The Goddess of Fate, Book 2
Forced to meet her mother, the Queen, but also confronted by the world’s religious order, the Sisters of Fate, Zarkina’s life changes.
The forces of Fate try to make her walk not one but two paths. She stubbornly refuses to take either. But sometimes Fate gives no other options but to do as it bids.
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ARGHHH!!! That’s the sound of frustration I made when I got to the end of Reunion. I didn’t cry out in frustration because the story was boring or because nothing was happening or because it ended on a cliffhanger. No. I was frustrated because I wanted to keep reading Kina’s story. As with Retrieval, this installment represents a clear chapter in Kina’s journey – namely, the reunion with her mother, the Queen – and while it spans less than a week, there is a lot that goes on in her life during this short period of time.
Book one ended with Kina’s arrival at the palace and this installment picks up two days later, with the Royal Sage stopping by for a visit. Wirrel politely forces Kina to abandon the self-imposed prison of her suite by insisting that she accompany him for a walk so that they might discuss her presence at the palace and her upcoming meetings. Wirrel is one of only a few individuals who know that Kina is the Queen’s daughter, so they are able to have a candid conversation about some of the things Kina is facing. While we learn more about Kina’s upbringing by Cal, secrets still remain as Wirrel feels there are parts of her story that are not his place to tell. Although the meeting with Wirrel was frustrating in that it left Kina with even more questions, I felt it served to introduce the reader to another person that Kina could trust. Her meeting with the emissary from the Isle of Destiny was even more frustrating for Kina because Sister Mira’s concern over the advanced state of Kina’s night terrors, what they represent, and her insistence that they must go to the Isle of Destiny immediately serve as one more obstacle preventing Kina’s return home to the mountains. When Kina finally meets with the Queen, we learn that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree as their tempers were well-matched. As each day in the palace brings more meetings, which bring more questions, Kina finally resigns herself to the inevitability of the next part of her journey – traveling to the Isle of Destiny and discovering how she is Goddess-Touched.
While I enjoyed seeing Kina interact with the other soldiers of the Fist, it was seeing her relationship progress with Indearn that I was really excited about. Despite his insistence that a relationship between them would be inappropriate, Kina slips past his defenses and they FINALLY cross the line. Although the Goddess of Fate series has a medieval feel to it, Cothern has, thankfully, opted not to include the antiquated notion that a woman’s virginity remains intact before marriage. This means that when Indearn and Kina finally come together, the reader is treated to one heck of a steamy scene without that pesky barrier. I really liked how some questions from book one were answered, but those answers often led to more questions. There are a couple of scenes which had me questioning certain people’s loyalty to the Queen and their actual role in the events the led to Kina’s retrieval. Conspiracies abound in Trigine and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on Revelations to find out what the Fates have in store for Kina – and what level of frustration Cothern is going to leave me with once again.