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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Fates by Lanie Bross

Fates by Lanie Bross is a strange book and I'm still a bit mystified by it days after finishing it. On one hand, Fates is poorly plotted and developed, but on the other hand, I couldn't tear myself away from this book. Even though Fates is a mediocre take on mythology, I was still extremely entertained and hopelessly engrossed.

The characters in Fates were merely lifeless shells, and the sad thing is that they had so much potential. I really wanted to care about Corinthe and Luc, but Lanie Bross never really developed her characters enough. Both Luc and Corinthe were so undeveloped to the point where both characters had zero personality and defining characteristics. I never really cared about each character at all and so, I had little to no interest in the plot.

Corinthe's job is to make sure everyone's fates go according to plan and that means killing Luc. If she kills Luc, she can return home to Pyralis Terra, the only problem is that Corinthe has fallen in love. Honestly, I didn't really feel as if Corinthe really wanted to go home and I felt that Corinthe was all talk. The whole plot felt pointless and there really wasn't much of a climax or any rising action; the whole plot lacked any tension.

The world-building of Fates was extremely futile and by the time I finished Fates, I knew even less about Pyralis Terra than when I started. The author throws in random terminology about fates and she never clearly defines these terms. I had so many questions about the world and the author never answered any of my questions at all. The world was poorly constructed and I really didn't understand the point of it all.  I like the concept of a world governed by fate, but it really was executed poorly.

The romance in Fates lacked any movement and I was rather apathetic towards Luc-Corinthe's relationship. Bross gave me no reason to even care about their relationship at all and I couldn't believe that someone would give up their home for a dull guy like Luce. The romance had such a predictable arc and I easily discerned where it was moving right from the start.

The only thing that saved Fates was Lanie Bross's writing style, everything else was very mediocre.  I can't exactly put my finger on it, but there was something I loved about Bross's prose.  Bross has this simple, elegant way of writing and her sentences were a pleasure to read. Her writing redeemed this book for me and it was the only thing that compelled me to continue reading!

Bottom Line:   Fates is a pretty average fantasy novel and the plot, characters and world-building are nothing spectacular.


Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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