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Crown of Destiny (World of Hetar) [Kindle Edition]

Bertrice Small
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A hundred years have passed since the Faerie woman Lara last saved the world of Hetar from the darkness. Her youth and her beauty remain as always. The passing years, however, have taken many of her friends and kin. Her influence has waned. Those who remember her heroism in times of peril are few. Even her great-grandson, Cadarn, Dominus of Terah, denies her strong magic.

And all the while Lara's son, the charming but nefarious Twilight Lord, Kolgrim, waits patiently for his moment. But Kolgrim will not make his father's mistakes by waging war. His way is more subtle, and sinister. Despite Lara's formidable powers she fears there is little to be done. Yet before all is lost she will fulfill the long-ago prophecy of her daughter Anoush to unite the world of Hetar.

And as the darkness falls Lara finds that more than ever she needs the wisdom, the love and the support of the great Shadow Prince, Kaliq. While her youngest daughter, Marzina, will prove to all that she is more than just her mother's daughter. In her greatest trial yet, Lara and Kaliq will finally meet her long foretold destiny together.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Small's sixth and final World of Hetar erotic fantasy (after 2009's The Shadow Queen) wraps up the series with agonizing slowness. Lara, the half-faerie woman who has repeatedly saved the land of Terah in the past, is ready to do it again when her evil son, Kolgrim, becomes engaged to a woman whose magical powers will amplify his own. Small includes the plotting and intrigue, magic, and boatloads of sex that her readers have come to expect, but the story lacks the rich detail and captivating scenes of her older books. Lara's unfulfilled destiny and all the major plot points from the previous books are explained ad nauseam, and sex scenes take the place of conversations that might advance the plot. Only the most loyal fans will endure to the end. (May)
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"Readers who enjoyed the first in [this] new series will devour Lara's latest adventure."
-Booklist on A Distant Tomorrow

"The third in the World of Hetar series has plenty of political intrigue, some fantastical characters, and lots of Small's unique brand of hot, boldly descriptive...romance." –Booklist on THE TWILIGHT LORD

"Small's newest novel is a sexily fantastical romp."
--Publishers Weekly on THE SORCERESS OF BELMAIR

"The final volume in the World of Hetar delivers a fantasy lover's delight."
--RT Book Reviews on CROWN OF DESTINY

Product Details

  • File Size: 344 KB
  • Print Length: 379 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373774494
  • Publisher: HQN Books; Original edition (April 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037NB5OM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected... May 16, 2010
I have been a huge fan of Bertrice Small ever since I started reading romance novels at the age of 15. While most of her work has a bit of predictability after reading several novels, it has never been a problem because the stories were so good. Such was the case with the first 5 novels in the World of Hetar Series. The story was good enough to overcome the predictability. Unfortunately that wasn't the case for Crown of Destiny, and it saddens me to admit it.

The long-awaited culmination of the series was sadly flat. Sure it had all the raw, erotic sex scenes that are expected from this author, but they actually made it worse. The book seemed rushed to me. Almost as if the author was just trying to finish it already and so it seemed to lack conviction. The descriptions of food and clothing, which are also expected from Ms. Small, dominated the book. I found myself skipping whole pages to get around the food, clothes and sex in order to see some plot progression.

Overall, the book was OK. It tied up the loose ends of the series, but didn't really leave me with the sense of fulfillment that I would have expected from a 6 part series. I recommend this book to those who have read the previous books in the series, but only to finish the story, even though it's not that great.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish this had more teeth. *spoilers* September 6, 2010
Overall the book was a decent end to a series because it wrapped up quite a few loose ends. I had a few issues though.

1) Lara didn't feel like the Lara of other books. You got glimpses when she went all stubborn and tried to do things her way, but overall she seemed way too detached for a woman who we have heard a great destiny awaited.
Not to get into spoilers but I finished the book with a "That's it?" kind of feeling. There was at times TOO much magic going on and other times, not enough. You cannot tell me that Kaliq and his brothers couldn't have found some way to whisk Marzina back to safety without freaking Lara out. If they were willing and able to save the Fairie races by transporting them to an entirely new planet, they couldn't have just zapped Lara's daughter out of the abyss? After all, she is Magic, not mortal.

2) *Spoiler* If Marzina's destiny is to bring that world back from darkness, I wish we had a better character development for her.

3) Kolgrim was an awesome evil bad guy despite having a "Mommy didn't love me complex". (Okay so was Kaliq, who is ALWAYS awesome)

4) I want to know what happens to Lothair and Lara's faerie maid.

5) I'm guessing since Lara's storyline is done, there will be a new series for Marzina.


The only thing I got from the way it ended was, magic would one day poof. Yay great! We watched Lara go around saving the entire universe, only to find out "sorry folks all magic will one day poof, those super-hot Shadow Princes will die off, Terah is covered in darkness for untold eons and there's nothing anyone can do about it. But hey look! A new planet for mortals to discover and corrupt."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good ending April 22, 2010
I have been waiting for this book. I'm glad to finally read it but also sad because it is the end of the series. The story was very good & full of sex scenes which are in most of Bertrice Small's books. The only disappointment for me was the lack of love scene for Marzina. She became my favorite character in the series & I was left wanting more. All in all it is a good book & any Small fan will enjoy. I finished the book in about 2 1/2 hours that is how good a read it is. If you are a fan of Lara & Kaliq then i would highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The end of a destiny April 22, 2010
Over the last 4 years, I have read and reread Lara's quest to fulfill her destiny. Now that I have read the 6th and final book, I am unsure as to how to feel. It is if an old friend is gone and will never return. While the other 5 books were different in tone from this one as this one was the culmination of all the others. It is still a bit depressing to see the end. I can only hope the Ms. Small will create another outstanding heroine that can live up to Lara's reputation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful climax April 29, 2010
In Terah, Hetar, the Shadow Prince's realm, and the City; Lara the fairie has loved mortal and immortal men for decades. She has watched with pride her children become rulers. However, recently some have forgotten her pivotal role in the years of peace and prosperity.

Her son the Twilight Lord Kolgrim plans to sire an offspring with the ability to destroy the lands. Lara's great-grandson Dominus Cadarn fears his kingdom is in trouble due to her magic. While her daughter Marzina has the fairie power to save the lands, but shows a rebellious inclination to take over her mother's role. Lara finds solace only with her beloved Shadow Prince Kaliq who vows to help her maintain peace in spite of her descendants.

The sixth and final World of Hetar fantasy is a wonderful climax to the strong saga as Bertrice Small ties up the major threads with a fine family reckoning that feels like a Shakespearean play as the cast allows hate, jealousy and fear to rule their logic. Readers will appreciate the goings-on of a dysfunctional extended family in which the matriarch rules the roost while her descendants want dramatic change; not all motivated to make things better.

Harriet Klausner
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Bertrice Small is a New York Times bestselling author with more than 34 novels in print. She lives in the oldest English-speaking town in New York state. Her website is


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