Gilded Destiny is a dark and winding tale that creeps up on you. I was not sure if I liked it or not at the start, but by the time I finished it I was hooked. This a slow-building story, it was never boring but the more the narrative develops the more you find yourself invested. Sarina deftly handles plot points that are initially perceived as flaws, working them into a well thought-out story full of twists and an incredibly solid foundation.
The relationship between Calli and Nycholas is beautifully tragic. From the very first page you know this story does not have a happy ending but Calli’s narrative voice is so bemusing and captivating you cannot help but be enticed.
Ms. Sarina has created a marvelous twist on the typical vampiric tropes resulting in something fresh and interesting. Gilded Destiny does a nice job of introducing the Vespers to the reader: tempting us with just enough to tell this story but leaves us wanting more.
What results from Sarina’s lyrical treatment of the language, a fresh paranormal concept, very tight storytelling, and somewhat nebulous ending is a potentially explosive new series that is just a tad darker but every bit as intriguing as some of the best series the genre has to offer.
Paperback: 114 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 23, 2013)
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