- Gabrielle Bisset
- Release Date
- October 2011
Contemporary Romance, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance
Between fate and destiny stands their love...
Sentenced to spend the rest of his three remaining lifetimes in Nil, Amon Kalins is freed with the help of his Sidhe servant, Gethen, but now he must accept his life is never to be his again as the Council won't rest until he's safely back imprisoned within Nil's cold walls. Broken and nearly dead from his time in prison, Amon is saved by an Aeveren healer named Althea Forester. As a healer, Thea has served her people for forty-five lifetimes, never having a destined one and always knowing each lifetime would ultimately end with her alone. But destiny hasn't forgotten her.
Drawn to the seductive Amon, Thea quickly becomes a pawn the Council uses to trap him. Taken prisoner by the sadistic leader of the rebel group, the Soren, Thea must survive the vicious world of the people hellbent on taking her destined one away forever, and Amon must risk everything dear to him to free her from those who would sacrifice her to claim the bigger prize and return him to Nil.
Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Nov 10, 2011 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
173 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic world-building, intriguing characters, a unique plot, and a sweet but sensual love story that will melt your heart are just some of the things that make DESTINY REDEEMED one of those stories that you will remember long after you've finished reading.
Amon has been sentenced to live out the rest of his lives in Nil which is the paranormal equivalent of jail, but his Fae servant breaks him out. When he is found to be in need of a healer, one is brought to him, and his life (or in this case, lives) are forever changed.
Thea is more than a little pissed that she's been kidnapped out of her home and brought to heal someone. However, when she sees Amon, she knows that he is her destined mate. After waiting for forty-five lifetimes for him, she won't be put off when he tells her that he already has a destined mate. In her heart, she knows that he's hers.
Amon has feelings for Thea, and he thinks he may be falling in love with her. But as an escapee from Nil, he knows that he will be on the run from those who would love nothing more than for him to rot away for the rest of his days. Amon knows that he should let Thea go, but is seems as though destiny has other plans.
Amon has to be one of my favorite characters that I've read this year. He's scarred and done horrible things in the past, and he's willing to accept that. But once he finds Thea, he wants to do whatever he has to in order to be not only the man that she sees in him but also the man that she deserves.
I thought that Thea was a strong heroine. She has been dealt a rough hand by being a healer and thinking she will go through life without her destined mate, but she's still so hopeful that she will find him. We find out that she's had some serious tragedy in her past lives that would make many people give up, but she refused to.
This whole world with the Aeveren people was fascinating to me. Not fae but something other, they are able to live multiple lifetimes and they find their destined mates and can be with them through those lifetimes. It's a unique concept that kept me intrigued throughout the story.
The plot was also good. There were a lot of twists and turns, deceptions and mysteries that kept me guessing the whole time, and all the while, the romance between Amon and Thea really heated up.
This story is linked to another story by Gabrielle Bisset called "Stolen Destiny", and I think that it would be best if people read that story first being trying to read DESTINY REDEEMED. I felt like I was missing some essential part of the back story while I was reading. I also felt like I didn't have enough background of the Aeverens. I don't think it ruined the story for me, but I do think I would have enjoyed it all the more if I had those missing pieces.
DESTINY REDEEMED is a wonderful paranormal romance. With the right mix of romance, plot, and sensuality, I really could not put it down. This is my first book by Gabrielle Bisset, and I'm sure it won't be my last.
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BOOK INTERVIEW on November 2011
Interview by Rho
Hi, Gabrielle! Thank you so much for spending some time with us talking about your latest book, DESTINY REDEEMED. I'm looking forward to getting more insight into this fascinating story you've written.
Q: The world of the Aeverens is extremely unique. Please give us some more information about these interesting people.
Aeveren are descended from humans and their physiology is exactly like humans. Long ago, the Archangel Raziel saw people who practiced alchemy and mysticism and were persecuted for the very arts he represented. Full of sympathy for them, he rescued them from the attacks and bestowed upon them gifts that changed them from humans to Aeveren.
To reward them for their suffering, he blessed them with fifty lives, and as he is the archangel associated with the wisdom of other lifetimes, he ensured all Aeveren would remember each of their lifetimes, knowing their behavior would determine whether this would be a curse or a blessing. To ensure they could defend themselves, he gave them powers above what humans possess. And to ensure they didn't travel through their lifetimes alone, he gave them the greatest gift of them all: love. Each Aeveren was given a destined one to share their lifetimes and when that person moved on after fifty lifetimes, they could be assured that when their heart was once again ready, they would receive the gift of another destined one.
Pleased by his work, he provided them with one last gift to remind them of his love for them and to help them find one another wherever they traveled. He dipped his fingers into the golden aura surrounding him and gently touched each of those first Aeveren to give them an aura that surrounded them entirely. Invisible to humans, this aura showed them they were protected by the archangel.
Q: How fascinating! What sort of research went into making the world in DESTINY REDEEMED so full and believable?
The idea for this world came to me in a dream one night. From that beginning idea of a people who lived many lifetimes through reincarnation, I used what I know best from my life to expand on it. My graduate degree is in history and I'm a college history teacher, so I tended to gravitate toward my favorite periods in history. In that way, the research was quite enjoyable. That's why Amon lived in the Roman Empire and in late 1700s England, and Thea lived in 19th century Russia. Then I had to research the different types of supernatural powers. That was fun too! What a wonderful collection of powers I have to choose from for future books. Telepathy, mind control, levitation. The list goes on and on.
Q: I have to say, I was intrigued by this book from the description, but what really got me was the dedication. In there you talk about "a character that takes hold in your mind and won't let go until he gets what he thinks he deserves". You said that Amon was that character for you. What is it about him that so compelled you? Please also give us some other examples where the characters have driven you to write their stories.
Amon was the romantic villain in another book, Stolen Destiny. I hadn't planned on him even being in the book, but one day, I went against my carefully plotted outline for the story and he was born. As someone who is very much a plotter, this was definitely out of character for me, and from the moment he appeared, he threatened to take over the story. When it was complete, I sent it to my beta readers and I knew he was a character to be reckoned with when their comments came back. From the ones that loved him to the one reader who had nothing but antipathy for him, the comments were strong. I was pleased he had affected them as he'd affected me. About two weeks after I finished that first book, I began DESTINY REDEEMED.
The challenge was to make a man who had been a bad guy previously now a hero, but Amon had always had something of the hero in him, even when he was a bad guy because he's so powerful. He was born in his first lifetime with his tempuster abilities—his power of time travel. He's lived forty-seven lifetimes, gaining more powers as he's moved through them. In most of those lifetimes, he's been less than angelic, but there was always that core of good in him, buried under his selfishness and power.
Vasilije is another character that got into my head and rattled around there until I wrote his story, Blood Avenged. He was a small part in the novella Vampire Dreams as Brandon's sire, but he made a huge impact on me and quite a few readers. Just as with Amon, I knew I had to write his story when I began to see that others were just as interested in him as I was.
Q: Amon has done some very bad deeds in his past lives. How has that shaped him into the man we meet in DESTINY REDEEMED?
The power to travel through time and to manipulate the way people think are two of Amon's abilities, and he's used them to his own benefit for many lifetimes. For him, power truly does corrupt. By the time readers meet him in Destiny Redeemed, he's been forced to pay for his crimes against his fellow Aeveren with a sentence in Nil, Aeveren prison. There he's been punished daily for his past behavior, but even that hasn't made him truly understand that he must change. It's only when he meets Thea and knows he's been blessed with her love that he sees he must be a better man to deserve her. In the end, being a bad guy for so many lifetimes showed him how good his life could be with a good woman by his side.
Q: There was a lot of focus on Amon's past, but we also got a glimpse of some tragedy in Thea's past as well. Please share with use some more information about her that will help us understand her better.
Thea is an Aeveren healer. She's unique, like Amon, in that she was born with her power in her first lifetime. Taken from her parents in that lifetime in ancient Italy, she was worshipped almost as a deity for her ability, but all of her forty-five lifetimes have been her alone because Aeveren healers aren't often given the gift of a destined one. They're simply too important to be allowed to focus on their own happiness. As a result, while she's certainly had her fair share of romances in those lifetimes, she always knew that it was likely she would travel through her fifty lifetimes never having one truly meant for her.
For Thea, kindness isn't something she shows because she's a healer. Kindness and caring are who she is. She's ordered by the Council of Nil not to help Amon, but when it comes to seeing him in pain near her, she can't simply stand by and watch him suffer. But her forty-five lifetimes have shown her that others aren't as kind, so she's no fool. She also knows her destined one is a man with a checkered past, and she accepts that because she sees kindness in him. It's important to note that Aeveren have free will. She may be destined for Amon, but in the end, she chooses to be his because there's something in him that touches her just as she touches him.
Q: Thea knew from the beginning that Amon was her destined one, even though he didn't think it was possible. What is it about those two characters that make them so perfect for each other?
Thea is kind and gentle, despite the fact that she's been alone for so long. That loneliness hasn't left her bitter, but instead, has made her someone who is stronger than most other Aeveren women. She needs that strength to be with a man like Amon, who has more than one past lifetime to live down. Amon is an ancient in the Aeveren world, more powerful than almost everyone in their world, and that power tends to make him selfish if he doesn't direct it correctly. With Thea, he has a strong woman who understands the effect being born with power places on him. For Amon and Thea, opposites not only attract but complement one another. He brings out her strength, and she brings out the goodness even he wasn't sure still existed in him.
Q: What is your favorite scene? Why?
One of my favorite scenes is at the part in the book when Amon finds Thea at her house. She's run away from him and when he finds her, he and the reader see a very strong-willed woman. I also enjoy the scene because it showcases Amon's charm.
Enjoy this excerpt:
Amon felt Thea's body stiffen at his touch and even without probing her mind he knew he needed to brace himself for the onslaught of her emotions. As she turned around slowly to face him, he was secretly thrilled to notice she was still wearing his shirt.
Maybe this won't be so bad.
"How the hell did you get in here? And who invited you in?" she snapped as she stood toe to toe with him, her hands on her hips and her blue eyes blazing.
Amon saw the genuine displeasure he'd caused and rethought the joke he wanted to make about not having to be invited in like a vampire. It was going to be as bad as he'd anticipated. And as painful if she continued to be angry.
"I'm sorry, Thea. I didn't mean to frighten you." In the hopes of diffusing the situation, he intentionally focused on softening his tone.
"Frighten me? Is that what you think you did? First, you have your goon kidnap me as if I'm your personal healer created just to heal you, and now you're back to kidnap me yourself! Frightened? I'm so past frightened, Amon."
If her emotions weren't beginning to take their toll on him physically, he might be turned on by Thea's outburst. He liked her like this. Feisty. Brave. A perfect match for him. Her emotions were beginning to cause him great pain, though, and in his still weakened state, he knew he wouldn't be able to sustain much more of her anger.
"Please, Thea. Don't be angry. I missed you."
As he spoke, he took her hand in his and stroked his thumb over the soft skin of her knuckles.
"Amon, you broke into my house."
Smiling happily as he felt her anger abate just a little, he answered, "Technically, I didn't break in because I didn't use the door."
Thea looked at him with a confused look that made him want to explain, if only because it seemed to have calmed her down.
"I teleported in. So no breaking, really."
"Yes, it's one of my powers."
"One?" Thea seemed to consider what he'd said and then continued. "I don't care. You can't just come into my house without being invited in."
"I'm sorry. Can we sit down and talk?"
Amon saw her resolve weaken and knew he'd won her over for the moment. Still holding her hand, he walked with her to the couch and sat down next to her.
"Your house is very nice." His words were predictable, but he hoped to avoid another emotional outburst from her that would be sure to hurt.
Thea turned her body toward him. "Amon, why are you here, if it's not to kidnap me again?"
Her refusal to let him set the pace made him smile. He was going to have to tell her about Sevine.
"I missed you. I wish you hadn't left."
"Amon, I can't just stay at your house for the rest of my life. I have a job..."
Thea caught herself and corrected what she'd said. "Well, I had a job before you sent that man to kidnap me and you held me captive."
Amon felt her sadness cover him, and he felt truly sorry for what had happened. "I never intended for that to happen. I will compensate you well to make up for everything. I promise."
While he spoke, he looked directly into her eyes and wished they were back at his house together. Or better yet, at his home in Greece, somewhere he was sure she'd enjoy.
"You can't just do things that hurt others and then simply throw money at the problem. I loved my job, and now I've lost it."
Q: Aside from Amon, which character has wormed his way into your heart in the process of writing? Why?
I grew to really love Markku in this story. Markku is a powerful magickian in the Aeveren world, but he's a bit of a clown, so others don't tend to respect him. He adds a wonderful lightness to the story, though. I enjoyed writing the scenes with both of Markku and Gethen because Markku upsets the very serious Gethen's world every time he opens his mouth.
Q: I enjoyed DESTINY REDEEMED so much, I want more. Please tell us what is up next for the world of the Aeverens.
Next is Destiny Unbound, which is the story of Amon's two sons from his lifetime in late 18th century England. Thoren and Priest have been cursed by Victoria Adams' mother, a witch, for their father's treatment of her daughter and have been forced to live each lifetime since as brothers, alone except for one another. However, destiny has finally come calling in Shayla, but for which brother? Of course, their past lives will play a huge part in how the story turns out for both the brothers and Shayla.
Q: Looking at your backlist, I see that you write paranormal romances exclusively. What is it about the sub-genre that calls to you as a writer?
I have written two historical romance novellas, Love's Master and Masquerade, but it is true that most of my backlist is paranormal romance. I love this sub-genre because it allows me so much room to create incredible characters. With characters such as Aeveren, vampires, shifters, Sidhe, and witches, the storylines can be really fantastic. I love that!
Q: What's up next for you in the coming months?
Destiny Redeemed is on its book tour this month with Bewitching Book Tours, so I'm busy writing posts and completing interviews. I'm about halfway finished with Destiny Unbound, so I'll be looking to complete that for a possible late spring/early summer release. I'm in the planning stages for a paranormal romance trilogy that right now involves witches. Finally, my last release of 2011, Blood Avenged, will be out in mid-December.
What a great interview! I loved this inside look into your fantastic paranormal world and DESTINY REDEEMED. I really enjoyed reading your answers. Thanks again!
A college history teacher by day, by nights and weekends Gabrielle Bisset is a romance author. Her stories range from sensual to erotic, but romance is always at each story's core. Her first novel, Stolen Destiny, was published by Siren Publishing in June 2011, and since then she's released three novellas—Vampire Dreams, Love's Master, and Masquerade—that make up the Victorian Erotic Romance Trilogy and Destiny Redeemed, her newest novel. She lives in Pennsylvania with her teenage son and what's turning into a herd of cats.
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