Title: Crucible of Fate
Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: Sean Crisden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
In the secret city of Sobek, Domin Thorne is making his way as the newly chosen semel-aten, the leader of the werepanther world. He aspires to make sweeping changes—he’s set goals for himself and the people he chose to bring with him, modeling his reign after that of his friend, Logan Church. But Domin may have set too lofty a goal: his normal leadership style isn’t working.
While juggling a homesick Crane, a moody Mikhail, a bullwhip-wielding Taj, servants with murderous intentions, a visiting ex, and a mate on a dangerous goodwill mission, Domin has to figure out his new role alone. He also must determine how to deal with a conspiracy, all the while falling hard for a man who, for the first time in Domin’s life, reciprocates that love. Whether Domin is ready or not, Fate has stepped in to teach him a lesson: internal threats are just as dangerous as external ones.
My View – Story:
When I first listened to the Change of Heart series by Marie Calmes a few things struck me. First of all, I had not read many shifter stories at that point, so I really enjoyed the story itself and the world created by Mary Calmes. Second, I felt much of the series had the same feel as her contemporary story, A Matter of Time. Just with werepanthers instead of a cop and personal assistant.
Crucible of fate, has a bit different dynamic, however. Domin Thorne, while the alpha (or in this case semel) of his tribe, is not the Uber-Alpha for which Calmes is known. He has many more layers that we are treated to during the first part of the series. I enjoyed getting to know him better in this installment. I also enjoyed seeing Yuri in a different role than protector for a reah. We get to see a softer side of him. I am split over my feelings about that, because I am not completely sure he is the same Yuri we have come to love in the first part of the series.
We get to see Domin taking the werepanther world in a new direction and righting many of the wrongs from the first part of the series. We also get to see the bratty side of Jin again, but also his great control and power. If you have enjoyed the rest of the Change of Heart series, I highly recommend Crucible of Fate.
My View – Narration:
If you listened to the first book in the Change of Heart Series on audio, you might be leery of seeing Sean Crisden’s name as narrator again. However, he does a MUCH improved job this time. I think this is the best of the four as far as narration goes. The parts he got right in Change of Heart he got right in Crucible. The parts he got wrong (e.g. Crane’s voice) he fixed. As a whole, the series is a bit disjointed on audio because of differing pronunciation and character voices, but as a stand alone this is my favorite installment of the series.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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