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Sep 23 2017 10:00am

First Look: Cecy Robson’s Of Flame and Fate (September 26, 2017)

Of Flame and Fate by Cecy Robson

Cecy Robson
Of Flame and Fate (Weird Girls #2)
Cecy Robson / September 26, 2017 / $3.99 digital

Cecy Robson shows us that Fate and Destiny are not one and the same in her latest Weird Girls novel.  In Of Flame and Fate, Destiny and Fate collide. No, really.  Like BANG, right into each other.  The seer of Destiny—known as Destiny—and the seer of the Fate—known as…um, Johnny—actually collide at a rock concert. 

Well however they meet, it is not a good thing. Whenever a seer of Fate or Destiny are born at the same time, very bad things happen. Very bad! Cataclysmic! That could be why the forces of evil are suddenly swarming on Lake Tahoe.

“What’s the problem with having Fate and Destiny?”  I ask, seeing that there obviously is.  “Aren’t they the same thing?”

“They are, and they’re not,” Gemini replies, his expression darkening further.  “They’re not supposed to coexist.  They can’t actually, not in the same lifetime.”

“Because they’re anomalies?” I ask.  That’s my guess.  But there’s more, obviously.

“In part,” he answers. “But it’s what happens when they’re together that’s the real issue.”  He releases a harsh breath. “According to mystical beliefs, their powers brutally clash, interfering with the natural balance of the earth and triggering the start of unspoken evils.”

Everyone thought it was simply Destiny’s prophecy that Celia and Aric’s child would destroy all evil which is causing demons and shapeshifters to swarm the area bringing mayhem and death.  Maybe it’s not. 

If a Fate or a Destiny already exists, the witch’s law states that the second child born with the same power must be killed within its first year of life. Johnny’s parents knew this so they took their son and ran, raising him among the humans and keeping him away from any paranormals who would have sensed his powers. The law only decrees that Johnny should have been killed before he turned one. Since Johnny is now 20, the various counsels are at a loss as to what to do. 

So if Fate and Destiny can’t exist together, what do they do play Rock, Paper, Scissors to see who can stay and who gets whacked for the good of the universe?

Taran had just been assigned the job of bodyguard for Destiny before the meet/cute that could destroy the world as we know it.  In spending all that time with Destiny recently, Taran was just starting to realize that no matter how powerful she is, Destiny was as much as an oddity and an outcast from the rest of the paranormals as Taran and her sisters.   Beneath the creepy visions and crazy dress style, Destiny is just as lost and lonely as Taran, but at least Taran has her sisters.  Destiny might be honored among the paranormals for her abilities (read ‘used”) but she has few real friends and is truly alone.

Just when Taran is ready to accept Destiny as an honorary Wird sister, she might just be forced to watch her die for the survival of her sister’s baby.

“The world can only have one Fate or one Destiny, its magic has insisted upon it since the formation of magic itself.”

“What if Fate goes and Destiny stays?”  The malice behind Tye’s question is so blatant it reeks of poison. 

“Uh-uh,” he says, pointing to Johnny when he scrambles back. “You weren’t supposed to live, she was.”

How can they can save their friend Destiny? If only one can live, what is the alternative? Do they have to kill Johnny? Johnny’s just a kid. He has been in hiding all his life, treated like a freak, while Destiny has been treated like royalty among the paranormals.  Taran feels his fear every time he meets the paranormals, whether it be the weres, the vampires or the witches.  The only friends he has are the ones he makes with his own magic.  She wants to protect this poor kid who looks so lost and afraid and who knows that most of them have already decided that he needs to die in order for their lives to return to normal. 

“You kill me, and the tigress and her babies die.”

My head whips in Johnny’s direction, sparks of fire exploding from my fingertips. “What did you say?”

“You heard me,” he says, his reddening face meeting Tye as he answers me. “There’s a tigress.  Not a were, but a woman who becomes one. I’ve seen her and the wolf she calls her mate in my vision.  Those children they’re supposed to have, they’ll meet their fate with me.”  He huffs.  “You listening?  Hurt me and they’re the ones who’ll pay the price.”

“You’re lying” Tye accuses.

“Am I?”  Johnny fires back.  “Why don’t you try me and see?”

Taran wants to protect both Johnny and Destiny, but she knows that she can’t save them both.  The longer they are together, the weaker they both become.  So how do you decide who lives and who dies, and God help us all if they chose wrong.

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Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog http://ebookobsessed.com. Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.

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