Read Harder: Debut Novel


Title: A Promise of Fire

Author: Amanda Bouchet

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Series: The Kingmaker Chronicles #1

No. of pages: 464

Rating: 5/5

Ancient Greece, without a doubt, is my favourite period of history and Greek mythology has always intrigued me. 

Weirdly, this was my first book with a Greek mythological theme and I can't say I wasn't blown away. 

And to top it all, it was one of the best sizzling romances I have read in a while...I mean you could feel the heat.

A promise of Fire tells the story of Cat and Griffin, the former relies on his strength to win his battles, the latter is a mysterious powerful mage with many secrets of her own. The two together gives us sarcastic wit and sizzling tension throughout the tale. 

This book is the first in the series so focuses mainly on the introduction of the characters, the world rather than a full story with a beginning middle and end. I prefer this style since it really helps to understand all the background, makes the characters more relatable and fleshes them out before you get into the meat of the story in the second book. 

I don't want to say much more without ruining any of the 'wow' moments so instead, I'm going to concentrate more on what I thought of the book.

How good was this book? you ask.

I finished it in 7 hours. It was that amazing.

I was hooked from the first page. Not only was the writing vivid and beautiful but it was so realistic that I could imagine every detail of the world set in front of me. I think that is very important in fantasy writing; you need to create a world that is unique and magical, but one that can still be comprehended and imagined so that your readers get the complete experience, and Bouchet has got that balance just right. 

As I said, the characters are well fleshed out and very relatable. Our protagonist, Cat is a stubborn powerful strong female lead and although she was annoying at times, I never disliked her because I felt like I was in her head. I felt joined to her. Whenever she made a decision that I didn't agree with, you see her thought process and the conflicting emotions she is going through to make that difficult decision and you just empathise with her. In fact, you like her even more. Yes, she is a female lead which is epic because we don't have enough of them, but what makes it even better is that she's a real female. She makes mistakes, she has feelings and she has imperfections, she's not this impossible standard of a woman which none of us can relate to, and that for me makes this one of my favourite books of the year so far. 

And then we have Griffin. Your typical macho man with an ahem...very hard outer shell but a soft soul. The ultimate prince charming, all sweep you off your feet and protect you. Proper family man and you know he would be a good dad because he is fiercely loyal. The funny thing in this situation is when this traditional man meets the not so traditional Cat who fights every one of his attempts to look after her and protect her until he learns to take a step back and let her handle herself.

Like I said, ultimate man.

And to make this book even more perfect, all the surrounding characters also have their own stories, a bit like Game of Thrones but not as intense I would say. You as a reader become attached to them all and want to keep reading to find out more. 

This book touched on lots of secrets and mysteries that Cat was hiding and I genuinely cannot wait to read the next in the series. As a debut novel, this book was brilliant and if Bouchet continues on this streak, she's onto a winning series.

Can I just reiterate how much I love this book? The fantasy, the characters, and the romance...

...I don't know what to do with myself

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