Series: Fate & Flame #1
Published by Self Pub on May 20th 2021
Genres: Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Romance
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She would know the world of vengeful gods and monsters, and the lengths one would go for love. And nothing would ever be the same for her again.
Gifted thief Romeria has flourished from her days as a street kid pilfering wallets to survive. Now she thrives, stealing jewels from the rich under the involuntary employ of New York City’s most notorious crime boss. But when an enigmatic woman secures her services at swordpoint, Romeria is plunged into a startling realm of opposing thrones, warring elven, and elemental magic she cannot begin to fathom.
Her quest is straightforward: Steal a stone from Islor’s sacred garden without anyone discovering her true identity, which would earn her certain death. But the identity she has inexplicably assumed is that of the captured Ybarisan princess—an enemy to Islor after she poisoned their beloved king and queen on the day she was to marry the prince.
Her betrothed, the newly crowned King Zander, detests her with every grain of his handsome being. Fortunately for Romeria, she is more valuable to him alive than dead. Zander gives her a choice: life in a cell, or an acquittal of all charges in exchange for her help in exposing the growing plot against him.
Romeria sees no other option and embraces the tricky role of smitten queen-to-be until she can escape, a ruse that brings her far closer to the king than she anticipated and threatens more than her safety. As she digs deeper into this sacred garden and the ancient feud between Ybaris and Islor, she discovers monstrous truths that could spell ruin for all.
The Good Things
- This book is SO GOOD. You all need to read it.
- I procrastinated uni assignments to binge read this in a single setting. And then I immediately ordered a physical copy and pre-ordered the sequel as soon as I finished it.
- Honestly, it was everything I wanted FBAA to be. Good writing, great world building, fascinating lore and characters. It just got better and better the more I read.
- I should add that I’ve been a big K.A. Tucker fan for years. I should have known I’d enjoyed it, but I’d never read any of her old fantasy novels (they’re no longer available).
- It contained so many of my favourite fantasy and romance tropes: prophecies and curses, elemental magic, immortal creatures, political machinations, fake relationships, slow burn hate to love.
The Not-So-Good Things
- I loved this overall, but it did take me a little while to get into it. I wasn’t overly fussed on the beginning with the stuff in our world. Once we got into the fantasy realm though it was SUPERB.
- The sequel isn’t out yet which makes me mildly sad. I need more.
I can’t believe I doubted this book when I first started it. I should never doubt K.A. Tucker; she’s one of my favourite authors in thriller and romance. I can now add one of my favourite fantasy authors to the list. The Fate of Wrath and Flame was superb. It was everything I wanted and more.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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