Book Review: Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Title: Breath of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles #2)
Author: Amanda Bouchet @AuthorABouchet
Reviewer: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Length: 448 pages
Rating: 4 Stars


“Cat” Catalia Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. But now, her newfound loved ones are caught between the shadow of Cat’s tortured past and the threat of her world-shattering future. So what’s a girl to do when she knows it’s her fate to be the harbinger of doom? Everything in her power.

Griffin knows Cat is destined to change the world-for the better. As the realms are descending into all-out war, Cat and Griffin must embrace their fate together. Gods willing, they will emerge side-by-side in the heart of their future kingdom…or not at all.

Ivy's review

-Good followup to first story. Keeping this spoiler-free is certainly difficult, because some of my quibbles require explanation, so there are mild spoilers in these here woods. Ok, onward.

-Bumpy start. Now, I read A Promise of Fire right before this book, so everything was very fresh in my mind. So let me say that the beginning turns quickly from where I thought the story would be. This is just a consequence of the first person narrative, because there are moments where I would love to see beyond Cat’s view and into certain characters like Griffin directly. But things smooth out quickly and boy does it heat up.

-No worries about a slow burn. Besides that rocky start, Cat and Griffin’s relationship does keep fresh and moving, so I didn’t feel like they were treading water but actually growing closer, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

-LOTS of info. The farther into this tale you get, the more the ‘verse expands and with it comes alot of exposition. There’s the overarching story of Cat’s fate to either unite the three realms, or possibly tear them all apart that and there’s this wonderful external non-romantic tension, especially when the battles begin.

-Action is still frenetic and the battle sequences are intense. Like any great heroine, Cat has alot of obstacles to overcome and even if she doesn’t want to, her honor demands that she protect everyone she can, even while learning more about the challenges they will all face. There’s this great old quote that is particularly relevant here – “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” To change the very fabric of her ‘verse, Cat has many opponents, and sacrifices are made. With a little caveat…

-Swinging more into fairytale land. If there’s anything that was harder to buy, it was that, as the level of danger ratchets up, the stakes are inferred, but everyone feels almost a bit too safe. Part of the battles fought are during what amounts to a gladiator-type tournament and they followed a certain pattern. Overall, there’s alot of craziness and yet there’s this air of invincibility that keeps this pretty light. Sometimes, you need to know that genuine sacrifices must be made to achieve greatness. This could change, but I’ll admit that it gives it more of a fairy tale feel than I expected.

-Resolves one part of the story while still building to the next book. Having said all this, I really did enjoy that this entry in the series has a beginning, middle and end. Knowing that there’s alot of story left to be told but this isn’t a cliffhanger, left me happy and satisfied. Even if I want the next book like, yesterday.

Another thrilling installment that answers some questions and asks even more. The story swings pretty wildly, but still left me satisfied. The only thing that makes me sad is the wait for the next book. I definitely recommend this for fantasy/paranormal romance fans.

– Ivy

*An ARC was received for an honest review.


Book 1, A Promise of Fire: Amazon USAmazon UK
Book 2, Breath of Fire: Amazon USAmazon UK
Book 3: Heart of Fire, coming Fall 2017

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