Heart on Fire

Amanda Bouchet
Heart on Fire
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Release Date
January 2018
Book 3 of The Kingmaker Chronicles
Fantasy Romance

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 take 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.

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Jan 02, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
6 people found the following review helpful
5+ magical, mythical and mystical stars for HEART ON FIRE!!

Catalia, Griffin and their team continue their adventures as they learn to embrace their new roles as conquerors and royalty. While most friends and family are supportive and ready to charge into battle with and for their Queen, there are others who would rather see Cat gone. Between the Little Bean in her belly, losing a family member to some meddling Gods and finding out that she's the Elipis, Cat's got a lot on her plate. But the Gods could care less how much they've thrown at her, they've got a plan, and she's the key to it.

Sometimes when books in a series take forever to come out, you forget just how amazing they are. I stared at HEART ON FIRE in my review pile, not super stoked to get to it. Since I'm not a huge fan of fantasy reads, I put it off until the last minute.

Then I started reading and smacked myself for waiting so long for this phenomenal conclusion to The Kingmaker Chronicles.

I had forgotten just how much I dug these books and the incredible imagination of Ms. Bouchet. As a new author, she is beyond talented, and her books will attract fans of any romance genre and solidify a reputation in the high fantasy world of Gods, Titans, monsters and epic battles to the death. And in this series, you get not just heroes in Griffin and their team, but a passionate, fierce female warrior to root for. Giving too much info on HEART ON FIRE would just be cheating others out of the all-encompassing experience of this book and the series as a whole, so I'll just say that I wholeheartedly recommend grabbing all three books, a few bottles of wine and some snacks, lock the door and immerse yourself in the wild wild world of Thalyria…and Cat's destiny.

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; no condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; loads of epic violence and murder.
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Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
Jan 25, 2018
3 people found the following review helpful
War-games and politics converge in the last installment of Amanda Bouchet's Kingmaker series, though admittedly, it isn't that much different from the first and second book, except for the fact that the plot moves on with loose ends consolidating and the sun setting over a new, united kingdom. In essence, a 'Heart on Fire's' ending cannot come without sacrifice and blood and tears as with the epic tales that follow this trajectory, along with the big questions of destiny and human choice that run consistently through the narrative.

The biggest draw of this series had always been the intriguing mix of gods and people with magic swirling in the midst of them—with screwed up characters mingling with equally screwed up deities who do nothing but act on their own whims just because. It's deeply imaginative and what I envisage pre-Christian, ancient Greek civilisation of mythology could have been, supercharged in a way that can only come alive in fiction with many modern inserts in it.

Yet apart from Greek gods messing around in people's lives and paving the way for a woman who's supposedly unique in the whole universe, I found myself having the biggest problem with Cat Fisa at the start: petulant, juvenile and reckless, though this isn't too far-off from what might come from a teenage girl thrust into power and kingship, who's doing everything she can just to survive and go with the flow.

But somehow I expect characters in New Adult fantasy to be larger than life with traits that transcend petty teen tendencies which means I need to see some kind of exponential growth from the Cat as the main protagonist, so the depiction of an immature twit with TSTL moments didn't gel with these expectations. Yet because Cat annoyed me so much, the little pockets of drama involving secondary characters had turned out to be more entertaining than the main plot itself. As was the descriptions of the magical parts and the landscape that thrilled me more than the adventures of Griffin and Cat (who can suddenly grow wings) with too many ‘easy' Deus Ex Machina devices here at play.

In short, ‘Heart of Fire' wasn't quite the breath of fresh air as the first book was, and it required a greater suspension of belief that took a lot of effort on my part. And before it becomes mortifyingly obvious that I'm just desperately digging around for things to like about this story, it's probably best to say that this is a series that I should have stopped earlier on.
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