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Fate Lashed by Josh Erikson
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really liked it
bookshelves: self-published, urban-fantasy, humorous

Hero Forged made me smile and cheer for Gabe. Fate Lashed continues his misadventures in an equally humorous way.

Gabe would love to live a regular life, but cosmic forces and Umbras have different plans for him. His new mission is simple - he needs to recover Igla, the key to the universe, and save whole creation. Easy-peasy. 

Helped by his succubus friend/girlfriend Heather and a group of weird companions (stunning Asian scholar, a mythical beast, and a Hexen), Gabe needs to steal stuff, talk his way out of troubles and decide whom to trust.

I’ll be frank - Fate Lashed didn’t resonate with me the way Hero Forged did, probably because I had no emotional attachment to the wide cast of new characters. Constant jokes felt tiring in places and weakened some twists. But because this is Erikson, the novel has an emotional center that keeps it grounded and focused. The first book brought Gabe and Heather together. The sequel shows them trying to figure out what’s really between them.  

The story that unfolds leads them to test their strange relationship against impossible obstacles.  Ancient gods, Umbras, mythical creatures, monsters all want to get Igla, and things get insane. The novel embraces horror, heist and comedy but doesn’t drown in it. It takes notes and makes them into something its own. We also get a solid development for both Gabe and Heather, and the strong ending opens a lot of exciting possibilities for sequels.

While it doesn’t land every joke, it also elicited no groans. Fate Lashed has enough heart and depth to make it more than a worthy follow-up to the original.
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Reading Progress

January 9, 2019 – Started Reading
January 9, 2019 – Shelved
January 10, 2019 –
21.0% "Gabe can't enjoy a normal, uneventful day. Not that he wouldn't like to, but it's hard when ancient gods want to share your mind, there's a bounty on your head and some maniacs are after you.

Also, a powerful Umbra called Esme has plans for Gabe and a role for him to play.

January 11, 2019 –
41.0% "Fun."
January 13, 2019 – Shelved as: self-published
January 13, 2019 – Shelved as: urban-fantasy
January 13, 2019 – Shelved as: humorous
January 13, 2019 – Finished Reading

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