Selia has run her family's tavern since she was fifteen and can hunt and fight the equal of any man. When she rescues a badly wounded man and nurses him back to health, she has no idea she's about to change not only her life, but also the destinies of two peoples…
The battered warrior is Svistra—a race of bloodthirsty savages determined to destroy her homeland. Or so the st...more
Selia owns a tavern in the Outskirts, the northern part of the kingdom of Aslid that lies before the Wastes and the Telige Mountains. For five years, since she was fifteen and her mother died, she has owned and run the inn to support herself and her friend, Oren.
One day in a meadow behind her tavern Selia sees three men beating a fourth. She realises they are thieves and kills the three men (using her bow and arrows) and brings the injured man back to her barn behind the tavern. Even accoun ...more
Tagging note: It is not truly dystopian, but it has the feel of it.
Constantly shifting perspective, from Selia to Jaden to Keldar to Nathan. Too much head-hopping.
It could be for Young Adults, but there is some swearing, including the F ...more
Selia runs a tavern in the far north. One day while out hunting she rescues a man from being beaten to death by a group of thieves. Except it turns out that he is not a man but one of the savage Svistra ( who are bit like a cross between vampires and elves ) who dwell in the wild inhospitable north lands. Selia is wary but still takes the injured Svistra back to her tavern and secretly nurses him back to health. The Svistra, Jaden is the exiled son and heir to the Svistra ...more
With world building so beautifully crafted, readers will feel as though they have taken an adventurous walk in another time and place. The characters are relatable with real and honest flaws, and yet when they fight they do it with such passion that they become larger than l ...more
Altered Destiny is your classic 'two races divided by racial prejudice/historical malfeasance are now at war over land/resources' story. Neither side is blameless nor 'good.' What really intrigued me about this book is the world Thomas created. She gives us just enough of the back story that the ...more
Expected Release Date: September 19, 2011
Imprint: Carina Press
Author’s Website: http://www.shawnathomas.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: No
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Warm
The daughter of a prostitute, Selia has run her family’s tavern since her mother’s death, and is determined to keep her establishment an honest one. Along with her simple half-brother, she save ...more
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This one had aspects that I loved, I mean LOVED. The worldbuilding was awesome and believable. The characters were realistic, I especially liked Selia, our brave and intrepid heroine. I believed her motivations and had absolutely no problem with the slowly developing romance between her and Jaden. So many romances forget to build a relationship before they get right on with the main event so-to-speak, it was a refreshing change. The way Selia and Jaden grow into what they become was rea ...more
I received Altered Destiny through net galley, and while I've appreciated the site before, I think I'm now a little bit in love with it! I don't think I'd have picked up this otherwise, and I would have missed out on an amazing book!
And it was so so good! More fantasy then anything else, it still had adventure and romance to round out the story. And the world building was excellently done, and I loved all the characters! There are a few, and I don't think we got to know them quite ...more
More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/Although only alluded to in the book, this is actually a dystopian acting as a fantasy. It's strength is fairly grounded main character who doesn't rush off constantly so she can be saved by mysterious bad guy. But it's weakness is that there really is nothing new here and the writing lacks sophistication enough to really draw me in. I never invested in the story or the characters and honestly was a bit bored throughout. ...more
The characters and writing are fantastic, especially Selia. She is the strong and fierce, yet kind and tender, heroine that I want my daughter to read about when she gets older.
The story is original and engaging. I couldn't put the book down. I finished it the day after I started reading, which I find to be an accomplishment as it isn't a short ...more
So, I really liked reading this book. Though they were some parts I found a little slow, overall, the whole book was certainly enjoyable. The character development throughout the book was very detailed and I liked seeing how the heroine, Selia, matured as she went by. However, I didn't exactly like how she was at the end. Towards the end, I felt she got a bit mood ...more
The beginning o ...more
Altered Destiny - to be honest, the title of this book does it no justice whatsover. This book was SO much more and I loved it from start to finish.
Selia, our heroine, is as gutsy as the toughest woman you know, but she's soft and feminine when she needs to be, not that she wants that way of life.
Jaden is a Svistra (blood dependent savage enemy to all) who Selia rescues from three thieves about to end his life.
Enter the m ...more
She's heard it all before. The rumors. The fear-driven warnings. And each time they're stirred, tavern owner Selia's business takes a hit. People don't venture out when they think the Svistra are coming. The monstrous Svistra; a race of blood-drinking, murderous, ravening beasts. They are on the move from their lands in the north, intent on slaughtering everything in their wake.
They are the boogeymen her people fear.
That doesn't mean she believes the Svistra are actually close, ...more
Selia and Oren are barkeeps at a tavern situated near to the Svistra border to the North in Newhaven. Svistra are bloodthirsty creatures(literally. They need blood to survive. ...more
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Selia runs a tavern and while she and her brother, Oren usually rescue stray, injured animals, she surprises herself when she rescues an injured Svistra and nurses him back to health in her barn.
This is quite an interesting paranormal/ historical story. Selia is a strong character who can fight men and stand up for herself. The different take on vampires, the Svistra, also add a unique element to the typical vampire story. Altered D ...more
This story brings to mind the conflict between the colonies and the Native Americans in early America. The Svistra's lands were taken awa ...more
The tension between the hero and heroine was palpable, but it wasn't what made the book. I'm too keen to fall in love with new worlds more than new people. This one p ...more