"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.
BUT NOT IF SHE CAN HELP IT
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.
It's not enough Cat has given her heart to Griffin, now he knows her secrets, but does he know them all? Griffin is struggling with his protective nature but Cat's about to come up with an idea that takes this couple to the very brink. Change is inevitable but changing the world might just take more than even Cat has to give!
Well, fast moving just doesn't quite cut it here, but it's a story that just keeps chugging along. I loved that Ms Bouchet took time to explain just how this god (or should that be gods?) given world came to be with its magic and fantastical creatures. I was curious about Cat in the last book, Promise of Fire, as she clearly had protectors that are the stuff of myths and legends, and in this story, we learn oh so much more.
No matter how much action and adventure the author throws at us, it's the very human aspect that truly drives this book. Cat is stubborn, totally oblivious to her own worth, and did I mention almost suicidal at times? Griffin isn't perfect either and the beginning of Breath of Fire wasn't pleasant to read but his inability to deal with the thought of losing Cat is such a powerful driving force. Now that being said, this couple connect through sex and it's certainly plentiful but the fact that they are flawed with depths and yet still coming to terms with their intense feelings for each other, made them even more believable.
Ms Bouchet doesn't ignore the supporting characters and throws all manner of spanners into the works and I really liked that as I hate it when they are just an afterthought. No, the characters that travel with Cat and Griffin face more than a few challenges themselves so stand by for action, adventures, and more than a little bloodshed.
It ends with a revelation that unfortunately was one I could see coming a mile off; but as Cat prepares to confront her mother, the vile Queen Andromeda, it's safe to say she's got a team beside her that will fight until the bitter end.
This is a voluntary opinion of an advance reader copy.