Fortune’s Fool

Arcana: King of Swords by Bianca D’Arc

The world is a much different place now; humanity has left Earth behind and ventured into the depths of space. With the extension of the boundaries comes a new threat, the Jit’suku, a race that has set its sights on humans and will stop at nothing to overtake them. At the crux of this war is Madhatter station where Adele has moved to figure out her life within the comfort of familial arms, her aunt Della. Not only are these extraordinary women going to find out that their powers of prediction can save the station, but they can also find love in the midst of war.

The continuation of a universe that began in Sons of Amber: Ezekial, Arcana: King of Swords gives us a different look. With aliens intent on destruction and intrigue on the station, Ms. D’Arc still takes the time to craft a wonderful romance and hint at another. The characters in this story are all true representations of people you would love to meet and get to know. Not just for their ‘realness’, but for their character as a whole. Enraptured with her dragons, I can’t help but be drawn to her futuristics as well. I cannot wait for more.

Hand of Fate by Eva Gale

Abigail Drummond has been taught to harness her talent in reading palms by her mother as a means of keeping a roof over their heads, but she’s never enjoyed being trotted out as the evening’s amusement to the ‘betters’ of the ton. When a darkly handsome man scoffs at her and her family one evening she dares something that her mother would never have approved of.

Caden Dupree pulled himself up society’s ladder one rung at a time with nothing but his mind and his determination. Now he’s found something that he never thought he would. Can they both face society and its strictures and strive for a Happily-Ever-After?

Hand of Fate was a disappointment after the fantastic storytelling of the previous story. Disjointed and loosely plotted, the characters could have been the saving grace of this story if they hadn’t been forced into doing things that they shouldn’t have been. I would like to see another story by Ms. Gale after she’s had some guidance on how to flesh out a story and stay true to the characters.

Flesh and Blood by Selah March

Leah escaped once from the depravity of the Madre. Now, with recurring visions, she’s being reeled back in through the happenings involving a handsome man chained to a wall. Now an English professor, she had thought that she had put the mistakes of her past behind her, but in order to save this man she will have to willingly descend into the darkness again.

Marcus is in search of answers. Trying to find out how his partner ended up in a dumpster mutilated and beaten to death, he is led into the clutches of the Madre. A mysterious woman comes to him in his agony and soothes him, only to disappear again. Can he survive to find her?

A darkly disturbing, yet well written novella, Flesh and Blood brings the dark side to life. Full of disturbing imagery and debauchery there is still a wonderful romance and a believable bond between the hero and heroine. I am truly amazed by the fact that a normally unpalatable topic drew me in and kept me enthralled. Very well done Ms. March.

Miranda Writes by Cassidy Kent

Miranda is clinging to the narrow edge of financial ruin in an occupation that devours most; writing. Trying to make it her only job, she’s on a mission to find fodder for her agent to wheedle into a lucrative contract. If she finds a part-time job as well as inspiration, well then, why not?

Matt Archer is disgusted with the way his life has been lately, on suspension for roughing up a suspected defiler of innocents; he has followed his nose to the sleepy town of Elm Haven and the counterfeiters he knows are there. When an intriguing Gypsy catches his eye he finds his narrow-minded focus blow to smithereens.

Miranda Writes was a light end to this anthology. A fantastic story with sensual and just plain sexy scenes, it was a quick read that I enjoyed. Miranda and Matt struck sparks from the very beginning and Ms. Kent brought them to life very well. I was delighted to see that it was a starving artist vs. the embittered cop theme and truly liked these characters.

While there were a few points that I did not enjoy, as a whole Fortune’s Fool is an amazing anthology that I do suggest you pick up. The theme throughout was Fortune and its many guises, a very well thought out premise in most of these stories. Thank you ladies.

Reviewed by: Serena