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Fate's Hand

(The Celtic Prophecy #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  25 reviews
She came to Salem to start a new life, but the gods have other plans.

Brenawyn McAllister has come back to the only family she has left, her grandmother, in the fabled city of witches. She learns that her family has an ancient secret, and she is more powerful than she ever thought possible. Her life gets more complicated when she meets the handsome Alexander, but like eve
Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published October 16th 2015 by Can't Put It Down Books
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Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review and here it is: It was fan-freaking-tastic!

We have got smart and resourceful Bren who is in mourning for her husband (who died three years ago) and trying to rebuild her life as she moves in with her Nana. We have the perfect villains: Good guys gone seriously bad. Then there is Alex, the irresistible charmer and can I just say I fell in love with him real fast. There is magic and godly arrogance threatening their survival but somehow their t
Raven Lancaster
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Better than I expected at first!

I have to confess the prologue kind of put me off and I was tempted to not continue reading. Not being one to give up quickly on a new book, I forged on. I'm glad I did! It turned out to be a wonderful story and I look forward to reading the next books in the series. I just wanted to note that even though some of the Celtic gods mentioned here are not considered part of the modern pantheon, the Celts were not exclusive to Ireland and the surrounding isles so it's
Julie Powell
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fast-paced, well-written fantasy that crosses Bren is about to find out. The emotions are portrayed extremely well (the toilet scene has fear oozing from the pages).

Its Scottish roots give it an authentic feel and suit the genre and title. The characters are intriguing, if not all likeable. There is strong language, yet it fits in with the characters. I didn't like the sex scenes but that's personal preference and not to say that it is a bad story.

Overall, it sets a good f
Larry Forkner
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story with all the right components to keep you glued to the page from start to finish. If you enjoy Celtic brogue (like I do) then you're in for a treat since there's a lot of it in this book. The plot is well-paced and the characters are realistic and written in a way that makes you care about what happens to them. I can't wait to get started on book 2! ...more
Erik Sapp
Apr 24, 2021 rated it liked it
The story is interesting, but moves slowly. I really wanted to like the book, but instead found. myself skimming along in order to finish quicker. Part of me wants to read the next book, but I am not sure I can force my way through.
Angel Hicks
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Loved this book...kept me interested, although this is not my usual type of reading material. I will look for more of ur writing
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
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S.K. Gregory
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brenawyn returns to Salem but something is hunting her. An ancient prophecy will flip her whole world upside down. I enjoyed the story, it was easy to get into and I would recommend it.
A.J. Benson
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I gave it 3 stars. Read on to see why you might be inclined to give it up to 5.

I was really excited to read this book based on my interest in Celtic mythology and its influence on my own work in progress. So I jumped at the chance to read it. There are things I love about it and other things not so much. There are six questions to which I pay attention when I review.

1. How quickly do I get into the story?
2. Can I relate to a character?
3. Can I picture the fantasy realm?
4. Is the use of sexual ac
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
( Source: I received Fates Hand Directly from the Author Melissa Macfie. Via LOP, On Goodreads. In return for my opinion and Honest Review.)
Brenawyn moved to Salem, to start a fresh life, to move on from the death of her husband. But fate and the Gods have another idea. Brenawyn finds her life a whirlwind as she struggles to believe the magical goings on around her. Moving in with her Grandmother Leo also brought her towards Alexander Sinclair. Alex makes Brenawyn want more than she thought she
Annette  Dahl "Old Vicarious Reader"
This ended up to be a really good book. It was free and when they're free I put them down easily. I didn't think I would like this one but I stuck with it. The celtic accent troubled me in the beginning so I didn't think I was going to like it, but I'm glad I tried this story again. And, once I gave the story a chance I couldn't put the book down.

The Celtic accent drove me crazy, (I wish it came on audio), but the plot pulled me in with great facination. It a paranormal stories that took me time
Chelsea Stuart
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely fascinating! I loved it from the beginning all the way to the end. The mix of celtic lore and a modern girl in a modern society was perfect! This book is definitely a must-read if you love mythology or even if you just love suspense and a sexy love interest (shoutout to Alexander Sinclair right there). The author did a great job making this book feel authentic, especially with Alex's accent! As an American, I found him just as hard to understand as I do my real-life Scot ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fate’s Hand is a wonderful debut novel that makes you fall in love with the author’s writing and look forward to her next book. If you’re into fantasy books full of mysticism, come join the club of Melissa Macfie’s fans. If you like action-packed, mind-twisting, but at the same time elegant and gentle novels, again, you won’t be disappointed. This book is quintessence of thriller and romantic novel, and it just couldn’t leave me indifferent. I sat to read a few pages before sleep and found mysel ...more
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you like the wizardry of Harry Potter, the rich history of Celtic and Druid mysticism and a modern day romance story, you will love this book! The publisher's name, "Can't Put it Down Books," couldn't be more appropriate, as I picked up the book intending to read a chapter or two and read nearly non-stop until I had finished it.
In the interest of full disclosure, the author, Melissa Macfie, is my niece and I am extremely proud of her and the work she has accomplished with this book. Melissa
Lakshmi C
Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was a gripping read and a fun page turner. The lead Brenawyn is central to a prophecy and is being pursued by Gods who believe she is the high priestess. Brenawyn is not aware of her heritage and that danger is closing on her. Alexander is a tormented and complex character, the readers will definitely root for him. The book has Celtic mythology and Druid magic which was interesting and unique. The Coven is ruthless and disturbing, their actions add to the intensity of the story. The bo ...more
Jennifer Burton
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Liked it

I actually really liked the story line but gave it only three stars because I was annoyed with the language. I understand that the Author was trying to keep to the old language but for me it was distracting. It reminded me of talking to someone with a heavy accents and not understanding a Damon thing they said. So if that doesn't bother you, I suggest you read the book. As much as it bothered me, I still want the next one to know what happens.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I met the author at a workshop in New Hope, PA last February. I purchased the book directly.

The Celtic dialogue initially drove me crazy but once I got into the story I enjoyed the story. I'm glad I didn't give up on it because of the dialogue. I don't believe the dialogue adds to the story, it could easily be left out.
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book started out alright. The characters are interesting, the plot seems like it could be good.

Then, there's the whole I'm-a-slave-to-the-gods, they-forced-me-to-rape-her-but-I-tried-not-to thing.

No thanks.


Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book. The story moves along quickly and sucks you in. It was a great read! Definitely worth the read. Just be forewarned that this series is not complete, so if you're like me and would rather have a complete series, book 3 will not be released until 2017. ...more
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it

Well could be 3,5stars for the broken English storyline good though a little hard in the beginning because he is Scottish and she is writing with the accent,until you start to read with that
Susan Lee Thuener
Sep 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Celtic magic book 1

I found the magic in this story hard to understand. That plus the Irish accent and demons rushing around was a bit too much for me to fathom. If you are able to get past that you might enjoy it.
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Celtic Fairy tales

Based on Scottish gods and goddesses and the history of the druids. The dialect brogue was difficult to follow at times, but the story was good.
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate to win this copy from the author. Very well written. Suspenseful and kept you wanting to read more and not put it down. Did not expect the story line but the author pulled it off.
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked the book but it took me sooo long to read
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