Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

January 19th, 2017 Kimberly Review 45 Comments

19th Jan
Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Breath of Fire
by Amanda Bouchet
Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #2
Narrator: Mia Barron
Length: 15 hours and 21 minutes
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Gifted
Purchase: Amazon | Audible | B&N
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"Cat" Catalia Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. But now, her newfound loved ones are caught between the shadow of Cat's tortured past and the threat of her world-shattering future. So what's a girl to do when she knows it's her fate to be the harbinger of doom? Everything in her power.

Griffin knows Cat is destined to change the world-for the better. As the realms are descending into all-out war, Cat and Griffin must embrace their fate together. Gods willing, they will emerge side-by-side in the heart of their future kingdom...or not at all.


Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet is the second novel in the Kingmaker Chronicles series and was one of my most anticipated audios for 2017. Once again I was swept up in this world with its mythology, kick-ass heroine, and motley crew. While I devoured the audio, it was not without flaws and disappointments.

Caffeinated Aspects:

  • I love the world Bouchet has created from the four kingdoms to the mythology. She vividly delivers battles and countryside descriptions that explode in my mind as I listen.
  • Cat our heroine is snarky and all sorts of badass. She isn’t without flaws, but I love watching her evolve and try to understand her role. She has this incredible strength and vulnerability about her. She has a tendency to act first and think second. Think Rachel from Kim Harrison’s the Hollows.
  • Griffin get’s a bad rap from some but I think his scruffy, over protective self, is swoon-worth. When it comes to Cat, he loses his head. However, when it comes to the lands and the people he alway puts them above his own gain and status. Not many alpha males can do that.
  • Secondary characters are unique, offering comradery, conflict, and excitement as the overall arc continues to develop.
  • The Gods and Beasts are delightful described and interaction with them is intense.
  • We learn more about Cat and her family history as well as the world Bouchet has created. All of these reveals and tidbits helped further develop the overall plot and drew me in.
  • Despite some issues I will mention below, I like the overall story ARC in this series and thought Breath of Fire was an intense, enjoyable read. Bouchet is a genuinely talented author, but I felt the book suffered middle book syndrome.
  • Mia Barron continues to be the perfect narrator for this series. She captures the tone of the story perfectly creating an added level of enjoyment for the listener. Each voice is unique and enhances Bouchet’s interpretations of the character.

Decaffeinated Aspects:

  • I had problems with the first chapter. It contains a fight, loads of sex and quite frankly even re-listening was confusing.  It didn’t set the tone for the story and I think I would have preferred starting with chapter two.
  • More plot, less sex. I get it, these two are madly in love. I love the romance, but I NEED the story to be the main dish and for the sex scenes to be a great side dish.  Not we lived another day, sex, battle, sex, take me here now. Nope.
  • I love the epic battles that occurred throughout Breath of Fire. We get plenty of action and rich descriptions. I can even handle Cat’s impulsiveness, but in almost every fight Cat ends up nearly dead and is miraculously saved by some intervention. It was cool, but when it kept happening it stole some of the power of those battles for the reader. It lost its intensity because I basically knew the outcome.  I would have liked to see Cat use her wit.
  • Cat took a step back confidence wise, despite all that we learned she has some developing to do for the final novel.

While Breath of Fire didn’t have the power of Promise of Fire, I am vested in the story and look forward to Heart of Fire, particularly after some things we learn at the end of Breath of Fire.

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About Amanda Bouchet

Amanda Bouchet

Amanda Bouchet grew up in New England where she spent much of her time tromping around in the woods and making up grand adventures in her head. It was inevitable that one day she would start writing them down. Drawing on her Greek heritage for the setting and on her love of all things daring and romantic for the rest, her debut trilogy, The Kingmaker Chronicles, took form. She writes what she loves to read: epic exploits, steamy romance, and characters that make you laugh and cry. A French master’s graduate and former English teacher, Amanda lives in Paris, France. She met her husband while studying abroad, and the family now includes two bilingual children who will soon be correcting her French.

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45 Responses to “Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet”

  1. Cyn

    I’m glad you still enjoyed it even though it was a bit of a disappointment compared to the first! I do agree with some of these pitfalls (first chapter, so much more sex but enough plot). I thought it was still a fun adventure and really liked Beta team! Hopefully the next book steps it up! Great review, Kim!

  2. Michelle

    I’ve recently had a friend start pushing this series on me, so it’s working its way to the top of my TBR. I’m totally with you though on books need to have more about story, less about sex, and I’ve seen an unfortunate amount of fantasy books go that way eventually. I hope this one doesn’t continue that trend! Regardless, I’ll probably try out the first book on Audible sometime soon 🙂

  3. Sophia Rose

    Yeah, as attention grabbers go, I was wondering what I missed the whole time she had Griffin wigging out. I do get the frustration of Cat’s secrets after all they had been through together.

    Oh and that point about the frequency of sexual encounters bogged down the plot pace for me, too.

    But yes, the world, the overall series plot, Griffin the great and his merry band, and even a Cat coming into her own make me eager to see what comes next.

  4. Rowena

    Ooh, Bouchet is on my list of authors to read in 20`17. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series so I’m anxious to start it. Thanks for the review sweets!

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  5. Greg

    Sounds fun, been seeing these around! I like the sound of the battles and countryside being immersive- gotta love worldbuilding. 🙂 Sorry a few things didn’t work, hopefully the third one will be killer! And I agree w/ Blodeuedd- she looks like Sif!

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  6. Katherine

    This series has been on my TBR since I saw the reviews for the book as it looked so fun. Love the sound of the characters and this still sounds good even though it wasn’t as strong as the first. There’s always a book in a trilogy that seems weak to me and it sounds like this may be the one for this series. Hopefully the next book will be amazing!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I just read something about editing and tone setting in the first chapter and honest to goodness, I think axing the first chapter would have been best. Let us hope book 3 rocks!

  7. Olivia Roach

    Sounds like you really had a give or take time with this story, but that you still managed to enjoy it. I like the sound of all the characters, and I love that the secondary characters get a lot of detail too! But yeah… too much sex must be annoying! And you’re so good at continuing on with series. I always forget to read the next book or something ahaha xD

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