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Fates of Ruin (Ardentia Saga #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The first book in a new epic fantasy series set in a world bound to its legends...

Jahna Mornglow is a thief and a liar, a half-breed of the ostracized Narcean race, born with the gift of fates. With no kindred to call her own, Jahna lives as an outcast, placing her faith in the dagger and the coin rather than family or the silent gods that have abandoned them.
But not all i
Kindle Edition, 282 pages
Published April 25th 2020
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Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it
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Thanks to NetGalley and to the Editor. I received a copy of this book in exchange for this book.

To be honest, I haven't a lot to say about this one. It started good, I was intrigued by the story, but then there was a big lull until we met Arn. From this point on the pace pick up a bit, mostly because Arn is a more complex character than all the others we met. And we meet a lot of them. The story change POV at every chapter, and we have a lot of different POV. It is not a bad thing per se. I appr
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
It started off interesting but then it seemed like the sequence of events went out of order for a few chapters. After that I was able to get into the story. Unfortunately this book was only so-so for me. I think my main issue was I really didn't feel much connection to the protagonist. She just seemed like a bossy friend for the most part. I was also unsure what besides her git made her the best choice for a future queen. I mean the princess was a weak-willed easily manipulated girl but Jahana w ...more
Aug 26, 2020 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars

The king is magically tied to the land. It thrives when he is healthy, but he is not healthy, and so the land and its people suffer.

This book is about the lines of succession and the lore surrounding it. Ardentia is named after the Celestial Arden. I don't remember the specifics because they are kind of peppered throughout the book, but the jist of it is that she gave her son to the people, and so all the rulers of Ardentia are male because they inherit the power of h
Jun 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley for providing me an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. My review is my own and not influenced by others.

The cover and description caught my attention on NetGalley so I decided to request an e-arc and was eager to start reading this book.

The first chapters were very interesting and the way the writer wrote the story was very nice. You could see the world without too much information to use your own imagination.
This book is written with multiple POV’
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
~ ARC received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~

To my shame, I've had this book on my TBR for a while. Once started though, I couldn't put it down and I already praised it in one of my FB groups at 50% in.
At first, the many pov's are confusing, however, after few chapters, the pov changing make sense and the action flows smoothly.
Is amazing, it grabs you and keeps you under until the very end. I can't wait for next volume to see where the journey will take them, for Jahna, Lilia
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jahna a thief, liar and a halp breed who finds out just who her father is. Silko a nerdy scholar, Lilac, the muscle of the group but also a funny one. Then we have Arn the Madroff thief whos motive is unclear. This was an enjoyable book. There was good plot, the action was fast. Truly enjoyed it.
Janice Drake
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good start to the series. I found the MC to be a bit difficult to connect with. The story was slow to grab me and Jahna was rather cold. Her two main friends were more likable. The last half of the book moved along at a rapid pace and I felt myself pulled in and enjoying it. This is a cliff hanger so beware.
C.C. Hansen
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read the early version of this book and eagerly awaited this version so that I could tell all my friends about it.


Tomlinson has a gift for crafting engaging, three-dimensional characters. The witty repartee between them is entertaining without feeling forced. Many modern movies comprise one long action scene with a few lines of awkward comic relief. While this book’s plot is filled with action, the characters’ interaction is so genuine you come to view them as your new best friends.
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Jahna Mornglow is a thief and a liar, and also a half breed of the Narcean race, in this the first book of the Ardentia Saga by Jo – Anne Tomlinson. The story centres around the three main characters of Jahna, Lilac and Silko.
The land of Ardentia is threatened when the King becomes gravely ill with a mysterious sickness. This sickness affects all the land as it is attached to the fate of the line Ardentia. However, the king has no male heirs and his daughter is being manipulated by the evil Quee
Max Hansford
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book for the most part. Jahna as a protagonist is likable and her motives are sound. Her friends, Silko, Arn, and Lilac are fun, three-dimensional, and very loyal. The characters that I didn't like were the royals. It was probably on purpose, but the princess really annoyed me. I did find it interesting how Tomlinson's writing changed with the POVs. It made it easy to understand who we were following, but everything about the royals' POVs annoyed me. They all felt very juveni ...more
Rowena Andrews
This was an enjoyable read. The first chapter in particular hooked me, but I did feel as though it lost focus a little further in, which made it harder to stay engaged. I felt as though the descriptions and the world-building were done well, and I was certainly left interested and wanting to know more in that respect. I struggled a little with the characters, but I think that may be because I am older than the characters/target audience, although I will say I loved that Lilac was the muscle, and ...more
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