*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*
Set in a post-apoc world ruled by powerful fae, this urban fantasy about a half-fae ex-cop had me gripped from start to finish. The pacing was balanced with just the right amount of action-packed and magic-filled fight scenes, intriguing moments of mystery and creeping around, and slower scenes of character introspection.
The main character, Vince, was one I could root for. He was just a tiny bit snarky, but not too much. He wasn’t overly perfect, but he was a good guy. He clearly has some emotional scars in his past, but the reader didn’t get to learn much about that yet. I’m hoping to get to know him a bit more in the next book. Saoirse was also easy to root for. She was kind and understanding but also kicked butt and didn’t back down against all the fae bad guys, even though she was just a human.
There was no romance in this book, but it’s still early in the series, so there’s always a possibility of a future romance subplot, whether with Saoirse or someone else. (I wasn’t clear on whether Vince had ever had feelings for her or not.)
I can tell you what this book did have though: faeries! And these were some intense, scary, powerful fae. The main character included. It was also clear that the author did some research to create her version of things, with the different types of fae and their homelands and histories.
As for the setting, it was a post-apoc world with some safe cities that are protected and run by the faeries. Society was a little different, but not drastically so since there was still an economy and homes and businesses within the safe cities. This is another thing I’m hoping to get to know more about in the next book.
Also, as I’m finding is typical for this author’s books, there was some relevance to the real world. Not in a preachy way, just things like prejudice.
Overall, this was a solid start to a new post-apoc urban fantasy series!
Anyone who likes urban fantasy, post-apoc settings, and fae.
“Faeries liked to tease the weak, but they loved to annihilate the strong.”
Seven years ago, the exposure of the paranormal led to the tumultuous downfall of human society. Now, the legions of the fae rule the broken world, and humanity has nothing left but a handful of protected cities and a heaping helping of regret.
Enter Vincent Whelan. Half fae and former cop, he’s become the best-known stretch scavenger in Kinsale, North Carolina, braving the “stretches” outside his city to recover precious items lost in the collapse. He makes good money. Lives the good life. Has a good future in store. As long as he can ignore his traumatic memories of the past.
But when a new job with an odd twist blows onto his doorstep, Vince finds himself unwittingly drawn into a vast conspiracy lurking underneath Kinsale’s thin veneer of civilization. Old friends suddenly return to haunt him. New enemies appear at every turn. And Vince fears he isn’t prepared to confront either one.
But if he doesn’t put his detective hat back on and solve this case on a tight deadline, then what’s left of the city he calls home might just crumble to dust.
What Fate Portends is the first novel of The Frost Arcana, an action-packed urban fantasy series set in a post-apocalyptic world.
Book Author: Clara Coulson
Publisher: Self Published
Series: The Frost Arcana
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Book Rating: 4
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: North Carolina, USA