This was a fantastic book with the perfect blend of fantasy and romance and I am so excited to read Amanda Bouchet’s future books. The world building is was so great, with a very rich world filled with depth and history. The land of Thalyria is so interesting with it’s Northerner’s possessing magic and it’s Southerners being just plain mortals. The presence of Gods, Goddess, Giants, Dragons, Oracles, and an abundance of magical powers and creatures weave throughout, leaving you waiting for the next surprises. There was a lot of interference by the Gods to ensure that Cat and Griffin are helped along the way; though I will say this lessened in the second half of the book. If certain Gods are so clearly behind Cat it makes me wonder why they let her be so badly hurt by Andromeda to begin with. But I guess you can just say the Gods are capricious.
I’m usually not a huge fan of books written in first person but Cat has such a great voice! She’s funny, very sarcastic, and just so entertaining to read her inner thoughts. I loved that Cat was also very tough and knew how to take care of herself. She doesn’t need anyone to rescue her and she’s not afraid to do whatever it takes to protect herself and those she cares about.
Griffin makes a great hero who is both tough and possessive as the mighty Warlord but also sweet and gentle when he’s confronted with Cat’s fears and insecurities. These two have such great chemistry and banter and bicker in the best way. I loved watching Cat learn to trust Griffin and begin to soften as well as watch Griffin really take it up a notch when he realizes that Cat is meant for him.
The supporting characters are just as interesting and I found myself falling completely in love with Beta Team. I hope there will be plenty of Flynn, Kato, and Carver in the next books. I do wish this book had a map so I could better understand the layout of Thalyria; it’s not too complicated but I always enjoy having a visual for books like this.
Content Note: references past abuse/torture
••• Book Details •••
Kingmaker Chronicles #1 • Romance, Fantasy • Sourcebooks • August 2, 2016
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.