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.Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #3
Also in this series:A Promise of Fire, Breath of Fire
Also by this author: A Promise of Fire, Breath of Fire
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
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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.
Everything in this series has been leading up to these moments and they are finally here. In Heart on Fire, Catalia and Griffin have cemented themselves as rulers of Tarva and are making plans to integrate both Sinta and Tarva with the goal of eventually uniting Thalyria, but in order for that to happen Cat was going to have to confront her worst fear, her mother. Before she was even ready for it, she got her first glimpse of just how difficult the task of defeating her mother was going to be. Griffin also finally saw Cat’s mother up close and personal and realized that he had absolutely underestimated how powerful she truly was. It was going to be the toughest fight they had ever taken on.
It became clear to Cat that before she could even consider effectively battling her mother, she would need to battle her own demons of self-doubt. There were several bombshells that were dropped in this story and with every revelation Cat could feel her insecurities growing. The scope of her destiny was almost more than she could handle but with Griffin by her side, encouraging her and supporting her, she grew into her powers and expectations. Griffin grounded her in every way and wow, there were so many powerful scenes in this story that everything around me faded until all there was Cat and Griffin.
Cat and Griffin have always had an intensity about them and throughout this book their love and commitment to each other grew to a deeper understanding of who they were and what they were together. Griffin is just amazing in every book but in this one he was just so everything! I think that everyone in the world deserves their very own personal Griffin. The intensity that he loves Cat with was nothing short of inspiring! Even with the reveals that occurred during this story, reveals that would make any man possibly doubt his feelings, he stayed steadfast in his devotion. Swoon! Swoon! Swoon! Author Amanda Bouchet knows how to write romance!
If I had to sum up this story I would have to say elpis, which means hope! Hope, is what Catalia comes to embody, hope is what united people from all walks of life. Hope for a new tomorrow and Cat was elpis personified. That was a lot for her to take in and it was a battle for both her and Griffin to determine what choices they truly had versus what their destiny was meant to be. Heart on Fire is a story filled with heartache, betrayal, meddling gods, epic battles, self-sacrifice, love, and above all else – hope. I experienced many emotional highs and lows while reading this book and it was amazing.
The ending was the only thing that kept this story from being a five star for me and I do feel conflicted about that but it is what it is. Heart on Fire is the third and final book in the Kingmaker Chronicles series and it has been a memorable experience. I have enjoyed this series from book one and wowza it had an amazing overarching plot that was carried through this series and was nothing short of brilliant, so good! This is also a series that must be read in order, otherwise you will lose out on the overarching plot which makes this series as spectacular as it is. Overall, Heart on Fire is a romance fantasy that I highly recommend!
*Thank you to Netgalley & Sourcebooks Casablanca for this eARC of Heart on Fire*