Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fate Succumbs by Tammy Blackwell

Title: Fate Succumbs
Series: Timber Wolves
Author: Tammy Blackwell
Previous Books in Series: Destiny Binds, Time Mends
Rating: 5 stars

Refresher: Scout becomes enmeshed in the world of shifters and seers and is now on the run from the ebil Alpha Pack.

As I read Fate Succumbs, I kept being reminded of a variation of something that my friend says about Joss Whedon movies, which is to say that “Books that are by Tammy Blackwell are so much better than books that aren’t.” It is no secret that Destiny Binds is the single best book I have reviewed so far on my blog, and if I recommend one book to someone who wants to get a sample of the kind of things I review, that would be it. And so it is with much joy that I am able to say that Fate Succumbs is just as good as the other books in the series, and I think I might actually like it better than Time Mends. I laughed, I… Well, I didn’t cry, but I did have to go back to Destiny Binds and check for an previously-unnoticed prophesy, so that’s something. And I got to think "I told you so" twice.

I don’t want to say too much about the book for fear of spoilers of the previous books in the series, but I can share a little. The book starts out with Scout and Liam on the run, and I find this particular dyad especially amusing. They are both so horribly bad at communicating with each other, him because he doesn’t talk and her because she doesn’t say anything that’s not at least half sarcastic. Despite the seriousness of the plot, I found myself laughing more during the beginning of this book than I did during any of the others.

Those of you who were concerned about the lack of romance in Time Mends can rest assured that Scout’s love life takes some interesting turns in Fate Succumbs. Of course, if you are like a friend of mine, who was telling me that one of the things he likes best about the series is that romance takes a back seat to plot, you will also be satisfied because Fate Succumbs has a plot of epic proportions that is in no way overshadowed by the romance.

I confess that I am actually a little sad that the series is over. I had so been looking forward to the release, and once I read the book, I wished I could go back to the excited feeling of having it anew. But! Tammy Blackwell has promised us new books in the world of shifters and seers, and we will hopefully love these characters as much as Scout and her pack.

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  1. Great review. Read Fate Succumbs and loved it! Soooo, wait, you like Joss Whedon movies? You are friends with people that like Joss Whedon movies? That's wonderful!

    1. I do indeed have friends who like Joss Whedon movies. I would go so far as to say that all my friends like them to some extent. Though I confess I'm a little worn out on him. I have dubbed the literary device of killing a character just to cause pain in the viewers as a "Joss kill." Cuz at this point you know he's going to do it, so it's not surprising and a lot annoying. I don't like to be depressed