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House of Fate

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Judit has one duty: to guard the chosen one, he who will unite two warring, star-spanning houses in marriage. Simple, if she wasn’t already in love with the bride-to-be. As far as anyone knows, Annika has been raised to be the perfect bride and future matriarch. Secretly, she’s an assassin ordered to usurp the chosen one’s mind and kill anyone who gets in her way.

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Published August 15th 2017 by Bold Strokes Books
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Lex Kent
This was a good solid sci-fi adventure. I would consider this a NA book. I'm not sure of the characters exact age, I just know they are over 18. They seem a bit young in their view of the world, but both of the main characters are pretty bad-ass. This is not my favorite book by Wright, but it was enjoyable, entertaining, and kept me reading.

Judit, is the guardian of the "chosen one". As part of one of the most powerful families in the galaxy, it is up to her to protect her cousin Noal so that he
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
YA sci-fi. ('nuf said?) ;)


Hmmm... I think my cryptic 4 word review might be selling the book short, since I was fairly well entertained, certainly more than many books I've read before. I did like it a lot actually, especially the writing. But, but....looking at the blurb, I had expected so much perhaps, since it's written by the author of Coils. :)

This is what the blurb said and what sold me on the book: Judit is a devoted body guard to the 'chosen one', her cousin
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a good fantasy themed book. It has a well developed story with twists and unexpected events that keep you hooked untill the end. It has two main characters both trained to fight although for different reasons. It is entertaining and not overly exhausting in rare descriptions. Even if fantasy is not your thing, like in my case, this is a recomendable book.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked it well enough. Lots of action, fight scenes, and general badassary. The political stuff kinda slowed me down but. I loved the way 'Dark' was turned into a curse word. That was cool. I'd only ever read Paladins of the Storm Lord from this author before. She's got her sci fi down pretty good :) ...more
Jane Shambler
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, sci-fi
This is a really good sci-fi story. Now I am a sci-fi fan and this was a really good solid story with lots of action. I really want to say bad ass but I'm not sure if that's a good descriptive word. Hell I'm using it because it was bad ass in places.

The politics took a little more concentration and definitely added to the story. The two main characters can definitely fight but they fight for different reasons. Judit is the guardian of the chosen one, who happens to be her cousin Noal. He is the
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am not a massive sci-fi fan but do enjoy reading them on occasion. I thought this one was well done where you had a good balance of the action sci-fi with the romance. I felt there was good development for both characters as they went on a journey to discover who was creating the chaos in the galaxy. Both having to see some truths in their own House's and about themselves.

The connection between the two was instant and I as the reader I could feel it through the pages. This romance definitely
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
ARC provided by NetGalley

I could not totally connect with this book because it seemed that a lot of the story was kind of a given and the reader should have already known that like the relation ship between the two Marion characters. Other characters kept saying things like "Just kiss already" or "you two should just sleep with each other" and so on but to me their relationship was not that clear yet. At the beginning the whole fictional universe and the different families and how it all worked
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
*ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review*

If you have read The Pyramid Waltz and enjoyed it then this is definitely a book that should be on your to read list.

This book is Sci-fi, action and romance all wrapped into an intriguing story, with interesting and loveable characters.

Annika is my favourite character, especially because she was such a dark horse in the story, and if you like the loyal to a fault types then you will probably love Judit.

I do feel like this story co
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
An honest review thanks to NetGalley. This was a great book if you love sci fi, romance and a thriller this is the book for you. The plot pulls you in, and you escape into this galaxy that you hope exists. Barbara Ann Write is the most amazing fantasy lesbian writer out there, and she did it again!
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this Sci-Fi and one thing I would not Ama for a grandmother :) I hope there is a next book though.

NetGalley for honest review.
Elisa Rolle
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: House of Fate Barbara Ann Wright
1) I really enjoyed this book. The scope of the plot and setting had me grinning extremely quickly, and I love, love, LOVE how the author treats the reader as though she is already familiar with the universe and plunges right in. The story didn't do what I expected it to. At first, I was a little unsettled by that, wondering how things would play out, but I realized quickly that this was a symptom of the dense plot and slick
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
I felt so disconnected from this book, compared to the author's previous work that I adored, Coils. I did want to try one of her Sci-Fi novels and this seemed like a good place to start since it's stand-alone. However, while reading I just felt like I was coming in on the second or third book in a series--the world-building wasn't the problem, it was the relationships between characters. Judit, guardian of Noal is secretly in love with Annika, who is engaged to Noal. So far so good, but everyone ...more
Helen Kord
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-f, favourites, scifi
What an amazing read. I'm usually not one for sci-fi, but this one absolutely enthralled me.
Judit and Annika as characters were deeply flawed and complex in beautiful ways and they absolutely worked both as a couple but as characters in their own right.
The characters have to fight against their abusive families and have to actively fight against the toxic upbringing, but they fight so, so hard to be good people and it's wonderful to see. This is a book about carving out your own space in the uni
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gay-and-lesbian
Worst lesbian book be read in a long time. I mean the last few chapters happened so fast I didn’t even get that they went back to the Eye and i te-read it several time. Boring and way too long and I hate books that end so abruptly where everything gets wrapped up way too neatly. I also hate when hey make the men out to be infantile or stupid and then kill them you don’t have to make men seem horrible for women in the book to seem so empowered. I hate that about these books. If your going to shit ...more
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Nice worldbuilding, compelling (and one very badass) characters and a good plot. My favourite parts were the ones in which Annika kicked ass; she was a fascinating character. Judit was nice as well, and she was pretty much the opposite of Annika, so it was interesting to see how differently the two reacted to various situations. So far I've read two books by Barbara Ann Wright and I plan on reading some more. ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-reviews
3.75 rounded up.

****I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review!****

I would consider sci-fi my favorite genre recently and I've been trying to soak up as much of it as possible. I was especially interested in this one as it also listed a f/f romance and I felt like this was the best aspect of the book. The plot itself was a bit uninspired, but it was able to keep me rooting for our protagonists even if the plot seemed to move a little slow
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the story about the houses. I also liked the sexual fluidity of the characters, oddly enough. I think it speaks to the times we currently live in now. Some of the story made me sad and some of the story made me chuckle so overall it was a good work of fiction. Besides i really loved the deep space travel and related shenanigans.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I rec'd an Arc from NetGalley/Bold Strokes Books in exchange for an honest review. Previously, I enjoyed the Katya and Starbride series (Pyramid Waltz, etc.) and anticipated nothing less with this sci-fi/romance. The storyline with Judit and Annika is well written with excellent surrounding characters. A pleasant enough read. 3 stars. ...more
Sam Funez
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazingggg!!! Well written, awesome world building, romance! Space! Politics! Secrets! Oh my!!! This is a new favorite, enjoyable as hell, imo. The side characters were good, the dynamics between noal Annika and judit was beautiful and there was no rushing. 💘👌🏼
Lore Graham
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
House of Fate was recommended to me on twitter as an excellent sci fi romance. The novel lived up to my high expectations from start to finish.

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Barbara Ann Wright writes fantasy and science fiction novels and short stories when not adding to her enormous book collection or ranting on her blog. Her short fiction has appeared twice in Crossed Genres Magazine and once made Tangent Online's recommended reading list. Her first novel, The Pyramid Waltz, was one of's Reviewer's Choice books of 2012 and was a 2012 Foreword Review Book of ...more

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