This story mixes historical and fantasy with exquisite world building. As novel as the idea for this story is, it could easily overwhUpdate 02/01/2014
This story mixes historical and fantasy with exquisite world building. As novel as the idea for this story is, it could easily overwhelm the unwary reader. A glossary of terms came be found at the end. I would suggest first time readers to at least take a look before tackling the story. Even I needed a bit of help with the terms used.
This was a reread for me because I wished to finally read the rest of the series, which I already own just haven't gotten around to yet. I'm glad that I did because I needed the refresher on the world and terms. The story was unique enough that I still recalled the plot but the terms tripped me up. I still hold to my stance, there are too many side characters. It is why I cannot give the story five stars. Something of the story was lost when I had trouble following in certain places. The uncommon names and titles weren't familiar enough to help me place certain characters when they entered a scene.
That being said, remembering the core characters wasn't as difficult so I didn't become lost following them through the plot.
This is a story of a King (Ardin) Rohyr Essendri and his leman (concubine) Lassen Idana. There are many elements such as: court intrigue, Full Bloods and Half Bloods class distinction, a Templar secret society, mixed with mental abilities that ranged from reading minds to translocation.
Some years pass since Rohyr took Lassen from his home as a youth and claimed him as leman. He was strong armed blackmailed by his trusted uncle into a marriage to a younger cousin he hardly knew, but Rohyr negotiates that he would keep Lassen. It was difficult to watch Rohyr take and bed his consort, even though he was in love with Lassen. His uncle was always pushing, shoving, and reminding Rohyr of his duty time and again until I wanted to run the man through. The court intrigue and political maneuverings began in earnest. The threat the consort would find a way to part Rohyr from Lassen built until I devised multiple ways for Rohyr's duplicitous cousin to meet his untimely demise.
I think Lassen easily speaks to many readers. He's kind, thoughtful, and humble. He pigeonholed himself into his social class and it was evident that if he had been even slightly ambitious, Rohyr would've eventually caved and made Lassen his official consort. But Lassen would never use his influence for personal gain. His only ambition was on Rohyr's behalf, lifting him up in the eyes of the people.
Lassen didn't push, therefore Rohyr didn't think to solidify their bond more formally. He, too, trapped himself by adhering to the Full Blood's and his family's customs instead of listening to his heart. Much of what transpires was caused by mistakes, small and large, when Rohyr trusted the wrong individuals and did not look beyond his current personal circumstances, leading to culminating events that had devastating results.
Without giving away spoilers, there is a turn in the plot where Rohyr reveals a long held secret which will have some readers up in arms. I felt the reasons given throughout were sufficient to excuse Rohyr from not being perfect. Part of the story is about breaking the conventional bonds that holds each man to his social class, breaking age old practices, and being the first to step over that boundary to face ridicule and censure. Realizing that state of the country did not mean anything if Rohyr lost the one and only person he loved. All of that, plus knowing Rohyr lived his life as the office of Arden to the point, that without Lassen, he would have forgotten how to be simply a man, made him redeemable in my eyes. I do adore flawed characters.
If you find delight in historicals with an alternative twist, court intrigue, ambitious consorts, constricting class distinctions, blackmail, flawed characters, and epic love all wound to together in stunning world, then you may enjoy Sacred Fate.
*********** 10/26/2010 Review: I wasn't sure that I was going to like this book. I don't read much historical romance because I cannot stand the smote/smiting - doths - the droving of swords or "shiething" or how the arthor just cannot say Rohyr kissed Lassen but that Rohyr captured Lassen's breath or some such foolishness, even if it is occassionally hot. At least nothing felt like black velvet and there were no verily's to irk me. :-P
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All that being said, this was a fantastic read. I was caught before the first chapter concluded and I couldn't put it down until I was finished. I didn't even mind some of the smoting that went on, though talk of the "shieth" cracked me up because come on....but I did understand the usage when everything got laid out. I look forward to re-reading because I am sure that I missed things the first time through (just like Robert Jordan)....more
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This steps back in time a bit to the beginning of Kalin and Cade's relationship. I had to be careful because I was impatient to pick up where we leftThis steps back in time a bit to the beginning of Kalin and Cade's relationship. I had to be careful because I was impatient to pick up where we left off in book one. This build up was important to understanding several things when timelines met.
Again, a really great story that I just could not put down. As soon as I finished I picked up book three. The big question, "What happened to Gabriel" gets mixed with, "What really happened on earth?" Need to know, need to know, need to know1 I LOVE this series....more
Wow! What can I say? I really, REALLY love this book. I have never read a book with this theme before and I am SO glad this was my first. The characteWow! What can I say? I really, REALLY love this book. I have never read a book with this theme before and I am SO glad this was my first. The characters are so beautifully drawn and real. I fell in love with them as they fell in love with each other. I loved the contrasting cultures between the Terrans and the Alogonquan. I like the gentle nudge towards what we truly require to make us happy.
Tymber, the ending was perfect for me. I especially loved the Epilogue. "They care not what we call them as long as we do it with love." (Big Crocodile te...te...yeah those.)...more
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This is the story of Dylen Teris, half-brother to the Arden Rohyr Esseni. He was born into and groomed as a Hethare, an elite organization that providThis is the story of Dylen Teris, half-brother to the Arden Rohyr Esseni. He was born into and groomed as a Hethare, an elite organization that provides lively conversation and companionship, for the most part, to wealthy patrons. For a hefty amount one can purchase a torrid tryst from a member of the Hethare, as long as the individual agrees. Many times Hethare are thought to be common street whores and not the reputable and honorable occupation it was.
On a winter night, Riodan Leyhar, dropped, quite literally, on Dylen's doorstep. The son of a prominent ambassador who ran away from home to protest his possible betrothal to an uncharitable and mean noble much older than Riodan.
We follow the creation of an impossible friendship of two men from vastly different walks of life. They fall in love but obligations forces them to make choices that tear them a part.
Dylen waiting for Riodan to return to him, broke my heart. We already knew how unbendable Riodan's father was, and how impressionable and innocent Riodan was. Dylen insisted Riodan must follow the class distinctions/rules, not really believing a relationship between the two of them could really happen without detriment to Riodan's standing with his peers. Even Dylen's inner thoughts seemed to be self-fulfilling, and it appeared the love these two held for one another was all for naught.
In a desperate time of need, Dylen reached out to Riodan in such a way, that if he had been in his right mind, he would have approached and handled differently. Before that moment, no contact had been made in twelve long years. Riodan caught and conflicted, turned Dylen away cruely, causing a chasm to spring up between them.
That scene will be a point of contention for many readers. It is harsh and some may not be able to forgive or believe that Riodan can be redeemed afterwards. Despite the ages of these two characters, one had to remember they were still technically young adults. They reached majority at the age of 30, which was still very young for a race that lived as long as they did. They both had much growing up to do and was why I didn't find Riodan unredeemable for that one single deed. He had plans to make amends but by the time he returned, more mature and with a better grip on his own identity without taking his cues from his parents or his peers, Rohyr had found Dylen and claimed him as family.
Riodan worked hard, seeking forgiveness, not realizing the true scope of his prior rejection until too much time had passed, seeming to solidify Dylen's unmovable, broken regard. Both he and Dylen were miserable. Riodan had to decide whether to not to completely break the bindings his father placed upon him.
This was a story of social gaps, prejudice, and forgiveness. Wrong choices, mistakes and crass words that couldn't be taken back. I believe in forgiveness. I don't hold grievances. Riodan's action and denial was one, and only one, occurrence. He spent considerable time working towards Dylen's forgiveness, owning up to his actions while being truly contrite and regretful.
Now, if there had been other incidents, then I would've washed my hands of him and rooted for a different love interest for Dylen.
This is bit more angsty than Sacred Fate, more focused on the relationship as the overall plot and one mystery to solve in the second half. All in all, this was a very enjoyable read.
This was a good addition to the Katzman Series. I was sorry to see that uniqueness of the Katzman kind of forgotten in this book. Maybe it is becauseThis was a good addition to the Katzman Series. I was sorry to see that uniqueness of the Katzman kind of forgotten in this book. Maybe it is because it is the third book in the series and the assumption is that you already know what Katzmen look and feel like.
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Have I said already that I LOVE this series? Fantastic plot, complex characters. Enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes. Excellent writing.
IHave I said already that I LOVE this series? Fantastic plot, complex characters. Enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes. Excellent writing.
I honestly don't know what to think of Mother. I love that I haven't figured her out. You know that something is going on under the table, but every time you look everything looks all innocent and you know it is bull.
Keenan and Eric grow and evolve becoming more than who they were. Everything keeps coming back to Eric and Gabriel.
Awe! I have to wait for the next installment. I am going to go through withdrawals!