This continuation of the Fates series lives up to its title with a wild mix of reshuffled time and travel to parallel worlds.
Luc rescued his sister, Jasmine, from the clutches of the Blood Nymphs in series opener Fates (2014). Now Jasmine has no memory of her experiences, but she begins to realize that she has new, heightened sensory abilities. She encounters Executors, bent on murder, but the mysterious Ford rescues her. Meanwhile, Luc becomes determined to restore his love, Corinthe, to life, believing he cannot live without her. He finds a Crossroad and travels to the world where he had met Rhys, who can turn back time, but he finds the Radical on his deathbed. Undaunted, Luc decides to figure out the puzzle for himself and forces his way into the tunnels that connect all the worlds of the universe. There, he meets Corinthe’s fellow Radical Miranda, and they become uneasy co-travelers. After much suspense for both siblings, Luc and Jasmine reach a point in the plot that will propel them into the next sequel. Bross switches viewpoints between Luc and Jasmine, with neither knowing what the other is doing; characterization is strong, changing loyalties and companions emblematic of the series’ theme. The only difficulty is the complicated and constantly evolving plot, which indeed does become quite chaotic.
Entertaining and suspenseful, if complex. (Fantasy. 12-18)