Dark fate is book two in the Flame Born series and follows on from a few months after Dark Flame. I strongly recommend that you read book one first, as the story is a continuation and the events in book one plays a large part of the plot of book two.
The first chapter was slow, but it did help me to remember the events of book 1.
The chapter 2 happens, and boy the story soon picks up as Michael tries to plot his way through lies, manipulative people, people out to have him put down and a vampire that is intent on Michael becoming one of his obedient little soldiers.
As if that is not enough, Michael also must learn to control the flame magic in his body or kill innocent people when he loses his temper. We see Michael grow as a person in his new reality of the supernatural world. He is becoming aware that he is being manipulated by Alexi, Some of the Council, and Alexi’s Uncle all with different agendas. It was good to see that he has realised that he has been manipulated and I am intrigued to find out how that shapes his character in the next book.
Dark flame is an action thriller that will keep you biting your nails until you have no fingers left. There are kidnappings, attacks, death threats to name but a few of the events within the story, The author has the skill of suspense writing along with the mystery of who is on Michael’s side when all hell breaks loose.
Each character is unique and important to the story, even the minor characters play their part in building the mystery, suspense, and danger. My favourite characters are the mischievous Vampire and Gabriel with his protective growl. It is also interesting Michael, & Gabriel’s relationship develop, though they do not spend much time together in this book. You do feel their bond building, even with the cheeky, mischievous, and manipulative vampire meddling and of course using his blood connection to Michael, which leads to some hot and steamy moments that Michael just can not resist.
I do wonder what is instore for the three of them if they do survive this book that is *wink*
The vast story world is very well presented, even the dark woods (I think that is the name of them), which were very creepy and scary, felt very real. As does the magic that happens in the story.
Even now after book two I still have suspicions on a few of the characters motives.
A thrilling and enjoyable read, that leaves you eager for book three.