Early Review: Strange Fates by Marlene Perez

Early Review: Strange Fates by Marlene Perez
Book 1 in Nyx Fortuna series
Release date: March 5, 2013
Book provided by NetGalley and Orbit Books

Synopsis from Goodreads: The first in a line of three exciting new urban fantasy novels blending elements of Greek myth and forbidden romance against the backdrop of Minnesota’s magical underworld.

Brooding, leather jacket-wearing Nyx Fortuna looks like a 20-something, and has for centuries now. As the son of the forgotten fourth Fate, Lady Fortuna, he has been hunted his entire life by the three Sisters of Fate that murdered his mother.

Fed up and out for revenge, Nyx comes to Minneapolis following a tip that his aunts have set up a business there. His goal ­ to bring down his mother’s killers and retrieve the thread of fate that has trapped him in the body of a twenty year old unable to age or die.

But when a chance meeting with the mysterious, dangerous and very mortal Elizabeth Abernathy throws off his plans, he must reconcile his humanity and his immortality.

AH’s Review – 4 Skulls – A-

Wow! What a fun read! Strange Fates by Marlene Perez is kind of like a Percy Jackson style series geared for adults. Strange Fates follows Nyx Fortuna who has the unfortunate situation of being the son of one of The Fates. The thing is, The Fates do not have sons, and there’s that little prophecy that foresees the demise of The Fates by a male descendant.

This is urban fantasy based on Greek mythology. Strange Fates includes a who’s who list of the paranormal creature world: naiads, demons, necromancers, witches, trolls, harpies, water hags, and more. Members of this world are descended from the gods and are part of four houses: The Fates, Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon. Each house has some sort of identifying mark that its members wear.

Strange Fates is told through Nyx Fortuna’s point of view. Nyx is the son of Lady Fortuna, one of The Fates. His family could be best described as slightly dysfunctional; after all they have been trying to kill him for many years. Nyx is in Minneapolis in the middle of winter searching for his thread of Fate which was hidden by his mother. Nyx is an interesting character. He is able to use magic and has cloaked his appearance so he hides in plain sight, even working for his family. He is also immortal and hard to kill, although if one were to get a hold of his thread of Fate, he could die.

There is a little bit of a romance in this book, but don’t expect it to be first and foremost. Nyx is attracted to the lovely Elizabeth who looks suspiciously like an ex-girlfriend. Elizabeth was hard to relate to – she seemed to be hiding something throughout the book. I loved Nyx and was in awe of his self-preservation skills. Nyx is definitely a character that I’d want on my side.

Strange Fates is a promising start to a dark, gritty series. The book was a real page turner and I could not put the book down. There are three books planned in the series and I can’t wait to read them.

Rating:  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

Series Reading Order:

1. Strange Fates – Release date March 5, 2013
2. Dark Descent – TBA
3. Fortune’s Favor – TBA

Thank you to NetGalley and Orbit Books for a review copy of this book.

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