“the chains of fate will not bind us forever, and the chains of love are stronger.”
**To avoid spoiling the story for those who have not yet read the first book, some characters shall remain nameless in this review.**
Chains of Fate picks up Thomazine’s story where The Moon in the Water left off. Desperate with grief over the death of her beloved, Thomazine is manipulated into marrying Sir Dominic Drakelon and she bears him his son and heir. When she discovers her husband deceived her over her beloved’s fate, she leaves her husband and newborn child behind and begins the long trek to her great-aunt’s home along the Scottish border. She expects the journey to last several weeks, but a country torn by the Civil War between Charles I and the Parliamentarians leads to danger and numerous delays and she arrives many months later – and not everyone welcomes her with open arms. Thomazine will not give up faith that she will convince her beloved she was not faithless, but when she finally appears to have succeeded a country and people at war with themselves takes its toll, and threatens time and again to separate the two lovers forever.
That’s really all I’m going to tell you. This was a very absorbing novel and one that was very difficult to put down. A nice treat seeing this type of story set among the countryside and the gentry instead of the King and his Court and it’s intrigues. While told in the first person narrative (one I don’t normally care for), the author did a fine job putting Thomazine into the thick of things, and when she couldn’t she was able to deftly recount what was happening “off-scene” without dragging things on to the point of boredom, as I’ve seen a lot of recently with some of our current historical fiction authors.
All in all a very engaging read packed with plentiful history, deceit and betrayal along with a pair of star crossed lovers that you will keep you on the edge of your seat rooting for until the very very end. Will they live happily ever after or will the scheming, despicable, evil witch Meraud win in the end? Can you tell I hated Meraud with a passion? Will Thomazine be able to build a relationship with her young son raised by his father to hate the mother who abandoned him? You know what I say, read it for yourself, and I’m now off to start the last book in the trilogy, Alethea. This one tells the story of next generation of the Heron family and is set during the rein of Charles II and Restoration England.