Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Book Review -- Fated

Torn apart by History

Bound for Eternity
I was lucky enough to get an early read of Carolyn McCray's upcoming release Fated. This was the first time I'd ever read anything by Ms. McCray and I was pleasantly surprised with a solid, well paced story.

I'll admit I likely wouldn't have picked this up for myself as I've moved away from historical, non-time-travel, romances in recent years. But this story reminded me of what I liked about them in the first place: a glimpse into history told in the non-dry arena of fiction. McCray obviously did a good amount of research and blended it well within the scope of the story. Added to that was a touch of paranormal making Fated an updated historical romance.

McCray's characters were well developed with goals and motivations. The story's intrigue alone would have been enough conflict but woven into that was the paranormal aspect...kudos for pulling that off.

The story is set in Caesar's Rome centering on Brutus and Syra. And it's hard to sum it up without giving away spoilers. We meet Brutus in the weeks leading up to Julius Caesar's assassination and are swept up in the political intrigue. Enter Syra. She complicates Brutus' life and not just by the attraction they feel for each other. I experienced a nice ahh-ha moment where Syra was concerned when clues peppered in the first half of the book coalesced in the last when that happens.

Hop on over to your favorite e-book store and pick up a copy.  Carolyn McCray is just one of a large group of indie authors I'm coming to enjoy.


Nicole said...

Sounds like a fun read! I shy away from non-Victorian historicals, but this one sounds interesting.

Sherri said...

It was and I think this is one of the stories the author has up as part of the Blog Tour de Force this weekend.