Taran Wird, who commands the power to wield fire and lightning, is an oddity in the supernatural world. But neither Taran nor her unique sisters compare to the bizarre entity known as Destiny. And Taran is assigned to protect her.
Born of two witches, Destiny is revered among the supernatural elite for her acute ability to predict the future. Her biggest prophecy involves Taran’s sister, Celia, whom Destiny decreed will bear children strong enough to take on the evil that’s rising. Yet Destiny is not alone in her predictions, or individuality.
When Johnny Fate, a rock star among humans and a male version of Destiny is discovered, his powers and Destiny’s clash, triggering the start of Destiny’s demise and altering the fate of Celia’s unborn children.
Taran, her werewolf lover Gemini, and their allies must determine if it’s Fate who will decide what will become of Celia’s children, or if their lives and the world will perish with Destiny.
Taran and Gemini are solid, but the world around them has gone up in flames as Destiny and Fate are at war over the lives of Celia, her unborn babies, and the rest of the gang. There was no resisting this one or putting it down once I got started.
Of Flame and Fate is the eighth in the Weird Girls and second of the Flames (Taran’s story) series. They are a hybrid urban fantasy series that focuses on the four Wird sisters and reads best in order.
Taran’s life is crazy with killer danger and insane events, but for Taran this is as stable as it gets. This book was rife with Taran’s trouble magnet issues and her laugh-snort sense of humor. I enjoyed seeing her driving Gemini insane and then the pair turn around and share a tender moment Taran continues to narrate this latest book in the series yet as before when it was Celia, the sisters all have a prominent place.
There is the ongoing struggle against the Dark group and now there is a new situation brought on by the fact that the female Destiny and a newly emerged male Fate now exist at the same time affecting the present and the future particularly when it comes to Celia and her sisters.
I enjoy the balance between deep character development and plotting with action-packed scenes with the strong paranormal elements. It took me a bit to get into this one (Taran really can jump in stir it all up without much thought and it drove me as nuts as Gemini, her mate), but not much before I was viscerally connected with the story and characters, rooting Taran on to get to the heart of matters.
Speaking of characters, I love the whole ball of them wadded together whether its the sisters, their interests, the witches, the vamps, or the others. They interconnect so well and even minor character backstories and threads are not to be missed. I grow more intrigued by that story line with Emme and I confess to getting emotional over the tragic situation that developed for a pair of the characters.
Not happy to shut the last page and settle back into the anxious wait, but as problems go, I’m thrilled that this series continues to dazzle me and leave me well satisfied with all the sparkling elements within each installment. Urban fantasy fans who enjoy action, passion, humor, and suspense packing an emotional wallop should give this series a try.
My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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