I am so happy to have read this book. A fantastic fantasy story that grips you right from the start. It’s already one of my favs for 2018!
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 has 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 makeup, 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 ordered this book for the Fantastic February reading challenge. As mentioned I usually get them on Kindle before deciding if I should buy a hard copy (limited space issues, you feel me?). However, I wanted to take a risk for this challenge, and so I ordered the paperback copies…and boy I am glad I did!
A Promise of Fire is set in a medieval dystopia where our main character Cat is hiding out in a circus. I love how Bouchet story sucks you right in, I was in aware of the circus and the amazing feats the side characters did. I straight away loved Cat, her sassiness and determination is my cup of tea.
Griffin, the Southern Warlord, sounds drool-worthy. He is cool, calm and collected. What’s more is that he has the respect of his peers and is not a half glass empty kind of guy.
I loved the world that Bouchet created, Gods, Goddesses, Giants, it’s everything a fantasy novel should have in it. But what makes it great for me is the push and pull between Griffin and Cat. There are some relatable qualities in both characters and the normal annoying ones too.
Now, there is one catch that other reviewers have been debating about. Cat was kidnapped by Griffin. So I found the book summary slightly misleading. This abstract has lead other reviewers to express their disgust about mental rape culture that seems to be apparent in this book. It took me awhile to understand where they are coming from (because when I read, I didn’t get that initial impression) and I agree to some extent. However, as I said before the book is placed in a medieval setting and I thought the kidnapping wasn’t as intense as other books I have read, i.e. Game of Thrones.
Overall I do love this book, but as a reviewer, I feel the need to provide a professional perspective. If you feel uncomfortable reading about abuse, please don’t read it. But if you still want to keep an open mind. Take in the setting, and the initial intention for the characters which Bouchet is trying to portray.