Heart on Fire

Heart on Fire

by Amanda Bouchet

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Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet

One of Entertainment Weekly's 27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now and the riveting conclusion to the Kingmaker Chronicles!

GODS. I'M AN IDIOT.
Without Griffin—and apparently a few meddling Gods—to push me along, I'd still be telling fortunes at the circus, lying about my past, ignoring my future, and living as far away from my tyrant mother as humanly possible.

True understanding thuds into place. Hope isn't just an abstract concept; it's me. Flesh and blood me. Griffin knew it all along. Probably everyone did. I'm an idea in human form.

I have the power of the Gods at my fingertips.
The only thing ever stopping me has been me.

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

Praise for the Kingmaker Chronicles:
A NPR Best Book of 2016
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016
A Washington Post Best Romance of the Month
A Bustle Best Romance of 2016

Readers are raving about the Kingmaker Chronicles
"A heart-pounding and joyous romantic adventure. Amanda Bouchet's talent is striking."—NALINI SINGH, New York Times bestselling author
"Give this to your Game of Thrones fans."—Booklist STARRED Review
"Utterly breathtaking!"—DARYNDA JONES, New York Times bestselling author
"Bouchet sets the bar for high-concept fantasy romance. Simply brilliant."—Kirkus STARRED Review
"Loved it!"—ELOISA JAMES, New York Times bestselling author
"Absolutely fabulous."—C.L. WILSON, New York Times bestselling author of The Winter King
"Easily my favorite book of 2016!"—Bookriot
"Top-notch. A fantasy romance that will blow your chest plate off."—Adrian Lang, Amazon.com's Omnivoracious
"I think you all should just go read it now."—Smexy Books

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492626084
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 11,925
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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Heart on Fire 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Taylor Parker More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 shining stars Heart on Fire was a stunning finale for the Kingmaker Chronicles. In this final installment, questions were answered, amends were made, lines were crossed, and I loved every minute of it. Bouchet did a fantastic job of weaving greek mythology into her story without it feeling forced. In many books, gods are shoved into little boxes and made to feel disconnected and cruel or practically useless in order to either emphasize their power or their humanity. Bouchet was able to include a plethora of mythological beings in her writing without creating either of those feelings, the plot flowed seamlessly around these characters and actually answered a lot of questions that arose from their involvement in the previous books. "You saw something in me. You saw the light when all I saw was the dark. You made me believe there was more to me than the blood I've shed, the sister I lost, or the realm I abandoned. You broke through the dread in me and filled the emptiness inside me with hope. Elpis." YOU GUYS... I cannot get enough of Griffin and Cat, throughout the entire trilogy Amanda Bouchet was able to make them feel real, and that is what makes this trope so perfect. I hate it when books force a couple, or it's instalove and everything just feels cheap, but no. Cat and Griffin worked for it, it took REAL work, and I adore that. Throughout these books we have been able to watch Griffin and Cat grow together and in turn watch Cat become the hero that she was meant to become. This wasn't easy love, this was gut churning, heart wrenching, you-and-me-forever love. I really appreciated the character development in this final book. Cat has been growing throughout the books, but I think the growth she achieved in this book was exactly how it needed to end- she found balance. Throughout the entire trilogy Cat has struggled to hold tightly to her humanity at the cost of her loved ones, her health, and so much more. However, in this book Cat also manages to Michael Jordan dunk her way across THE line and waves at her humanity on the other side, completely abandoning the morality that she struggled so much to maintain, but she had to. I won't get into the details to avoid spoilers but holy smokes when you get to chapter 23... She had to cross that line in order to find the balance she needed, and that made this book so much better because Cat is flawed. She is flawed and stubborn and has too little self-esteem, but she is so real. Cat is you, Cat is me, she is each of us when we are thrust into a destiny we cannot control. I feel like Bouchet not only wrote a beautiful story, but she jam packed it with a ton of life lessons that we could apply to so many things. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Cat grow and face real life problems in her larger-than-life, mythological problems. She faces and learns to solve real problems like Carver's alcoholism and her self-trust and self-esteem issues. Can we talk about Cat's trust and self-esteem issues for a minute? Honestly, this is one of my only complaints about the book. For so long, Cat will not trust herself. She's queen, she leads an army, she plans to unite all of Thalyria and yet she will not trust herself. And this mistrust leads to long, very drawn out dialogues in her head that it really stilts the story. I understand that this is a huge piece of the plot, and I think it's valuable, I just think many of her self-loathing thoughts could have been left out while still maintaining all the
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Three and a half stars. Oh dear, what a disappointment. The climax to the Kingmaker Chronicles trilogy was, I'm sad to say, a bit of a yawn. Spoilers ahead for the first two books. At the end of the second book Cat and Griffin have conquered two of the three parts of the ancient Thalyria. Griffin and his non-magical family overthrew the magical family which previously ruled Sinta, Griffin being the Beta Sinta and his elder sister being the Alpha. In the second book Cat, Griffin and their friends gain access to the ruling family of Tarva by winning the Agon Games and, with the help of two of the minor Tarvan royals kill the Tarvan Alpha and become the King and Queen. Now the only remaining realm is that ruled by Cat's psychotic mother Alpha Fisa. Where to start? First, I couldn't work out which of Cat and her mother was the greatest fool. Cat's mother had the advantage of being more mature, having control of her magic, and being hard-hearted yet she signally failed to kill Cat on several occasions, because just like a Bond villain she liked to toy with her victims and gloat. On the other hand, Cat frequently had her mother at her mercy and then DID NOTHING. And don't get me started on the smexy times, I mentioned it in both the previous books as being excessive and out of place but jeez, you are supposed to be building tension for the grand confrontation and we kept detouring into kissy-kissy. The gods and goddesses interfere so much in this book, and admit they have interfered time and time again that frankly Cat and Griffin just became puppets, puppets to whom the gods gave absolutely no instructions! I know the gods and goddesses are capricious and have vision beyond the ken of humans but it just left me with the feeling that nothing Cat did (or didn't do) had any meaning. Added to which Cat seemed to go off into deep navel-gazing sessions where she realised that she was a very special snowflake indeed and I just lost interest. Even the final confrontation was a bit meh. In retrospect I wish I had left the series at the end of the first book.
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
Catalia Fisa has much to accomplish in this adrenaline charged, emotionally rich and sometimes heart-rending, roller coaster conclusion to The Kingmaker Chronicles, HEART ON FIRE. Cat faces fierce battles, not all of which are physical, a challenging quest, and finds herself thrown into one particularly dark and difficult ordeal. Together, Cat and Griffin are forging a new world between the three previously separate and often warring provinces of Tarva, Sinta, and Fisa. Cat’s greatest struggles result not only from her seriously evil and vicious mother’s actions, but her own fears and lack of confidence. Cat desperately needs to figure how to use her frustratingly erratic God-given powers which will enable her to be triumphant. Her path to victory comes with many hard choices. In Cat’s realm, doing what is right and honorable is rarely easy and often dangerous. She has the perfect man at her side in Griffin whose love and confidence helps Cat become everything she is meant to be. With his unconditional love and unwavering support, Griffin shows Cat no matter where the journey takes her, he will be right by her side. Her own worries and self-doubt are perhaps the truest enemy if not the most tangible one. Cat sees herself as too damaged to be the queen she is meant to be. Griffin's love and support empowers Cat to overcome self-loathing and crippling uncertainty giving her the strength to take wing and fly. By embracing her true purpose instead of fleeing it, Cat becomes the embodiment of “Elpis” which means hope; her destiny is to unite Thalyria. She wants people to see life can be good when lived with joy and peace rather than brutality, neglect, and the abuse they have known. Cat must convince herself though as well that the Gods are on her side. However, the Gods are often far from benevolent, Cat finds their interactions less than helpful and frequently maddening. The capricious meddling Gods have quite a few surprises, not all of them pleasant, in their master plan for her and Griffin. Cat’s family, those who are blood and ones she claims as such, also figure greatly into this epic tale. The harder Cat fights, the more her mother, Andromeda, unleashes her immense abilities as Cat’s most powerful and painful enemy. Soon to become a mother herself, Cat has even more reason to fight with every fiber of her being to establish a new world order. Cat embodies my favorite kind of fantasy heroine. I love the combination of her courage, strength, stubbornness, and self-sacrificing loyalty thrown together with a little bit of crazy, but laced with humor to lighten a very heavy load. Cat never gives up or loses hope though she may falter in the darkest places. I thoroughly enjoyed this exceedingly well done book. Truthfully, there are some very painful places further demonstrating Amanda Bouchet’s skills as a writer who can elicit all variety of emotions from readers taking them on a journey to places of deep joy interwoven with heartbreaking agony, and other equally intense feelings along the way. The world and characters Amanda Bouchet has created hit all the right marks of action, adventure, and romance. It is such a pleasure to read a very satisfying and well-wrought end to this most enjoyable trilogy. I am left thinking about the characters long after the story has ended and longing for more. I can think of no higher compliment.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Well written. Well thought out.
Meru21 12 months ago
I was so looking forward to this and then was so disappointed. The series was great up until this book. It lingered too much on the romance between Cat and Griffin and was excessively dragged out when there weren't really problems for them. Along with the overly cheesy lines and things that no one says, I ended up skipping most of their "touching" moments. I mean, I'm a sap myself and will pull a line like no other, but some of this was just eye-roll inducing. It also felt very rushed and very contrived with the ending. I immediately thought, "That's not what Andromeda would do. . " and sighed. Overall, I almost felt as though Bouchet had given up on the book and its ending and wrote it just to get it out of the way, but didn't really put as much care as the others. I mean, if you need to delve into Cat's psyche, delve in! Who cares if the book is 200 pages longer? Don't lose the main plot for romance and her self-development when that wasn't the original aim in either of the previous books. Don't get me wrong, I would still recommend this series, but with the warning that the ending is disappointing and forced. I still enjoyed the characters and plot, even if there were very little surprises or crazy twists. It was a nice balance of darkness and hope and I loved finding something that dealt with Greek Mythology. Would I buy it again? Yes. Was it worth my time? Yes. BUT, I skipped and skimmed a LOT in the last book because it just wasn't worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great series. Hope it continues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She put every element of a great read into her writing. Action, adventure, romance, magic, gods of old, mystery, humorous, disaster, all in there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But still pretty good
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet Book Three of the Kingmaker Chronicles Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Publication Date: January 2, 2018 Rating: 2 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): Who is Catalia Fisa? With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin's role in shaping her destiny. Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step--reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria. What doesn't kill her will only make her stronger...we hope. What I Liked: Heart on Fire was not a fun ride for me. It wasn't all bad, but it definitely wasn't all good. I found myself more annoyed with the book than anything else, despite enjoying parts here and there. The book felt lackluster compared to the previous two books - in fact, I think it's safe to say that the series went straight downhill after book one. Book two was good but not as good as book one... book three lacked a lot of quality. In this sequel novel, Cat and Griffin must defeat Cat's mother once and for all. But to do so, Cat must reach into her powers and control them, which she has yet to do. The kingdom of Thalyria is in her hands. If she can't find control, everything falls. Things I liked... I enjoyed the romance. Griffin and Cat are a strong, solid pair, and this book proves that they are good for each other and good together. There are moments when Cat is afraid of how much the Gods interfered with their lives to direct their fates, but nothing ever comes between Griffin and Cat. I love how devoted they are to each other - it's absolutely not one-sided, not by far. Their trust and respect for each other really grows and strengthens in this book. I adore Griffin, though he seemed to be a little one-dimensional in this book (i.e. only obsessed with Cat's safety and well-being). On the one hand, this is great theoretically... on the other hand, the man should have other priorities and interests. I love Griffin, with his strength, loyalty, and warrior/warlord overprotective, dominating nature, but I wish he had more to him besides being up Cat's a**. Boys today have hobbies like video games and sports. Griffin needs hobbies. I still love him. He's my favorite character of the series. But. One-dimensional. The pacing of the story is good - I never got bored and I rolled right along to the end. I didn't necessarily like the story but I had no trouble getting through the book. So that's a plus! The author's writing has improved with each other. (I can't say the same about other things). Cat is something I will talk about in the next section. I couldn't stand her. However, I will say that I'm glad she finally realized her potential and got over herself (girlfriend has been moping and wallowing for the entire series). Hmmm, I thought there was more that I liked. I'll have to reconsider my rating. I didn't even really like the ending! What I Did Not Like: I could not staaaand Cat. I understand that... Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
The emotional conclusion to Amanda Bouchet’s spectacular Kingmaker Chronicles trilogy! “My heart is on fire, Griffin. I don't know when it'll stop.” Heart on Fire is the emotional conclusion to Amanda Bouchet’s spectacular Kingmaker Chronicles trilogy which blends magic, mystery, mythology and wonder with Amanda’s storytelling genius. I have utterly inhaled this series from the beginning and genuinely could not wait to dive into this finale. This is veritably a series that needs to be read in order as Catalia Fisa, the fabled Kingmaker, and Griffin Sinta, her match in every way, have undergone a compelling and breathtaking journey spanning all three books in their noble quest to re-unite the three realms in the kingdom of Thalyria. There’s still much in store for the couple herein including multiple gut-wrenching confrontations with Cat’s powerful and heartless mother. Heart on Fire takes up right where Breath of Fire left off as the power couple of Cat and Griffin are mobilizing their forces for the upcoming invasion of Fisa. Throughout the series to this point, Cat has been becoming more familiar and proficient with her powers; but they are hit and miss, and lately, more absent than not. So, the two leave their Alpha/Beta team to continue training the masses who are joining with them daily and just the two of them embark on a dangerous pilgrimage to visit the hermit of Frostfire, a powerful witch who resides in Cat’s childhood home of Fisa, her monstrous mother’s domain. The witch is purported to have a potion to unlock magic. It almost seems too simple and easy. Indeed, it is… I loved this installment, but not quite as much as the previous two. That is not to say that it didn’t hold my interest and that I didn’t enjoy it. The story is still addictive. There are thrills and chills galore with plenty of action and tense suspense. Griffin is still Cat’s relentless stalwart rock. Their love is verily timeless and their love scenes are intoxicating - literally taking my breath away with their fervor. However, Cat has her kickass moments – but, instead of continuing her metamorphous into the powerful, confident super being she is meant to be, she doubts herself and her ability to do what she needs to do for much of this installment. Cat and her power, when they do manage to coalesce, lack balance. It’s frustrating! Thankfully, she does pull it together at the end, but I – along with her strong support structure of gods and goddesses - wanted to thoroughly shake some sense into her too many times to count along the way. I’ve read that Amanda is writing more stories set in this world and I couldn’t be more thrilled! I want to be there when Little Bean makes her appearance! I also want to read more about Griffin’s family and his team including their recent fiery addition and, please, we need Ianthe’s story and Kato’s too! I’m so glad to have been onboard for this phenomenal epic romantic fantasy series. I’m an avowed mythology lover and have been since I was little. I also enjoy suspenseful mysteries with plenty of fast-paced action and this series has delivered all of those elements and more. Heart on Fire is the happily-resolved, captivating ending to a beautifully written series. My full review is published at Reading Between the Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read. Enjoyed the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it magic Gods family love lost heartache good ending this is the last in the triligy all 3 books were great a new favorite author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth the buy, worth the read, worth the second read!! You won't regret this purchase!!
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I hate to say it but this was a bit of a disappointment. I really expected to love this book. I wanted to love this book. I didn't like this book nearly as much as the two previous books in the series. I thought it was okay and I am glad that I read it. This is the third book in the Kingmaker Chronicles and this review may contain spoilers from previous installments in the series. My experience with this book goes back to when I first saw the cover. I immediately thought that it wasn't the real cover and someone had uploaded fan art or something to Goodreads. I kept checking to see when the real cover would be uploaded. Weeks went by. I decided to go to the author's website to see if she had the cover posted and discovered that what I was seeing was in fact the real cover. I was shocked. I think that the covers for the first two books are awesome. This one is not. I kind of hate this cover. I decided that it was just a cover and it was just a cover and I could ignore it and focus on what was in the book. I think it might have actually been some kind of sign. Cat kind of drove me nuts in this book. I don't know why but she annoyed me. I didn't enjoy being in her head and I felt like this book spent a lot of time there. Cat is pregnant which puts everything in a new light. I understand how focused an expectant mother can be when it comes to her baby but all the talk of the little bean was too much for me. Don't get me wrong...I did like the book. There were some pretty awesome scenes in this installment and I had no idea how Cat would get herself out of some of the situations she found herself in. There was some real excitement in the story and I was happy to see all of the characters that I have grown to love over the course of the series play a role. There were some pretty major revelations that really explained a lot. I do recommend this series to others. This book does wrap up Cat and Griffin's story and has some great scenes. I did enjoy the two books leading up to this one a whole lot more but found this to be a satisfactory conclusion. I would not hesitate to read more from Amanda Bouchet in the future. I received an advance reader copy of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via Edelweiss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book great series!
Reddjena More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS: This was a great ending to the trilogy! I’m going to be super vague about everything because this is definitely a series I recommend reading in order, and I don’t want to give away any spoilers. To that end, you should know that we spend a lot of time in Cat’s head. Like A LOT. To the point that I felt like she was overthinking things, and in slowed the pace way down. That was the only complaint I had about this book though, honestly. There were less steamy moments, but no less action and tense scenes. In fact, I was frequently worrying about favorite characters fast approaching death! I loved that Cat and Griffin came to terms about certain aspects of their relationship. And I loved how much more we learned about Cat. Amanda is truly wonderful at weaving characters I can get behind. I hope we get more from this universe in the future! I’d love to see more books written about other side characters
PoisonIvy70 More than 1 year ago
The third entry in the Kingmaker Chronicles has Catlia aka the Great White Hope (sorry, I had to), has been crafted by the Gods (no really) to unite the three kingdoms into one Thalyria. With the unconditional love and support of Griffin, and the unending loyalty of her Beta team, she manages to survive trial upon trial to finally fulfill her destiny….or does she??? Ahem, well it’s a romance, so….yeah, romance happens. The Good, The Bad, and Everything In Between The Good. This series has been building towards a confrontation between Cat and her mother, and there are some intense, huge scenes that really drive this train to the final destination. Sacrifices are made, lives are lost, and the final showdown was not what I expected, certainly more emotional than I expected, I think it all wraps up in a way that makes sense within the central theme of hope. The ways we hold onto it, the ways we can lose it, and….I couldn’t put it down as I tore through the last third of the book. I needed to see how it all wrapped up. Before I knew it, it was four o’clock in the morning and my sleep was screwed. I wept for the losses experienced (and definitely for one in particular), but it was worth it. Cat and Griffin’s love gets stronger, grows deeper and is a true partnership. These two adore each other, and the romance, that thing that always brings me to the yard, was spectacular. Now, because this is a fantasy series, the way the Greek mythology is used continues to be strong and Ms. Bouchet expanded on this theme even more in this book. There’s a cinematic quality to the action scenes that made me long to see this on a big screen. Action is a tricky thing to pull off in a book, and I think Ms. Bouchet nailed it. The (not really) Bad just different. The lulls between the big moments were slower than I would have liked. I would have liked a bit more of a wrap up, and the convenience of that final sacrifice that allows Cat fulfill her destiny? It’s done by the last person I expected, and I’m still not sure what I think about it. It’s sweet, almost fairy tale like and very hopeful, and perhaps I’m a bit too cynical. Nevertheless, it’s an ending that made Everything in Between. This category I still consider good, but not the focal point of the story. The loose ends, of which there are many, makes me feel as if this isn’t the end, but only the beginning to several spinoffs from this series. And to be clear, I want more of the secondary characters in this tale. I want to know what happens to them, and there is clearly plenty of story to tell with them that can enrich this ‘verse even more. The Bottom Line 4.25 stars I really enjoyed the (apparent) finale of this series. When I, the loather of the cliffhanger, can read a series that takes three books to tell the full tale and it STILL leaves me wanting more? It’s a series I can heartily recommend. If you’re into fantasy romance, I would encourage you to check this out.
Joanie2016 More than 1 year ago
Exquisite End to a Brilliant Trilogy. Heart on Fire, the third and final book in the Kingmaker trilogy, is everything that is rare to find in many fantasy romance books. The authors gives the readers engaging characters, action, adventure, wry humor, and descriptive world building framed by three fractured kingdoms being reborn into its original unified kingdom under the crown of a Queen. Yes, the world-building is epic in scope and the characters are strong, compassionate, and relentless. But it all works mainly because the main characters are endowed with their own unique skills and intuition which worked in unison as a unit. So when facing unspeakable evils, they use well-honed critical thinking, along with physical prowess, to annihilate their enemies. I give the author much credit for creating characters who rely on their wits and inner strengths rather the same ole tortured characters who are so overly burdened with a boatload of psychological damage that they fall victims to the villain’s alter. But it’s not to imply that all goes our heroine/heroes’ favor. This is still an epic fantasy, therefore, there is sadness and loss, mistakes are made, and bitter betrayals. While I loved the themes of family, friendship, loyalty, it was very refreshing that women are not seen as ethereal and sacred moral authority figures. One of the vilest villainess I have ever read in any literary story is Cat’s mother; she is as sociopathic, vicious, anti-family, and self-serving as any male antagonist. I also appreciated how the author, for the most part, conveyed darker material without falling back on the tired trope of sexual abuse of women and minors as a tool to establish the bounds of the main and secondary character’s moral fluidity or as a test of strength. Heart in Fire is the best of possible ending to this epic series. This is a fitting conclusion to the author’s vision. The journey is all Catalia’s…as the Origin, the Elpis, Truthsayer, Kingmaker, and CataliaThalyria. However, the underlying story is that Cat, for all her Olympian blood and power, would never have made it on her own to assume fulfill her destiny as uniter of three fractured kingdoms without the love and support of her mate and Beta Team. I hope to one day see a glimpse of the remaining Beta Team, the fate of even Piers (who truly believed that he was protecting the family he loved, the reign of Queen Catalia, how the powers of Little Bean will be the stabilizing force that this kingdom will never fractures again. Bravo Ms. Bouchet, this is the gold standard of epic romantic fantasy.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet is the 3rd and final book in her wonderful The Kingmaker Chronicles series. Having loved the first two books in this series, I could not wait to read Heart on Fire. After only a few minutes in, I found myself wrapped in Amanda Bouchet’s fantastic writing. I was in my glory, reading once again about my two heroes, Cat and Griffin, and I finished this book in one day. I loved Heart on Fire and the conclusion of this wonderful series. Now to my review When we last left off in Breath of Fire, Cat was now the Queen of Thalyria, and together with Griffin (her King), and her fantastic Beta Team, they headed to Fisa, to stop her evil mother and bring the world to peace. Cat has grown since we met her in Promise of Fire, but she still fights herself in her overall confidence, not to mention how better to use her powers. She and Griffin are now married and Cat is pregnant with a girl who will inherit some of Cat’s magic abilities. Having lost some important people in her life, Cat must fight on in the upcoming fierce battles she and Griffin will face, including a betrayal by Griffin’s brother Piers. Cat will come face to face with Ares and Persephone, who will show their true faces to shock her and us, as she goes down memory lane and those who took care of her as a child (with an evil mother). I really loved this fun and intense part. Back home, Cat and Griffin prepare for the battle that will either kill them or they will win and bring all the kingdoms (Tarva, Sinta, Fisa) together as one in peace. But first they need their team together as well as some help from other Olympian gods. Cat must also learn to believe in herself, and embrace her powers to have a chance to win. Griffin’s strong love and support for Cat, was beautiful to watch, even if frustrating at times. As Queen, everyone looked to her to be Elpis (hope), and defeat the enemy. What follows is non-stop action in an intense, suspenseful adventure that had me constantly on the edge of my seat, unable to put the book down. At each epic battle, every member of the team will find themselves in death terrifying situations as they face the evil and ultra powerful witch and Queen of Fisa (Cat’s Mother). In fantasy, we have come to expect some of our favorites along the way won’t survive, and this is no different in Heart of Fire. Cat and Griffin were such an awesome couple, with such hot chemistry and everything about them just poured through the pages filled with LOVE. It was so heartwarming how much they loved each other, and their loyalty to their family and friends. I loved the great secondary characters, especially the Beta team, Griffin’s family, new & old friends. Though she needed to have more faith in herself, Cat was amazing in her strength, loyalty, love, courage in facing every ordeal Thank you, Amanda Bouchet for another fantastic story that left me sad to see this all end. We can never have enough of Cat & Griffin. If you have not started this series, and you enjoy fantasy, non-stop action, suspense, great characters, and a super wonderful couple; then you should be reading this series, starting with A Promise of Fire, then Breath of Fire, then to Heart on Fire Once again, Amanda Bouchet keeps rising up on my list of favorite authors to read. I for one will not miss anything she writes.
carvanz More than 1 year ago
What a great ending to Cat and Griffin’s story. I’ve loved everything leading up to and including this book. This is fantasy at its finest and Ms. Bouchet has set the bar high for other aspiring writers as well as those already established in the genre. Once more filled with Gods and magic, creatures of the Gods and internal battles along with violent physical battles, Heart on Fire is action packed. I have struggled with Cat’s repeatedly not getting her magic right until she or those around her were almost dead, but I never realized that this was the true test. I appreciated the way this author brought us to this end. The romance once more takes a back seat and yet the love Cat and Griffin have for each other and their family is the very core of the story. Cat is tested again and again throughout this series, but it is here that she faces her final life changing challenge. There are no words to express the way this story spreads itself out and then wraps you up within itself. Absolutely loved it! This is an honest review of an advanced copy provided by NetGalley and Sourcebooks.
Marta Cox More than 1 year ago
I've loved this series and I'm so pleased there's a happy resolution. Cat and Griffin are this awesome power couple driven to protect others and yet Cat has suffered so much. I loved knowing Griffin was always meant for Cat and yes those meddling Olympians actually featured quite heavily in this book. I know that Cat is the embodiment of hope for a new world but really I wanted a bit more action. What we get is Cat struggling to understand and control her powers so she is almost on a quest to unlock that which she is not able to rely on and as the time to confront her evil mother approaches she will really need to pull out the big guns. I absolutely loved the first two books in this series but unfortunately just liked this instalment. At times too much grand standing and very wordy but light on action. The Gods frequently pop in but really if this is their big plan couldn't they help more? Yes Cat has to trust herself but honestly I thought at times Griffin was pushed too far into the background. Plus the ending felt anticlimactic as her mother acts completely out of character and although I can see that the author wasn't comfortable with matricide with so many Gods in this story couldn't there have been a different outcome ? After all they excel at fiendish punishments but no that wasn't to be. The mark of a good writer is when they can pull emotions out of their readers that are unexpected. This story is no different and I truly had a lump in my throat as Cat faces desperation and heartbreak. Fear not though as everything happens for a reason. So Cat and Griffin achieved the greatness that they deserved but I'm still left with questions. Will Carver find love with a hot headed woman, what on earth will a Titan get up to and even more urgent will we get Lanthes story? Oh yes there's definitely scope for the author to revisit these characters and honestly I can't wait. This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair