Updated: Jan 21, 2021
Of Flame and Fate
by Cecy Robson
Published by Cecy Robson, LLC
Book #8 in the Weird Girls series,
Book #2 in the Weird Girls:Flame series
Taran Wird, who commands the power to wield fire and lightning,
is an oddity in the supernatural world. But neither Taran nor her unique sisters compare to the bizarre entity known as Destiny. And Taran is assigned to protect her. Born of two witches, Destiny is revered among the supernatural elite for her acute ability to predict the future. Her biggest prophecy involves Taran’s sister, Celia, whom Destiny decreed will bear children strong enough to take on the evil that’s rising. Yet Destiny is not alone in her predictions, or individuality. When Johnny Fate, a rock star among humans and a male version of Destiny is discovered, his powers and Destiny’s clash, triggering the start of Destiny’s demise and altering the fate of Celia’s unborn children. Taran, her werewolf lover Gemini, and their allies must determine if it’s Fate who will decide what will become of Celia’s children, or if their lives and the world will perish with Destiny.
RATED: 18+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Steamy Supernatural Exciting
Of Flame and Fate is the eighth novel in the Weird Girls series, and the second in the weird girls: flame series. It's centered around Taran, who has been assigned to be Destiny's guardian, when it all goes to shit when Destiny meets Fate, a being who cannot exist in the same time as her, and she slowly weakens and begins to die.
This book humanizes Taran in a way she hasn't been to date. We know she is crazy strong, and fierce. We know she is funny. We know she loves deeply. In this story though, she gives in to her maternal side, and befriends Fate, while being heartbroken over Destiny's fading life. She cares for him, sympathizes with him because she recognizes her past pain in him. I have predictions for his character, but I will get to that. This book was a set up for something big to come in the war ... but it also gave us a little bit more knowledge about the Wird girls "curse." Destiny says the good and bad have known of them since the dawn of time. They were always meant to have these powers. They were always meant to be on the side of good. And they were all meant to have children who would join together to end the evil. In a way, Fate himself triggered Taran's want to even take that step with Gemini (who told her earlier in the book that he wanted to start a family with her). He brought out her softer, gentler side with his need to be loved and protected, and I think he knows it. It was a nice addition to a character who could be a little emotionally detached at times.
The more I read from Taran's point of view, the more I fall for Gemini. He is the perfect mate for Taran. The calm to her storm. Logic to her craziness. He is patient. Even when things are happening that he doesn't like, he growls. He voices his displeasure. But he doesn't react until he knows he needs to. He understands Taran beats to her own drum, and respects it. I love a male love interest who truly respects his partner, even if he doesn't personally agree with what she is doing.
We don't get a whole lot of Celia and Aric in this book, as they are mostly hidden away and protected. Celia is obviously miserable. Being the strong, capable fighter she is, it must be hard to watch so many sacrifice themselves to protect her and her unborn child, and not be able to do anything. We get to see them again when Misha is having what I refer to as a panic attack. Celia being the only one who could get close to him, and calm him down is not surprising. And when she asks if he is hurting, and he looks at her pregnant belly and says yes, its kind of heartbreaking. He still loves her deeply.
Which leads me to Misha. Taran felt his power. She knows now that he is now more powerful than his master, Uri. He is perhaps more powerful than what the weres were fearing he would become in time. I don't think they need to worry too much though. Despite arranging a marriage, and planning to have a son with his bride in the future, and in turn, making him even more powerful, he loves Celia. She is probably his only true friend, and while he loves her and wants her, he loves her enough to let her be happy with her mate. He won't use that power he has gained by doing anything that would every hurt Celia.