A Fate of Wrath and Flame by K.A. Tucker
Fate and Flame #1
Gifted thief Romeria has flourished from her days as a street kid pilfering wallets to survive. Now she thrives, stealing jewels from the rich under the involuntary employ of New York City’s most notorious crime boss. But when an enigmatic woman secures her services at swordpoint, Romeria is plunged into a startling realm of opposing thrones, warring elven, and elemental magic she cannot begin to fathom.
Her quest is straightforward: Steal a stone from Islor’s sacred garden without anyone discovering her true identity, which would earn her certain death. But the identity she has inexplicably assumed is that of the captured Ybarisan princess—an enemy to Islor after she poisoned their beloved king and queen on the day she was to marry the prince.
Her betrothed, the newly crowned King Zander, detests her with every grain of his handsome being. Fortunately for Romeria, she is more valuable to him alive than dead. Zander gives her a choice: life in a cell, or an acquittal of all charges in exchange for her help in exposing the growing plot against him.
Romeria sees no other option and embraces the tricky role of smitten queen-to-be until she can escape, a ruse that brings her far closer to the king than she anticipated and threatens more than her safety. As she digs deeper into this sacred garden and the ancient feud between Ybaris and Islor, she discovers monstrous truths that could spell ruin for all.Goodreads
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It has been a while since I’ve read a fantasy book, and I think that is partly to blame as to why it took me a bit to get into A Fate of Wrath and Flame.
The beginning of the book was a little confusing for me, there seemed to be two stories, so it took me a bit to get into the main story. There is also A LOT of world-building, which is very important in a fantasy book. It was helpful that the world was new to Romy, so as she learned, we did too. It also helped connect me to her character.
The story was interesting, with some From Blood and Ash vibes. I liked that there was a mix of magic, action, and political intrigue. It took me a while to really get into this book, and I think it was a combination of so many characters, a lot of information being given to me at once, and me not reading much fantasy lately. I’m still not entirely sure what’s happening overall, but it is engaging and entertaining once the plot gets going.
Overall, this was a great fantasy book and I am excited to read the next one in the series.