This debut fantasy series opener flies over half the universe, but it delivers some depth amid all the chaos.
Corinthe longs to return to her home planet of Pyralis. She’s the first Fallen Fate in history, banished to Humana (Earth) for losing one of the marbles of fate. There, she follows orders to engineer the fates of humans. Meanwhile, Luc, a star soccer player hoping to escape his impoverished, fractured family, strives to keep his little sister, Jasmine, out of trouble. When the two meet, they are immediately attracted to each other, but Corinthe has little idea what that means. She has been ordered to fulfill one last assignment: to kill Luc. At this point, the story takes off into serious fantasy, as Luc and Corinthe fall into a Crossroad between planets and begin a journey to rescue Jasmine, who has been abducted and imprisoned in a flower, there to be turned into a vicious Blood Nymph. Bross takes readers to several different and imaginative worlds and introduces a solid cast of secondary characters. The sudden twists and turns into new worlds become dizzying as the story progresses. Readers who persevere will see Corinthe progressing toward an understanding of love as she slowly becomes more human and realizes that order and obedience might not be the paramount ideals of the universe.
An interesting read for patient romantic-fantasy fans. (Fantasy. 12 & up)