Catalia “Cat” Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…
Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.
Honestly I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started this book. Even after reading the summary again, I still feel that it doesn’t do the book justice. I am so glad that I found this book!
The main character, Cat is pretty intense, but there is a reason for it. With each chapter we get little bits of her past, and it’s dark and sad, but she got away from it. She is very strong, street smart, loyal to the right people, and knows how to use her power. In fact, if she runs out of magic, she knows how to steal some too! Her inner voice made me smile most of the time, but also made me sad. One thing that we don’t agree on, is goat cheese. She hates it. I love it!
She kind of reminds me of Alex from Covenant series from JLA, but Cat is not as kind-hearted and naive. She fights her feelings for Griffin every step of the way. Again, there is a good reason. She got away from her dark tortured past, and was doing a great job of hiding. You know that saying, “I wish I could run away and join the circus.”? That’s exactly what she did!
Even now after reading, there is still so much we don’t know about her, and I am dying to find out, for sure.
You know who else is dying to find out, and just might actually die if he goes too far?!?! Griffin, Beta Sinta. Mr. Brooding hotness himself. I kind of love his tenacity. He saw something in Cat, outside of the power she has, and would not give up on making her his partner and then his own. In the beginning, he was a bit aggressive about it, but she didn’t give him much choice. His Beta team literally took Cat and made her become a member. Not an easy task.
I love the build up of the chemistry between Griffin and Cat. The UST was crazy, but written so well, and it made sense. So much happens that romance really isn’t the point until it is.
His hands rise to cup my jaw. Wings unfurl inside my rib cage, bigger and stronger than ever before.
“Don’t kiss me,” I whisper, and the wings stretch in protest.
His thumbs glide over my cheeks in a tender, sweeping caress that makes my chest ache. “Give my one good reason not to.”
When he looks at me like this, touches me, it’s hard to think at all. Part of me doesn’t even want to. But there are some things even I can’t ignore. “Alpha Fisa. She’ll kill anyone who gets in her way.”
“I’ll fight her with you.”
“You can’t. You’ll die.”
He shakes his head. “I won’t let her take you from me.”
I close my eyes, so tired of the fight. Unable to stop myself, I lean my forehead against Griffin’s solid chest. His arms come around me, and just for a moment, I let my body mold to his. “You don’t get it,” I say, my voice muffled by his tunic. “She won’t let anyone take me from her.”
“You don’t get it.” He sets me back enough to look me in the eyes. “You’re mine. Not Cat the Soothsayer. Not Cat the Kingsmaker. Just Cat.”
Other highlights. Griffin’s Beta team. There is something to love about these 3 guys, so they each earn a place in Cat’s heart, and mine too. Griffin’s family. New rulers that want to make the right choices for their people and the whole kingdom. They take Cat’s advice and do everything in their power to protect her. I love that they don’t know yet how to be devious and cruel like past rulers.
- I’ll show these people how a curtsy is done, even if I am wearing soggy boots and a bloody pair of pants. Literally. There’s blood on them, and I can’t get it out, no matter how hard I scrub. At least it’s not mine.
- Men don’t understand discretion. My goal is to survive on my weakest abilities. That saves other talents for when I really need them and doesn’t reveal important skills to any idiot who might be watching.
- Griffin leans closer, his voice dropping to a low, suggestive rumble only I can hear. “There are things I could boast about, but I’d rather show than tell.”
I would describe this book as Game of Thrones meets Jennifer L. Armentrout’s brain. There are multiple tribes and rulers fighting for control over territories, dragons and greek gods make appearances, but since the story is told through Cat’s point of view, there aren’t confusing multiple storylines to wade through.
I also saw that Amanda Bouchet is nominated for Best Debut Goodreads Author, and I voted for her!
I give this book 5 “Gods-smacked” stars, and put it on my “favorite” and “top shelf fantastic reads” shelves on Goodreads.
****I was given an ARC of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review. The excerpt and quotes are from that copy.****
While there isn’t a cliff hanger at the end, my curiosity and attachment to the characters makes me very excited to read the next book, Breath of Fire! It’s good thing we don’t have to wait long. It’s coming out in January 2017!