Series: Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon,
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy
Published by Six Talon Sign Media LLC on January 28, 2013
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Rysa Torres misses information. Loses concentration. Her attention problems randomize her life but she pushes forward anyway, doing the best she can -- until monsters activate a part of her she didn’t know she had.
As visions of the future whip inside her head, Rysa realizes the truth: She’s a Fate.
And she will set fire to the world.
All her options explode. Her family ripped away, what little control she had destroyed, Rysa is left with one choice: Will she die to stop the coming flames, or will she allow the man and the dragon she loves to die in her place?
“Games of Fate” begins “Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon”, a new Urban Fantasy series with Strong Romantic Elements by Kris Austen Radcliffe. Set in the open spaces of America, the series takes Rysa and Ladon -- and Ladon’s companion beast, Dragon -- through a landscape punctuated by unfamiliar creatures: Fates with the ability to see the past, present and future. Ghouls called Burners who devour with fire and acid. Shifters who shape much more than their bodies. And two dragons who speak with color and pattern.
It starts here, now, with one young woman’s fight against a burning future -- and against the death of the man she loves.
Alright, first I’m going to critique the description of this book — found on amazon.com and other book sites as well: When you say she’s left with one choice, but then spell out two choices — well, obviously she has more than one choice, now doesn’t she?
This book initially annoyed me. Part of that, I’m guessing, is because I couldn’t get into it at all. It’s very choppy and distracting, which fits it, I guess, as Rysa has very bad A.D.H.D. and I have it as well. So when you have a book that’s written about it and from that person’s point of view, and you’re dealing with your own attention span issues, it’s a bad combo.
The storyline, itself, is quite good. It’s new and fascinating and I like the idea of Ladon and Dragon being two parts to one whole. Though there aren’t hugely Greek overtones (from which the original Fates, or Moirai, originated from) there are a few references to the beginnings of them.
Ladon-Dragon is a great character, as is Rysa, both having many layers and relatable. The sexual tension between them is palpable though Rysa continuously doubts her appeal as she has had nothing but bad experiences with men in the past, due to her attention and hyperactivity issues. I can relate to her jumping up and down when she gets excited, or always fidgeting, as I do the same. So I do like her character quite a bit. And I wish I had a Dragon of my own — but then, don’t we all?
Once I was able to concentrate and focus on the book, and more towards the end of the book where the plot takes a sudden turn, I was able to more fully enjoy it. I do like the book, but like is the best I can give it. It took me a while to get into it due to it. At the end of the book there is a preview of the next book in the series which seems to be a little more focused than this one — then again, it is told from Ladon’s point of view and not Rysa’s (at least to begin with). I do want to read that, but I wish that Ms. Radcliffe hadn’t made the book, itself, A.D.H.D.
So three out of five flowers from this reviewer. I know it will get different responses (and I have read other reviews) but due to my own attention issues and the choppiness of the book, it was just more difficult.