Fated by Lisa Fender and Toni Burns

Fated: Book 1 of The Djenrye Chronicles (Volume 1) by Lisa Fender and Toni BurnsRebellion is afoot in the world of the Djenrye and it reaches the bedchamber of Raynok and his heavily-pregnant wife, Carlynn. Raynok’s instinct is to grab his sword and fight in defense of his city, Ty Raile ai Highlae. However, as the last living Guardian, he knows that his duty is to the entire world and just as importantly, to the unborn babe who will succeed him as Guardian. In this world, Guardian is not just a title, but instead a link between the people and the powerful magic in the five Orthehlae stones that created the Gods themselves. Without a Guardian, the stones would become instable and tear apart not only Djenrye, but also the Human world in the neighboring dimension. He must survive for both worlds and if he cannot, then he must ensure that his child will.

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.

Fated is fantasy at its very best and is an outstanding addition to The Lorn Prophecy series. I have been absolutely captivated by Fated and Fable and am eager to follow Stevie’s journey home.

Book Stats:

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494264641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494264642

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Books in the Djenrye Chronicles in the order they should be read:
Fated

Rebellion is afoot in the world of the Djenrye and it reaches the bedchamber of Raynok and his heavily-pregnant wife, Carlynn. Raynok’s instinct is to grab his sword and fight in defense of his city, Ty Raile ai Highlae. However, as the last living Guardian, he knows that his duty is to the entire world …

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Summary : 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. Fated is fantasy at its very best and is an outstanding addition to The Lorn Prophecy series. I have been absolutely captivated by Fated and Fable and am eager to follow Stevie’s journey home.

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About Storm

Storm Reyes has been reading paranormal, science fiction and fantasy books for over 50 years and writing reviews for 3 years. She recently retired from her position as Executive Assistant for the Pierce County Library System and now spends her time doing whatever the heck she wants to do. She's a Puyallup Indian, living on an urban reservation and so has the best of both worlds. Storm also spent 40 years as a human rights activist and public speaker. Her future plans include learning Tai Chi and making a dent in her stack of books to-be-read.

2 comments

  1. WOW! Thanks so much Storm and I’m so glad you loved our companion book to Fable! This review brings tears of joy to my eyes!! Thanks again!!

  2. Great review, Storm and I couldn’t agree more!!