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Destiny's Past (Daughters of the Crescent Moon) Paperback – June 7, 2011
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***** 5 Stars! The author has created an enthralling story with all the characters in Destiny's Present. I was riveted to the pages from the first to the last while trying to untie all the little strands of the story as I tugged along on them. I still have some questions, but I like that. Some characters I love, some I hate and some I'm not sure what to think of. Ardis the warrior is perhaps the foremost. But I do know that I want to know more. I enjoyed this book a great deal. I would highly recommend it. Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
"5 out of 5! Patricia C Lee's new book, "Destiny's Past", is a fascinating mystery. It stars when Kelly is about to perform an autopsy and realizes the corpse is still breathing! Next she finds out the corpse, Jarek, is from 2000 years in the past. Kelly must then use her medical expertise to save Jarek's life and answer the question, how did he travel to the future and why?
"Destiny's Past" is fast-paced and involves the wild romance of Kelly and Jarek. Kelly is not sure she wants to get involved but can't resist the handsome stranger from a different time. This is a wonderful and sometimes steamy paranormal romance you won't want to miss!" - Jean Brickell, Reader's Favorite Book Reviews
From the Author
This is book 1 of the Daughters of the Crescent Moon trilogy. It was immensely satisfying writing this novel. The editing process was an education onto itself. Although Destiny's Past is lightly suspenseful, book 2 will have a lot more twists and turns.
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Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance, Sci-fi and Fantasy
I really liked the sound of this, but as does happen sometimes even though its a well written story, a great debut book it just didn’t really work for me.
I found it hard to be convinced of the story, and didn’t really connect to either Kelly or Jarek. That means for me the story becomes kind of mundane, I need to feel empathy with the leads and to feel “there” with them and I just didn’t. That's just a personal issue though, I can see others are raving about this and that’s great for them, and as we all want different things from books its bound to happen. There are readers for every book, its choosing the right one that is hard, and though I thought this would work for me I was wrong.
I just felt like an onlooker, watching, rather than being in the story and even put it aside a few times as I felt myself not concentrating. Usually I get lost in a book, much to the dismay of those around me who get irritated when I fail to respond to questions – used to drive my parents mad, then friends, then husband and now its the kids. Luckily no 1 son is a reader like this so he understands ;-)
Anyway, I’m not really sure why this story didn’t work better for me, its a fun plot and I was expecting to be sucked in to a riveting past/present mystery. I think maybe it was that everything seemed so slick, it was question – meet the answer, when what I need is question – what could have/who could have and why? I needed more twists and puzzles.
Add in that Kelly and Jarek just didn’t feel real and I guess that's my issue. Still, remember that's just me, this could be just what you’re looking for, and it has many readers who are hooked into the series already. For me its a book I’m glad I tried but won’t be looking for more from the series but I’d happily try a different one from Patricia.
Stars: Three, well written but not really one for me .
ARC supplied by publisher and Netgalley
Fate introduced Kelly and Jarek in unusual circumstances. Kelly goes into panic mode when a dead man comes back to life right before her very eyes. Jarek needs help, he's travelled into the future because he's dying and needs to find a cure for the poison that's killing him.
Kelly has lost her family and carries a heavy burden on her shoulders. Will she believe and help Jarek?
I absolutely loved the book and thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were incredibly realistic and complemented each other nicely. I liked the chemistry between Kelly and Jarek: it was intense and passionate. I loved the magical time travel element of the book. Overall, this book was short, sweet and sexy and I simply devoured it in one go. I'm definitely adding Patricia to my favourite author list.
As far as character introduction goes, this is an interesting one, even if it feels like it’s already been done. We first meet the main characters as Kelly tries to save Jarek, the mysterious man who suddenly appears on a slab in the morgue where she works. Alive, but not so well, Jarek is suffering from a long exposure to poison and Kelly uses all her medical training to help save the man. At first, she doesn’t really believe his story about being a time traveler from the past, that needed modern medicine to save him from the poisoning, but after spending a few days with him, she slowly starts to face the facts and believe his extraordinary story. What she has a hard time facing however, is her own destiny, the one where she is a descendant of a powerful sorceress and destined to some amazing supernatural powers.
The relationship that develops between the two characters is a typical one but entertaining none the less. Even if they come from different times and different worlds, their love for each other is inevitable. Passion grows into love and when the time comes for Jarek to go back to his own life two thousand years in the past, the couple has a hard time saying goodbye. However, something goes wrong and Kelly goes back in time in Jarek’s place. Eventually they are reunited, and both characters going back in time might be a small spoiler but very predictable, in my opinion.
One of the flaws of the plot is the fact that much of the book is spent in Kelly’s time (our time), while the conflict and the primary menace is two thousand years in the past. Someone is looking to harm and eliminate the royal family, which includes Jarek, prince of Leisos. Only about the last quarter of the book is held in the past and the antagonist’s presence is only felt for that short period of time. I understand character development is important to any author and establishing the connection between Kelly and Jarek was a priority for Lee but it simply felt as if the main conflict wasn’t present for the majority of the book and therefore not quite engaging enough for my tastes. Obviously action picks up in the last part of the book which will inevitably be continued in the sequel.
I really admire the author’s decision to create her own historical setting and her own mythology. Obviously Leisos and its inhabitants will be further developed in the following books and the mythology will probably be expanded as we learn more about Kelly’s magical power and the sorceress that made everything in the book possible. I’m really glad I visited my local bookstore the day the author was on location or else I would probably have overlooked this intriguing series. In my opinion, the story can only get better from now on. Patricia C. Lee charmed me with her likable characters and I really hope to see more of Kelly and Jarek in future books.