• A Promise of Fire

  • By: Amanda Bouchet
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Kingmaker. Soothsayer. Warrior. Mage. Kingdoms would rise and fall for her...if she is ever found. 

In the icy North, where magic is might, an all-powerful elite ruthlessly guided by a glacial Queen have grown to dominate the world. Now rebellion is stirring in the rough, magic-poor South, where for the first time in memory a warlord has succeeded in uniting the tribal nations. 

Stuck in the middle is Cat - circus performer and soothsayer - safely hidden behind heavy makeup, bright colours and the harmless illusion of the circus. Until someone suspects she's more than she seems.... 

Captured by the Southern warlord Griffin, Cat's careful camouflage is wearing thin. For how long can - or should - she conceal the true extent of her power? Faced with dragons, homicidal mages, rival Gods and the traitorous longings of her own heart, she must decide: is it time to claim her destiny and fight? 

An award-winning fantasy debut with an unforgettable heroine, set against a luminous world on the brink of battle, this is for those who love Ilona Andrews, Laini Taylor or Victoria Aveyard.

©2016 Amanda Bouchet (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-02-18

Mills and Boons Meets Fantasy

If I have to listen to another I-love-you-more-than-life sentence, relive another soft sex scene or waste another minute of my life listening to filler romantic feelings, espoused by the protagonist, it will be too soon. Started with promise ended with an absence of creativity, leaving the reader stranded, all questions answered, no room for imagining what next? If you like a book filled with at least 50% romantic drivel, eat you heart out, and go for it, otherwise stay well clear.

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  • Woods
  • 09-29-18

More Mills & Boon than Fantasy.

I didn't manage to finish this because it was getting more erotic than I could bear.....especially when the slushy stuff imposed on the story, much to the story's detrement.

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  • Anne L
  • 10-08-18

Pure Mills & Boon

...a pity because there is an interesting fantasy premise but the author doesn’t take it anywhere. We are firmly focussed on the interaction between the romantic leads from the very first sentence and it doesn’t let up throughout the whole book. This gets wearing and repetitive. Both the plot and the characters remain underdeveloped, the leads being little more than Mills & Boon approved stereotypes. I know that this book is part of the romantic fantasy genre but Ilona Andrews does it so much better. There the romance is secondary to a complex heroin and intricate plot. In this book it’s the other way round, which feels superficial and unsatisfying. Y

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  • smurph
  • 09-29-18

Daily deal

Enjoyed most of it though I found that the last 7 plus chapters boring. I will not bother with the remaining 2 books.

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  • Laurie
  • 08-30-18

im gonna have to buy the whole series

think the title says it all. I fell in love with the characters, the way the mythology of our world is threaded through and intertwined with the amazing and colourful world of Cat's life.

it's a fresh take on how the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece could impact the world if they were real enough.

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  • Rosemary White
  • 10-10-18

Enjoyable fantasy.

I was drawn into the storyline quickly and became involved. I recommend this for adults though, as there are tasteful erotic scenes towards the end of the book (an echo of "Fifty Shades" LOL, which I couldn't finish reading - it was not written well I thought) but this is not a negative criticism. It suits the story. This is the first in a trilogy and I have already purchased the second, I really want to find out what happens next and am already up to chapter 5, and we have more "shades", so be prepared. if you don't like to read erotica, I suggest you don't purchase this book. Otherwise, enjoy the escapism.

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  • Janine
  • 04-17-18

Romance, action, humour! Has it all!

What a wonderfully fun book!

Set in Ancient Greece, our heroine is Magoi (magic user), hiding from a hideous past and a terrible prophecy of the future. Cat is snarky, funny, brave... a thoroughly lovable character. Along comes a Hoi Poloi (non-magic user) warlord called Griffin who kidnaps her to help him secure his conquests of land.

Unfortunately for Cat, everything is conspiring to push her out of anonymity and to take an active role in saving the realm from savage, heartless Magoi who rule their world.

There are dragons, magical battles, gods and goddesses, unwanted love, adorable horses, new friends, and love, loyalty and laughter.

The narration is great, perfectly brings Cat's snark to life.

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  • A. R. Daw
  • 05-07-19

Disappointed

The narrator is good, and the story started promisingly, but ground into turgidity by chapter 10. I gave up.

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  • Zen
  • 02-12-19

Narration was off

I don’t know why, but female narrators with fantastic voices sometimes feel the need to put on a childish inane voice for the heroine in the romance genre. This heroine cane across as really annoying because of this. Actually her character was quite interesting and kick-ass, but unfortunately came across as immature and silly. Shame. The story wasn’t interesting enough to make up for this.

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  • C. A. Chambers
  • 02-05-19

Good story marred by over-descriptive sex scenes

Bought as a deal of the day. If the book description had given any hint that the story ends up playing second fiddle to the sex scenes, I would never have purchased.
I really quite enjoyed many of the story aspects of this book. I was drawn in by the initial unfolding of the plot, but this enjoyment turned to embarrassed awkwardness as the tale devolved into erotic fiction.
It's a great shame for Lucy Scott who does an excellent job of narration, though I do wonder how she read some of the prose without laughing out loud.

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  • Aishah
  • 08-30-18

What a read

I went through this book just in two days. couldn't put it down. Give it a go

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  • Erin
  • 08-22-18

Woah!

I've had this on my shelf for ages but I took a chance and bought the audio. Lucy Scott does a wonderful job of narrating the book and makes all the witty commentary come to life. The story itself is divine and now one of my favourite book series. There is still so much to uncover and I'm loving every minute. Not to mention that Griffin is one hell of a hot warlord and the budding romance between him and Cat sets me alight.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-26-22

Not a fan of narrator

I enjoyed that the narrator attempted different accents/tones when other characters are talking, helps connect to them more. However I find that when she was speaking as the main character she made her voice sound more weak and pathetic than the character is. She’s loud mouthed, head strong and wouldn’t talk in the quiet tones that the narrator speaks her in. I also got annoyed by the pronunciations of some words such as beta, fisa, privacy. They were pronounced wrong and annoyed me a bit. I have read the book before without audible and the story captivates me, I can never put it down but I don’t have time to read so I decided to play it in the background so I could still experience it. 100% recommend the book and the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-24-22

Enjoyable but childish

With the dialogue of the main character I constantly forgot her age. Quite sure she’s 22, but honestly ... kind of acts like a child.

The overall story was good, the steamy scenes caught me off guard.

However, the characters were likeable and the performance was absolutely brilliant. Lucy Scott does any amazing job; she brings the story to life!

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  • Cassie Robinson
  • 10-07-21

I LOVE THIS BOOK

I love everything about this book. The found family trope - the banter - the spice. It’s so so so so good. The whole series is amazing and I re listen to it all the time. Narrator is great too!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-21

Dubious consent and abuse a real disappointment

The story was okay, however the dubious consent and abuse was not. Griffen is controlling, refuses to take no for an answer, and trashes the room when angry. Despite being kidnapped, Kat can’t ‘help’ being turned on. Yet apparently this is meant to be love? Nope.

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  • Cassie Fox
  • 05-21-21

Really good

Worth the credit. This was really good. I love the mix of Greek gods, magic and warlords. Cat is a sassy protagonist and Griffin is swoon worthy.
A good mix of slowburn romance without being annoyingly drawn out with some great action, world building and enticing plot.
I don’t really understand the negative reviews about this book on here. There was an abundance of positive reviews and recommendations on goodreads and I’m glad I didn’t let the negative ones persuade me.

Straight onto book two for me.

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  • lisa
  • 04-07-20

I cant deal with the narrator

The plot has me wanting more but the narrator is horrible she has a way of making everyone sounds like snooty whiners I cant make it past the 4th chapters. I just brought the book to read instead.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-30-19

good story

liked the general story, but unfortunately the main character, Cat, got on my nerves a bit. her never ending not funny sarcastic comments got super annoying to the point where I nearly gave up on it. but ultimately glad I listened, decent story.

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 05-20-19

Too many sex scenes

im no prude and i love a good hot and dirty sex scene but these 2 are always at it...it gets boring after a while and i skipped over most of them. carvers heart break needs to be explained too...its fustrating.