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Released: May 25 2021
Series: Fate & Flame #1
“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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