The Book of Fate's Desire

The Books of Fate

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
430 Pages
Reviewed on 09/15/2023
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Author Biography

Ryan Hampton is a Psychologist and Neuroscientist who studies culture and emotions. Ryan is an avid consumer of stories across genres, platforms, and history and takes inspiration from experiences in world cultures. Ryan’s favorite author is Michael Moorcock and he draws inspiration for the dark and strange from such works as Elric of Melniboné and The Chronicles of Corum. Ryan’s take on classic fantasy focuses on mature, emotion-accurate characters and relationships, imaginative and innovative settings, and classic head-turning plot twists! In The Book of Fate’s Desire, he explores themes of personal growth and the struggle against destiny while reversing traditional tropes to be experienced from the villain’s perspective. The Book of Fate’s Desire is the first of the Books of Fate Trilogy and is Ryan’s first fantasy novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Book of Fate's Desire: The Books of Fate is a work of fiction in the fantasy, action, and adventure subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and contains some moderate violence, language, and sexual references. Penned by author Ryan S. Hampton, this captivating twist on traditional fantasy puts the spotlight on its antagonist, Dranus VIII, Sorcerer-King of Varz. Bored with his immense power, Dranus faces an attack by Deleron and discovers a mysterious book with the ability to reproduce anything ever written. The story explores Dranus's quest for power, using the book to gather ancient relics and prepare for war. What sets this fantasy novel apart is its unique perspective. Instead of focusing on the typical hero's journey, it delves into the mind and motivations of the villain.

Author Ryan S. Hampton subverts fantasy conventions, offering readers a thought-provoking exploration of the antagonist's character in a way that’s tempting, engrossing, and thought-provoking. As you read on, you're drawn into Dranus's world, where ambition and ruthlessness collide with a desire for greatness. The character development is accomplished and intriguing, and you find yourself questioning typical notions of good and evil as Hampton’s narrative skews us more and more to Dranus’s perspective. It's a fresh take on the genre, reminding us that every villain has their own story and perspective and that we all have the capacity for both good and evil within us. Overall, The Book of Fate's Desire is a thought-provoking and immersive read for fans of fantasy who are ready to explore the genre from a new angle, and I can’t wait to see what more this exciting series offers in the future.