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Altered Destiny by [Thomas, Shawna]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 861 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (September 19, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GF315K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,169 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Altered Destiny is one of those beautiful Fantasy novels you just want to curl up with and take your time and enjoy. Shawna Thomas created an incredible world with the humans and Svistra. The characters are just as amazing. In Fantasy Romance novels, I usually love only the two main characters' romance, and I do love Selia and Jaden, they have an amazing romance, but I found myself falling in love with Oren and Commander Nathan. Altered Destiny has a strong, intriguing storyline that pulled me right into this amazing kingdom and fantasy world with beautiful romances, Jaden's brothers jealousy, and the war between the humans and Svistra.

Oren is Selia's brother, a gentle giant of young man and, yes, I shed a few tears over him. Nathan is the king's commander in the human army. Nathan gave my heart a bit of a tug of war between him and Jaden for Selia's affections. But Jaden did win me over in the end. Jaden is a gorgeous Svistra. He has left his home and his race because he doesn't believe in the killing of humans. Selia rescues a wounded Jaden and brings him back to her home to heal, but soon finds herself falling for Jaden and doubting everything she's been told about the evil blood drinking Svistra. Selia is a twenty-year-old strong and independent woman who can take care of herself and is definitely kick-butt. Selia is the kind of woman I like. She's strong, but hasn't lost her feminine side, and thanks to Jaden, he brings that out in her. The romance between them made my heart hammer. Jaden and Selia are beautiful in their love and standing together in their fight to bring peace between the Humans and Svistra.

Altered Destiny is what I would consider crossover YA, and I really liked this new YA for me and older teens.
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This book could be for Young Adults, but be aware there is some swearing, including the F-bomb, lots of dismemberment and mutilation, and some sexual references.

The perspective is constantly shifting, from Selia to Jaden to Keldar to Nathan. Too much head-hopping.

Ahoy! *mild spoilers* (I keep it vague)

This book is difficult to classify. It purports to be a fantasy, but nothing is truly fantastic. There is no high fantasy -- no dragons, elves, or sorcerers. The rest could be explained away as genetics and skill -- skill in using herbs to heal, skill in following tracks and in warfare, and genetically-developed ability to smell odors across long distances, especially useful when scenting humans. Everything could be real, and found here on Earth, from the blood-eating, cannibal-like Svistra race to the "White Forest" that devours humans and animals alike (Earth has similar carnivorous plants). Even the wasteland known as the Dead Lands struck me as similar to the kind of decay brought on by a nuclear bomb or the salting of the earth.

So, it didn't feel much like a fantasy, despite the "About the Author " section where Thomas refers to reading about Narnia and Middle Earth as a girl. No. It felt like a grim post-apocalyptic political piece. This dark tone was reinforced when one of the most lovable characters was written out midway. A mistake! From treacherous human kings to butchering barbaric Svistras, there were few characters to like, much less love. (Nathan was cool, though.)

At the same time, Altered Destiny purports to be a romance -- and it did feel like a mild romance between Selia, the warrior human, and Jaden, her handsome Svistra prince. But yet.... Where's the Happy Ever After?
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If you like your fantasy story with twists and turns, you will like this story.
Thomas comes in and creates a believable world where character motivations are honest, and the love story builds from the first scene.

Selia goes from small town innkeep, to world changer, but develops naturally and believably.

When I first started reading it, I thought "Oh great a vampire story."

Boy, was I ever wrong. WRONG! So much more and different.

Tough chicks sell books. I like tough chicks. :-)

If you do too, you'll get a kick out of this.
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I bought this book on a whim and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Completely held my interest to the extent that I finished reading it in one night. The story is primarily about people from different backgrounds with long existing enmity between their people who meet unexpectedly and come to a new understanding of one another. It is filled with adventure and romance without being over the top. It also includes a very different take on vampires.
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An army from the north, with some traits similar to vampires, attacks human villages, forts, and possibly a castle. Plus this enemy has the total support of one of the human kings. What makes this story even more delightful is that the brother of enemy's commander falls in love with a human female. Their resolution of a peaceful solution turns into an exciting, action packed adventure! You'll definitely enjoy reading this terrific book!
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My son and I listened to the audio book and really enjoyed it. My son, 11 at the time, liked all the science fiction and appreciated the lack of kissing and sex. (There was indeed minimal kissing.)

The main character was believable and you kind of grow to respect her.
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