ARC REVIEW: Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet

This review contains spoilers for the previous books in the trilogy.

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Rating 3 Stars

That’s me — dreadful and fascinating. What a mix.

Cat and Griffin are continuing their journey to take over Fisa and reunite all of Thalyria in peace. After defeating Galan Tarva they’ve also acquired a few more people like Cat’s sister Ianthe and a powerful but erratic fire mage, Bellanca Tarva. On top of everything, Cat now understands her purpose in life and what the Gods and Goddesses want from her and Griffin. Cat knows she must confront her Mother in their final battle but she’s spent her whole life trying to distance herself from the evil temptations her Mother inspires — or forces — in people.

There was plenty of action in this one but like the previous book, the Gods and Goddesses were often popping in in the nick of time to help Cat along. I would have preferred a bit less interference but I also understand that they need Cat to succeed in order to change Thalyria for the better. However, even with all their butting in, Cat still has a lot of work to really come to terms with her powers and her purpose. She does a lot of learning and growing in this book, especially because now she has an unborn daughter to think about. Although she figures it out, it took a long time and she’s incredibly reckless with her life and others. After coming this far I would have expected more maturity out of Cat but it’s just not there.

As usual, I liked Griffin and appreciated his support of Cat. His love and devotion never wavers and he’s truly the partner that Cat needs in this journey. Both Cat and Griffin do a lot to prop each other up when things get too tough. There are a lot of emotional and mental blows in this book that strive to set back this power couple and keep them from winning. It was clear from beginning to end that these two love each other and that love is as much their destiny as peace in Thalyria. However, they did get a bit insufferable a few times when they were soooo lovey dovey in the worst possible moments. On one hand, their love is epic and beautiful and on the other I wanted them to focus on the upcoming war.

For me, the biggest problem I had was with the last 20% of the book which seemed to drag on and on. I did not expect what was coming but it also took a long time to get through the battle and the scenes that follow it. Much of that part of the book involves Cat realizes some important things so we’re pretty much there for each little bit being discovered. However, it felt like it went on for too long for me. I’m also really upset about something that happens to a side character and I can’t really say I’ve come to terms with it. That’s of course personal and nothing against the story, but I really wish it had been different.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by Netgalley. All thoughts expressed in this review are my honest opinion.

••• Book Details •••

Kingmaker Chronicles #3    Romance, Fantasy    Sourcebooks    January 2, 2018

The riveting conclusion to the Kingmaker Chronicles, available January 2018!

Who is Catalia Fisa?
With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin’s role in shaping her destiny.

Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step—reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.

What doesn’t kill her will only make her stronger…we hope.

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