Stolen Fate is a novella in the Mythean Arcana series.
Fiona Blackwood is losing her mind
Fiona is an Acquirer, an immortal who uses magic to hunt for ancient artifacts. Ever since she failed to live up to her fate and find the Book of Worlds, she’s been shunned by those around her. Worse, she’s slowly losing her mind as her subconscious keeps trying to accomplish her fated task. When she’s presented with one last chance to find the Book of Worlds and thus save her sanity, she’ll stop at nothing to accomplish her goal.
Ian MacKenzie has been in hell
For more than one hundred years, Ian has been locked in a nightmarish prison. An accomplished thief, he was thrown into hell for failing to maintain the secrecy of his magical race. When Fiona presents him with an opportunity for escape, he’ll do anything it takes to ensure that it’s permanent, even if it means betraying the woman he’s grown to care for.
A dark force could tear them apart
As Fiona and Ian get closer to finding the book, they learn that there’s more at stake than they ever imagined – like the fate of the world. When their task threatens to tear them apart, they’ll have to make the ultimate decision: life, or love?
Kindle Edition, 132 pages
Published December 8th 2014 by Bonnie Doon Press
***I received a free copy of this book from Bonnie Doon Press through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***
This was a fun, fast pace, action packed and sexy read that doesn’t skimp on plot or character development despite it’s novella length. Fiona needs to find the Book of Worlds, not only to repair her damaged reputation, but to save her sanity. When she is given information on not where the elusive book is, but who can help her obtain it, she decides to take matters into her own hand. Ian has been locked up in the University's Prison for Magical Deviants for almost a century so when Fiona recruits him to help her with her plan, he agrees and decides that once they do find the Book of Worlds he will use it as a bargaining chip for his freedom. But, things don’t go quite as planned. Outside forces, a God hellbent on acquiring the book. the University and the nature of magic, get in the way as well as Ian and Fiona’s own internal feelings, not only towards each other but also towards what they believed their end games to be.
What I really liked about this one, and something that is sometimes difficult to get right when it comes to novella length books, is that I felt like I got to know both Fiona and Ian. We have met Fiona before, but didn’t get the full impact of her plight and Ms. Hall does a great job at keeping the story going at a good pace while weaving in the information about Fiona and Ian’s pasts and why they are the way that they are, which also helped to make the attraction/almost Insta-love they end up feeling towards each other work for me.
I would have liked a little more time with the Gods themselves to get their perspective on the Book, but there is enough information about what they would do with it that that one issue falls under my “It’s not you, it’s me” umbrella. The mysterious and elusive Logan pops up in this one and my curiosity is definitely piqued about what his end game is and what he has set in motion to obtain it, so I am definitely looking forward to seeing what comes next.