Crucible of Fate by Mary Calmes ~ Book Review by Caroline

16122996Title: Crucible of Fate

Author: Mary Calmes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal


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:

So Mary Calmes did that thing that sometimes terrifies me as a reader. She took a brilliant series and wrote a book that didn’t revolve around the characters that we have grown to love, the two people we think of as that series. This is Domin and Yuri’s story and whilst it is similar it is different. The same laws, the same problems but two very different panthers!

At the end of Honored Vow it became clear a plan had been hatched between Logan and Domin which would see Domin regain his status as a semel and not just any semel but semel-aten. Under Logan’s care and guidance during the last few years Domin is now a completely different person and was very much ready to rule his own tribe again.

With Yuri at his side as his mate Domin should have everything he needs but he finds being in charge again with so many responsibilities both difficult and terrifying. He is not the confident ruler that Logan is and as he tries to manage everything instead of using his team things start to get away from him.

Like the rest of the series Mary Calmes doesn’t ice over the violence that exists in the world she has built. Finally we get to see justice served to Jin and Crane’s fathers, in fact it is one of the first things Domin deals with on his return to Sobek, and it is both violent and swift. As Domin uncovers more of his predecessor’s failings it becomes clear that not all panther tribes are as loving or as safe as Logan’s and punishment must be dealt out when the harsh realities come to light.

We do get to catch up with Jin and Logan in this story, in fact Jin appears to once again save the day when his beset calls upon him to help. There is treachery in the ranks of Sobek, those who would like to see Domin’s death but there are also unexpected allies who are keen to see him succeed. Domin must relax into his role and trust himself and those around him if he is to become the leader people believe he can be.


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