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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
In Ruled by Fate: Book One - The Forbidden Tears Series by Sam Withrow and Amelia Pinkis, everything occurred on that fateful day when Brie lost her mother. She had seen the inexplicable, lived through it, and then watched as everything she knew changed. Her father lost himself in work and the bottle while years of therapy convinced her that what she saw was just a manifestation of the trauma. Nothing she had experienced was real. It was imagined, a story that her mind had created. So why, when she broke an imaginary promise, had things turned deadly? She was about to start a new life and leave everything behind. But sometimes the past isn’t finished with you. With the new start came complications. Her life was shrouded in questions and darkness, and with an enemy that she would never have imagined circling, her only chance was to unlock the truth that her guardian seemed to have been keeping from her. For five years he had stayed hidden, watching her, keeping her safe, and now there was no option but to reveal himself.
The first book in any series is always a make-or-break for me. I was hooked from the start. Something about Brie’s character called to me. Sam Withrow and Amelia Pinkis unlock curiosity, suspicion, and intrigue, compelling the reader to continue. As the plot unfolds, their world just becomes more vivid and more vibrant as characters come to life, ensnaring the reader’s attention effortlessly. Humor, intrigue, magic, questions, forbidden romance, and threats seep into every page. I loved Cameron’s character, and the comments made about him as he tried to understand a world that he had only seen in fleeting moments. Ruled by Fate is a perfect example of how a series should be written, with flair, character, and passion. It is also complete, as the main story arc has been explored, but there is so much more to come, and I’m dying to know what happens next. It was the whole package, everything I love in a book and more.