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Fortune Favors the Cruel

(Dark Maji #1)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  282 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Quinn Darkova, freed from the chains of slavery, wants nothing more than vengeance against those who sold her. But with her dark powers on the rise and her ascension nearing, Quinn's blood retribution will have to wait in favor of her immediate survival.

Lazarus Fierté is a nobleman without equal. He’s as controlling as he is stubborn, and for the last six years he’s been
Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published May 17th 2019
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Gaby★Me Myshelf and I★
You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is a RH given the two prominent RH authors who co-wrote it, but surprise
It’s not!

It’s a dark epic fantasy. It has it own type of magic and magic users called “Maji”, some mystical creatures and a whole new fantasy world. If you’re tired of UF and want a good old fashioned adventure on horseback ? The kind that features a map at the opening pages, then friend, this is for you.

It’s a really nice read even if your not a fan of fantasy, it’s easy to follow
Rhiannon Chillingworth
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All the bloody stars!!!! I absolutely adores this book! It had everything I want.

Deliciously dark heroine, who is more bad than good. She's insanely powerful, tough and doesn't give a shit about what anyone thinks of her, which just the right subtle smidgen of vulnerability.

Make love interest who is just as deliciously dark as her. He is complex, Gruff, but has many layers.

Slow burn, reluctant relationship development that is earned and believable and so damned good. I was so tempted to stand up
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book pulls you in from the first chapter. Quinn is a very quick witted and strong willed women with a dark side. While Lazarus more of the strong and silent type but he definitely has a dark side he is just better at hiding it. And boy oh boy will you be wanting to know what his power is(it was driving me bonkers). You will stay on the edge of your seat with all the twist and turners the authors put in this story. Wit is top notch with the perfect punch of snark. This is a dark fantasy so t ...more
Graceley Knox
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"But Quinn... she wore cruelty like a crown.”

Quinn Darkova is the anti-heroine we've all been waiting for. She doesn't take any sh*t and isn't apologizing for it. This is one of my MUST READS for 2019. I can't wait for book 2 to come out... and I'll be stalking the authors for an early copy when it's available. The world they built is rich and original, and I couldn't stop turning the page. Kel Carpenter and Lucy Smoke have created a story that every fantasy lover should read and then recommend
faith tank
This book was so amazing! I've read Kel before but was new to Lucy but they made such a great book that I want more right now! The way the lead character grew over the course of the book and the effect she had on everyone in the process is all that anyone could hope for! The premise of antiheroes and villains really intrigued me when starting this book and it really brought a different view on how a character can grow! I loved it so much! But seriously guys did you really have to give me that ho ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love both Kel and Lucy’s books and as soon as they announced they would be writing together I was ecstatic. Fortune Favors the Cruel is a great start to what I can tell will be an amazing series. Quinn is a character that isn’t perfect and I love that about her. I think the story line itself is extremely creative and I can’t wait to see what book two will be like! this book has the perfect amount of action and sass from its characters that both authors are known for. I hope to see some of Quin ...more
Kayla Perkins
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This may possibly be one of the best books I have ever read. Once I started I couldnt put it down until I was done! I finished it in one day! Kel and Lucy are amazing authors on their own, but when you put them together its a site to behold. Quinn is so dark but such a badass! And Lazarus is the type of character that you love but almost hate too. Absolutely amazing! I can't wait for the next book!

Natascha Pinson
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spellbinding. I knew when Kel and Lucy got together there would be greatness! I was not disappointed!
I found myself trying to guess who wrote which parts too.
I love the journey Quinn is taking to figure herself out and how she fits into the grand scheme of things. I am intrigued and drawn in fully. And that ending! When it all just, and then she was, and then he was all and she went all. Whoa.
So impatiently patiently waiting for book two.
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is captivating! All the characters are intriguing. The relationship between the main two characters are unique and question each other’s motivations. Well worth reading! Can’t wait to see what book 2 holds!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jemimah  Zafoune
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I really enjoyed this book and sat and read it all in one sitting. Fortune Favours the Cruel follows the story of Quinn, a Dark Magi who is trying to hide who and what she is. She has led a hard and harsh life so far and when we meet her she is experiencing freedom for the first time in her life, but is the life she is living really free? Then Quinn, and us, meet Lazarus Fierté. Just who and what is he? That is what we discover some of in this first book and we get to experience Quinn growi ...more
Courtney Dunham
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy moly, I can't get over what I just finished! I had to immediately log onto my computer to start my review and spread the love for this amazing darker fantasy book. I have been mostly reading RH and that is how I knew of this book (because I have read everything Lucy has written haha) and I was super surprised how much I loved this book. I am gonna go and add Kel's books to my TBR because this duo is great together and I already know how much I love Lucy's stories.

The MC in this book is one
Katherine Bogle
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't stay up until 5am often to finish a book, but when I do, it's because I could not put the damn thing down.

Fortune Favours the Cruel is an amazing dark fantasy read full of excellent world building, well developed characters and chemistry that leaves you turning the pages until the last. These authors hit it out of the park with this series.

Upon first reading the blurb for Fortune, I knew I had to have it. Dark fantasy is a favourite genre of mine, and let me tell you, Fortune is the pe
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Fortune Favors the Cruel by Kel Carpenter and Lucy Smoke. Having read books from Kel Carpenter before, I knew going in that I needed free time before I started this book as I would NOT be able to put it down... And this new series did NOT disappoint.

First, let me start with the main female character, Quinn. She is strong in personality and stands firm in her belief system and values. I love this in a character. Someone unwilling to bend and change based on the whims or ot
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing story by these two amazing authors. I love Lucy but this is my first experience reading Kel and I'll definitely have to pick up some more of her work. This is a keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat book all the way through. Quinn is a strong female lead who has finally found her way out of slavery. She's got a secret she's trying to keep though and it's getting harder and harder to hide. Lazarus has his own secrets. While he drives you nuts sometimes you can't help b ...more
Erin Figueiredo
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Amazingly Fantastic!

What an incredible roller coaster ride from start to finish. Unbelievable world building and an incredibly intense story. This story is so full of action, suspense and intrigue. The twists and turns kept you riveted and fully absorbed in the story. Quinn is an absolutely amazing character who is sure to become an even more amazing character as the series progresses. She is one kickass dark hero. Lazarus is a dark and curious enigma that I can’t wait to learn more of. The
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I really didn't know what I was in for when I began this book, but this wasn't anything I expected. These ladies did such a phenomenal job weaving this story together. Once I got past the first chapter I was hooked. There are a lot of questions you end up with pretty quickly. Especially involving Quinn and Lazarus. But! An amazing job was done giving you enough answers here and there without you feeling lt was too drawn out. The book ended way too quickly for me and I cannot wait for the ne ...more
April Regier
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Both of these authors are new to me but did an amazing job of weaving an intriguing and dark story. Quinn Darkova, the MC, is a strong woman with a strong sense of justice and a smart mouth. A former slave, she seeks retribution on those who wronged her. She is desperately trying to control/hide her dark magic but doesn’t hesitate to let loose on those who deserve it. The love interest, Lazarus, is the strong silent type who has better control of his dark instincts. They are both powerful maji b ...more
rose houston
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fortune Favors the Cruel is the first book in the Maji series by Kel Carpenter and Lucy Smoke. This is the first co authored book I have read by these two authors and they write really well together.
This book was a great start to what I hope to be an amazing series. I thought the story line was extremely creative and I can’t wait to see what book two will be like. Quinn is a very quick witted and strong willed women with a dark side, which I loved. I hope to see some of Quinn’s powers and her re
Tara McKee
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A woman's quest to find retribution for her past, answers to her inner darkness and what the future holds for her. A man that holds those answers and also carries within an immeasurable darkness that draws these two together on an amazing journey of mysterious darkness!

I couldn't put this book down! I fell in love with the main characters even with all of their cruel darkness. The character development was amazing. The story line unfolds beautifully, and I found myself impatiently waiting for an
Kel (Faerie-bookworm)
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, arc, paranormal
NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW!!! Absolutely amazing!! Quinn is so awesome!!

I could NOT put this down. From page one I was hooked. The powers that Quinn and Lazarus have are what make this a dark fantasy but how they use their powers is not always dark. If you've ever seen the show Lucifer, it's kinda like that. Quinn's power is fear, so she does not fear, but she really is a good person. She doesn't use her powers selfishly or cruelly, she just tries to protect herself. That isn't dark, just her powers
The Mysterious Reader
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even though I am not familiar with Lucy Smoke, I’ve consistently enjoyed everything I’ve read by Kel Carpenter. No surprise, then, that I rushed to download Fortune Favors the Cruel, the first in a new series (Dark Maji) that they have co-authored. I’m glad I did as this is darn great stuff. I love both Quinn Darkova and Lazarus Fierté, love how their story is woven together, love the great world-building and strong plot that I already know is the start of a great story arc. But for the fact tha ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark and Twisted in the Best Way

This book was absolutely amazing. It kept my intrigued throughout the while book, and I throughly enjoyed all the twists and turns. Quinn and Lazarus are such dark and twisted characters that I can’t wait to see develop into even scarier rulers. I wish there was a bit more backstory about both of them, but I’m guessing it will be revealed throughout the series. Can’t wait for the next one!
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I read the blurb, it compelled me. When I read FFtC, it was engrossing, enthralling, entrancing, riveting. You simply cannot not stop reading FFtC once you start, so take a shower &/or put the kiddos to sleep & prepare to pull an all-nighter or expect to read until the wee hours of morning.
Quinn is just a woman trying to survive but with a dark side because once people cross her she won't hesitant to lash out. Lazarus is just a guy who is on a mission & he won't rest until he ge
Nikki Fiorenza
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so captivating! Once I started I was unable to stop until I was finished. Kel and Lucy together just knocked this one out of the park and into another dimension. The twists and turns alone had me on the edge of my seat begging for more. Quinn and Lazarus are so intriguing with their darkness that you cant help but get sucked right in to the turmoil and rooting for them to overcome it all. I cant wait for book 2!
Ashley Russell
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All consuming

This was a really unexpected read for me in the best way. I don’t usually lean towards dark material so I was hesitant to start it, but the darkness that exists is done in a pretty tasteful way and the story itself totally took over my life until I finished it. It was an all day read and I just couldn’t put it down until I finished! I’m waiting with ants in my pants until the next releases
Whitney Wright
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book pulls you in from the very first chapter. Quinn, the main female character, is a strong willed women with a dark side. Then there is Lazarus whom is more of the strong and silent bad boy type, my favorite kind! This is a dark romance fantasy and I really enjoyed both authors working together to create this new world. I’m really looking forward to book 2 because I’m hooked!
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book will hook you and you won't want to leave. This books has very good complex characters. The world thats has been created is something not to be missed. Pleaty of good plot twist and turns. Will have you wanted more..I know I do.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Danielle Grimes-Oliveira
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book by 2 amazing authors. This book sucked me in from page one and I couldn’t put it down. Love the FMC Quinn. She is strong and courageous. The story is unique and you are pulled into Quinn’s world. This is such an interesting book. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series to see how the characters and relationships grow.

Kara Kieffer
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Quinn's character is so untrusting, couragous, and unknown that you honestly do not know how to precieve her. I love her character. Lazarus is another of those inigmas. He is such a mystery that it creates a book that is so great that it is hard to put down. Quinn and Lazarus together make for a great adventure, mystery, and an awesome read. I honestly can not wait to see what book 2 has in store for these characters.
Jaime Margaria
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It is a little different than what I normally read, but it was fantastic from beginning to end. Quinn and Lazarus are fantastic characters and I love their growth throughout the story!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Lucy Smoke is a USA Bestselling Author most known for her Iris Boys series.

Lucy is a writer of dark romance, new adult and young adult romance, and various other sub-genres therein. Her main writing focus is on various forms of romance. She loves to experiment with her characters and shine a little light on things that catch her fancy.