Catalia “Cat” Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…
Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.
Worldbuilding: The world of Thalyria was awesone, with its realms and cultures. I loved it, the history, the mythological aspects – kickass world!
Characters: Cat was hilarious. She was kickass, brave, ruthless when it was needed, loyal to her loved ones, troubled and traumatized by her past ofc – with that sort of mother, who wouldn’t be? -. I loved her snark and attitude, her passionate side that she struggled to keep under control… I just plain loved her to bits.
Griffin was every bit the alpha bastard hot male she needed as a strong counterpart. I loved their banter and chemistry, it was a bit weird and Stockholm-syndrome-inian and amusing too.
Plot: The enemies-to-lovers/kidnapping romance was amusing because it wasn’t overdone. I loved the story outside of the romance too though, so much court intrigue and future issues hinted at! It’s gonna be a pretty fun series, I’m already sure. There was enough action, fights, magic, gods intervening and mythical creatures making appearances to make it yummy and exciting.
Writing: First person, present tense narrative, Cat’s POV. Totally loved her snarky voice.
Curb Appeal: Looove the cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my fantasy romance moods
I loved Cat and the banter she and Griffin regaled us with. The kidnapping scenario is not for everyone, and it doesn’t get dark enough to be really intense regarding the captive-captor cruel dynamics. So I’m not sure I’d recommend it to dark romance fans. But to fans of fantasy romance, most definitely! I had a lot of fun reading the story and I loved the world.
Can’t wait for more!