ARC Review: A Fate of Wrath and Flame by K.A. Tucker

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ARC Review: A Fate of Wrath and Flame by K.A. Tucker
A Fate of Wrath and Flame

3.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: May 25 2021
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Fate & Flame #1
Pages: 533

“If THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE and FROM BLOOD AND ASH could have a book baby, it would be this.”

~ Under the Covers

A FATE OF WRATH AND FLAME starts off in the real world where we meet our heroine, a thief in NYC, who follows a mysterious woman and has no choice but to take on a job to steal a stone that may help her earn her freedom from the criminals that own her. Soon enough she finds herself transported to a parallel universe, in a body that is not her own and she quickly finds surrounded by monsters that could be based on real world’s vampire myths.

I don’t want to give anything away about the actual story so here are some points on my feelings while reading this one.  The writing, love. The world building, not bad. The concept, really interesting. The pacing? A struggle. It took me quite some time to read this book, and it’s a big one at that. Somehow, for the first half, I kept losing interest and putting this down to read something else. It took some time until I had all the threads of the story in place and could easily identify the characters enough to keep up with what was going on in a way that flowed for me. The last 40% I was hooked with just a few exceptions. I really wish the pacing was better because I feel like this is the only thing that made me not love this book as much as I could’ve. 

The romance may be a bit less than what some Tucker readers may expect. This book leans more on the fantasy than the romance but for me it made total sense that it would take time for them to get anywhere near where they could explore attraction and feelings.  Their relationship starts off on the basis of lies and betrayals, not even counting she’s not who he thinks she is. So if you’re ready for a slow burn that will probably get deeper in the next book then pick this up.

If THE INVISIBLE LIFE OF ADDIE LARUE and FROM BLOOD AND ASH could have a book baby, it would be this. In fact I would even say as far as the plot, I find it better than FBAA! AFOWAF has beautiful writing and overall good worldbuilding. She’s created a parallel universe full of monsters and political intrigue that in the end I was glad to get lost in. And even though I was prepared for this to be a standalone, I’m really invested in this story and characters now and I can’t wait for the next book. I definitely have high hopes for all the places it can go to.

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About K.A. Tucker

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.

She is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Oprah Mag, and First for Women.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto.

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Thanks! The reviews ibe rwad for this are pretty similar good story but longer than necessary.


I’m intrigued by the premises, it reminds me a bit of the beginning of the Daevabad Trilogy. It’s a shame that the pacing is off, but I’m glad that it caught your attention enough to make you consider picking up the next book in the series.

Amy R

I loved From Blood and Ash so I may need to try this one.

Marie Wood

Ughhh I’m so looking forward to reading this one once life calms down a bit! Romance and fantasy are my two favs, and I don’t mind having to ease through the details when I know the payoff at the end of the book is worth the it and there’s a series to follow up. Also, loving your description of the book baby!