Series: Bound by Hades #1
Publisher: Embrace on December 9, 2013
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He’s waited more than 900 years to love her…
Being the Gatekeeper to Hades is no small feat, and waiting almost a millennia to meet your mate is damn near impossible. But Theo Bradford’s mark has finally surfaced on his intended. Now all he has to do is find her and convince her to embrace her supernatural heritage.
Young genius, Sadie Nowland, has got life figured out. Graduating college at the age of eighteen and accepting a six-figure job is just what she needs to prove she’s made something of herself. But when a strange tattoo mysteriously appears on her shoulder and Theo starts talking about Mates, it catapults her neatly laid out life into chaos.
Somehow a vicious demon banished to Hades defies Theo’s vanquish and returns, setting his target on Sadie, and she is thrust into the volatile world of Shomrei warriors and a connection to Theo her brain can’t comprehend and her body can’t deny. That primal bond proves more imperative to their survival than either could have ever imagined—and just may be the key to the world’s survival.
“He’d been open and brutally honest about who he was, more what he was. All his actions showed he had her best interest in heart, to the point that he was downright bossy and controlling. Sure, it pissed her off a little, but mostly…it felt good. Someone totally dedicated to her, focused on her well-being. For so many years she’d had to take care of herself–the only one she’d ever been able to depend on.”
Favorite Character: Sadie.
“‘Just because you can’t find a girl and have sex doesn’t mean I have to live an abstinent life.’ Justin slid his shirt over his head.”
My Musings: Forged by Fate is a new novel in Entangled’s new adult imprint, Embrace. When I first read the synopsis, I was intrigued. I hadn’t read anything like it before, and I was excited to dive in.
“’I’m the Gatekeeper of Hades.’ He bowed his head. ‘And you…are my Mate.’”
Forged by Fate is a mix between mythology and angels and demons. It builds a world where Guardians guard the gates to Hell, preventing demons from running a muck. However, Guardians can’t come into their full powers until they find their mate. Young genius Sadie discovers that she is destined to be the mate of Gate Keeper, Theo, no matter how much she tries to resist it. Throw in a demon who keeps coming back and an evil master plan, and you should have a great story.
Unfortunately, Forged by Fate did not live up to my expectations. The plot was rather slow for most of the novel, so it was hard to be actively engaged in the reading. In addition to that, the writing was a bit too simplistic for me. I wasn’t expecting philosophical writing, but the prose was repetitive at times, decreasing the effectiveness of the plot.
“‘You are mine. I am yours. There’s nothing I wouldn’t sacrifice for you.'”
Theo and Sadie were the main characters. Theo was stuck in the past, seeing as he was a 900 year old guardian, and that really was reflected through his dialogue and actions. Although his archaic and protective ways were annoying at first, I came to become used to it. Sadie was a very strong character. She was an 18 year old college graduate with a great job lined up upon graduation. If that wasn’t impressive enough, she was an orphan from not-so-good-beginnings and was also a black belt. So when she finds out that she’s Theo’s mate and her dreams are about to shatter, she resists the pull between her and Theo. Unfortunately, that didn’t last as long as I would have liked. She gave up a bit too easily for my taste, given how much she resisted it at first.
The idea of this novel was unlike many that I’ve seen, and the world building was okay–not bad but not superb either. It was an interesting concept, but needs to be a bit more developed in the future novels.
Forged by Fate was saved by its interesting premise and plot, and I can only hope that along with the sequel comes a more mature writing style. Definitely worth giving a shot though.
All I ever wanted was to make a name for myself as Candice Salinas, creative writing grad student at the University of Miami. Of course, secretly I already have made a name for myself: as Candy Sloane, self-published erotic romance writer. Though thrilled that my books are selling and I have actual fans, if anyone at UM found out, I could lose my scholarship…and the respect of my faculty advisor, grade-A-asshole Professor Dylan.
Enter James Walker, super-hot local barista and—surprise!—my student. Even though I know a relationship is totally off-limits, I can’t stop myself from sneaking around with James, taking a few cues from my own erotic writing…if you catch my drift. Candy’s showing her stripes for the first time in my real life, and I’ve never had so much fun. But when the sugar high fades, can my secrets stay under wraps?
Lisa Burstein is a tea seller by day and a writer by night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. She is the author of Pretty Amy, The Next Forever, Dear Cassie and Candy, Stripped. As well as a contributor to the upcoming essay collection, Break These Rules: 35 YA Authors On Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats.