My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Where to begin?
First, lets start with a bit of praise. Willows of Fate is wonderfully imagined, well written and very, very well developed. In this first entry of the Lands of Sun and Stone Series, we encounter Desdemona (Des) who has come home to be with her ailing mother. Des is a troubled, she can see and hear things that no one else can. She is afraid to labelled crazy and who wouldn't be afraid. Especially, when you're the only one seeing knights in golden armor or mythical beasts. She soon finds out she isn't going crazy and there is a world of creatures and a land that outshines any fairy tale that she has read.
This story was a really great blend of subject matters. It hit on things like religion (polytheism vs. monotheism), betrayal, hurt, self sacrifice, gender equality and greed. In this installment of the series, the author spent a lot of time with world building and succeeds in creating a very convincing backdrop for her tale. I would have loved to have more interaction with the mythical creatures mentioned in the story as well as more displays of magic from the people of the Sun. The most important part of any story is how the characters work together. Here, both main and secondary characters fulfilled their roles well. The heroine (Desdemona) is a bit naive (in some aspects) and headstrong. She has finally found where she belongs and has found her purpose. The book concluded with an exciting rush to the end where their isn't a true happily ever after but the scent of one gently blows in the breeze. So, there is a sense of "this can't be it" because by the end of the book the author has hooked you. I am honestly looking for to what happens next.
~*~ Thank you to StoryCartel for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review ~*~
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