Stolen Destiny

SUMMARY: (taken from the author's site)

Released from prison to find a murderer, a prison-hardened Varek Leale is convinced no woman deserves the man he's become, but his Aeveren destiny makes him succumb to sweet and sexy Callia Reynolds. To catch a murderer, he and Callia must find an Aeveren with the power to control time. But Amon Kalins isn't a man to trifle with, and when he wants something, he'll use his powers, devastating charm, and good looks to get it. When Amon manipulates time and seduces her away, Varek must turn to the people who set him free for help to get her back. But the Council doesn't do anything without requiring something in return, and what they want is Amon Kalins, one of the most powerful Aeveren ever. Varek will do what he must to capture Amon and find Callia. If he doesn't, she'll be lost to him for untold lifetimes.

TEASER:

Callia stared at the tempuster's house. One light lit up a window on the far right side of the enormous home. The rest of the house was dark. A chill ran up her spine, and she took a deep breath. "Yes. Let's go."

FIRST LINE:

Nil. Aeveren prison and work camp. But for anyone who'd ever been sentenced to even a year in Nil, it was hell.

PLOT:

I found Stolen Destiny to be a whirlwind of a story, filled with unpredictable highs and lows. This book had me wanting to toss is aside one minute then just a quickly wanting nothing more than to flip the page to see what would happen next and loathing the moment I'd be interrupted by my daily activities. For a little less than the first half of the book I didn't understand the writer's style or why so much of the stories world building hadn't been revealed to me. Patience is a virtue as they say and when reading this book the more you wait the better it gets. The answers to all my questions concerning the plot and people in the book were slowly revealed to me as the story progressed making the read unique and a work of sheer brilliance, in my opinion. Instead of spelling everything out for the reader Ms. Bisset weaves in the delectable twists of her plot and time to which I had to pay close attention to in order to understand the world she has built for her Destined Ones Series. This lengthy novel takes reincarnation, a trinket of a fantasy we all have either thought about or entertained at one point or another in our lives, and created a race of people who live multiple lives based on this concept. Ms. Bisset delivered fantasy, crime, hot sizzling passion and a love triangle that had me cheering for both Varek and Amon. There are no spoilers here, but I will say Callia is one lucky heroine and the ending had me in tears of both sadness and joy!

SETTING:

New Hope, a town where gruesome murders bring together two destined Aeveren. An orphanage, where the last magic touch brings together a family. The Italian country side, where love is lost and gained. Nil, a prison where crimes are punished as the council sees fit.

WRITING:

Ms. Bisset's writing style is unique. At first I had a hard time accepting her rule breaking, but I quickly tossed that out the window when I saw and understood how it amplified the enjoyment of her book. She didn't weigh her story down with a lot of little details but more so brought to life a story by including everyone's thoughts and feelings for each moment of the story by...yes...using the dreaded head hopping! But don't shy away because of this...no. I promise, in this case it only makes for a better story!

CHARACTERS:

By the end I will admit to falling for both the 'good' guy and the 'bad' guy in the story. The good guy, Varek Leale, is introduced as a murdered, a hard fact to swallow at first, but the author had a plan for him and that plan was Callia. As the perfect Destined One for Varek, she helps him rebuild his soul after spending three lifetimes in prison and to also see the value in his life once again. Their journey is a very emotional one that I didn't want to accept at first. Varek grew on me though and proved how forgiveness works even in fiction. Varek's new found love and stablility was tested and put through the ringer on several occasions in Stolen Destiny to which Amon played in perfectly. As a tempuster, Amon works his gift for time manipulation to his advantage, stealing away Callia from Varek. This results in her falling in love with Amon, a man determined to see her as his no matter the cost to anyone. These two men brought a grit to the story that gave it an edge, challenging me to see beyond the mistakes each had committed, beyond the pain they each had caused in their reincarnated lives and see deeper into the souls of two men that need saving. To give no more away, I will say this, Amon is a soul worth saving and I know it will be as adventurous as Varek and Callia's story.

LAST THOUGHTS:

This hidden gem of a book can be enjoyed by all adult readers. There is something in it for all whether you enjoy romance, fantasy, or a good mystery. I can't wait until the second book in the series this October! Ms. Bisset...keep them coming!


Book Blurb for Stolen Destiny

Released from prison to find a murderer, a prison-hardened Varek Leale is convinced no woman deserves the man he’s become, but his Aeveren destiny makes him succumb to sweet and sexy Callia Reynolds. To catch a murderer, he and Callia must find an Aeveren with the power to control time. But Amon Kalins isn’t a man to trifle with, and when he wants something, he’ll use his powers, devastating charm, and good looks to get it.

When Amon manipulates time and seduces her away, Varek must turn to the people who set him free for help to get her back. But the Council doesn’t do anything without requiring something in return, and what they want is Amon Kalins, one of the most powerful Aeveren ever. Varek will do what he must to capture Amon and find Callia. If he doesn’t, she’ll be lost to him for untold lifetimes.


Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2011 4.50