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Fortuna Sworn

(Fortuna Sworn #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  2,087 ratings  ·  618 reviews
We were meant to be seductive. We were designed to lure humans in.

Fortuna Sworn is the last of her kind.

Her brother disappeared two years ago, leaving her with no family or species to speak of. She hides among humans, spending her days working at a bar and her nights searching for him. The bleak pattern goes on and on... until she catches the eye of a powerful faerie.
Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published July 1st 2019 by Once Upon a Time Books, LLC (first published June 23rd 2019)
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K.J. Sutton Several of the prominent characters in this series are bisexual, and there is a healthy queer relationship shown, as well.

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Chelsea Humphrey
"Fallen. I hadn't had to use that term in ages. Every species-faeries, werewolves, shapeshifters, nymphs-were descended from angels. No one knew whether it was mutation or evolution that had separated us."

Hello, and welcome to my newest obsession. Yes, we've all read countless fantasy tales in the midst of the faerie boom, but Kelsey Sutton has brought something new to the table. While she's borrowed a dash of folk lore from here and a smattering of angsty romance from there, the real standout q
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.
You can see more thoughts and reactions here in my vlog.

OOF, this book. It saved me from a reading slump, which is bold enough a claim in itself. But my god, was this everything I've been looking for.

Following Fortuna, literal nightmare and last of her kind on an endeavour to save her brother, we enter a world of bargains, bonds, and mistrust. The plot is one I fell into easily, reading 50 or so pages
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Actual Rating: 3.75 Stars

“Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.”

Disclaimer: Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

★ When the author contacted me to review this book, I did not know what to expect. I saw that it has faeries and it is a NA book which I think the book community has a severe lack of. I initially thought it was a standalone but it looks like a trilogy and I have no problems with that. The book
Becca & The Books
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book is like if Sookie Stackhouse wasn't dumb and was blackmailed into marrying the version of Rhysand we see in the Court of Nightmares

For a while now, I've been searching for a new Dark Faerie Romance series that would steal my heart and let me tell you... this does not disappoint.

Fortuna is a Nightmare, the last of her kind, with the ability to sense your greatest fears and turn them against you. She is feisty, loyal and driven by the singular goal to find her younger brother Damon who
K.J. Sutton
Mar 29, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Update on July 11th, 2019:

If anyone is intrigued or inspired by images I used during the writing process, here is the Pinterest board for the Fortuna Sworn series. The artist who designed the cover even used the clothing board to create Fortuna's costumes:

Update on March 29th, 2019:

Once again, the truly incredible Salome Totladze sent me a character portrait I commissioned from her. This is the first glimpse I've gotten of the characters that, until now, have only live
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

WOW! I bloody adored this book.
Fortuna Sworn snuck up on me catching me completely unawares.
I really wasn't expecting to enjoy this quite as much as I actually did, mega impressed here.
My only issue with this as I didn't want it to end when it did.
It is so going to kill me to wait for book two but needs must and I will be eagerly anticipating it's release like yesterday.
So Fortuna Sworn (totally digging her kick-ass name) a nightmare is last of her kind.
Whilst out searching for her younger broth
Aisling Zena
4.5 stars

I think I wanna start by saying, I'm absolutely in love with that cover. The composition, the colours, it just does it for me especially for a fantasy book. I'm always wary of a good cover, as it doesn't always mean the inside will be as good but thankfully this time I loved the contents just as much.

Fortuna Sworn is the only one of her kind left. Her parents are dead and her brother has gone missing for the past two years. She's stuck in a loop. She works all day and at night she goe
Renaissance Kate
3.5 stars

If you're looking for a dark faerie romance with urban fantasy vibes, this is the series for you!

Fortuna is a Nightmare - a creature who can see, smell, and taste the fears of anyone she touches and create hallucinations to torment them. Her younger brother, Damon, has been missing for two years, and despite Fortuna's desperate searching she hasn't discovered any clues to his whereabouts. But she hasn't forgotten the promise she made her parents many years ago - that she will always b
Melanie (mells_view)
Nightmares may be lies, but we don’t have to be liars.

I’m not going to info dump the blurb, so I’ll start by saying that Fortuna Sworn was... something else. While fantasy isn’t my usual genre, I’ve read a few and Fortuna Sworn seems to be a good combination of standard fantasy constants and a unique spin on certain aspects of the genre. Faeries. Other fantasy beings. Unseelie and Seelie courts. A world adjacent to the human one. Corruption. Some budding romance from more than one suitor. A litt
✰ Liz ✰
“My own face was proof that beauty couldn’t be trusted.”

Fortuna Sworn is the first book in the Fortuna Sworn Series. Fortuna Sworn is a powerful woman who possesses great power. An orphan, she has been desperately searching for her brother who has been missing for two years. After catching the eye of a powerful faerie, she gets swept away into a dangerous world in which she cannot escape.

“Nightmares may be lies, but we don’t have to be liars.”
Fortuna Sworn offers a paranormal delight w
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

“Nightmares may be lies, but we don’t have to be liars.”

A different, refreshing, and surprisingly enjoyable book.

I decided to read this book because a)The cover is super cool! b)The blurb seemed so interesting. And, Fortunately, I wasn’t disappointed.

Fortuna is a unique different character/creature that I’ve never heard about. And I loved that! She’s that morally grey character that you can’t help but admire. She’s strong, fearless, and loyal to who she loves. I don’t know exactly how I
Melanie A.
Nightmares may be lies, but we don't have to be liars.
Gotta love a bad-ass heroine!

Fortuna Sworn is a nightmare . . . literally. With just a touch she can delve into your mind, find your greatest fears and then feed them back to you. She's also the last of her kind.

Two years ago her brother went missing and her only lead in his disappearance . . .
"I wish to make a bargain, Fortuna Sworn."
. . . comes from a mysterious fae named Collith who speaks in riddles.
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author, K.J. Sutton, for an honest review.


“Like the nightmares that came at night, we were meant to be seductive. We were designed to lure our victims in. Then, when it was too late to draw back, we struck.”


This book is a nightmare beckoning you into the shadows of your fears and insecurities.

It sings promises of love and protection into your all too innocent ears, reaches a tender hand of surety out into the open space between you, and ju
Lucie V.
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This book was a nice surprise.

There is a lot of folklore: goblins, werewolves, Fae, and Nightmares. Nightmares are creatures with a face that changes so it shows you whatever face you will find the prettiest. It is made to ensnare and seduce you until it touches you and discovers your fears. Once a Nightmare touches you it can create illusions and make you live your deepest fears.

Fortuna Sworn is a Nightmare, probably the last of her kind since they were hunted because people feared them. She
• Lindsey Dahling •
Would I recommend this?
Yes! Particularly if you like general YA fiction.

This book is fast paced in a way that I see most often in general YA fiction. We are dropped right into the action in the first chapter. The action ends pretty quickly. Then the MC goes to work and introduces us to all of her human co-workers and their quirks. Bam. Faerie. Bam. Attraction. Bam. Conflict. Bam. Conflict resolved. Bam. More conflict. Bam. More conflict is resolved. I usually find I am too much of an elder t
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank K.J. Sutton for providing me with a copy of her ARC, due to this kind gesture I've decided to leave an honest review.


I hardly write reviews anymore because I am so busy with work (12-hour shifts will be the end of me), so I just jump from one book to the next. Being asked by an author to read an ARC of a genre that rocks your socks is always a great pleasure and its
Alexandra Elend Wolf
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, fantasy
Thank you to the author, K. J. Sutton, for providing me with a copy of her book in exchange of an honest review.

“Unleashed fury. Pain. The things bad dreams are made of.”

Oh, wow. This was better than I expected.

Fortuna Sworn is a young woman in a desperate quest to find her brother who disappeared two years back. When a mysterious man appears with the promise that he can help her find her brother, but at a price. She must make a decision, her safety or her brothers. The only problem i
NAT.orious reads ☾
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
3.5 STARS ★★★✬✩
This book is for you if… you're an adult/adolescent (?) urban fantasy fan. There are some dark motives woven into the plot that might be triggering.

I have a confession to make - I sometimes use the categorie insightfulness to make sure the rating fits my overall impression of a book. The number not alllways fits the categorie. Please don't hate me.

Also: since I found out Henry Cavill also bakes his own bread, he's now the face of every love interest of every boo
ʙᴇʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
ARC provided by the author via GR in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)

Real Rating: 3,5 (three and a half stars).
Fortuna Sworn is a paranormal romance that follows the protagonist, Fortuna, a girl that lives in the human world but she is a Nightmare, a special being with very unique powers.
Fortuna's brother is missing and she caught the interest of a powerful Fae, Colith. Then, her journey begins.
There are things I really loved in this book and things I didn't like too.
What I liked:
I received this book for free from ARC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Have you ever read a book so good that you don't know how to begin to explain just how good it is? Fortuna Sworn by K.J. Sutton did just that to me. I'm speechless. . .

Sutton was able to create such a dark and enchanting tale that whisked me away from reality and into everything magical. I have longed to read an adult fantasy novel that brought me b
Ellen Gail
Aug 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: freebie
Some stuff I liked, some stuff I didn’t, but overall it left a positive enough impression on me.

I have a soft spot for fae stories. Darkfever, Throne of Glass, The Call, Rhapsodic, Dead Until Dark, Lost Girl- what can I say, a good fae story just hits the spot sometime.

I can't lie, I had a lot of reservations early on. It felt eerily derivative of Dead Until Dark and the Sookie Stackhouse books in general - a virgin waitress with powerful but alienating powers, who is approached by a mysterious
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't even bother knowing what this book is about aside from it's fae fantasy. And to finally compensate for my monthslong absence in the magical deceitful world of faes, I hopped on the boat without any hesitation nor a second glance at its synopsis and details. So imagine my surprise when I got to an uncensored smut scene where I just managed to utter an "Oh." only then did I realise that I was about to read my first adult romance. I admit I'm not a target audience for this particular genre ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I have loved this author's work in the past so it was a no brainer when I saw this to immediately pick it up and try it. I love her unique take on things that seem mundane and making them into something new and imaginative. She manages to create endearing characters that stick with you long after the story has been finished and settings that are so descriptive that they take your breath away and you feel like you are transported right into the heart of them.

Fortuna Sworn was definitely a story t
Sophia Triad

(I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review )
For the first time...I felt powerful. Decades ago, Nightmares were the most feared race. The fae had been unwise to forget.


“Don’t you know what strengthens a Nightmare’s power?” ... “Unleashed fury. Pain. The things bad dreams are made of.”

3.75 stars

I had so much fun reading this book and I'm immediately moving on to book 2. This book is so refreshing because it features a strong, powerful heroine, which I've been missing lately... While Fortuna is strong it's clear she's still discoveri
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
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I've been a fan of Kelsey Sutton ever since I read Gardenia on Netgalley. She is the queen of standalone YA novels and loves paranormal stories like I do. And now she's become a hybrid author self publishing her first adult book, which is a fae romance and her first series. There are a lot of firsts in that sentence! And I was super excited to be a part of her launch of Fortuna Sworn.

I loved that the title was the name of the protagonis
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into Fortuna Sworn with zero expectations other than the fact that it sounded right up my alley. I’m actually pleasantly surprised by this!

Definitely a different spin on NA Fantasy. The MC’s power is very unique and not something I’ve read about before which I loved. While not without a few faults, I enjoyed this overall.

This will definitely not be my last book from this author & I’m excited for the sequel!
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Like the nightmares that came at night, we were meant to be seductive. We were designed to lure our victims in. Then, when it was too late to draw back, we struck.”

Fortuna Sworn is a Nightmare, a creature that can weave illusions based on their victim's greatest fears with just a single touch. After her brother's disappearance two years ago, she's the last of her kind. She spends her days working at a bar, blending in with humans, and her nights searching for her brother. When sh
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fortuna Sworn:
1. Fortuna Sworn — 4⭐
2. Restless Slumber — coming soon in 2020!
3. Deadly Dreams — coming soon in 2020!
4. Beautiful Nightmares — coming soon in 2021!
5. Endless Terrors — coming soon in 2021!
6. Violent Awakening — coming soon in 2022!

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Thank you NetGalley for giving me an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

If you can't have enough faeries and enjoying adult fantasy, this book is for you.

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K.J. Sutton lives in Minnesota with her two rescue dogs. She has received multiple awards for her work, and she graduated with a master's degree in Creative Writing from Hamline University. When she's writing, K.J. always has a cup of Vanilla Chai in her hand and despises wearing anything besides pajamas. She adores interacting with fellow writers and readers. Until then, she's hard at work on her ...more

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