The Vow That Twisted Fate

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
350 Pages
Reviewed on 02/08/2023
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Author Biography

Katherine D. Graham is a USA Today Bestselling dark fantasy author, editor, and book reviewer from Tennessee in the United States.

Her debut epic fantasy novel, The Vow That Twisted Fate, is a 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Award Fantasy Finalist and a 5-star IndieReader Approved novel.

The Vow That Twisted Fate was inspired by a dream that pulled Katherine into a story of duality: a naïve queen from a world without evil is brought face-to-face with an ancient sorceress in a dimension that all evil things were banished to.

Since released The Vow That Twisted Fate, Katherine has gone on to writer several more novels for "The Lords' Gambit Series" as well as her "Splitting Worlds" series of novellas (which includes "Splitting Dawn", a full-length Dark Epic Fantasy Romance included in the USA Today Bestselling "Realm of Darkness" Box Set in October 2022).

When Katherine is not reading or writing, she loves to travel, swim, play video games (especially the Elder Scrolls games or Final Fantasy), and spend time with her husband, two sons, and three cats.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite

The Vow That Twisted Fate by Katherine D. Graham sees Queen Arlena don the angel pendant that had belonged to her ancestor Queen Valera. Soon after this, the phantom of Valera passes her a dwarven dagger. Despite being urged against carrying the dagger, Valera invokes the oath associated with the dagger. This summons Maevric Stormbender and his band of select warriors to her side. Can they help Arlena defend her kingdom from an evil that arises after a gap of 500 years? What is the mysterious connection between Valera, Arlena, and the evil Maedra? The kingdom must be made safe for her sister Elzie.

The Vow That Twisted Fate by Katherine D. Graham is a work of high fantasy. I thought Arlena was brave and gave a lot of herself for the peace and safety of her people. Her relationship with Talon was particularly complex and compelling. The torture scenes were genuinely distressing and I felt strong empathy toward Arlena. There was an overwhelming sense of grief and loss when she returned to find the kingdom had moved on without her. I liked the fact that her generous spirit and willingness to see the best in all creatures were pivotal to the plot. The perspectives of long-lived, short-lived, and mid-lived beings were beautifully delineated and contributed to world-building. I was surprised and intrigued to learn that long-lived races could be the most heedless instead of the wisest but found the logic convincing. The Vow That Twisted Fate by Katherine D. Graham provides a unique perspective and creates a dark and persuasive fairy story.