The usually quiet Main Street of Cochecton, New York hummed with the excited squeals of
miniature devils, witches, and ghosts along with a variety of cartoon and movie characters.
Lifting her head, she wiped her tears from her face. “Why don’t you want me as your destined
A lump formed in his throat at the sound of the sadness in her voice. There was nothing he’d
like more in this world than to have Thea for his. But that couldn’t be.
“It’s not a choice, Thea. It’s just not possible.”
He looked into the beautiful eyes of the one who’d already given him so much kindness and
hated what he had to say.
“Thea, I already have a destined one.”
Amon saw the shock register on her face. She had been so kind to him, and he hated having to
say those words, more than she could ever know. Obviously embarrassed, she dropped her eyes and
climbed off him, saying nothing.
Sometimes there are stories that whisk you away to far off places. The characters demanding your attention, their lives flawed yet compelling enough to make you care whether or not they will get a second chance at happiness. Destiny Redeemed was the epitome of second chances as the title hints at. Forgiveness, making amends and healing the underlying emotions that layered the story with grit, making the book irresistible to me. The moment I began reading, I stepped into another world where time travel was possible by only a few select Aeveren, where healers are reverend and an unforgiving Council enforces Aeveren law.
Given that I read the first book in the Destined Ones series, I had no problem returning to to Ms. Bisset's world of sci-fi meets paranormal.
In this series we meet a people known as the Aeveren. A species that are reborn into this world to live a cycle of fifty lifetimes. They have different levels of powers and abilities that allow everything from mind reading to time travel and teleportation to healing with a simple touch. I must say that I find the Aeveren a unique approach to the paranormal genre. Their immortality is not as infinite, but more an extension on life for hundreds of years. Very intriguing. I do have to wonder though how it is that the destined Aeveren mates find one another once they have reincarnated into another lifetime.
The story begins a year after the first book's ending where Amon, a very powerful Aeveren, is sent to NIL, a prison for his kind. Within that year Amon suffers brutal attacks and left to fend for himself; no contact with people or a kind touch to be had. His past is grim and has lead him to this ending, where he believes-and prays- it will end in his death sooner rather than later. When he is unexpectedly saved by his Sidhe servant and friend, Gethen, Amon sees this chance as a new beginning for him, that is if he can outrun the Council's bounty hunter gunning for his head. The story picks up pace soon after as we meet the Aeveren healer, Althea. As she makes her entrance into the story I was quickly swept away in a whirlwind of passion, love and healing on multiple levels for both Amon and Althea as their connection grew into something more than just patient and healer. I'll also add that I don't think a hotter scene could have been shared by two people that weren't even in the say room! Scorcher is my word of choice on that! But I'll leave a little for you to discover on your own. Destiny Redeemed is just as exciting or even more so than the first book in this series. I loved how the mystery behind the sullied council member was unraveled along with how Amon handled the Soren- another colorful group for you to discover. Although the story was wrapped up beautifully I was sad to read the ending. I wanted more of this powerful and unique world and hope Ms. Bisset has future plans for this series!
I've had the opportunity to see Ms. Bisset's writing abilities flourish and grow over the course of the past three releases she has had. She can weave a tale of passion and adventure while giving it the right touch of detail to bring her stories to life. The exact ingredients for a must -read author in my opinion!
Althea is an Aeveren healer that has lived over forty of her fifty lifetimes alone and with no hopes of ever having her own Destined One. While her pain of being alone runs deep she doesn't allow it to rule her life. She is a strong willed and determined woman that is passionate about what and whom she cares about. Amon, once a manipulator of people and time for his own advantage no matter who he hurt, reached out to me from the very first book as a soul worth saving. He just needed the right incentive to want to make himself better. And that shove came in the form of one Aeveren healer. Together Amon and Althea work through their past issues to build a better future there is a cost. It was interesting to see if that cost would be to high for one or the other to pay. The ending will be a surprise and endeared me to both characters. I know I will carry their story with me for some time and when I am feeling ungrateful at any moment all I'll need to do is look back at this book and remember to cherish all that is given to me in this lifetime.
This was one book next to impossible to put down! I love Ms. Bisset's twist on the paranormal genre and to anyone looking for that 'something special' ingredient in their next book, this has it! I want more Aeveren!
Sentenced to spend the rest of his three remaining lifetimes in Nil, Amon Kalins is freed with the help of his Sidhe servant, Gethen, but now he must accept his life is never to be his again as the Council won't rest until he's safely back imprisoned within Nil's cold walls. Broken and nearly dead from his time in prison, Amon is saved by an Aeveren healer named Althea Forester. As a healer, Thea has served her people for forty-five lifetimes, never having a destined one and always knowing each lifetime would ultimately end with her alone. But destiny hasn't forgotten her.
Drawn to the seductive Amon, Thea quickly becomes a pawn the Council uses to trap him. Taken prisoner by the sadistic leader of the rebel group, the Soren, Thea must survive the vicious world of the people hellbent on taking her destined one away forever, and Amon must risk everything dear to him to free her from those who would sacrifice her to claim the bigger prize and return him to Nil.