Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on January 3rd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Romantic Fantasy
Source: Personal Copy
Also in this series: 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.
Also by this author: A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1)
I finished this book almost a week ago and can’t get this Cat and Griffin off my mind. Breath of Fire was an enjoyable read, but I’m appreciating it more the longer I have to think through the overall story arc – aren’t books strange like that sometimes? Maybe it has to do with the jam-packed storyline…
Overall this series continues to be very enjoyable. A Breath of Fire is well written romantic fantasy with a well-researched representation of the Greek Gods with an extra dose of family drama on the side. The second book in the Kingmaker Chronicles – a Breath of Fire – picks up immediately after the events of the last book. Cat and Griffin now find themselves in the middle of a Power Bid battling for control of the kingdom with the ruling families of Fisa and Tarva.
Here’s what worked for me:
- Cat shows a wider emotional range outside of snarky, mean, and then the lusting over Griffin we saw in A Promise of Fire. Cat began to rely on the Beta Team – Griffin’s tight-knit group of warriors – and she trusts herself enough to both rely on them and considers them family. More time is spent on Cat’s backstory – particularly surrounding her vicious family. This sheds considerable light on the guilt and bitterness that dominated the first book in the trilogy.
- Amanda Bouchet develops wonderful subplots for the secondary characters that explore themes of bravery, loyalty, and just flat out provide comic relief to some stressful situations. My favorites are Kato (who performs an unusual act of heroism to save the team!) and Jocasta (Griffin’s sister who steps forward with an incredible act of bravery). We uncover more of Flynn’s backstory and I hope we get to explore this more in the next book.
- The world building continues to evolve. There are appearances from all different types of mythical creatures. Cat, Griffin, and team also venture into Tarva and Fisa and we learn more about the different cultures and environments.
Where I’m still struggling:
- Cat showed a lot of emotional growth in Breath of Fire, but physically is suffering from Special Snowflake Syndrome. She’s essentially invincible thanks to her magical healing powers and ability to leech magic from others, leaves some of the battle scenes feeling anticlimactic.
- Cat continues to be the reckless alpha female who never considers the consequences before acting. She ends-up in way over her head more than once, but somehow always seems to come through. (see above bullet for Special Snowflake magical powers)
- Finally, the Romance angst is starting to get to be a little too much. Lots of growls, snarling, and lusting going on. Griffin’s belief in Cat is incredibly strong, but the love is starting to feel blind to reality
This was an exciting read and I’ll definitely continue with the series. This book is jam packed with action and I’m excited to see where the final book in the trilogy goes. I reccomend this to anyone who likes complex fantasy story arcs with a strong dose of romance!