Author(s): K.A. Tucker
Series: Fate & Flame #1
Also in this series: A Curse of Blood & Stone
Published by K.A. Tucker on May 25, 2021
Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance
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.
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.
?A Fate of Wrath and Flames, book one in the Fate and Flame series took me on a fantastical journey. It introduced me to a world of magic where immortals reigned and mortals were subservient.
What a ride. I would not want to be in Romeria’s shoes. Plucked from a world where all appears normal only to be plunged into a place where humans are blood slaves, elves are superior and deadly beasts roam. To make matters worse she is accused of murdering the King and Queen of Islor. In addition the revelation of her secret would mean death for her. Despite all this she had a task to perform. A task which is a mystery to her, but one she needs to accomplish.
As the story unfolds Romeria learns the truth about this strange world, its people and most of all herself. With each revelation the danger to her increases. I had an interesting time navigating this world with its rich tapestry alongside the heroine.
Romeria didn’t have an easy life growing up in the City of New York. However, she looked beyond her circumstances and worked to make better life for herself. If asked to describe Romeria, strong, resilient, smart and sassy would be the perfect adjectives.
The author weaved a slow burn enemies to lovers romance amidst danger, secrets, mystery, magic and intrigue. Zander fought his attraction to Romeris to no avail. He can’t fathom why he can’t stay away from her knowing she is responsible for murdering his parents or so he thought. He would soon learn that all is not as it appears to be.
The story flowed seamlessly and I no issues following it. Seeing the story through Romeria’s eyes gives one the feeling of living the story.
The pacing was steady for the most part. It slowed at the points where the author provided pertinent details as it relates to this magical world.
The story ended on a cliff hanger, which has me eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. Overall, I had a wonderful time with ?A Fate of Wrath and Flame. Readers who enjoy fantasy stories with magical kingdoms, battles and romance, will enjoy this new series by K.A Tucker.
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