Review: Heart On Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Posted January 2, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 24 Comments

Review: Heart On Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Heart On Fire

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Genres: Fantasy Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on January 2, 2018
Pages: 448
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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The Delight

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.

Review

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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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LilyElement
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I gotta try this series!!!

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes. Its a nice blend of fantasy and mythology. I loved book one, but only liked book two- still worth reading. 🙂

Melliane
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I have the first one of the series and I confess that I’m quite curious to read it

Sophia Rose
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You need to satisfy that curiosity, Melliane. LOL I’m curious to see what you think of book one. 🙂

Kimberly Caffeinated Reviewer
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I listen to these and although I enjoyed book two, that first chapter was awful. I will probably listen to wrap up the series. Curious about your conflict.

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, that entry to book two had me just staring. Wha…

This one was not what I wanted to see in the final book, but it wasn’t awful. I’m conflicted because I think I was left wanting and I definitely want a few side stories. I’ll be curious to see what you think about it, Kimberly.

Debbie Haupt
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Debbie Haupt

I’ve seen this around Sophia Rose it looks good.

Sophia Rose
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Book one is breathtaking. Great mash of fantasy world with Greek mythology. Hope you get the chance, Debbie!

Angela
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Didn’t read your review, because I have the book and want everything to be a surprise. I LOVED book one, was a bit put off on the start of book 2 and all the sex in it, but still enjoyed 2 and want to see what happens and how it all wraps up. ^_^

Sophia Rose
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LOL, I’m the same way when I haven’t read a book that I’m planning too.

Book one is still my fav and yeah, book two was… not. Good news, those things you mentioned are not issues in this one. 🙂

Angela
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Ya… Glad to know the things I mentioned aren’t an issue. At this time 1 is my favorite and 2 not so much, but still a fan of the series.

Sophia Rose
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I would suggest keeping expectation down a little though b/c this one has other issues, but still worth finishing it to get the end of the story. 🙂

Melanie Simmons
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I’m waiting on the audiobook for this one. I’m excited to try this one (especially after seeing your response to Angela, I had similar issues).

Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

Sophia Rose
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Oh good. Glad that will help with the excitement factor. I will say that I liked this one better than book two, but not even close to as much as book one. To be fair, the dynamics and plotting are hard to beat. LOL

Nadene@Ttly addicted 2 reading
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I have this on my reading list. I hope to get to it soon. I have heard great things about the series.

Sophia Rose
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Hey, that’s great, Nadene. Its a wonderful opening book and good mash up of fantasy and mythology. Look forward to getting your thoughts on it.

Nas
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Nas

This sounds an interesting book! Thanks for your review.

Sophia Rose
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It’s pretty exciting. Thanks for the visit, Nas!

Karen
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Karen

I’ve seen so much love for this series. I didn’t realize it was over. I really want to binge read more series this year so I’ll keep this one in mind.

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Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I think book one was one of my favorite reads of 2016 and it was the best of the series. This is a trilogy so it’s perfect for a quick binge. 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I tried to be careful what I said, but still didn’t want to spoil things for anyone.

Oh yay, glad you’re going to try it. I loved book one. Hope you like it. 🙂

Carole's Random Life
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I would have loved a little more Griffin in this one as well. She was definitely stuck in a cycle in her head. Too bad this one was as good as the earlier books. Great review!

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, it was a mild letdown, but I am glad to get the whole story. Thanks, Carole!

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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I’ve seen so much good about this series from everyone. Didnt realize it would just be three books. Sounds like a great series even if it didn’t go out quite as strong as it started.