{Liza Reviews} Breath of Fire and Heart of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Posted January 18, 2018 by Liza in Reviews / 2 Comments

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{Liza Reviews} Breath of Fire and Heart of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Breath of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles, #2)

by Amanda Bouchet
Pages: 432
Published on January 3rd 2017
by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genres: Adult, Mythology, Paranormal, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1)

SHE'S DESTINED TO DESTROY THE WORLD... "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.

BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP ITGriffin 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.

4.5 Stars

Breath of Fire was even better than A Promise of Fire!  Cat and Griffin are such an amazing couple and they shine in the second book of the series.

This book is action packed, our favorite host of characters (and many new ones) go from one quest to another. There are a whole lot of mythical creatures, gods and of course, myths that make an appearance and I found that fascinating.  I found some portions of the plot somewhat unnecessary (I don’t want to include spoilers), but the overall feel of the book is of excitement, love, power and forward movement.

Cat is such as strong character.  She was made that way by her mother and siblings that were all abusive and honestly, just plain crazy.   I think she grows stronger still because she learns to love, she understand the meaning of family, she finally understands her importance and how carefully the gods have played in her life.  Cat is straightforward, tries to be honest, ironic, and though.  Griffin is also strong, but he’s not afraid to show his feelings to anyone.  He loves Cat beyond reason and he’s ready to always protect her and be his number one fan. I just love them together, they were made for each other.

Griffin’s Beta team, and his family as a great cast of characters, I loved all most of them and a few more get added as Sinta gets more powerful.  An awesome addition to the series!

{Liza Reviews} Breath of Fire and Heart of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Heart on Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles, #3)

by Amanda Bouchet
Pages: 380
Published on January 2nd 2018
by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genres: Adult, Mythology, Paranormal, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Amazon | B&N | BookDepository | Goodreads
Also by this author: A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1)

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.

3 Stars

Where to start the review for Heart of Fire?  I liked the last installment in the series, but at the same time I was disappointed by some aspects of the story.

First, the good.  I still loved Griffin, although he seems to be obsessed with Cat (I mean, more than usual), but with good reason.  Griffin and Cat are a strong couple and grow more in love all the time.

It pains me to say this but Cat became a whiner.  Indeed, it seems that’s all she did.

I have powers, I don’t know how to use them…

I don’t know what I’m doing…

I which my power came with instructions…

I can do this…

I can’t do this…

And so it went around and around.  It took a lot from the story and it was unnecessary. Also, how is she getting all these weird powers, without notice, without reasoning.  It’s like all the gods put powers in a big pot, stir them together and voila: one nice Cat was born.

The ending was a disappointment. So much hype about the Fisa, the war, how horrible Cat’s mom was, to then end up with a non-conflict.  A lot of plot points were tied with a nice pink ribbon and I don’t like this type of ending.  It’s lazy, to say the least.  Also, there were some loose ends without resolution and at the end of the series didn’t give closure to all of it.

Something was just missing… and I’m sorry for it, since the Kingmaker Chronicles was otherwise a great series.

Liza

About Amanda Bouchet

Amanda Bouchet grew up in New England where she spent much of her time tromping around in the woods and making up grand adventures in her head. It was inevitable that one day she would start writing them down. Drawing on her Greek heritage for the setting and on her love of all things daring and romantic for the rest, her debut trilogy, The Kingmaker Chronicles, took form. She writes what she loves to read: epic exploits, steamy romance, and characters that make you laugh and cry.

Her first novel, A Promise of Fire, won several Romance Writers of America chapter contests, including the Orange Rose Contest and the paranormal category of the prestigious Golden Pen.

A French master’s graduate and former English teacher, Amanda lives in Paris, France. She met her husband while studying abroad, and the family now includes two bilingual children who will soon be correcting her French.

 

Liza

Liza

I'm an avid reader (since I learned to read at age four) and a book blogger (since May, 2011).I read mostly YA, but I also read romance, new adult and some middle grade.

Born in Puerto Rico, hola :), military wife for 22-years, and mother of three boys.I work full time doing something else that I love (sadly I don't get paid for reading!)
Liza

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2 responses to “{Liza Reviews} Breath of Fire and Heart of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

  1. The second book in this trilogy was my favorite! I completley agree with you about Cat being a whiner! The part of the book where she was in **spoiler** hell or something (it’s been a while since I’ve read the book) and she was just complaining?? Like…seriously?

    One thing I also didn’t like was the abscnese of Beta Team and the rest of Griffin’s family! I loved seeing them in the second book and thought it added more to the story, and they were more of less pushed to the side in the third book. Yes, some things are resolved, but I expected more page-time from them!

    And yeah, the final scene? Interesting, but it wasn’t the epic battle I thought was going to happen. I thought the ending was good overall, but the first two books heightened my expectations.

    • Liza
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      Yes, I found that ‘spoiler’ part unnecessary to say the least. You’re right, with the first two books being SO book, I expected a lot more than what we got. It seems like the last book was rushed and out of character, especially for Cat.

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