Release Day Review: A Curse of Queens by Amanda Bouchet

Series: Kingmaker Chronicles #4
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Romance / Fantasy

The queen has been cursed, and no one knows who’s behind the plot to threaten the realm’s fragile peace. Desperate to help, Jocasta hatches a plan to find Circe’s Garden, a fabled island where she hopes to discover an antidote. But she can’t do it alone. She needs the strong arm and unflinching bravery of the warrior she’s loved since childhood—her brother’s right-hand-man and captain of the guard, Flynn of Sinta.

Together they can do the impossible. Yet with treachery brewing on Mount Olympus, one thing is clear: Thalyria and its new royals are still pawns in an epic game of power—one that might end in a War of Gods

**ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

The Kingmaker Chronicles is one of my favorite fantasy series, so I was excited when I saw that Amanda Bouchet was writing Jocasta and Flynn's story. I couldn't wait to get back into the amazing, and intricate world Amanda had created. I wanted to see what all my favorite characters were up to. This book is pretty long and I am really happy about that. The author took the time to set everything up and delivered a very magical action-packed novel. Jo has had a thing for Flynn since forever, however, Flynn is very hesitant to open himself up due to him losing his whole family. He is afraid to love because that will mean that there is a chance something could happen to that person.

“I claim you, Jocasta. You will be the sun I orbit for the rest of my days. I will be your home, wherever we are and wherever we go. I will protect you. I will love you. I will always be yours.” Voice low, unsteady, he rasped, “I vow this with every part of my body and soul.”

When the Queen (and main character in the previous three books) is cursed Jo, Flynn and others go on a mission to find an antidote to the curse. I really love when characters travel through different worlds and we meet all kinds of mythological creatures and gods. There was no boring moment in this book and I was hooked and dedicated until the end. Amanda Bouchet has become a favorite author of mine and I love how unique and intriguing her stories are. The ending leaves possibilities for many other books set in this world and I look forward to reading all of them. I need to know what is going to happen to many of my favorite side characters. A Curse of Queens is in my opinion a perfect addition to the Kingmaker Chronicles.

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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