Conjuring Destiny

Brooklyn Ann
Conjuring Destiny
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Broken Angels
Release Date
October 2015
Book 3 of Brides of Prophecy
Alternate Universe, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

There's more than a prophecy holding them together …

Famous rock star, Xochitl Leonine, has dreamt of a world with two moons where a black cloaked man beckons her. One Halloween night, she meets the mysterious stranger of her dreams… literally... and their shared dance becomes a rendezvous in a place of endless night.

Zareth Amotken has no idea how important Xochitl's heavy metal band is to her. As an immortal sorcerer, he doesn't care. He has one goal: to find the prophesied savior of his world. Her voice holds the power to bring back his world's vanished sun.

Xochitl's compassion urges her to help in any way she can. Yet learning the mysteries of her past causes conflict with her future in music. Her destiny in his world and her obligations to her band pull her in opposite directions. How can she long for one while the other is so dire?

As Zareth introduces her to his people and teaches her to control her powers, she aches for his enchanting kiss. Zareth tries to resist, for their passion will unleash serious consequences, both political and magical.

As the time to fulfill her destiny draws closer, she must choose between her heart, her duty, and her friends. The wrong choice could ruin everything.

But if Zareth's evil half brother succeeds in taking control of her for his own ends, he will take away her choices… and destroy the world.

Book Review by Victoria Lane (reviewer)
Apr 18, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
192 people found the following review helpful
CONJURING DESTINY (Brides of Prophecy #3) by Brooklyn Ann had quite a bit of potential, but it fell a bit flat for me amidst predictability, clichés and a slow pace. I give it 3 stars.

In the novel, Xochitl Leonine (pronounced So-she) is part of a rock band called Rage of Angels, and due to Xochitl's magical voice, the little bits of magic in the other band members, and a wealthy sponsor, the band has rocketed to fame. During one of their annual Halloween performances, Xochitl meets a guy she's been dreaming about–Zareth–and within minutes, another strange man–Zareth's brother, Stefan–arrives to challenge Zareth's claim to Xochitl.

Zareth transports Xochitl to his world, Aisthanesthai, where she quickly evades Stefan and seeks out Zareth for some answers. What she finds out, though, is more than she expected – truths about who her parents were, the drama caused by her father, Mephistopheles, and her destiny in fulfilling a prophecy and saving the world.

For Zareth Amotken, High Sorcerer of Aisthanesthai, finding Xochitl is the answer to much personal and professional angst - the battle against his brother and the potential death and destruction of his home world. But then he is attracted to her, which he thinks messes up his life plan and purpose. Zareth has to come to grips with the inevitability of the prophecy, though, in order to fulfill his own destiny.

Overall, this was an okay novel. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't unforgettable, either. Let me start by saying that the novel really isn't a stand-alone book. If you haven't read the first two books in this Brides of Prophecy series, you will probably be a bit lost.

After the first two novels, which I enjoyed, I was predisposed to like this third installment in the series, but my excitement quickly fizzled out. The story was a bit too contrived, and the characters, dialogue and plot were a bit too clichéd and predictable. The passage of time was not illustrated very well either, so the context of certain happenings was vague at best. As for world-building, there were some interesting ideas for this new world, and it was nicely illustrated. That potential, however, was lost amidst the other aspects of the book.

As far as the relationship between Xochitl and Zareth goes, he seemed to start out with the typical alpha male character, but then I felt his character diverged a bit from the alpha male model by ensuring that Xochitl and her bandmates had time together and time to work on their music. So that was nice. Otherwise, I felt that even with the dreams Xochitl had, the declarations of love and forever were not quite supported by time or context. The romance is also graphic, making this novel appropriate for adults only.

The pace for me was on the slow side until the very end when things sped up a bit. Yes, things had to happen before Xochitl could fulfill her destiny, but it all seemed to take an inordinate amount of time. There were also some editing, typographical and continuity issues that hindered my enjoyment of the story.

Overall, I was disappointed in this novel, especially because the first two books in the series created a certain amount of eager anticipation. Still, I think lovers of the fantasy genre would enjoy this.
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