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Forged by Fate (Fate of the Gods) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 3, 2013
"You won't be able to deny that Miss Dillin is a genius ... This story was absolutely amazing. It's like nothing I've read before ... a complete game changer."
"Amalia Dillin is a fresh, exciting voice and Forged by Fate is not to be missed!"
-- Saranna DeWylde, author of the 10 Days series
"A beautiful, sweeping story that puts on display the power of every interpretation of love, and the truth of what can be accomplished when people choose peace over strife. I couldn't put it out of my mind for days."
-- Trisha Leigh, author of The Last Year series
About the Author
Amalia Dillin began as a Biology major before taking Latin and falling in love with old heroes and older gods. After that, she couldn't stop writing about them, with the occasional break for more contemporary subjects. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, and dreams of the day when she will own goats--to pull her chariot through the sky, of course.
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The story is told from two different viewpoints. Eve's point-of-view follows her along three time-lines: the time of creation, the present, and then an advancing time-line where Eve is reincarnated. The other point-of-view is Thor's, an immortal--and, yeah, that Thor--who interacts with Egyptian, Persian, Greek, and other deities.
As I've said, this is not religious fiction, but aspects of the Christian creation story have been pulled to use in a plot that imagines a world where IT'S ALL TRUE...all the gods and goddesses from cultures do exist. Angels are there too. Biblical events...present and accounted for. It's all there and it's obvious that the author has a great respect for these stories and myths because she has done her homework. I'm a devout Christian and I expected to wince a time or two or need to overlook flaws, but while she's fictionalized it, there are portions pulled from the Bible that she's worked in that were so cleverly done. There were no flaws--there was fiction. Fiction and pulled portions were just so well woven that I found myself thinking, "How will she work THIS in?"
For those who enjoy paranormal aspects in a story, several characters can communicate telepathically. So mythical beings, mystical powers, and a romance...it's all pressed into history as if it belongs there--as if it explains the rise and fall of historical figures and cultures.
It should be hard for an author to admit that another author is better than them, but I not only admit she's sooooo much better than me, but, wow, this book reads like a book that was years in the making. The visualization of so many different bits of history--the characterization--it's just brilliant. This is not a genre that I'd normally read in, but this is the second of her books that I've devoured like it was a short story. The other book I've read is as yet unpublished--be jealous--be very jealous that I've read it, but also be ready to look for more books from her--possibly outside of this series.
I have one complaint...this is just book one! And while it ends without a niggling cliffhanger--it ends with you wanting to know where the characters go from here. I might have to hit up the author on Twitter--see if she can be bribed.
My favorite line in this was:
Thor left his wife behind, but the hammer--the hammer he took with him.
**Full disclosure: I totally bought this book for Thor.
**Second full disclosure: I'm buying the next one for Thor too.
But as a historical re-imagining, I would rate this novel as a 5 star--I very much liked the scenes concerning the Garden of Eden and ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, etc. I found the mythology inventive, intelligent, and engaging. Loved the characterizations of all of the gods/goddesses, especially Thor. Jesus Christ even makes an appearance and I was very satisfied with his part in the mythological makeup. For the weaving together of all the mythologies I give this book a 5-star. Quite original and engaging.
Honestly, when I first read the blurb for this book, I was cautious. Amalia is a friend and I wanted to support her, but it didn't sound like anything I'd normally read. I love history and mythology, but anyone who knows me knows I am not a huge fan of Christianity. I was concerned this book was going to be super religious in nature.
I'm glad to say that all of my fears were unfounded. By the end of chapter one, I was hooked. Eve is an amazing character--she is mother, daughter, sister, wife, mortal, and goddess. I don't know how Amalia did it, but she did. Eve is strong, loyal, kind, and beautiful (both inside and out). She truly is Grace to humankind.
On the other side is Adam. He is spiteful, jealous, angry, and lost. Although we should hate him for his cruelties throughout history--both to Eve and to his fellow man--there is something intriguing about him that makes you hope he will change his ways. For that reason alone, I like Adam. He may cause chaos and destruction, but he caused me to hope. There is nothing more powerful than that.
Lastly, there is Thor. Beautiful, muscle-bound, eternal heartthrob, Thor. Gee, do you think I adored him? Well, I did. However, this was the second part of Amalia's blurb that made me hesitate. How on earth was she going to join Adam and Eve with Thor, not to mention a plethora of other gods and goddesses?
And this is what makes Amalia an amazing writer and beautiful storyteller. She wove together all of the myths throughout history so artfully, I never once questioned what I was reading as I read it. With a simple sentence here and there, she created this entire universe where gods and goddesses of all faiths walk the earth, tending to their people. Thor interacts with Ra, Athena, Ganesha, and numerous others, including the archangels Michael and Gabriel. She did not favor one religion or mythology over another, which is what made the story so versatile.
I don't want to give away plot points, but my heart truly breaks for all of the characters. Eve, for being eternally chained to live over and over again; Adam, for being driven to greed and for never being able to attain the one thing he wants most in the world; and for Thor, who must watch from afar--protecting, but never getting too close.
I cannot wait for book two in this series. I fear there will never be a happy resolution, but I truly hope Amalia Dillin gives us one.