A Very Nice Fantasy Romance

Altered Destiny – Shawna Thomas

4.5 stars


This story is a fantasy based on a completely different world. It doesn’t have any elements of “high fantasy.” In other words, there are no elves, wizards or magic etc. There are two races on this planet. The humans and the Svistra. They have a long complicated history and are presently at war. The story involves Selia, a tavern keeper who saves the life of a Svistra, Jaden. When soldiers take her gentle brother away to be a soldier, Selia goes after him to rescue him. She is having problems though going through the wilderness. Jaden finds her and helps her make it to her brother. Along the way they develop a friendship and come to care for each other. They feel more than just friendship though, but their “interracial” relationship seems doomed.
The book is fully developed. The two are tangled up in political maneuverings while trying to escape from both humans and Svistras just to survive. Very well written. The romance is an integral part of the story but is not explicit. There are no love scenes. The pace of the story is good and the secondary characters are well drawn. The plot made sense. There was plenty of description so you could see the place and actions. Both of the leads were very well developed. Jaden was an honorable man and Selia a strong competent woman but one who was not too proud to ask for and accept help when she needed it.

I would be more than happy to read more books set on this world.

I received this book free from netGalley for review.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Crystal Posey
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 17:09:41

    I really like this review. Short, to the point, and well written. 🙂


  2. authorshawnathomas
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 20:59:57

    Yay! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review ALTERED DESTINY. I am so glad you liked it!


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