Book Review: FATE’S CHOSEN

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Thank you, Social Sidekick Media, for providing a copy of Fate’s Chosen in exchange for an honest review.

With the fall upon us, my reading choices drifted into the fantasy genre. Huge worlds to fall into and magical journeys to take part in. And a recent trip I took was within LM Rhys fate is chosen. The genre has flourished over the years, and we now have more than a plethora of choices when we want to travel outside of our own world. So how does Rhys’ first novel rank? Spoiler alert – loved it. I absolutely loved it.

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Official Summary:

It is said that the heir chosen by fate is a myth. But some know the truth.

Across the Veil of Elysian, fairies and humans rule side by side. Before the twin fairy princesses were born, a prophecy was foretold. Choose one child for the light and one for the dark. To save their land, the human king helps send one of the princesses through the veil and into the real human world.

But a prophecy must come true.

Years later, Evie Monroe finds herself knee-deep in tequila and other questionable coping mechanisms. But when the handsome Captain of the Stalwartian Guard arrives on her doorstep, she learns that fairy tales are real, and so are the monsters that come with them. Now she must fight to save a world she never knew existed. And if she fails, she will doom them all.

The chosen

In general, I don’t find myself enjoying the “chosen one” trope in fantasy books as much as I did when I was younger. It’s not because I don’t like one person being the best, but I’ve found that I appreciate an ensemble cast more in my fantasy series. fate is chosen may focus heavily on Evie and her being “the chosen one”, but it also has great supporting characters. Milo, Baz, Elora, and Frey are all interesting characters with backstories, flaws, and emotional urges explored in the story.

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Another piece of fate is chosen what makes the “chosen one” trope so manageable is how awesome Evie is as a character. She is not perfect and has flaws that she struggles with throughout the story. And one thing that came to mind while I was reading is that often in fantasy novels those flaws that hold the hero/heroine back are swept under the rug. But not in this case. Her struggles with alcohol as a coping mechanism aren’t magically taken care of, and she’s open about them.

Building magical worlds

One of my takeaways about fantasy novels set in magical worlds is that they tend to take a long time to set up the world itself. And with fate is chosen being the first novel in what looks like will become a whole series, I was afraid it would spend more time building the world than telling the story. And I will say that world-building isn’t inherently bad; Just not my cup of tea. But Rhys has struck that nice balance between setting up his world and delivering an engaging story.

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And speaking of finding that beautiful balance, Rhys does it with his magic system. It’s relatively simple to understand and Rhys doesn’t spend a lot of time going into detail. Evie and the fairies have magical powers. They can tap into them, and things happen. There is beauty in its simplicity. As the series progresses I wish I had more explanations, but it was refreshing not to have to spend the whole first book reading explanations after explaining the who, what, and why.

Add it to your TBR?

Yes, fate is chosen should most definitely be added to your TBR. It was a magical read with characters I felt like I could sit down and hang out with. Evie was someone I could relate to. I understood her pain and why she chose the coping methods she did. And it’s always a good read when I can get inside the other characters’ heads too. My only small criticism is that the story bounces from POV to POV quite often. And sometimes I had to re-read a section to find out who it was. A small title above the new section with the character’s name would have helped keep track.

fate is chosen is available now. Have you experienced this magical tale? Let us know in the comments below and on social media!

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