Book Review: What Fate Portends (The Frost Arcana Book 1) by Clara Coulson

 
 
Half-fae Vincent makes a living in the post-apocalyptic world by venturing out of the fae-protected safe zones to retrieve lost objects, but when a young man comes to him for help finding a family heirloom that was sold at a black market auction, Vince ends up in over his head. The object is more than what it seems, and it's up to Vince and his old partner from his days as a cop to save the city.
 

 
Book Review: What Fate Portends (The Frost Arcana Book 1) by Clara Coulson | reading, books, book reviews, paranormal/urban fantasy
Title: What Fate Portends
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Book Number: Book 1
Pages: 216
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*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!

 
 
Book Blurb

“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.

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    1. Kristen Burns

      I guess I’ve read enough faerie books to stop thinking of them like that XD It does have a complete plot (there’s a goal, it’s either achieved/not achieved by the end), however it’s also clearly the beginning of something bigger to come.

  1. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    I typically enjoy Fae stories and this one sounds totally entertaining. My latest foray into UF was a big fail (the story was okay but the audio narrator was *Horrible*) so I’m definitely on the look-out for something new to try.

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    1. Kristen Burns

      There are very few audiobooks out there that I can deal with, sorry to hear you ended up with such a bad one! This author has a few UF series, if you want to check those out too :-)

  2. Olivia Roach

    I really love the ex-cop kind of characters, or cops who are a bit reluctant to follow the law down the exact letter and do things their way. I also like the half-fae sound of things. The characters sounds so good and I am glad you could enjoy reading this one! I was so behind on your posts – I’m glad to be all caught up again. I missed them ;)

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  3. Danya @ Fine Print

    I let out an audible “oooh” when I saw this cover, because it’s SO NICE…especially for UF which let’s be honest, can be a bit trashy when it comes to cover art. And not always in a good way lol. Scary and intense fae + solid pacing sounds great to me, and even though I usually love romance I’ll admit I’m intrigued by the lack thereof (so far).

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    1. Kristen Burns

      It is very eye-catching! I like the colors. This is definitely a solid UF. She also has the City of Crows series though, and I think you’d like that one too! (Although it also doesn’t have much romance.)

  4. Greg

    I haven’t read a lot of post apoc/ fae mashups and I’m kinda curious. Plus the fact that the fae here are scary and powerful appeals to me as well. Saoirse (love that name)- I always like it when a human can hold their own in a UF tale, since they’re usually way underpowered compared to whatever they’re going up against. I read one like that not to long ago where the human was a guy (and the love interest) and man did he get knocked around lol.

    I like the idea of having to venture outside of safe zones too, to find stuff.

  5. Di @ Book Reviews by Di

    Hmm. Urban Fantasy that hid you gripped from the start…. I might have to look out for this one. I have been meaning to try more UF since I haven’t had great luck with it but Annette Marie books have kind of pushed me to try again. Plus this one with Fae? It’s interesting. And a new take is something that I am all good for plus post-apoc (love it in S&S) and Fae? Looks good for me!

    Great review!

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  6. Daniela Ark

    hi Wifey! Stopping by quickly to say thank you for visiting me while I was MIA and that I miss visiting your blog and that I hope to catch up with your posts soon! I don’t read about fae because I still have the cutesy Tinkerbell image in mind LOL so I love that your post reminds me that there different kinds and that they can be powerful and scary :) a post-apocalyptic setting maybe be the thing that would convince me one day to give them a try :)

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Hi! I knew I missed a couple posts, so I just went and commented on those too :-) I’ve been so behind on bloghopping, so I’ve basically just been returning visits whenever anyone comments. Girl, you need to read some fae books already if you’re still thinking of Tinkerbell :-P I feel like you’d like the fae??? Like, they’re usually scary and tricky and stuff.

  7. Lola

    The combination of a post apocalyptic world and the fae seems quite interesting. I actually saw this one around recently and the noticed you were reading it on goodreads, so I was waiting to read your review of this one. I like the sound of how it has action, magic and mystery, as well as some character introspection.

    Good to know he was snarky, but not too much. Sometimes in books the snarky”ness can be a bit too much. And I like the sound of hm being a good guy, but not perfect. seems more realistic that way.

    The world building surrounding the fae and how the author portrayed them sounds well done. I don’t read about the fae too often, but I like it if the author can make them a bit scary and intense. Great review!

    1. Kristen Burns

      I agree, snarky has become just an overdone UF trope, and oftentimes it’s just kinda mean. But this author writes good characters who are snarky without being mean (unless the person deserves it) and have other aspects besides their snark.

      It’s definitely interesting and fun when fae are just as scary and intense as any other supernatural! Thanks :-)