Fated Ends: The Grates by G. L. Drummond

One thing I love about twitter is the ability to connect with innumerable other authors and trick them into giving me free copies of their books! G.L. Drummond (@scath) is a prime example: earlier today she ran a little giveaway and I nabbed myself a few ebooks. You can blame her for my not getting any work done tonight!

“I’m just a street kid.”

Fated Ends is a fantasy young adult novelette following the adventures of 15-year-old Jade, who is homeless and has no one to turn to. When she’s picked up off the streets and deported by the authorities, she finds an unlikely saviour in the Sahmrex shaman, Kirfangrellion (a.k.a. Fang). With his magic, claws, and sturdy tail, Fang is Jade’s only hope to survive the grimy underground world of the Grates. Little does she know, by following Fang she’s walking straight into danger.

This is a light-hearted, quick and entertaining read. Jade and Fang go adventuring through a dark and frightening world, but the focus of the story is more on their developing relationship rather than the dangers they face.

Jade is an endearing character: terribly innocent in some ways, and yet sadly experienced with others — her life as a street kid has ingrained in her a desperate need to belong to someone, as a form of protection.

Needless to say, her attitude unnerves Fang, whose alien culture has taught him to protect and nurture the innocent. It doesn’t help that neither of them are ready to face the deeper connection budding between them.

As a side note, some readers may be bothered by the age gap between the two: Jade is 15, and Fang 26. However, rest assured that Fang is highly honourable and would refuse to let anything happen, and the story is kept fairly innocent.

Short and sweet, Fated Ends reads very much as a teaser into a fascinating fantasy world and the possibilities of a future relationship. My only complaint is that I would have liked to read more!

This book is one of my 100+ Reading Challenge!

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About A.M. Harte

A.M. Harte writes twisted speculative fiction, such as the post-apocalyptic Above Ground and the zombie love anthology Hungry For You. She is excellent at missing deadlines, has long forgotten what ‘free time’ means, and is utterly addicted to chocolate.
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