What would you do if you held Fate in your hands? 17-year old Macy Lockhart has the weight of the world on her shoulders. For thousands of years, she has been a Keeper in the ancient organization, the Order of the Moirae… and she literally holds fate in her hands. But this is something that she forgets because her memories are wiped clean in every life until it is time for her cycle to start again. For the last two thousand years, this has never been a problem. Until now. And now…Fate, the very thing that Macy was born to keep, is being challenged and she has only one choice: To return to a previous life to fix it; a life where she was Cleopatra’s handmaiden, Charmian. And that’s not all. Unless she interferes with the fabric of time, the very thing she has returned to repair, her soul mate will die leading Marc Antony’s forces against Rome. Can she really stand aside and allow the love of her life to die all over again?
Paperback, 250 pages
Published May 2nd 2011 by Lakehouse Press (first published April 21st 2011)
If you could change the course of time and alter destiny would you? Our heroine Macy/ Charmaine grapples with this monumental question. Macy is not a normal seventeen year old, she is a Keeper belonging to an ancient magical order known as the Moirae. Macy is destined to guide her ward, someone of great historical importance predetermined to change history. Unfortunately, people decided for historic greatness have shortened lives with tragic endings and she too suffers the same demise. She is reborn time and time again with her memory swept clean; to follow her set path. In order to achieve her predestined goals, Macy must make great personal sacrifices. When the story opens Macy is a normal modern day teenager dealing with the typical problems of any seventeen year old. Then a strange visitor returns to her a magical, powerful bloodstone. Grasping the stone her mind is deluged with all the memories of her previous lives. She suddenly finds herself swept back to her life as Charmaine, 2000 years ago where she lived in Egypt and served as Cleopatra's most trusted hand maiden. She is confronted with a heart wrenching decision. Will she follow Fate's design and meet her fated death alongside Cleopatra or will she choose love and save her soul mate? What would you do?
What I Liked:
- Traveling back to ancient Egypt was interesting and educational. This book was well researched. I appreciated all the archeological facts that were sprinkled throughout. Ms. Cole has a nice, fluid writing style. This novel is filled with rich, vivid descriptions. Her words brought Cleopatra's world back with all it's decadence and splendor. I loved her intoxicating and detailed depictions of all of the scents; from Cleopatra's perfume, to the lotus garden and the sumptuous banquets. I felt like I was walking in Cleopatra's Egypt and breathing all the aromas.
- The story was detailed and complex. I admired the way the author mixed modern day, ancient Egypt and Greek mythology. Combining historic figures such as Cleopatra, Marc Antony and Charmaine with the mythological Fates, add a dash of magic and time travel and you have the workings of an intriguing, exciting plot.
- I liked the romantic aspect of the story. It tears at your heart strings when Charmaine is forced to make her decision; will she save Hasani her soul mate and great love or follow the will of the Fates. Luckily, I was happy with the final outcome.
- Price point: at the time of this review, I purchased this book on amazon.com for $.99. A definite bargain and well worth the price.
And The Not So Much:
- For me the depiction of Cleopatra did not come across as authentic. Cleopatra's use of modern vernacular was distracting. It was obvious that Ms. Cole researched Cleopatra heavily but her portrayal did not work for me. I guess everyone has their own ideas regarding the famed queen of the Nile. The author does do a great job with her descriptions and she also provides stories pertaining to Cleopatra's history. I did appreciate the intricate details of Cleopatra's costume and makeup. She truly must have been a glamourous woman.
- The time shifts in the middle became confusing at some points. Then there are the two mysterious priests, Annen and Ahmose each with their own agenda. Annen sends Charmaine back in time to supposedly correct something in the past. He also desires for her to learn to wield the great power she possesses in her bloodstone in order for her to go against the pre-determined fabric of time. He claims that Fate is not determined that she can choose. Ahmose is Charmaine's guide. His purpose is to keep her on her path of destiny. These two flicker in and out of the story creating confusion. At the end of the story I questioned why Annen wanted Charmaine to go back. What was his intention and what did he want corrected?
- While I enjoyed Ms. Cole's writing style, the middle portion of the story lagged a bit. The temporal shifts muddled the storyline. Also there were portions that were repetitive. The phrase we would die within the week was repeated numerous times. I kept thinking aren't we down to a couple of day(s) but it seemed it was always a week.
Overall this is a complex and intriguing story about reincarnation and destiny. An interesting book that takes you on a tour of ancient Egypt. Read this for the history and get lost in the romance. It is a fun, refreshing book especially at the bargain price of
$.99. It is the first in a trilogy. The second and third books are both now available on amazon.com for a great low price.
"How was someone supposed to say goodbye to the person that they loved more than life, without being able to say the actual words?"
"Your soul will always know mine, my friend. We will always be connected, all throughout time. And even though we will appear in different ways, our souls will always be the same."
"My soul recognized his. We stood like magnets, drawn to each other. Time, it seemed, was not our enemy after all. It was air and space and hours. Anything worth having was able to withstand it."