Release Date: May 25, 2021
Gifted thief Romeria has flourished from her days as a street kid pilfering wallets to survive. Now she thrives, stealing jewels from the rich under the involuntary employ of New York City’s most notorious crime boss. But when an enigmatic woman secures her services at swordpoint, Romeria is plunged into a startling realm of opposing thrones, warring elven, and elemental magic she cannot begin to fathom.
Her quest is straightforward: Steal a stone from Islor’s sacred garden without anyone discovering her true identity, which would earn her certain death. But the identity she has inexplicably assumed is that of the captured Ybarisan princess—an enemy to Islor after she poisoned their beloved king and queen on the day she was to marry the prince.
Her betrothed, the newly crowned King Zander, detests her with every grain of his handsome being. Fortunately for Romeria, she is more valuable to him alive than dead. Zander gives her a choice: life in a cell, or an acquittal of all charges in exchange for her help in exposing the growing plot against him.
Romeria sees no other option and embraces the tricky role of smitten queen-to-be until she can escape, a ruse that brings her far closer to the king than she anticipated and threatens more than her safety. As she digs deeper into this sacred garden and the ancient feud between Ybaris and Islor, she discovers monstrous truths that could spell ruin for all.
She would know the world of vengeful gods and monsters, and the lengths one would go for love. And nothing would ever be the same for her again.
A Fate of Wrath & Flame is Tucker’s re-entry into the fantasy genre and it’s a good one. While A Fate of Wrath & Flame trends more on the fantasy side of a fantasy romance novel, Tucker’s romance writing skills certainly make Romy and Zander’s relationship delicious.
I think the biggest criticism A Fate of Wrath & Flame will receive is that it’s very confusing for the beginning to middle of the novel. Romy is thrust into a new world where she is just as clueless as to the goings on as the reader is. So, readers are learning in real time as Romy slowly picks up on the political machinations of the world, its magic, and key nobleman.
A Fate of Wrath & Flame is a slow paced novel. I love slower paced fantasy novels since it gives readers the opportunity to really dig into the world and the characters that are being introduced. The character beats in the beginning of the novel, especially at the beginning of a series, are important to cement readers’ understanding. Tucker accomplishes this with flying colours despite the potential confusion mentioned earlier.
Romy and Zander’s chemistry sizzles, however it is a slow burn romance. Romy and Zander’s interactions are fraught with delicious tension as they try to navigate their new relationship. I will say there needs to be more Zander!
Without spoiling anything, I will say that I am very excited with where the novel seems to be heading and I cannot wait for the next book to come out!
Overall, A Fate of Wrath & Flame is an excellent re-entry to the fantasy genre for Tucker. A Fate of Wrath & Flame will keep you on edge of your seat with its twists and turns you won’t see coming and a sizzling hot romance.
*** I received an ARC from Valentine PR in exchange for an honest review.
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