Book Review: Heart of Fire by Amanda Bouchet


{BOOK REVIEW}
Title: Heart of Fire (The Kingmaker Chronicles #3)
Author: Amanda Bouchet @AuthorABouchet
Reviewer: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Length: 448 pages
Rating: 4.25 Stars

Synopsis

The riveting conclusion to the Kingmaker Chronicles, available January 2018!

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.

Ivy's review

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. 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.

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.

– Ivy

*An ARC was received via NetGalley for an honest review.

PURCHASE LINKS

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

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