My Rating: 4/5
Author: Billy Wong
Title: Saving Fate
Background: “The heroic fantasy saga of a boy searching for his mom.
The adopted son of an earl, Mark fears he will never live up to his father’s expectations. But when he learns his mother is a famous warrior who once saved their country from barbarian invasion, he sets out to meet her and become more than the underachiever he no longer wants to be.
Joined by wild and brazen warrior princess Ann, Mark travels through barbarian lands and cursed wastes while ever hounded by the minions of an evil duke who plans to kidnap him to control his father. Will timid Mark find the strength to survive endless mercenaries, demonic shrubs, an awkward romance with the more experienced Ann, and the duke’s conniving son who just happens to be named Marcus?”
Saving Fate is a fantasy adventure novel with lots of action and a few surprises. There should be at least another book to pick up where this one left off. If you are looking for a DID (damsel in distress) novel, this is not the book for you. It is more like “dude” in distress instead.
The book is written in third person narrative mainly following Mark. His mother Brianna is followed at the beginning while Mark was an infant. Brianna is a very strong person (mentally and physically – though she might not admit that.) She has a mother instinct and a driving force that pushes her to do incredible things. The story, however, involves around Mark, her son who she had to give up, and his quest to find Brianna. Mark is not your typical hero. He is not strong and bold. (He even ran from his first real fight.) He does learn a lesson in friendship and courage. As the book progresses so does his strength and gumption. The women in this novel are warrior-like—they stand and fight. I’m all for strong women roles in books and was glad to see it here. At different points in the book, I would have liked to see Mark be a little more…well, bold.
The plot is fast-paced with much action and fighting scenes. From Brianna’s battles to Mark’s, the story takes the reader on an adventure that doesn’t stop. The ending does not cover up every loose end in the books itself. The reader will have some more questions about certain characters and exact happenings. The book does contain violence (bloodshed and whatnot.) It’s not descriptively gory, but just a heads up for anyone who doesn’t like that kind of thing.
The Bottom Line:
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It kept my interest to the very end, and I was able to read it within two days. One of the things that I did not like about the book was the regard to sex. (There was no sex described in the book, but it is mentioned.) It was a little too flamboyant for my taste. However, this did not deter me from reading the book in those few sparse scenes.
If you like fantasy adventure stories with strong female roles, then you might like this book.