A Promise of Fire Audiobooks by Amanda Bouchet (REVIEW)

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Review of: A Promise of Fire Audiobook
Amanda Bouchet

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On January 17, 2017
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A Promise of Fire Audiobook

By: Amanda Bouchet

Narrated by: Mia Barron

Published by: Recorded Books 08/12/16

A Promise of Fire Audiobook by Amanda Bouchet

4 Hearts rating image Hot Listens

Kingmaker Chronicles #1

14 hrs and 45 mins mins

Genre: Fantasy

A Promise of Fire Audiobook Sample

A Promise of Fire Audiobook

One of the problems with reviewing audiobooks is that you see and sometimes read reviews of a book for several weeks and sometimes months before you get the audiobook. This audiobook was released after the release date of the original print/ebook release date. So for months, I saw all of these reviews of how great this book was. I was actually very scared to start this book. I was worried that the book wasn’t going to live of to the hype that I was reading. I had this book on my iPod for almost a month before I finally forced myself to start it. I found that my fears were unfounded. This is a great start to a new fantasy series.

This series is about a realm with three different kingdoms, Fisa, Tarva, & Sinta. The old Sinta ruler, the alpha, has been overthrown by a non-magical family. The warlord has his sister as the new Alpha Sinta. He is the new Beta Sinta. As a non-magical family, he knew that he would need help to hold onto the kingdom. He sets out to find someone. He stumbles upon a circus where he meets Cat. She’s working as a soothsayer. When she doesn’t go willingly with him and his Beta team, he abducts her. Now, this doesn’t sound like the way to start a relationship, but Beta Sinta is ever the gentleman. Even though he does have feelings for her, he doesn’t take advantage.

Cat has some really big secrets about her past. Some of these come out throughout the story. Some we know as readers, but those around Cat don’t know them. These secrets make things very hard on the rest of her team, but not as much as it does for her relationship with Griffin, Beta Sinta. She fights the relationship for a very long time. While she has very good reasons for not wanting to be close to anyone, it was still frustrating at times. As I was listening, I really felt for Griffin. He could see that she cared for him, even if she didn’t want to admit it, but she was holding herself back so much.

I really enjoyed the Greek Mythology in this book. There is talk of Zeus, Cerberus, Hades and Poseidon, just to name a few. They even go to a temple of Poseidon to offer their offerings. Poseidon is the god that Cat prays to the most. She also has a relationship with Cerberus. She’s one of the few who isn’t scared of him.

There is some great snark between Griffin and Cat. Also between Cat and the Beta Team, the group of warriors who travel with Griffin. They are a pretty amazing team. Not only are the loyal, they also work great together. While Cat’s relationship with Griffin’s sisters isn’t as good as the Beta Team, she does seem to make a connection with them.

Cat is an interesting character in that is both mature and immature. She is very mature in the fact that she’s seen more than most. She had to grow up quickly, because of the situation she was in as a child. But, she is also very immature in her socialization. Especially when it comes to the moves that Griffin is making on her. She talks like a second grader and he has cooties. Other times, she talks more mature (see quote below).

This is a good start to a series. This book is full of everything you would expect to see in a light fantasy. There’s a great cast of characters, but not an overwhelming number of them. There’s also a great world built around these characters. The author did a great job of mixing in the Greek Mythology while making it her own. There’s plenty of action and just the right amount of romance. I’m very eager to see what’s next for Cat and the gang.

“Now that that’s settled, you’re coming with me.”
“Never in a billion suns. Not even if Zeus showed up as a swan and tried to peck me in your direction. I wouldn’t go with you even if my other option was Hades dragging me to the Underworld for an eternal threesome with Persephone.”

A Promise of Fire Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

I think this is the first full length novel that I’ve listened to by Mia Barron. I’ve listened to her narrate some of stories in a few anthologies by Kelley Armstrong. I have to say that she does just as good of a job with this full length story. She nails the larger cast of characters. I like both her male and female characters. I think she handled the pace and tones of the many different action and sex scenes really well. I will be staying with the audiobooks for this series going forward.

Author: Amanda Bouchet

Author: 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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NarratorMia Barron

Narrator: Mia BarronMia Barron is a theater, film and television actress. Her stage credits include Springtime for Henry and Heartbreak House, She Stoops to Comedy and Hedda Gabler. She was recently in 27 Dresses with Katherine Heigl, and also has a recurring role as the voice of Molotov in the cartoon network’s The Venture Brothers.


I like to thank Recorded Books for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. ooh a number one in a new series by an author I’ve been wanting to try. Thanks Melanie

    • This was a great start to a fantasy series. I loved the Greek Mythology mixed in.

  2. I’ve been holding off on this one but kept seeing it around. Gonna have to grab the audio for it!!! 😀

    • Mia Barrow did a great job narrating this story. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  3. I’m currently reading the Kindle version; I love it and I’m such a big fan of Greek mythology.

    • I love how this author took the Greek Mythology for this story. Enjoy.

  4. I missed all the buzz when this first came out, but luckily I picked it up and loved it. I am planning on reading the second one very soon.

  5. So need to get this one. I have heard that it is as good on audio as it is reading it and I think you confirmed that. Brilly review.

    • I really loved Mia Barrow. I’m excited for the next book.

  6. Loved this one but struggling with book 2. I put off reading it for now versus DNF-ing it outright. The beginning of the follow-up frustrated me.

    • I’ve heard there is a lot of sex in the second book. I don’t mind that sex, but if it overtakes the story, that will be disappointing. I hope that this book doesn’t end up being the only good book in the series. I’ve read a series like that before. Where the first book is the best and the author can’t top it.

    • I really enjoyed this one. I’m excited to see how the next one goes.

  7. So glad you enjoyed this one. I am looking forward to the final book 🙂

    • Is this series only going to be a trilogy? I didn’t realize that. Good to know. 🙂

  8. The anticipation nerves can get to me over different books, too. Glad you were able to plunge in and set your fears to rest. It’s a great series and the banter is a fun part.

    She felt young at times to me, too.

    Neat that the narrator added a strong positive to your experience.

    • I try to not read reviews for a book that I know I’m going to read. I read several for this book before I decided to take the plunge. I’m glad I finally got to it.

  9. Yay! I had the same problem, Melanie – I received this for audio review, which meant I didn’t get it until into December (by time it arrived in the mail) and then I had to rip the CDs so I can listen on my phone. So I’ve only had the ability to really listen to it for about a week now! And part of me has been excited and part nervous because of all the hype. Glad to know the narration is good and I should be able to proceed happily!

    • I think you will enjoy this one Berls. The narration is great. Enjoy.

    • I think you will like it. Hope you don’t have to wait too long.

  10. Yay! I’m so glad you liked this, for a minute there I thought maybe you were a little disappointed in it, it’s always so hard to start books with a lot of hype because more often than not I end up being disappointed or let down. Glad this wasn’t like that.

    • I was really scared about starting this one. I’m really glad that I liked it. I’m going to request the second book.

  11. I got this in Kindle version from my secret Santa, Melanie! And I’m really happy you enjoyed it 🙂 I didn’t read your review, though, as I’m always afraid to be spoiled – even knowing you don’t really do spoilers 😉

    • I’m the same way with books that I know I’m going to read. For books that I know I want to read, I don’t even read blurbs. I try my darnedest to avoid spoilers. LOL I think you’ll enjoy this one Lexxie.

  12. Wonderful review. I love this series.
    I know what you mean seeing and reading all the reviews for a book you are looking forward too and not being sure if it will live up to your expectations. I try to avoid reviews for those books I’m really looking forward too, just for that reason.
    Glad you enjoyed this novel.

    • I normally avoid reviews for books that I know I’m going to read. I read several for this one before I decided that I was going to try it.

  13. Great review! I have this on my TBR and I get the same way when books get a lot of hype. But it is good to hear you enjoyed this. I plan to read or listen to this soon.

  14. Since I still haven’t picked up this read yet I might just gone ahead and borrow it from my library or spend the credit to listen to this on audio. Great review!

  15. Hi Mels! I didn’t know audiobooks took that long to come out?? That had to have been a miserable time to have to wait while everyone else was reading it. I would have been kind of paranoid to read it as well. But I’m glad you liked it when you did finally read it! 🙂 See? It’s better when you just take the plunge. 🙂

    • Most audiobooks come out the same day as the print/ebooks. However, this one didn’t. I don’t know if they waited to see how it did, since it is a debut. I know I’ve had books in series delayed because the narrator for that series wasn’t available to get the book out in time for release day, so they decided to delay the audio, rather than changing narrators (which I prefer they keep the same narrator).

  16. I heard mixed things about this one but it’s nice to see you had a nice time. I have book 1 to read.

    • I’ve seen all 4 star and above for this one. I have seen a few lower rating for the second book. I’m going to keep my hopes up for it. 🙂

  17. Oh, I BET you were worried going into this book!!!! Especially b/c I would classify you as an “expert” or maybe a “connoisseur” of PNR and knowing that all the great reviews were from readers who may not read quite as much PNR or UF as you do 😀 I’m soooooo not saying you’re a snob – NOT AT ALL!!! I was worried myself!!! I’m worried right now reading the second book. There’s only so much adventure I can take before I need a plot. Maybe that’s my problem with the 2nd book. I haven’t looked at the reviews yet…

    Great review, girl!!

    And OMG – Mia does Venture Bros!!!!??? That is too cool!!! I didn’t know they were still on!! 🙂

    • Well, thanks so much. I don’t feel like an expert by any means, but I really appreciate you saying that. I don’t think you’re saying I’m a snob at all. I’ve seen mixed reviews for the second book. I’m going to give it a go. For me, it is easier to get through a ‘meh’ book on audio, because I’m usually doing something else while listening. That helps me get through the less exciting parts.

  18. I’ve been seeing os many reviews for this series that I can imagine why you were a bit hesitant to start it. I am glad to hear you enjoyed this one! The mythology aspects sounds nicely woven into the story. The narration sounds well done for this one. I hope you enjoy the rets of the series as well. I might pick up this series eventually as I heard so many good things about it, but not sure yet.

    • From what I understand, it is going to be a trilogy. I think the entire series will be out before the end of the year. I do like the mythology that she used for this book. Taking Greek Mythology and making it her own.

  19. Glad you enjoyed the audio. I really liked reading it but for some reason my mood must not be right because I’m currently only 30% into book 2 and have been for a week now. Not that it’s not good, I’ve just been distracted by some audiobooks. LOL

    • I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews on the second book. You are not the only one struggling through it. That makes me worry. I’ve requested the next book to review. I guess I will see how it goes.

  20. I’m glad that you enjoyed this one! I haven’t read a good Urban Fantasy in a while, so I really enjoyed it!

    • I have book two which I need to start soon. I’m hoping that it will be as good. I’ve heard mixed reviews.

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