A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
KINGDOMS WILL RISE AND FALL FOR HER…
“Cat” Catalia 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.
BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT
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 received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I was actually compelled to read this one after reading Alyssa's review for this book. It's a story set into a mythical world of three realms where magic rules and the pantheon of the people is the Greek one. The Greek language is considered to be the holy language of the Gods and the Oracles can see if one is wrothy of his or her power.
In all this lives Cat. She is a strong willed, full of secrets woman, who lives into a traveling circus and has powers no one could ever think of. When Griffin, the warlord who has conquered Sinta, one of the three realms, appears demanding her cooperation, they will both sing up for an epic adventure full of mythical creatures, magic and swoony worth romance.
The worldbuilding was stunning. You can tell that Amanda did her research in the Greek mythology, and as someone who has studied it meticulously, I was thrilled to read page after page describing the Gods and the creatures like Cerberos and Sybaris. Greek names were also used in cities like Ios and Cat from her own POV, never misses a detail in explaining everything.
You can never get bored with the info dump, because the author makes a good work slowly unraveling the world she has built. As for Cat and Griffin, although their relationship began in a bad way and I found faults in their behavior many times (they could have escaped much drama if they were more truthful), their romance was slow and burning and became more open towards the end of the book.
The secondary characters like Kato, Flynn, Griffin's family too, show support and fill the pages with funny moments and also romances from the sides. Despite the fact that the ending was kind of forced, it left me wanting more and maybe some more light in Cat's past.
Not to mention that the best part of this book is Cat, as a strong female character. The woman knows how to fight, be a bad-hard-kicking-kind of a girl and her powers are also amazing. Her past has made her rough and hard to trust anyone but she warms up to Griffin and his people, learning what true family means.
This is one of the books I'll defenitely want to add in my bookshelf as a nice paperback and I'll make sure to keep an eye to the rest of the series. It's HIGHLY recommened from me and I hope you'll like it just as I did! ;)
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