Escaping from the palace with the aid of Warrior Creye, the family almost reaches safety when suddenly ambushed by the rebels. Raynok and Creye are lost. With frantic effort, Ghorgon, Master Warrior, plucks Carlynn away from her husband’s side and seats her before him on the war steed and they race to safety with rebels in close pursuit. This would be only the beginning of their journey and heartbreak, however. Two worlds now depend on an unborn child and neither world might offer safety.
A girl child, Shylae is born, but even the birthing chamber offers no safety. She is the first female Guardian born in centuries and perhaps the fulfillment of a prophecy. A heart-wrenching decision is made that she must be hidden in the Human world, to be raised by strangers, with no inkling of her parentage. When she turns eighteen, the Guardian Mark and her powers will awaken. Only then can she learn of who she is and where she came from. But it is an arduous and dangerous journey to reach the portal to the Human world and they are hunted.
Fated is a companion novel to The Lorn Prophecy series. The series begins when Shylae-–known as Stevie in the human world-–reaches her eighteenth year. The authors recommend first reading Fable, Book one of The Lorn Prophecy. I understand the recommendation because the reader would lose some of the surprise elements of Fable if they read Fated first.
I greatly enjoyed Fable, but as a lover of classical fantasy, I found Fated to be much more satisfying. The Lorn Prophecy is a very clever and well-done mix of urban and classical fantasy as the stories of both worlds are intertwined. Fated is classical fantasy and exceptionally done. The characters are complex and bold and the descriptive narrative of the geography and class structure of Djenrye is both finely-detailed and lyrical. The reader almost feels the fierce winds of the mountains, smells the pine trees in the forest and feels the disdain of the lower class for the upper.
- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 11, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1494264641
- ISBN-13: 978-1494264642
Books in the Djenrye Chronicles in the order they should be read: