Release Day Review: Consort of Fire by Kit Rocha

November 28, 2023

Series: Bound to Fire and Steel #1
Genre: Fantasy Romance

From cult-favorite writing duo Kit Rocha comes a fiery novel set in a lush fantasy world brimming with ancient magic, dangerous secrets, and erotic connections.

For three thousand years, an ancient dragon god has protected the borders of the Sheltered Lands. In return, he makes only one demand: every one hundred years, the mortal ruler must send their heir to serve as his consort…for as long as they can survive.

Sachielle of House Roquebarre is the thirty-first consort to be sacrificed to the monster who guards the mountain passes. She is young, beautiful—and she has three secrets.

First: she’s a disposable orphan trained in seduction.

Second: her handmaid, Zanya, is an assassin and the only person she has ever loved.

Third—and most dangerous: she’s cursed. Sachi and Zanya have five weeks to murder the Dragon in his bed. If they fail, the mortal king’s curse will steal not just Sachi’s life, but her very soul.

The Dragon has only one secret: he is nothing like what they have been told. And he will do whatever it takes to possess them both.

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

“Her love for you burns so bright inside me, handmaid. You and I could take her to the brink and leave her there for hours, and she wouldn’t crave her own release as much as she craves yours right now.”

Kit Rocha's Consort of Fire, first book in the Bound to Fire and Steel series, delivers a spellbinding fantasy of magic, secrets, and passion. An ancient dragon god demands the ruler's heir as a companion every century. Sachielle, a cursed heiress, and her assassin lover, Zanya, face a five-week challenge: slay the dragon or lose all. But the dragon's true nature surprises, unraveling desires and secrets.

“You’re my tether. Without you, I’d be only darkness.”

As someone who's really into fantasy romances, I was genuinely excited when I heard about this new series from Kit Rocha. And I've got to say, I was pretty engrossed in the story right from the start. One thing that usually gets to me with fantasy books is the whole intricate world setup that can sometimes get overwhelming. But surprisingly, that wasn't an issue here. The world-building was solid, and I didn't have any trouble keeping up with the characters and places.

“You’re my light. And you’ll be his, too.”

Speaking of characters, Zanya, Sachi, and the Dragon make for an interesting trio. What I appreciated was the slow yet meaningful way the authors developed trust and emotions among them. The Dragon's patient demeanor definitely caught my attention. Consort of Fire maintains a perfect pace while delivering ample steaminess. Though I longed for a touch more romance, it's important to note that this isn't a standalone. I'm looking forward to how the relationships evolve in the next book.

About the Author

Kit Rocha is the pseudonym for co-writing team Donna Herren and Bree Bridges. After penning dozens of paranormal novels, novellas and stories as Moira Rogers, they branched out into gritty, sexy dystopian romance.

The Beyond series has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, has been nominated for best erotic romance in the RT Reviewer’s Choice award five times, and won in 2013 and 2015.

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