Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on May 3, 2011
A reincarnation story set against the backdrop of Ancient Rome and the story of Julius Caesar, Mar Antony, Cleopatra, and Brutus. How could I resist? Fated caught my attention right away with the the historical backdrop, characters, and situation. It is a dual narration between Scottish warrioress and now Roman slave, Syra and Brutus, Roman Senator whose loyalty to Rome and to his friend are tugging him in two different directions by treacherous forces.
I loved the idea of taking a reviled betrayer in history and giving him an alternative story and gives the facts a new spin. The growing love between the Roman Senator and the Scottish slave while they tried to bridge their differences and hatred, and betrayal was captivating for me. I also enjoyed all the intrigue in the larger group of people in Rome.
This might have been a higher rating despite several references that were out of place in Ancient Rome, but then the last third happened. This was a strong story as a historical romance or historical fiction, but the paranormal elements kicked in strong during the last part and just felt tacked on at best, broke up the flow, and were ever so distracting. They could have been entirely left out and nothing would be missing. I love the paranormal genre stories, but this was clearly one that I didn’t feel it fit, mostly because the story was powerful without it and the reincarnation stuff was just dumped in and left much of it unexplained.
So, I still loved much of the earlier story, but ended up finding the last bit more a disappointment until the end. That end was bittersweet and emotional, but suited this particular story. Great idea to take on one of histories villains and give him a new story. I’m intrigued and would definitely read more of the author’s work.
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