Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Kingmaker Chronicles #2
I didn’t like this one as much as the previous book but it was still very enjoyable. Again, the world of Thalyaria is very unique and I enjoyed all the new parts of it we got to explore with the Ice Plains, the Agon Games, and Tarva. Griffin and Cat are now together and except for a moment in the beginning their relationship remains strong throughout. It was nice to see Cat show some vulnerability and learn to lean on Griffin like a lover should.
Just like with the first one, there is plenty of action and adventure in this one. I also liked that Cat and Griffin were together in this one. I always worry with series that following a single couple, that they will get broken up or a third person will get thrown in for a love triangle. But after an initial fight in the beginning, these two are more in love than ever before. However, I would have liked Griffin’s emotions to be a bit more stable; he was all over the place with his anger and his over-protectiveness of Cat was getting annoying. In the first book, it always felt like Griffin respected Cat’s strength and independence and the fact that she’s very much a warrior. In this book, Griffin was constantly trying to stop Cat from fighting. On one hand, I understand that he loves her and wants to protect her, especially after he develops some suspicions about Cat, but still, he was getting a little ridiculous. Also the opening scene was a bit much, and Griffin was very close to crossing a line for me. He’s too aggressive with Cat. Thankfully, that behavior is not repeated.
There was even more of the Gods and Goddesses in this one as they begin to reveal to Cat what her true destiny is. The Agon Games were interesting and I’m glad they were included. They’re basically gladiator like battles that people compete in for glory and recognition.
4 out of 5 stars
Tags: Magic | Royalty | Trauma/Abused
Heroine was abused and tortured as a child (referenced, off page)
SHE’S DESTINED TO DESTROY THE WORLD…
“Cat” Catalia Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. But now, her newfound loved ones are caught between the shadow of Cat’s tortured past and the threat of her world-shattering future. So what’s a girl to do when she knows it’s her fate to be the harbinger of doom? Everything in her power.
BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT
Griffin knows Cat is destined to change the world-for the better. As the realms are descending into all-out war, Cat and Griffin must embrace their fate together. Gods willing, they will emerge side-by-side in the heart of their future kingdom…or not at all.
Published by Sourcebooks on January 2, 2017
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