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Braving Fate

(The Mythean Arcana #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,386 ratings  ·  164 reviews
As chaos looms, a warrior queen is reborn
Bookish academic Diana Laughton has been having terrible dreams. Dreams of battle, dreams of blood... dreams so vivid she's living them day and night. When demons invade her quiet life, she wonders if she's going mad. Or if perhaps she's remembering a past life she had no idea existed...

In the midst of betrayal, he must protect her
Paperback, 340 pages
Published November 10th 2014 by Bonnie Doon Press (first published November 8th 2014)
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This review was originally posted on One Curvy Blogger

It's been almost a week since I read Braving Fate, and I'm just now forcing myself to review it. I was blown away by how much love I have for this book and now I'm finding it difficult to explain the why. The only series I can compare its likeness to is probably the Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon and the Lord's of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter, because of its mixture of the paranormal, mythology, and heated romance. Make no
About 1/3 in I checked to see if this was the author's first book, the writing and flow of the story had the sort of lack of maturity you find in seasoned author's stories. (From what my quick Google search found it is the first) Intriguing plot points of reincarnation, mythology, and hidden wars being waged in the "mortal" realm but everything didn't quite tie together for me. The romance between the leads felt forced through the reincarnation point and forced by how the author seemed to overwr ...more
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read a delicious review over at One Curvy Blogger and the author saw my interest. She was kind enough to send me a copy. I am so glad that she did. I have been on a bit of an UF/paranormal romance kick of late and Braving Fate really hit the spot. Fantastic characters, interesting world-building and a fast pace had me quickly lost within the pages.

The world: I love secret societies, especially those designed to protect us mere humans. In Edinburgh, Scotland there is a secret race known as the
Douglas Meeks
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was a surprise for me, I really thought it was going to be some mediocre effort that I was given a copy to review. I am very glad to report I was very wrong (and as soon as I write this review I am grabbing book #2 of this series if I can find an ARC)

Diana is a professor whose only real concern other than some bad dreams she has had almost all her life, is just to get tenure at the college where she is employed. Her life is about to take some major turns into the paranormal and she is
Debbie Herbert
In Edinburgh, Scotland exists an ancient, secret race of Mytheans . . . and History Professor Diana Laughton crashes into this world after an unexpected visit from a monster. Her controlled, quiet life and quest for tenure are destroyed.

Cadan, a Mythean Guardian, must protect her from an unknown enemy. But being near Diana is torture because she is a reincarnate soul that was his lover hundreds of years earlier. It did not end well the first time. And if she learns the truth about their past, sh
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, read-in-2014
I love this book! The characters, and even the side characters, were well developed. The story was gripping, and had just the right pace. I love Celtic mythology, so this was a very interesting read. Can't wait to read the second book.

*Copy received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Now THIS was something new - and you know me, new is most of the times translation for "I've never seen this, now I have, and GOD it was awesome"!

Cadan Trinovante is a Mythean Guardian, an Immortal whose duty is to protect those that affect humanity greatly. He's loyal to his cause, and never gets completely attached to those he protects. But his new mission is about to prove tricky. Diana Laughton, a woman seeking to work as a professor one day, is the reincarnation of Boudica, the ancient Celt
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
At first I was interested. Then I realized that the centuries old immortals were acting like a bunch of teenagers, just thinking how to get laid and couldn't think straight. I would give them a drawn sheep to guard, not to mention portals between the worlds. The Otherworlds system has no sense, maybe it will in the following books, but I won't be reading about it.

And the "torture" method? Yeah, that's not torture.

Aug 25, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Liz F
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.

It took my a while to read this one. At first, I was pretty sure that this was going to be a tough read and that I'd have a hard time finishing. I'd recently read another book featuring mythological figures and although THAT one was an okay read, THIS one was lots more fun to read!

Diana was a well-rounded heroine. Now, maybe you're thinking, "Ugh, boooooring!" but I swear, she isn't boring! Well, maybe at first she's a teensy bit boring. She's
April Hollingworth
Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth

This is the first book in a brand new The Mythean Arcana series, and it is quite extraordinary. Linsey Hall has managed to bring the past and the future together in a compelling and wonderful way. Her characters are rich and three dimensional, if they walked past you, you wouldn’t be surprised. Linsey Hill is an author to remember, be prepared to fall in love with the characters she weaves together in a magical and wondrous way. I can’t wait to read the next
Nay Denise
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Received a review copy through NetGalley.

Braving Fate is a spectacular urban fantasy novel I loved the idea of multiple Heavens and Hells. The variety of paranormal beings within the story. The action was definitely there. I enjoyed the romance and I definitely loved the idea of reincarnation with historic figures.

Diana is the main character who is reincarnated as Boudica, the warrior queen of the Celtics, after two thousand years. Diana previous to the reincarnation is a soon-to-be professor.
Kara Jorgensen
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
I hate that I didn't like this book. I wanted to love it. It had tidbits from mythology, from history (I'm a huge Boudica fan), a paranormal society, academia, a romance separated by time, all things I love, but the writing and plot fell flat for me.
The main things I loved: the idea of the book and the erotic moments, which were at times surprisingly tender and very female-based. This was a welcome change from the usual aggressive male characters of that genre, but that was really all I could sa
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
There was a nice flow, the characters were nice and although the storyline was interesting I had a hard time staying in it. I can't even really pin down why as I didn't really see any 'faults' it just didn't draw me in and hold me hostage.

I really liked one of the supporting characters and wish we would have learned a bit more about her. I AM thinking of reading the next book as it has her as one of the main characters so that is good!

* This book was provided free of charge from NetGalley in ex
Becky Pancoast
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received Braving Fate for an honest review

I just loved this book! the characters came to life for me and just sucked me right into the story with them , I'm a big fan of Kelsey Cole, and now I'm a big fan Linsey Hall I can't wait to read more!
This was a nice read but not as powerful and exciting as the second Book. It feels more like a Build-up for the second Book. All in all it was nevertheless a Good read
This was a pretty good first book in the series, it was exciting and interesting and hooked me making me want to read the next book in the series.

The main characters are Diana and Cadan. Each know each other from a past life, but in Diana's current life she has no idea who she was in the past or why Cadan has a vested interest in her. Cadan's job is to protect the current form of the ancient goddess Boudica, who just happens to reside in Diana's body. The two are a pretty cute couple dispite th
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really love any book that has the celts in. I find them to be interesting people. So that was the main reason I decided to read this series. Braving Fate was a great start to this series. I’m really looking forward to reading the others. Book 2 will be Esha and Warren which I am flipping excited to read. I love Esha.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
A decent start to the series. I enjoyed the historical and mythological aspects, but it got a little slow at times. I will keep going with the next book because I found Warren and Esha interesting, so I would like to hear their story.
Jill Urbanek Gauger
Action, drama, romance and secrets. A perfect blend of all. Awesome characters and storyline. I loved this book!
Isa Hubbard
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED THIS and so glad it’s a long series!

Beautifully written, with lots of character and world building. You can’t help but fall in love with the main characters. The raw emotions will have you sitting on the edge of your seat!
Marta Cox
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ok now this is something completely different and really surprised this reader. A story that's based on reincarnation and immortal warriors called Mytheans. Although the heroine Diana is American the bulk of this story takes place in Scotland at a very special and dare I say magical university. Diana has always had incredibly realistic and often frightening dreams but recently her nightmares seem to be encroaching on her reality. When she is attacked by a strange and fierce creature that's not h ...more
Two thousand years ago, Cadan watched his lover, Boudica, die in battle. Unable to save her, plagued by her last words, he is haunted by her death. Flash forward to present day, Cadan is an immortal, a Mythean Guardian. He is alerted that one of the ancient people is soon to be reincarnated. His job, along with other Guardians, is to assist and protect the reincarnated.

Diana is a college professor. Her job is her life and she does it well, hoping to gain a tenured status. Plagued by dreams sinc
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock - 5 Fangs

A big Hell Yeah, Linsey Hall, on a story exceedingly well done. Diana is a lecturer at a university, working hard to become an assistant professor. She has spent her entire life trying to avoid conflict, "...content to stay at home reading instead of doing." Imagine her surprise when she is suddenly attacked, in her home, by strange creatures and finds something deep within her that she didn't know she was capable of. With her only c
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Book one sucks readers in from the very first chapter as we read about Cadan Trinovate, a supernatural being and a Mythean. He was given a job to protect mortals whose lives affect the fate of humanity. As an immortal, he's lived for two millennia and tries to forget about the betrayal of his lover and queen of the Inceni, Boudica. When he learns that she has been reincarnated and he is chosen to protect her like he should have, he learns that he can not tell her who she was or have sex wit ...more
I received this book free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a very strong start to a promising series. Diana Laughton is a young professor that is working towards tenure. She experiences vivid, recurring nightmares that haunt her waking thoughts. When she is attacked by a strange creature in her house and receives a mysterious tattoo, she follows the clues to Edinburgh where she meets the Mytheans.

Cadan Trinovante is a Mythean Guardian who has been tormen
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
***ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***

"Her last morning on earth was clear and bright. The crisp autumn air was cold on her throat. God, it was good to be alive."

First of all I'd like to say huge thanks to the writet and publisher. Thanks, you rock!!!
Linsey, your book was amazing I loved every page of it!

To tell you the truth I was not so excited to begin this book. Yep, I know paranormal, history and everythiong about - for me they just can't be mixed. So far I've read o
Cathy Geha
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have to say this book drew me in right from the beginning and set up future books of the series with seamless ease throughout the story. I believe this author has a hook in her Mythean Arcana that is located in Ediburgh and headquartered at the Mythean University.

With the reincarnation of an ancient female warrior, an immortal Mythean guardian, friends in need, puzzles to be untangled, plenty of historical references, ancient gods and goddesses, paranormal individuals with abilities I haven’t
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review. Braving Fate has an interesting premise, and I hope that future books can explore it further. While I'm not sure how people become immortal, in this world it is belief that makes a difference the creation of gods and heavens and hells. In this way it is similar to Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series. However, it is not as well developed of a world, and the hero and heroine are less complex characters.

While I typically dislike reincarnatio
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Braving Fate (The Mythean Arcana, #1)

A richly written, fully formed landscape of places, realities, and personalities. Linsey Hall does a fabulous job of drawing in the reader.

Diana has dreams since she was a child-- dreams of someone else, a warrior, but so real she could feel the emotions, feel the pain, feel the outrage at betrayal. In college, she specialized in historic female warriors. She's a few steps from a tenure-track position, when suddenly she is attacked by a strange creature in
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