I’m seeming to shake off whatever funk I’ve been in recently, and, especially with Hubs out of the country, have been reading a lot more! As I’m always interested in topics that I’m writing about (the Fates and hotels especially), I like to read other authors’ takes on my favorite subjects. With Danielle Bourdon’s The Fate of Destiny (clunky title, that), mythological elements are sort of seamlessly woven into this paranormal YA book. I had posted earlier in the week that for the majority of the book, I couldn’t really get past the characters names (and even neglected to mention an additional two randomly named characters, Driscoll and Rowley) and that feeling didn’t let up. Even though I love the topic of Fate, I never bought into Farris’s story.
Also, I think it’s worth mentioning at this point, that while I might pick books apart from time to time – I would NEVER leave these sort of remarks on Amazon. How I approach books where my interest is pretty specialized is a unique one and I don’t want to distract those who might buy the book with my opinion.
So, anyway, we have three protagonists not handled very well. Honestly, I think one is enough. We don’t need to follow three separate characters around. Additionally, there is also no less than two tornadoes, A LOT of death for a YA book, and a pack of wild dogs
I’m not kidding, this is an actual plot device. So, how is Fate handled? Well…it sort of is and it isn’t. As an agent of Fate (although she doesn’t yet realize it), our protagonist is struck with a need to write all the time. She writes reams of stories about ‘characters’ (who I guess we’re to assume are real people or going to be someone’s destiny…?). My version of Fate is quite a bit different and I found this convoluted method of creating destiny (again, I’m only guessing this is what the author was getting at) to be clunky. Call me a traditionalist, but the Fates I know and love always worked with string and never paper.
What was interesting is that I found myself getting ideas from the antagonists in this book, that is, Chaos. Without getting into too much details about the Fates project, actually using Chaos in my own manuscript has already helped create a deeper conflict and a missing element that was needed to carry Book 1 into Book 2. So, while I won’t be purchasing the rest of the Fates of Destiny trilogy, I am grateful for a bump of creativity.