A Fate of Wrath and Flame by K A Tucker
Professional thief Romeria steals jewels from the rich but longs for a different life, not under the thumb of New York’s most notorious crime boss. But when a mysterious woman pulls her from that life, Romeria is suddenly plunged into another realm. Her mission is seemingly straightforward: to steal a jewel from Islor’s secret garden. But in Islor she’s a Ybarian princess, promised to the new King Zandor, who stands accused of murdering the previous king and queen. Unsure of what to believe and who to trust, Romeria does her best to embrace her new life. But the more she learns about her new circumstances, the more danger she finds herself in.
This was such a fun fantasy novel! I loved all the world-building and the romance. At first, I felt somewhat overwhelmed by the 500 pages, but I flew through the story over the course of a few days, and I honestly can’t wait for more! Without giving too much away, this book has a little bit of everything. It’s full of twists and turns and keeps you constantly guessing about how it will pivot next.
I highly recommend A Fate of Wrath and Flame to fans of the From Blood and Ash series, and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series!
Thank you to KA Tucker and Valentine PR for the review copy! All opinions are my own.
Synopsis from Goodreads
Gifted thief Romeria has flourished from her days as a street kid pilfering wallets to survive. Now she thrives, stealing jewels from the rich under the involuntary employ of New York City’s most notorious crime boss. But when an enigmatic woman secures her services at swordpoint, Romeria is plunged into a startling realm of opposing thrones, warring elven, and elemental magic she cannot begin to fathom.
Her quest is straightforward: Steal a stone from Islor’s sacred garden without anyone discovering her true identity, which would earn her certain death. But the identity she has inexplicably assumed is that of the captured Ybarisan princess—an enemy to Islor after she poisoned their beloved king and queen on the day she was to marry the prince.
Her betrothed, the newly crowned King Zander, detests her with every grain of his handsome being. Fortunately for Romeria, she is more valuable to him alive than dead. Zander gives her a choice: life in a cell, or an acquittal of all charges in exchange for her help in exposing the growing plot against him.
Romeria sees no other option and embraces the tricky role of smitten queen-to-be until she can escape, a ruse that brings her far closer to the king than she anticipated and threatens more than her safety. As she digs deeper into this sacred garden and the ancient feud between Ybaris and Islor, she discovers monstrous truths that could spell ruin for all.
She would know the world of vengeful gods and monsters, and the lengths one would go for love. And nothing would ever be the same for her again.
About the Author
K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.
She is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly, Oprah Mag, and First for Women. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. KEEP HER SAFE made Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2018 list for Romantic Suspense.
K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto.