Gilded Destiny by Nola Sarina

Gilded Destiny (Vesper Novella) (Volume 1) by Nola SarinaFor Calli, the colorful tattoos on her arm are a small way to fill the void in her mind. Several years earlier she had been in a terrible car accident that left her with a scar on her face and holes in her memory. A bad encounter with a former employee finds Calli in the arm of an unlikely hero,Nycholas, a Vesper and one who could hold the key to Calli’s memories. Somewhere between fear and desire, Calli cannot help but fall for Nycholas and grant him a request–one that may have dire consequences Calli and the people she loves.

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.

Book Stats:

Paperback: 114 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 23, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1484197410
ISBN-13:978-1484197417

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Books in the Vesper series in the order they should be read:

Gilded Destiny

For Calli, the colorful tattoos on her arm are a small way to fill the void in her mind. Several years earlier she had been in a terrible car accident that left her with a scar on her face and holes in her memory. A bad encounter with a former employee finds Calli in the …

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Kristin is loving wife and doggie mom with a serious book addiction. When she is not in the kitchen whipping up a tasty confection (or cocktail) she can usually be found on the couch with her nose in a book. And she really did not hear what her husband just said to her, never mind that she responded… he should know better, she was reading. Her favorite books to read feature vampires, fae, & Gods of any pantheon (oh my!) but she has been known to pick up some pretty heavy philosophical tomes, funny memoirs, and scientific gobblygook. She also has a soft spot in her heart for good high fantasy. She fell in love with Anne Rice at far to young of an age and still has not found her way to NOLA! Kristin also spends time as a foster mom for a herding breed dog rescue in Illinois, indulging her husbands’ “silly” hobby of import/vintage video gaming, and spending as much time as she can with various members of her ridiculously large family. Somehow she manages to work full time in insurance sales but would much rather be having a kitchen dance party.

4 comments

  1. Wow, thank you SO MUCH for your amazing comments… I’m SO excited (and a little emotional!) that you loved it!!! Thank you, BBB, for your support and help making my book release a blast!

  2. Thank you for writing such a great book to read! It was truly enjoyable & I cannot wait to read the next one!

  3. Awesome, I will keep you posted on the progress of the others in the series!

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