GAMES OF FATE
Contains Adult Sexual Content and some violent imagery.
Rysa Torres misses information. Loses concentration. Her attention problems randomize her life but she pushes forward anyway, doing the best she can—until monsters activate a part of her she didn’t know she had.
As visions of the future whip inside her head, Rysa realizes the truth: She’s a Fate.
And she will set fire to the world.
All her options explode. Her family ripped away, what little control she had destroyed, Rysa is left with one choice: Will she die to stop the coming flames, or will she allow the man and the dragon she loves to die in her place?
Games of Fate begins Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon, a new Urban Fantasy series with Strong Romantic Elements by Kris Austen Radcliffe. Set in the open spaces of America, the series takes Rysa and Ladon—and Ladon’s companion beast, Dragon—through a landscape punctuated by unfamiliar creatures: Fates with the ability to see past, present, and future. Ghouls called Burners who devour with fire and acid. Shifters who shape much more than their bodies. And two dragons who speak with color and pattern.
It starts here, now, with one young woman’s fight against a burning future—and against the death of the man she loves.
Wow, just wow. Good lord this book had a lot going on. Psst…I like books like this. Plus, it’s a paranormal, urban fantasy, New Adult, romance mash-up that its the bull’s eye! This book has something for everyone and mean everyone. The Fates are from mythology, dragons, shifters, The Burners are more post-apocalyptic, family dynamics and romance.
Rysa is just your typical college student that has ADHD and human, or so she thinks. I loved the ASL (American Sign Language) and ADHD plot point. It made Rysa realistic and someone who you could relate to in the story. I don’t have it but I know people who do and it can be confusing to follow a person but again, that’s what made Rysa tick. I also liked that the relationship that she found with Ladon and Dragon, yes, that’s the dragons name, starts off a little rocky but ends up to be strong and sure. She bonded with Dragon early on and it was sweet. I’m not a dragon person but Dragon has a place in my heart now.
Ladon is an intriguing character. I liked that Ms. Radcliffe paced his characterization slowly and let it build. That’s another thing that I really liked about the book. Her world building started off slowly and paced itself within the entirety of the book. I HATE info dumps and since I’m new to the urban fantasy genre, I like it when the author builds it up slowly. I can imagine the scenes, people and the general atmosphere within the book. Great job!
The twists and turns kept me glued the Kindle. Plus, the fast paced action didn’t let up either. I would be remiss to mention the sex scenes between Rysa and Ladon. I actually blushed when I read the first one. Dang! And I don’t blush. The twist at the end of the book was brilliant and no, I will not tell you a thing about it. You need to read this book to find out.
I recommend this book to anyone that likes fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal and a romance that my be little different but romantic none the less.
Also available: Prolusio: Three Stories of Fates, Fire, Shifters and Dragons.
Contains some violent imagery.
Three short stories set in the Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon universe, Prolusio sets the stage for Games of Fate, also available now.
In Texas, a struggling rock star attempts a comeback. Fire, though, has other ideas.
In Wisconsin, Shifters do what they do best—anger a dragon.
And in Minnesota, a mother struggles to free herself from the bonds of a fate she cannot escape.
BIO: As a child, Kris took down a pack of hungry wolves with only a hardcover copy of The Dragonriders of Pern and a sharpened toothbrush. That fateful day set her on a path traversing many storytelling worlds—dabbles in film and comic books, time as a talent agent and a textbook photo coordinator, and a foray into nonfiction. After co-authoring Mind Shapes: Understanding the Differences in Thinking and Communication, Kris returned to academia. But she craved narrative and a richly-textured world of Fates, Shifters, Burners, and Dragons—and unexpected, true love.
Kris lives in Minnesota with her husband, two daughters, an Handsome Cat, and an entire menagerie of suburban wildlife bent on destroying her house. That battered-but-true copy of “Dragonriders”? She found it yesterday. It’s time to pay a visit to the woodpeckers.
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