Today I am having the Empyreal Fate blog tour (hosted by A Tale of Many Reviews) stopping by. For the tour I am reviewing the book and giving away an electronic copy!
Empyreal Fate is a New Adult book featuring characters that are 18-19 years old.
The land of Llathala lingers on the brink of war between men and elves, a dark history surrounding each race. Stirred by tensions of the land, a shadow of the past reemerges, taking precedence in reality and consuming the very soul of mans’ mortal weakness. Darrion, the son of a poor laborer, is ensnared in a hostile world, forced to choose between loyalty to his king or the counsel of the elves. Yet Fate has other plans in store, tying his course to Amarya, an elven royalblood of mysterious quality and unsurpassable beauty. But this forbidden connection incites betrayal from members of their own kin, marking them as traitors to the crown. In a land torn asunder, only Fate’s decree can allow such love to coexist with an ancient enmity.
I like participating in ATOMR Blog Tours because it introduces me to a lot of authors I would have otherwise not read, or even heard of. I am glad that I got the chance to read Empyreal Fate and was surprised that the young writer delivered such an engaging tale of forbidden love set in a politically volatile world. While the ideas presented in the book are simple, Hunter’s writing style gives it a wonderful complexity. She examines the motivations of each of her characters very well and introduces us to an interesting world that I want to know more about.
One of the best aspects of the book is the separation the author achieves between her human and elvish cultures. Too often in Fantasy elves are prettier, smarter versions of humans who are driven only by a relentless need to co-exit with nature. Rachel Hunter creates her elves as ethereal creatures that have little in common with humans but avoids alienating the reader by alternating Darrion’s point of view with Amarya’s throughout. Both Darrion and Amarya are likeable characters in complex situations that the reader easily empathises with.
My complaints about Empyreal Fate are few but important, I feel, because they directly affected my enjoyment of the book. First of all, the book is written in an archaic style using Old English syntax. Although this lends a mystical quality to the story and helps to ground the story in another world, I found myself unable to let go and enjoy the story because I was constantly forced to translate odd turns of phrases. Secondly, something happens to Amarya in the book, something really bad, but the event seems to serve no purpose, and she suffers minimal trauma afterwards. I don’t think that the event should have been included at all because it wasn’t handled very well in my opinion.
Overall, Empyreal Fate is a great achievement by the author and I recommend it to people who would like reading New Adult Fantasy set in a cool new world. I will be keeping my eye out for the sequel!
About the book:
- Date published: 8th May 2012
- Publisher: Hydra Publications
- Format: Paperback, 264 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780615638584 ISBN 10: 0615638589
- Categories: Fantasy
- Goodreads / Amazon
EMPYREAL FATE TOUR
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Born in 1993, Rachel Hunter has always been fascinated with words and the intricate way in which they combine. Since a child, she has been an avid writer, winding vibrant tales and elaborate stanzas on folded bits of paper. Make sure you check out her website and blog.
I have one e-book copy of Empyreal Fate to giveaway to one lucky winner (open internationally). Just click the link below to be taken to my giveaway site, where you can enter through the Rafflecopter form. You do NOT have to be a follower of Speculating on SpecFic to enter, but extra entries are available to those who are.