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Source: Review Copy
Kingmaker. Soothsayer. Warrior. Mage. Kingdoms would rise and fall for her . . . if she is ever found
In the icy North, where magic is might, an all-powerful elite ruthlessly guided by a glacial Queen have grown to dominate the world. Now rebellion is stirring in the rough, magic-poor South, where for the first time in memory a warlord has succeeded in uniting the tribal nations.
Stuck in the middle is Cat – circus performer and soothsayer – safely hidden behind heavy make-up, bright colours and the harmless illusion of the circus. Until someone suspects she’s more than she seems . . .
Captured by the Southern warlord Griffin, Cat’s careful camouflage is wearing thin. For how long can – or should – she conceal the true extent of her power? Faced with dragons, homicidal mages, rival Gods and the traitorous longings of her own heart, she must decide: is it time to claim her destiny and fight?
I really enjoyed A Promise Of Fire – Great imaginative world. Banging characters. Just what I like. Plus it had a romance element that I actually loved – that almost never happens usually the love story layer is the bit I’m very bah humbug about.
So our main character Cat has been hiding away because she is not exactly what she seems. I was immediately engulfed into this novel by the beautiful descriptive prose describing the world and more specifically the circus and the people therein. This addictive quality continued throughout as Cat is kidnapped and taken away, by Griffin – I loved Griffin! Then we are on a half road trip half journey of discovery and it is utterly riveting.
Amanda Bouchet has written a fast, occasionally funny and gorgeously drawn first part to her series – she has a real eye for character development and can craft a romance that doesn’t give you toothache. Add to that some random thrilling scenes, a great group dynamic that allows you to really get involved, all set in a highly imaginative world full of magic and mayhem and we are off to the races.
Therefore we are back to I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I genuinely cannot wait to get into book 2.
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