Title: Crucible of Fate
Author: Mary Calmes
First published November 20, 2012
234 pages, ebook
ISBN: 9781623801823 (ISBN10: 1623801826)
The secret city of Sobek is home to the werepanther world and Domin Thorne has just been appointed as their new leader. With a desire to bring about change, Domin sets lofty goals for himself and those who join him in his mission.
However, his usual leadership style proves ineffective and Domin is left to navigate his new role alone. As he manages the homesickness of Crane, the moodiness of Mikhail, the bullwhip-wielding Taj, and a conspiracy brewing within his ranks, Domin finds himself falling deeply in love with someone who returns his affections.
Fate has a lesson in store for Domin: the most dangerous threats can come from within. Will he be able to rise to the challenge and lead his people to a better future?
About the Author
Mary Calmes is a firm believer in the power of romance and the idea of “happily ever after.” Her characters often face challenges and must hold onto their faith in order to achieve their desired outcome. Mary has a passion for coffee and believes that chocolate should be its own essential food group.
Currently, she calls Kentucky home and is protected by her six-pound furry ninja who keeps her safe from pesky baby birds, spiders, and even the neighbor’s dogs. If you want to keep up with Mary’s musings, adventures of her ninja, and all the latest news, follow her on Twitter @MaryCalmes, connect with her on Facebook, and subscribe to her Mary’s Mob newsletter.
Mary Calmes’ Crucible of Fate is a gripping novel that seamlessly blends romance, suspense, and action to create a thrilling reading experience. Published on November 20, 2012, the book features a diverse cast of characters and takes readers on a journey of love, heartbreak, and redemption.
Set in the modern era, Crucible of Fate follows the lives of two characters, Jon Slade and Kelan Hunter, who were once lovers but have been separated for years. Slade is a former CIA agent who now works as a private investigator, while Hunter is a wealthy businessman with secrets he prefers to keep hidden.
When Hunter’s life is threatened, he turns to Slade for help, reigniting their feelings for each other and triggering a series of events that force both men to confront their past and question their future. Calmes’ prose is polished and engaging, with vivid descriptions that effortlessly transport readers to the story’s numerous settings.
The author’s masterful pacing and use of suspense keep the plot moving at a brisk pace, never allowing the reader to become bored or complacent. The chemistry between Slade and Hunter is electric, and the author does an excellent job of conveying the depth of their feelings without resorting to clichés.
One of the strengths of Crucible of Fate is its portrayal of LGBTQ+ characters, particularly Slade and Hunter. The author gives them agency and complexity, avoiding the stereotypes that often plague queer characters in fiction.
However, the novel does contain some mature content and themes that may not be suitable for all readers. Overall, Crucible of Fate is a well-written and entertaining novel that will appeal to fans of romance, suspense, and action.
It is particularly recommended for readers looking for LGBTQ+ characters who are treated with respect and nuance. Mary Calmes has created a captivating world with engaging characters and an exciting plot, making the book a must-read for fans of the genre.
The book is rated four out of five stars, based on its engaging prose, complex characters, and satisfying plot.