THE TROUBLE WITH FATE (Mystwalker #1) by Leigh Evans-a review
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date December 2012
Meet Hedi Peacock. She’s half Fae. Half Were. And all trouble…
I Have Two Words For Werewolves:
My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I’m not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I’ve never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father’s death…
Today I’m a half-breed barista working at a fancy coffee house, living with my loopy Aunt Lou and a temperamental amulet named Merry, and wondering where in the world I’m going in life. A pretty normal existence, considering. But when a pack of Weres decides to kidnap my aunt and force me to steal another amulet, the only one who can help me is the last person I ever thought I’d turn to: Robson Trowbridge. And he’s as annoyingly beautiful as I remember. That’s the trouble with fate: Sometimes it barks. Other times it bites. And the rest of the time it just breaks your heart. Again…
REVIEW: THE TROUBLE WITH FATE is the first storyline in Leigh Evans’ paranormal/UF Mystwalker series focusing on Hedi Peacock-half Fae/half Were twenty something young woman whose life is about to become a lot more complicated.
I won’t go into too much detail about the series/story premise as the blurb just about covers the basics but I will say that the novel is richly detailed in world building and character development; told from the heroine’s POV, the story is awash is flash backs, memories, dream walking, flash forwards and real time. Most of the story is told through the internal dialogue of Hedi and her struggles to prevent the Weres who destroyed her family from taking the only thing she has left that connects her to the Fae side of her blood.
The writing style is descriptive in nature; the details are numerous especially the backstory and history of the Fae and the Weres. There was rarely a point where one could jump forward lest you missed something of importance to the plotline and premise.
The characters were flawed. Everyone had an agenda or was focused on the ultimate prize. Fae vs Fae; Were vs Were; Fae vs Were. And in the end, there was death, destruction, torture, heartbreaking pain and sorrow; and the knowledge that just because you love someone, doesn’t mean you are loved back in return.
Considering the amount of detail, the storyline was evenly paced, although at times the plot detoured between present day, memories and dreams which made it difficult to follow and in that lost some of the momentum.
The relationship between Hedi and Robson was one built on misunderstanding, lies and the truth about what happened so many years before. Hedi has always been attracted to and in love with Robson Trowbridge since she was a little girl-her internal Were knew that this man may one day be her mate-but Robson is a man on the run; a rogue wolf with no pack and the only person who could probably keep Hedi safe. But in the end, life and a brutal pack, had other plans for this couple and one or both may not survive.
THE TROUBLE WITH FATE is a graphically detailed storyline about complicated relationships of interspecies and, the trouble when your heart does not follow your head. There is some torture and violence of a descriptive nature and, there is also betrayal and sorrow; sacrifice and love. But when one sacrifices for love, you would hope that they know who and what they are sacrificing for.
Copy supplied by the author.
Reviewed by Sandy