Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet | ARC Review

Dragging the Series to the Finish Line

POSTED ON December 21, 2017 BY Austine IN Book Review

Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet | ARC Review
Heart on Fire
by Amanda Bouchet
Series: The Kingmaker Chronicles #3
Published on January 2, 2018 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: eARC
Pages: 380
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Who is Catalia Fisa?
With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin's role in shaping her destiny.

Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step--reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.

What doesn't kill her will only make her stronger...we hope.


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Content & Trigger Warnings: physical violence

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I’m not sure what happened between the first two books and Heart on Fire but I didn’t like it. For a final book in an action-packed trilogy, I expected. . . well, I expected more and didn’t get it.

Cat’s back to undergo more trials to protect those she love. But this isn’t the impulsive, headstrong Cat I’ve come to know and love. She’s mellowed out a bit which makes sense but it felt like a total shift from the first books and part of the reason I loved these stories is because you never quite knew what she’d do next. I didn’t get that excitement with Heart on Fire and, honestly, Cat was all sorts of Chosen One Special Snowflake-ness. And I was over it pretty quick.

Griffin mellowed too and together they’re certainly a force to be reckoned with. I’m glad that this isn’t one of those series where the couple breaks up and gets back together a million times over to keep the tension high. Though maybe if that had happened I would have enjoyed the book more because at least something would have happened.

Heart on Fire is so SLOW. It drags on for a few hundred pages then passes out the happily ever afters in one go. Almost as if the author ran out of steam when it came to the final arc of the story. Which is a shame because the first two books were so strong. 

Maybe I waited too long between book 2 and this one but it wasn’t working for me as a series finale. To be fair, it’s not a bad book. Truly. But if you’re anticipating the same level of action and excitement from the rest of the series, you’re likely not going to find it here.


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