The Nitty-Gritty Details
Title: Heart on Fire
Author: Amanda Bouchet
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Jan. 2018
Blurb: With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin’s role in shaping her destiny.
Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step–reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.
What doesn’t kill her will only make her stronger…we hope.
So, if you’ve read my reviews over either of the first two books in the series, you know I was itching to read the conclusion to this trilogy. As a whole, this trilogy is probably one of my favorites–if not the favorite–romance trilogy I’ve ever read. Not that I’m super well versed in the genre, but it was so refreshing to read a romance where the main plot was just an engaging as the romantic plot.
Which is good, because in Heart on Fire?
Friends, shit goes down.
I can’t lie and say that, at least once, I didn’t flip forward a couple chapters and try to read ahead to make sure X didn’t happen and Y did happen, before I forced myself to stop being an idiot and go back and continue reading the actual book. I got so, so, so invested in the war at Cat and Griffin were fighting. It was hard to put the book down, especially as everything comes into place together.
I had three favorite elements, I think, that really stood out.
One: The Continued Cleverness
Something I’ve loved about these books has been the interweaving of Greek Mythology. It is just so cleverly done and this book definitely amps that mythology and its influence up to the point where I just wanted to sit back and applaud (at one point, I think I actual did). Seriously, it made me want to go back and relearn some of that lore, because I felt like there were definitely some really killer references I should have caught, but didn’t, alongside all the ones I did.
Two: Cat Herself
The thing I love about Cat the most, I think, is how much her brain thinks exactly like mine. While at times I was frustrated to read about her going back and doubting herself yet again, it was such a reflection on how my own brain thinks, it’s almost scary. Granted, the stakes I’m dealing with are nowhere near the choices she has to make and things she has to do, but to see my own thought processes and mental struggles reflected and told so well through a character who I admire and see strength within…well, it might be the wake up call I’m looking for to see the same level of admiration and strength within myself.
But mostly how Griffin turns me on, utterly and almost effortlessly.
Don’t get me wrong: I love Griffin as a character and the way he evolves and grows in this book might be the most in the entire series. That shouldn’t be understated or underappreciated, even though I’m doing both of those things right now to discuss how ridiculously attracted I am to a fictional book character. But, there were just a couple of scenes that made me question how wise it was to read this book during my dinner breaks at work.
This book was a wonderful conclusion to a really fantastic series that opened my eyes to how the genres of romance and fantasy can not only blend, but blend well. And when that happens, wonderful things happen. I’m stoked for Bouchet’s sci-fi trilogy that’s coming out next May, I believe. If it’s anything like what she delivered with Cat and Griffin’s story, I know it’s going to be amazing and it can’t come soon enough.