Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 2, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Kindle eBook
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Catalia "Cat" Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods-and her homicidal mother-have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.
Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm-until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic. Cat fights him at every turn, but Griffin's fairness, loyalty, and smoldering advances make him increasingly hard to resist and leave her wondering if life really does have to be short, and lived alone.
This first book in a new adult fantasy romance has a young woman taken captive to ensure the survival of a new regime. Review time!
Oh boy, cliches abound in this book – the special snowflake, Cat; the alpha male, Griffin; the high risk stakes of kingdoms; the mysterious pasts of several characters (including our snowflake). And yet, it all worked for me. Sometimes all I want in a book is something easy to digest – consider it my version of chicken soup in book form. It allows me to drop seamlessly into the world and devour it in one quick reading session.
Cat is a lovable, snarky badass fully capable of fighting her own battles with words or her own mighty powers. I enjoyed her interactions with the secondary characters, especially Griffin and his men. I was less enamored with the kidnapping plot, although it was similar to my favorite book, Snyder’s Touch of Power. Instead of men using their muscles, their men, and their special Wonder Woman lassos/ropes to kidnap the main female protagonist, how about they negotiate with words for the main heroines help? I wouldn’t mind the “kidnapping ” trope disappearing from the romance genre all together.
My favorite part of the entire story is not the characters or the plot, but the setting. I adored the mixture of fantasy and Greek mythology. Surprisingly, I’ve never seen another story mix the two successfully. Cat and company interacting with mythological creatures and multiple gods was highly entertaining.
tl;dr An entertaining romance with a phenomenal setting mixed with familiar tropes.