Fated (Fated #1)
by Sarah Alderson
PUB: Jan 5th 2012
by Simon and Schuster UK
REVIEW COPY: personal ebook (KOBO VOX)
What happens when you discover you aren't who you thought you were? And that the person you love is the person who will betray you? If your fate is already determined, can you fight it?
When Evie Tremain discovers that she’s the last in a long line of Demon slayers and that she’s being hunted by an elite band of assassins –Shapeshifters, Vampires and Mixen demons amongst them – she knows she can’t run. They’ll find her wherever she goes. Instead she must learn to stand and fight.
But when the half-human, half-Shadow Warrior Lucas Gray is sent to spy on Evie and then ordered to kill her before she can fulfil a dangerous prophecy, their fates become inextricably linked. The war that has raged for one thousand years between humans and demons is about to reach a devastating and inevitable conclusion. Either one or both of them will die before this war ends.
If your life becomes bound to another’s, what will it take to sever it?
Having just read Sarah Alderson’s Hunting Lila and realizing there are still months of waiting for the sequel I decided to see what else Sarah Alderson had out there.
Fated is completely different from Hunting Lila. The world, the story and the characters are all unique. As much as I loved Hunting Lila I also loved Fated. Fated tells the story of Evie Tremain and Lucas Gray. The story alternates between the two characters and we see both sides of their story.
Evie is the last in a long line of Hunters. They are humans gifted with the ability to fight “demons” or non-humans in a centuries long war for the human world. Evie was adopted as a child and doesn’t know who she is, until she is attacked by demons one night after work. She is recused by another hunter, Victor, who promises to teach her how to fight the demons. Through a book she’s lent by Victor, Evie learns that she may be part of a prophecy to end the war and that she is the last direct descendant on the Hunter line. Evie’s death is a top priority for the Brotherhood, the elite demon fighters from different worlds, who battle hunters.
On the other side is Lucas, half human/half shadow warrior and part of the Brotherhood of demons tasked with killing Evie. Lucas feels a strange pull towards Evie from the first moment he sees her. Because he is half human, Lucas believes he can spy on Evie, unnoticed by the Hunters guarding her home town. Lucas convinces his superior to allow him a month to get close to Evie and discover the secrets of the hunters before they kill Evie.
What Lucas doesn’t tell them, or willingly admit to himself, is that he has felt fate calling on him to protect Evie from the moment he was first saw a picture of her. Evie may also be drawn to Lucas, but theyare on opposite sides of the war and Lucas begins to realize that the only way to save Evie will be to betray her.
The story alternates between Evie and Lucas. Sarah Alderson does a great job with this. Beyond their unique voices, the tone of each character’s story was different. They are both in different places and I loved how Evie’s story slowly grew more positive and confident while Lucas’s story grew more melancholic as he begins to see the destiny set before him. They read as individual stories and felt separate. This is a skill I don’t realize I’m missing in a book until I see it done so well.
I liked Evie. She was a character who had been though a really hard year and was still putting the pieces back together again when she’s knocked back down again with the realization that the life she was planning for was never going to be hers. Evie isn’t always fair or reasonable and that only made me like her more. Evie doesn’t also know who she is. She has to figure out who she’s going to be as she goes along. I found myself rooting for her to make the right choice, not just the easy choice as things began to unravel around her.
I also really liked Lucas. Sarah Alderson does a brilliant job building Lucas. We really get to know him and to discover what’s driving him. What Lucas and Evie have in common is that he too isn’t a character set in stone. But, while Evie is growing, Lucas is being dismantled. He must unravel the shadow warrior persona he was living and become who he was fated to be. As he begins to see what is happening he has to let go of his plans for revenge. He needs to become what Evie needs him to be instead.
By the conclusion of Fated I was so tense waiting to discover what Evie and Lucas would do and where they would end up. The ending was action packed and really exciting. The end of Fated resolved its own story and nicely set up the next book in the series. Sarah Alderson writes great action scenes and the action in Fated was high adrenalin tension.
Overall, I’ve loved both Sarah Alderson books I’ve read and she is now a must read author for me. I’d highly recommend reading her books.
You can find out more about Sarah Alderson's books on her WEBSITE
She also has here fantasy cast for Fated HERE