Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Fantasy Romance, Greek Mythology, Magic, New Adult
“Everyone's an enemy.”
Sweet and scorching romance. Greek mythology. Politics. Magic. Gods and monsters. Adventure.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!
“There's one of you every two hundred years. Kingdoms rise and fall for you. Because of you.”
That's the burden of being a Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through falsehood. Cat is hiding from her family and the ones who want to use her (including aforementioned, murderous family) for years, until she crosses paths with a stubborn warlord, who conquered a kingdom only a few months ago and he, well, abducts her. Griffin, also known to the world as Beta Sinta, wants to secure his family's rule by getting the mages to co-operate with him, and Cat's powers are exactly what he needs. But things are not as simple as they seem, and when mercenaries and monsters start to hunt them, when the outbreak of war is inevitable, when Gods intervene and Cat's past threatens to tear her life apart, she starts to realize that there are people who care about her and want to protect her, but the price might be too great.
“When Gods dabble in the affairs of men, anything can happen.”
A Promise of Fire was a delight! I started it with low expectations, but Amanda Bouchet's story captured my attention from the first page to the last! It was a whirlwind of action and magic, and Amanda mixed the fantasy element with the romance in a unique way, that satisfied both the hopeless romantic and the fantasy addict in me! I inhaled every page and it took tremendous willpower to put it down and return to boring, real life stuff like sleeping and eating. It was simple, pure pleasure!
I have to commend Amanda Bouchet for the way she handled all things greek. The vocabulary (the ancient language of Gods), the mythology, the names, even the dishes (oh boy I haven't eaten moussaka in ages, I'm drooling right now)! She crafted a world based on ancient Greece but she added her own touch, with the tribes and their traditions, the power-hungry monarchs and the divided kingdoms, it was such a fascinating world you couldn't help but be a part of it!
And I also liked the vibrant, colourful characters! The Beta Team? Squad goals! Griffin, Kato, Flynn, Carver and Cat, they were a warm, loud family! I loved their bickerings and their affection, and I admired the guys for tolerating Cat's insults and constant grumpiness! Cat was a badass heroine, stubborn and loyal, but she could be really short-tempered and childish, meaning she kept punching people just because she felt like it. I understand though that given her backround, these reactions were normal to her, since she didn't want friends and people to trust! Her inner monologues were very entertaining, and her sass left me snickering!
“Now that that's settled, you're coming with me."
"Never in a billion suns. Not even if Zeus showed up as a swan and tried to peck me in your direction. I wouldn't go with you even if my other option was Hades dragging me to the Underworld for an eternal threesome with Persephone.”
I actually liked that Cat kept reminding Griffin that he kidnapped her, even when she followed him on her own will. Of course, that didn't stop me for falling for this gorgeous, confident, calculative, strong warrior who resulted in violence when he had to but his soul was kind and who wanted to make a difference and help his people. There was so much sexual tension between him and Cat, and they had some incredibly sizzling scenes that left me flushed and unable to breathe, but what I enjoyed even more in their relationship was the tenderness, the sacrifices and the way it built into something meaningful and deep and warm.
“You're my life now. We'll live together, or die trying.”
I really, really don't know how I'm going to wait for the sequel.