Berls’s TBR List Review | A Promise of Fire

Posted November 25, 2017 by Berls in My TBR List, Review / 6 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Berls’s TBR List Review | A Promise of FireA Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Narrator: Mia Barron
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #1
Published by Recorded Books on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Length: 14 hours 45 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-stars

Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he's ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.

Listening Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins

So A Promise of Fire was my October TBR List Pick, but I stay a full month behind on reviews… because I read THAT slow.

I listened to A Promise of Fire and I really enjoyed the narrator, Mia Barron. She had great voices and I think she helped me grow attached to the characters a lot faster. BUT they were easy characters to grow attached to. I LOVED their personalities and interactions. I found myself laughing quite a lot, which was a surprise, since A Promise of Fire is really an action packed, magic packed Urban Fantasy. But the personalities had their own wit and snark, which added quite a lot to my enjoyment.

But that wit and snark should not put this on the same shelf as say, Jane Jameson. It’s not THAT MUCH wit and snark and is most definitely more Urban Fantasy than that. The magic and action kept coming and were pretty unique, which is nice. As someone who has read a SHIT TON (most official measure I can come up with) of UF, it’s always exciting to find something that presents a startlingly fresh and different world. That being said, it did take a little time to get comfortable in that world – as is the norm with most UF. Figuring out how the world worked and their relationship with magic was a constant process, but I liked the way it was never out-and-out explained, so much as trickled into the story. And it was so incredibly unique – I can’t think of one series/book to compare the magic to. It has Greek Gods (or Roman? I get them confused, but I’m pretty sure it’s Greek). It has a historical feel, with tribes and courts. It has Dragons and magic ropes and healers. And none of them work quite the way I’m used to.. but also nothing that has me up in arms about being too far off the mark. Good stuff 🙂

Once I did get the feel of it, I was kind of disappointed by the obviousness of the BIG SECRET in the story. I had it figured out pretty early on and that can be frustrating, especially since I never doubted my accuracy (which turned out to be 100% correct). However, the ending was like “Whoa! What?!” I may not have been surprised, but some individuals were and their response left us on a bit of a cliff. So I will be reading the next book sooner than later. I have it in possession 🙂

4 stars Pretty Great

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Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 17 year old on the planet. I also have the privilege of teaching Kindergarten. I love what I do and you can expect it to bleed into my posts. Teaching is a big a part of me as my family and reading. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!

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6 responses to “Berls’s TBR List Review | A Promise of Fire

  1. Um, I think you could have started the review with…dragons! 😉 Just kidding. I’m happy to *finally* have your thoughts on this one, Berls. (again, kidding) You have me decided on starting it now because it sounds rather neato. And since I’ve only read a quarter of a shit ton of UF, I won’t have near as much to compare it to. haha In all seriousness, I like that the world building is done bit by bit rather than the info dump. I also like the sound of the magic as well as the Greek gods. And, of course, the dragons. 🙂
    {{{big hugs}}}

    • Lol you crack me up. Yeah, surprisingly the Dragons weren’t the BIG takeaway for me, even though they were cool. It was more the world and the characters/relationships. Hahaha since you’ve inky read a quarter of a shit ton of UF this will definitely be unique for you 🙂 {{Hugs}}

  2. I really enjoyed this story too. I do agree with you that this world does take some getting used to, but it is because it is unique, which is nice. I wasn’t real happy with that ending either. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on book two. I’m anxiously awaiting book three.