This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #2
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: ARC, E-book
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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 IT
Griffin 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.
This book did not start on a high note for me. I have read and reviewed the first book in the series and I loved it, adored it and still do. When I started this book, I was all sorts of excited to see how the story was going to continue. It starts off shortly after the conclusion of book one and the opening scene is Griffin throwing the biggest temper tantrum ever, what a turn off. The entire scene was supposed to demonstrate a misunderstanding and show how Cat had a negative view of things and that it influences how she interprets events. Hmm, regardless, huge temper tantrum and not at all what I was expecting. With that said the story did take a turn for the better from the rough beginning.
The first installment of the series covers what Cat is hiding about herself and this story is mainly about her self-discovery, which is most enjoyable. She is discovering her heritage, her abilities, her depth of love for Griffin and her acceptance of the role she plays in the future of the realm. I loved learning about Cat as she was also learning about herself. It makes the discoveries feel more authentic.
This story is greatly influenced by Greek mythology and set in a world where Mt. Olympus is real and the gods are actively involved in the lives of mortals. Although what you will see of their involvement is mainly in Cat’s challenges and destiny. It was quite enjoyable when Cat started to accept and see the ways that she was blessed by the gods. The ways she discovered the blessings were sometimes at the bitter end of a struggle but were so creative. I especially loved that many of the secondary characters introduced were either heavily influenced from Greek mythology or are directly from that myths. They are detailed, authentic, add to the story line and I could not get enough!
My favorite part of this story has to be the Agon Games, which reminded me of the Midnight Games from the book Magic Strikes in the Kate Daniels Series, #3. In case you are not familiar with the book I referenced, in this book the Agon Games are where teams comprised of warriors fight in a series of challenges where mostly it is to the death. The team that became the champions were granted access to the ruling royals, the Tarvans. I absolutely enjoyed this portion of the book. There were skills of strength, weaponry, magic, and combatants of mythical origins all on display for our little imaginations to run away with. Fantastic!
The world building was really detailed and fascinating. Lots of action throughout this story. There was also quite a bit of sexy times between Cat and Griffin. I actually liked how the author did not just introduce a physical relationship and then put it in the background. Their relationship, both emotional and physical, is very important to the story and much is built upon that. I will say that the ending of this book was just perfect. It left me feeling satisfied but still wanting for the next book in the series. A great addition to a must read series, I highly recommend!
*Thank you to SourceBooks Casablanca & NetGalley for this eARC of Breath of Fire*