everything we knew, the “people we love” and given a new life.
Except for Fate #2, Hanging Pawns, which was Mea and Josh’s story, Simon and Sydney were the main characters in the series. I’ll admit that I was initially thrown by them together, but their relationship transitioned so much throughout the story. Their back and forth banter was really funny, and it led into this great slow burning passion between them. Simon and Sydney’s story was very touching, and once I understood everything they had been through together, I found myself rooting for them to have a happily ever after!
My favorite of Vallis’s writing is how well she developed this intriguing cast of characters and how intricately woven they were in each other’s lives. Each had so much so much depth but were so fun and down to earth with completely quirky behaviors. I completely adored them all once I got to know them better, and I enjoyed watching their relationships unfold and seeing how they connected together as friends, lovers, and family. I especially loved the crazy family feel between them all – this was definitely a family I can relate to!
I am very impressed with Vallis’s creativity in this series. It was full of mystery, passion, and my goodness, it has so many layers to it. There was a great balance of being a complex story, yet it was still fun. The foreshadowing was terrific, and the underlying mystery with chess and the pieces were very well played throughout. The books and series are quite long, and I really enjoyed the details and plot development, which built my intrigue, and made the story complete. Early on, I did have some issues with wordiness and the pace (particularly in Fate #1, Adjournment), but the flow of the writing grew in leaps and bounds throughout the series!
I had such a hard time taking breaks in between the books, and with that great conclusion, I definitely recommend this series! Emersyn Vallis certainly can write, and I think this was a great debut for her writing career. I am curious to see what her creative talent will bring next!
…As a side note, I also have to admit that I am a huge fan of the Reece’s cups too, which only makes this series more of a win-win for me. You’ll see what I mean when you read this!
*** 4 Stars for Me! ***
*** ARC Kindly provided by the author in exchange of an honest review ***
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unfortunately nowhere near a beach where she dreams she was with a cocktail.
She’s the mother to three crazy and wild children who are her world, a cat who
thinks he’s the boss of the house, and a hamster who knows he’s the
favorite. When she’s not running her kids all over creation she can be
found on her computer or with a book in her hand. As a teenager, she spent most
of her weekends lying on the floor of her local Borders reading with her trusty
hazelnut coffee close. After years of reading for fun, she thought she would
try her hand at writing. Joining together her favorite elements from different
genres that spoke to her she took to her computer with an idea. The Fate Series
are the first of hopefully many books to come. And she looks forward to
introducing you to them.