Discover the white hot fantasy romance that broke all the rules: a sizzling slow burn where a fierce woman with powerful hidden magic goes toe-to-toe with the alpha warlord who abducted her…only to steal her heart.
KINGDOMS WILL RISE AND FALL FOR HER…
Cat Fisa isn't who she pretends to be. She's perfectly content living disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus, avoiding the destiny the Gods—and her dangerous family—have saddled her with. As far as she's concerned, the magic humming within her blood can live and die with her. She won't be a pawn in anyone's game.
But then she locks eyes with an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south and her illusion of safety is shattered forever.
Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker—the woman who divines truth through lies—and he wants her to be a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm. Kidnapping her off the street is simple enough, but keeping the fierce beauty by his side is infuriatingly tough. Cat fights him at every turn, showing a ferocity of spirit that burns hot…and leaves him desperate for more. But can he ever hope to prove to his once-captive that he wants her there by his side as his equal, his companion…and maybe someday, his Queen?
Get ready to burn: This romantic fantasy includes a protective alpha warlord, enemies who become so much more, high action, humor, and heat, and a world readers will want to return to again and again.
Debut author Bouchet makes a very strong start to her Kingmaker Chronicles, combining a richly developed political landscape defined by the influence of powerful ruling families, meddling gods, and destiny with a broad exploration of the relationship between might and magic in a social context. In a fantasy world where access to magical power is tied to geography and bloodline, Warlord Griffin, second in command of kingdom Sinta, is guided by a oracular dream from Poseidon to soothsayer Catalia Fisa, who's hiding in a traveling circus from her family history and her magical role as Kingmaker. Griffin hopes to use Cat as a tool in his challenge of the status quo, in which the minority Magoi rule the hoi polloi. Their smoldering erotic burn hits charged love/hate buttons without falling too far into glorifying Griffin's abduction of Cat, and by the end of the novel, they become a powerful team well situated for the fights ahead. Bouchet writes believable camaraderie, dramatic fight scenes, and moving personal angst, but worldbuilding purists will hate the insertion of the Greek gods into this secondary-world fantasy context.
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This book was exactly what I needed and more. So well done and SO excited to devour the rest of this series.
I realy enjoyed this book, all the ups and downs
It’s Flawed but Worth It
This is one of those stories where the descriptions pull you in. The heroine is flawed, sometimes annoying but understandably does what she does because of her past history—not farfetched. The people around her are flawed. It has battles and adventure. It has romance—if you can stomach it. I don’t want to spoil it, but heroine pretty much gets kidnapped and falls for her kidnapper as he smiles at her, and more or less bullys her, and tries to force her to be loyal to him. And she hates it, till she kind of doesn’t. If you can stomach that, then you can get to the juicier plot points—most of which are predictable but the fun is still there. My issue is how abruptly this books ends though. If I didn’t get into it now when there’s already three books out I would have been mad. Though I am not amused by that $7.99 pricing for book 3 :P All in all, it’s what I want from a fantasy and adventure story. It’s steamy bits do the job. It was a fun read I didn’t want to stop.