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What Fate Portends

(The Frost Arcana #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  502 ratings  ·  80 reviews
"Faeries liked to tease the weak, but they loved to annihilate the strong."

Seven years ago, the exposure of the paranormal led to the tumultuous downfall of human society. Now, the legions of the fae rule the broken world, and humanity has nothing left but a handful of protected cities and a heaping helping of regret.

Enter Vincent Whelan. Half fae and former cop, he's beco
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 216 pages
Published June 25th 2018 by Knite and Day Publishing
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Kristen Burns
4 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*

Set in a post-apoc world ruled by powerful fae, this urban fantasy about a half-fae ex-cop had me gripped from start to finish. The pacing was balanced with just the right amount of action-packed and magic-filled fight scenes, intriguing moments of mystery and creeping around, and slower scenes of character introspection.

The main character, Vince, was one I could root for. He was just a tiny bit s
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars rounded up

I loved Coulson's City of Crows series... so much that after I finished book #5, seeing that no new books are available, I ended up buying this first book of her new series (it's sold for only .99).

I wholeheartedly enjoyed it too!! For one, as a reader, it's clear from the beginning that Vince Whelan, half-fae half-human, has power that he has kept a secret. It's a little different situation than Cal Kinsey from City of Crows ((view spoiler)
Lori S.
I like Whelan, a former cop who's the child of a High Sidhe of the Unseelie court. In this, he stumbles upon an attempt to awaken the Tuatha De Danan from their long slumber - an act with terrifying consequences. Not wanting to see his childhood home destroyed in the resulting conflagration, Whelan puts his life on the line to stop it, revealing more of himself than he ever intended.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly good, but then I do love my snarkiness and sass when it comes to my urban fantasy.
Oct 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
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Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Twas the price seduced me 99p ;) it was enough for me to eventually shelve my resentment over this new series taking over from the City of Crows series that after fast regular releases was left with one hell of a cliff-hanger and no word of future releases! - Something that makes me very wary!

I liked it. A lot slower paced than the City of Crows series, there is some action but found this more plot driven. It's more inside Vincent's head than conversation which added to the sense of there being
Arshad Ahsanuddin
Wonderful worldbuilding, and an excellent take on the consequences of paranormals emerging in human society. The foreground story is quite good too, with a mystery to unravel that may or may not have run its course by the end of the book. Should be a fun series.
Debbie Eyre
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great action packed urban fantasy that had me on the edge of my seat the whole read! Gripping and filled with magic and mystery and some great characters, you will not be able to put this down neither!

Sam McManus
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I love when I find new authors to enjoy, especially when they have such extensive backlogs as Clara does. Really excited to see where this series goes next.
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A bit slow to start off though made up for it after a few chapters.
Sarah Leenart
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having read and loved Clara Coulson's other series, I knew that the standard of writing is excellent. And indeed I was not disappointed. Vince is a bit of a loner and his story took a little while to get off the ground but considering that the fae are usually one of my least favourite supernaturals to read about, I really loved the world, especially the post apocalyptic setting, I always like it when it is so believable and this really was. A great first book and I am looking forward to the next ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The author was offering this as a freebie/loss leader intro into the series so I went into it not expecting to much and boy was I pleasantly surprised. I'm not usually much on post-apocalyptic worlds but this wasn't grimdark or dystopian hopeless like so many are. I enjoyed this. I liked the world building and I liked the two main characters, Vince Whelan (it's his point, first person) and his former partner on the police force, Saoirse.

Several years back the fae attacked Earth and it ended in
Kari Chapman
"What Fate Portends" is a very readable, entertaining book. The story is set in an interesting world, one that combines the supernatural coming out of the closet and a post-nuclear zombie-war type setting. That is, humanity is confined to small enclaves, government is collapsed, modern technology is mostly unreliable and so on. Vincent is a good main character. I like that he's had training in his magic, but mostly tried to use it as little as he can get away with it.

I like that the story is se
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As always, I am hesitant when an author I like starts another series when I already love the series he/she is writing currently. Will I like it as well as the one I’m currently loving? Will the series have as good writing as the one I love does? Well, in the case of this new series, I needn’t have worried. From the moment I first started this book, I was drawn in and it didn’t let me go until I was finished. I loved Vincent, the world, the plot…well, just about everything in this book. And, to b ...more
K. Lincoln
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pleasantly surprised about how slick this was. There is a well thought out backstory/world peeking through the somewhat straight forward story here.

Vince is an ex cop in a post-apocalyptic world. Seven years ago, he was just a rookie cop. But then it was revealed that paranormals (various kinds of fae, sidhe, trolls, etc). He was caught up in the great Purge...a war between humans and paranormals that ended with the Queens claiming territory to protect amongst stretches of ghoul-haunted abandone
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own, e-books, kobo
Now this is a clever idea. Most paranormal authors imagine a world where the non-human live alongside humans, but here the humans, confronted by dozens of videos showing non humans existed, totally freaked out, started a war with them, and eventually used nukes. It’s just stupid enough for humanity to do.
And really, one of the few who could clean that kind of mess up quickly and easily would be a faerie queen using magic. Doing so, Mab took out the entirety of Washington DC.
Super neat idea.
The w
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 of 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

I love it when an author has thought up a new world or place and given it new laws and rules, new beings and things to imagine. I love it even more when they think it through so that when I am in the midst of a story, it all makes sense in its own way and I don’t see gaping holes in the logic. I also love it when the author lays a backstory that is complicated enough that I KNOW I need to read more to fully understand the characters. When it is a series, I really en
Mark Gardner
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy
Shelves: 2018
I already knew that Clara Coulson is a solid writer, but switching from a beloved series (City of Crows) to a new one is always risky. You’re always comparing the new series to the old one. I’m relieved that Coulson’s writing prowess continues in this new series, and the flavor is different enough from City of Crows, that it doesn’t feel rebranded.

The world building is fun, and we’re thrust into the action right away. That action sets the tone for the rest of the story, and we immediately like t
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great read, it had me hooked from the first chapter.

In a post-apocalyptic world run by Fae, Vince Whelan is a half-fae ex-cop private searcher for hire. Did you leave something behind when you fled the purge or left to go to the protective city? Vince is the man for the job as a searcher of the stretches. Running from starving ghouls or outsmarting werewolves, it's all in a day's work for Vince. Vince has always done the most to hide his fae side but since being outed during the purge, an
Li Kim Min
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
(Status: currently read up to Book 4 of The Frost Arcana series)
I love Clara Coulson and she never disappoints me in her writing.

Definitely another masterpiece of a series which reminds me of a very nicely developed Urban Fantasy TV show, only this series is somewhat mixed with the usual Urban Fantasy modern feeling as well as a post-apocalyptic theme.

The good thing about this, without spoiling, is how she's taken the Post-Apocalyptic theme and hasn't gone down the usual road of super dark and T
The Mysterious Reader
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve really enjoyed other novels by Clara Coulson, so I grabbed at the opportunity to start a new series by her, The Frost Arcana, of which What Fate Portends is its first book. This book is great on many levels, as an action-packed story, as an urban fantasy, as a suspenseful tale and as a post-apocalyptic story. It’s star, Vincent Whelan, easily passes my “Dresden Test”, namely is the lead character as good or better than Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden? The cast of supporting characters is superb ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun fairy tale

I loved this book, more than I expected. I picked it up on a whim, seemed an interesting premise. What I got was a combination of two genres I love. Post-apoc & urban fantasy.

Vincent is a half human/half fairy. He is a former cop who does his best to hide his true fairy nature. The world has fallen after a Great War between humans and the fairy world. He spends his days recovering lost artifacts for mundanes. That is until he is hired to recover a harp that is more than it appears.
Sonja Bjerga
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book from the author.
I'm a bit of a Clara Coulson fan girl having devoured all things Cal Kinsey I was unsure if Vincent Whelan would hit the same highs for me, all I can say is OH YES he does. The opening chapters dragged me into Vincent's day job, kinda slow initially then, Nosferatu, running like a maniac and a few werewolves later he strolls up to Kinsale (Kinsey, Kinsale wonder if that leads anywhere) chats with a headless horseman and heads home, you gotta read it
Trisha K. Carlson
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ooooh, five stars! If my heart purred, I'd be humming a happy tune! This is one of those books to get lost in for sure. As the faerie world attempts to take over the human world, paranormal and humanity clash. It happens after the purge, and we are thrown into a world left to deal w it's aftermath. We follow Vincent Whelan, ex cop half fae/half human. And his former cop lady boss, Saoirse. (Pronounced Ser-sha, it's Irish). Actually most of these characters are Irish descendents, it's a subtle no ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Finally, a book that doesn't make me want to throw my tablet across the room! I had a run of really bad luck in picking books lately. In a desperate effort to find something worth reading, I started looking at free ebooks on Amazon. This stood out as not just more of the same old crap. No over-sexed floozy with a fashion obsession and without 2 brain cells to rub together. No rippling abs, wet panties (GROSS!) or watering mouths. Just a GOOD fantasy story with a likable main character and a trul ...more
I received an ARC edition of this book from the author.

This story has great world-building and I found the MC, Vince, to really fit well with the post-apocalyptic fae world. Because the story is told in 1st-person POV, we are basically taken along for the ride with the mystery. The story does a good job a building a base for the series without dumping too much information into the first story (still plenty to be discovered in the future books). I really liked the touch of faerie myth in the stor
Susan Day
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun Fantasy

Vince Whelan is an ex-police detective living in a post-apocalyptic town who happens to be half-fairy. He doesn't advertise this fact. He runs a shop stocked with scavenged goods and makes extra money venturing outside the protected zone retrieving items people had to abandon when they fled to safety. Since human civilization fell, the world is ruled and inhabited by fairies, elves, trolls, and other supernatural beings. Vince is offered a job locating a missing harp that is too lucra
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This was recommended to me, and im glad I followed it up. This was a great book, good story and excellent writing. Truly, this is a gem. Vince is the half unseelie fae living in a damaged and torn up world of humans, after a supernatural war. Vince has a heart for the humans and keeps his other side hidden. This was an adventure that was filled with the coolest magical system and filled with different magical others. There is a bigger plot going on in the background, one that the fae
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm not really that interested in fairies and those types of myths, but this book did a good job in keeping me interested and I never got too overwhelmed by the references to lore I know nothing about. The MC was interesting and the pace was action-packed which kept him from having too much time to be self-deprecating or depressed. Not that he didn't have his reasons to be feeling down, but it was much nicer to meet a character on his way back up, than visiting him down there. The narrator also ...more
Timothy VanderWall
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
With the human race throwing nukes at each other, Queen Mab, Faerie Winter Queen, decides to take over the Earth. Humans are living their lives out in protected cities. The rest of Earth is inhabited by various denizens of the faerie world. Vincent Whelan, part-human and ex-cop, does a brisk business retrieving items for folks from outside of the protected cities - in the stretch. His latest client only wants to know the whereabouts of an item and is willing to pay dearly for the information. Is ...more
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Clara Coulson was born and raised in backwoods Virginia, USA. She holds a degree in English and Finance from the College of William & Mary and recently retired from the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC to return to the homeland and pick up the quiet writing life.

Clara spends most of her time (when she's not writing) dreaming up new story ideas, studying Japanese, and slowly reading through the

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