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.
Cat has powerful magic and is able to tell the lies from the truth. She has been running from her heritage and concealing her powers so as to not alert the world (and particularly her homocidal family) to her presence. There are three kingdoms from north to south. The northern kingdom (where Cat is from) is closest to the source of magic while the southern kingdom is the farthest. This means that the most powerful magicians are in the north and the farther you travel south, the weaker the magic.
Griffin is the second in line for the rulership of the Southern kingdom. He and his family liberated the south from corrupt magician rulers who subjugated the people. Although he has conquered the kingdom, his family are non-magicians and he needs the support of Magicians in order to hold the kingdom againt invasion by the other kingdoms that are magically strong.
He kidnaps Cat to help him and his family in gathering support and navigating the dangerous waters of politics. Although the kidnapping and blackmailing part din’t sit well with me initially, Cat is strong both physically and emotionally. She doesn’t get pushed around and gives as good as she gets. Eventually Cat and Griffin come to an understanding.
Cat’s very cut off from and wary of people. But as she travels with Griffin and his team, she gets closer to them and starts to consider them as family. Against her will, she comes to care for them. Cat’s character is absolutely lovable in a prickly sort of way. The other characters are very well developed and you fall in love with them even though you only know them from Cat’s perspective.
The world is wonderfully developed and is created on the basis of Greek mythology. The romance element is present from the first and steadily devlops but it does not over power the plot. All-in-all, its an awesome Fantasy Romance up there on my shelf with C.L. Wilson’s Tairen Soul series. It’s been some time since I found such a great new series and Author.
It’s definitely 5/5 stars!