Bryna is a slave to a Roman invader who lives in the Castle
Kindred. When the "Evil One" catches and holds a man
believed to be the Dark Chieftain below the castle in the
dungeon, it is Bryna who saves him. With this act she sets
in motion her own destiny, the awakening of dormant
feelings as well as the fairy with-in her. Only she doesn't
believe that this could possibly be her future -- she was
raised as a slave!
Tynan is indeed the Dark Chieftain, the salvation of his
people but he is more than this. As the Dark Chieftain, it
is his destiny to free the fairies from Castle Kindred and
can only marry the Territorial Goddess or there will be
further disaster upon his people. His heart believes that
Bryna is his goddess, but until he has freed and gained the
approval of the fairies, he cannot claim her.
R Garland Gray changed gears from futuristic space novels
to historical fantasy, and has again written a powerful and
extraordinary novel. Here, she takes two people, brings
them together and their future is PREDESTINED. While Bryna
believes she can only be the false goddess, the truth is a
little bit of a surprise!
I really enjoyed the sensory input written into this novel.
Tynan's father betrayed the fairies as well as held them
prisoner. Because of this their anger is expressed in the
land and plant life dying. Bryna has the knowledge of the
fey paths and because the paths belong to they fey the
smell awful! I know bad smells generally aren't a good
thing, but I love the way you can feel them walking through
these hidden paths because of descriptive wording.
Something else I really like about this novel is the way
that the fairy magic is such an important underlying
element woven consistently throughout the novel. I got a
kick out of the little pixies as well as the inclusion of
other lesser-known fantasy creatures.
There are a few little twists and surprises in our plot
that made this story very memorable for me. PREDESTINED is
an excellent fantasy novel I would highly recommend.
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted November 21, 2006