Thank you so much to Bookfox Tours and Skye Horn for having me on the Bookstagram tour for Wings of Fate! An E-Book was provided in exchange for an honest review and all opinions are my own.
- Title: Wings of Fate
- Series: Kingdoms of Faerie #1
- Author: Skye Horn
- Publisher & Release: Self – May 17, 2020
- Length: 284 pages
- Rate & Recommend: ⭐⭐⭐⚡ yes for fantasy romance fans
Here is the description from GoodReads:
In a world without magic, Thea is ordinary, but everything changes when she discovers she is a lost princess from a kingdom in Faerie.
Now, a land Thea never knew existed expects her to become queen—but only if she can stop her villainous father who sits on her throne from releasing the Goddess of Death first. As darkness spreads across the Kingdoms of Faerie, Thea must prepare for the battle ahead by mastering the magic that runs through her veins with the help of the Fae who brought her home—a guardian sworn to protect her with his life.
With proper training, Thea might able to stop her father, but saving her kingdom may cost her heart.
Purely for entertainment value, I enjoyed reading through this book. There are themes of soul mates, sisterly love and forgiveness, found family, and blood ties, among many others. There is constant action or light romance, so the book reads pretty quickly and doesn’t give a chance to get boring.
Thea is a young woman who seems drawn to her destiny, which is to become the queen of a Faerie Kingdom. I was a little confused because her father, even though he is an evil tyrant who wants to wipe out humans, seems to be the rightful king and has been for quite a while. The book made it sound like he was an imposter and the throne was Thea’s, but I think the majority of humans and fae just wanted the heir to take over.
The legends were my favorite part of the book for sure. It is based loosely on the celtic legend around Aine and Morrigan. I went a bit down the rabbit hole trying to link them in mythology as more than a potential aspect, but – as I said, at face value, the book is quite entertaining.
I think soulmates and fate are interesting concepts. Sometimes they translate as insta-love. Not my most favorite trope but there was a good bit of soul searching involving Kieran and Thea around old traditions that might prohibit a relationship. I think I would have had an easier time believing their love if it wasn’t quite so instant, but I have read enough fated bond books to put it aside and say “ok so they fell in love in two weeks.”
Overall though the storyline was pretty well thought out, entertaining, and fast-paced. Some of the cruelties inflicted by the king, Thea’s father, really made my blood boil. The sisterly forgiveness and redemption themes are strong and good. The relationships between the various orphans and their protectors carried the book a long ways for me as well. Like best side characters ever. Plus did I mention a unicorn?
If I was rating purely for entertainment I would give it 5⭐, and will definitely check out book 2 to see what that sneaky Morrigan is up to.
Thank you guys again for having me on the tour!!
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