[Review] A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kingmaker. Soothsayer. Warrior. Mage. Kingdoms would rise and fall for her . . . if she is ever found

In the icy North, where magic is might, an all-powerful elite ruthlessly guided by a glacial Queen have grown to dominate the world. Now rebellion is stirring in the rough, magic-poor South, where for the first time in memory a warlord has succeeded in uniting the tribal nations.

Stuck in the middle is Cat - circus performer and soothsayer - safely hidden behind heavy make-up, bright colours and the harmless illusion of the circus. Until someone suspects she's more than she seems . . .

Captured by the Southern warlord Griffin, Cat's careful camouflage is wearing thin. For how long can - or should - she conceal the true extent of her power? Faced with dragons, homicidal mages, rival Gods and the traitorous longings of her own heart, she must decide: is it time to claim her destiny and fight?


I was looking forward to this one. However, I was left disappointed in the end and some scenes bothered me. The romance shouldn't have been the forefront of this novel. It felt too much and overbearing. I was more intrigued about Cat's past rather than her angst romance. Cat is sassy with full of spark and the readers will enjoy that. Though she had so much power and these abilities, she can't get away from the Southern warlord Griffin? 

The first half of the novel takes place where Cat and Griffin, along with this men, are traveling to the kingdom so Cat can use her soothsayer abilities. I thought this journey took much longer than needed and the later part of the novel was speed up.

The world building was fine, I understand the alpha and beta meaning towards who rules the kingdom. That's all I can really say.

I hoped there would have been more Greek Mythology intertwined in this story rather than focusing on the angst romance. This book had so much potential but I won't be continuing this series.  

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  1. I agree with you. I thought the romance was a tad too much and sometimes so cheesy. But there's something about this book that kept me reading. Book 2 has more Greek mythology if that helps :)

    Eileen @ BookCatPin

    1. If there is more Greek Mythology in Book 2 then I might reconsider reading the sequel. Thank you! :)