s not too complicated but I always enjoy having a visual for books like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have not started reading this series you are missing out Gods Dragons Magic strong female lead family this is a great book cant wait to read the next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent boot, I enjoyed it so much that I bought the second book in the series halfway into the first one. I look forward to the final book in the series.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The world the author created is wonderful. There’s Greek Gods, magic, dragons, vengeful villains, Khal Drogo… I mean, sexy warlords named Griffin, and aside from Cat's very immature nature, this story has an amazing line-up of characters. I just really wish Cat wasn’t so freaking frustrating. I know that her banter is supposed to be amusing and funny but I really just wanted to strangle the girl. I hope the second book shows some character growth for her because she needs it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Super excited for the next in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story and I can't wait for more. Amanda Bouchet creates bold, magical characters that I claim as friends. Amanda, if you are reading this . . . thank you for your fabulous story-telling! Keep writing -- quickly! Please?