Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on January 2, 2018
He captured her and then captured her untamed heart. Magic and non-magic combine to fight and win against all odds, but there is still one last hurdle. She must defeat her powerful, wicked mother. Cat doubts, but Griffin and all the others see her as their hope. It’s time for her to come into her own.
Heart on Fire is the third and final installment in the Kingmaker Chronicles. It is the third part of a story and must be read in order.
I’m going to pause here to say that anyone who hasn’t started the series yet, but are considering it for a future read should probably not read any further. That first book and the second have some amazing twists that I don’t want to spoil for anyone.
So, Cat and Griffin have just come through alive after the games and hold yet another piece of the puzzle on their quest to unite the three lands together and end Alpha Fisa’s tyranny. Cat has discovered that caring a child has taught her as little else can not to be so impulsive and to take help. But her fears and guilt weigh her down. A heartbreaking betrayal casts piercing pain and gloom upon everyone and a decision that seems sound almost gets her and Griffin killed.
Cat is being tried by fire and though there are action scenes in this one and whew, was there also some passion though not too much like last book, there are also plenty of introspective and internal battles she must face to emerge as the Queen of Thalesia beside Griffin as ruler of a united land. It was tough reading much of the time for me because she is in a cycle of fear, anger, doubt, confusion, and recrimination. The gods play a bigger role in this one and I felt, like in book two, that it takes away from the story to have them swoop in and join some pretty tense scenes. I was particularly disappointed because they edge Griffin out of the picture to mere bystander much of the time unlike that magnificent warrior who captured Cat’s heart, a kingdom, and fought off all enemies beside her.
The climax scene had me riveted, but I confess that I’ve got mixed feelings about how this one ended. I can’t say more without giving up the goods. I’m not sure if I’m right, but there was also room for more if the author wants to take a few side trails of stories off this one. Now, all that being said, the main story arc of the series does come to a satisfying conclusion with Cat and Griffin.
So, all in all, this was a good, engaging read and I’m glad to have read it. It’s sad to see the end of the Kingmaker Chronicles. That first book will still be one of my best reads of the year it was released. Fantasy Romance lovers who love fiery heroines, strong worldbuilding and lots of action and suspense in a fantasy setting should give these a go.
My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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