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This was an interesting read, with plenty of drama and action, and loads of conflict. Shilpy is a troubled heroine with a hidden past, and the story is fleshed out by a host of dark side characters with disturbing secrets of their own. I liked getting a glimpse into the world of the Fates and to watch as Shilpy’s visions set her on a path that gets increasingly murkier, with her surety of who the good guys are wavering. The story set a fast pace, and certainly ticked all the boxes for a good read, but I didn’t really connect with Shilpy. That meant for me it was hard going at times to stay invested in the action. It also wasn’t clear to me why she cared for Dusk so much, considering their interactions. But in all it was an enjoyable quick read for those looking for something a little different to the standard urban fantasy.
THE GIFTS OF FATE is set in Sydney, which Myers describes very well, and he adds in a supernatural element, mystic forces, mysterious warring groups, deadly and terrifying shadows, and obscure objects of power and pain. The story focuses on Shilpy Chopra, who grew up amongst a cult. Shilpy escaped, but can’t escape the nightmares or the visions which continually plague her. She largely keeps herself, isolated from the world, but has Dusk, a handsome boyfriend with secrets of his own. The visions which have plagued Shilpy since her escape from the cult force her to contact fortune tellers, tarot card readers, looking for an insight, a cure, something to stop these visions. But these visits brings her to the attention of the cult she had escaped from, and soon they are on her trail. Shilpy’s recurring nightmares and visions revolve around Dusk being attacked and torn apart by vicious shadows, and soon elements of her nightmares begin to come true. How much danger is Dusk really in, and what - if anything - can she do to protect him?
All in all I was really impressed by this story. Probably the one thing (if I'm being super picky) was the transitions between Shilpy's visions and her real life, or between one vision and the next, sometimes made me feel a little lost. Ultimately, THE GIFTS OF FATE is an engrossing, well-written story and I strongly encourage you all to check it out
I probably would have given this opening novella a solid 5, but I realized I am certain I will have to wait a month for the next book to be published. I don't know if I can wait, this story was so absorbing and so action-packed. The characters are so sympathetic and the story so intense, it grabs you and won't let go. Don't miss this one.