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Review: Blind Destiny by Shiloh Walker

Title: Blind Destiny

Author: Shiloh Walker

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Grimm’s Circle (Book 7)

Publication Date: October 16, 2012

Format: eBook, 176 Pages

ISBN-10: 1619213133 (Samhain Publishing)

ISBN-13: 978-1619213135 (Samhain Publishing)

Reviewed by: Shirene

Synopsis

Heigh ho, heigh ho, it’s back to hell she goes…

Myrsina knows the stories.  As one of the oldest of the Grimm, she had a hand in writing most of them, but only she knows the dark origin of the Seven Bloody Sisters.  It springs from the place of her birth—and her death.  A place of pain and misery to which she plans to never return. Unless forced.

When Luc appears on her doorstep, her heart twists with suppressed longing for the man who can never be hers.  The only man who can make her do the impossible—go home.

Luc may be blind, but through their unique, bittersweet connection, even he can see that the task laid before them is ripping Sina’s soul apart.  This time it isn’t as simple as fighting a demon that has escaped from the netherplains.

Sina must go back in time—to that cursed ground—and right a wrong that she unknowingly brought about.  To write a new ending to a story that may give them both a chance at happily ever after. Assuming they survive.

Warning: This book contains a not-so-fairy-tale prince, a Snow White who was never very innocent, a lot of bloody fights, some ghosts, and a new sort of angel…

Quick & Dirty: Can a blind man see better than a woman wearing her emotional baggage as a shield against the opportunity for love?

Opening SentenceThe woman stood alone in a courtyard of blood.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

This book is hard to easily categorize.  There is the twist on classic fairy tales that we all know and love then throw in angels on a mission and sprinkle some ghost in for flavor and voilà we have our story.  This book is also the last in a series which can make for a struggle for a reader not already entrenched in the world and not knowing how the author conveys ideas, emotions or plot line.

There are not many times that I’m ambivalent to a story, but I felt that way about this one.  Don’t get me wrong, I adored our hero and heroine but their world was meh.  It took nearly the whole book for me to see where the author was trying to point me, but even that was full of plot holes and gaps that left me wondering why?.  This story is smaller than some I generally read which begs the question, “Why didn’t the author use another 100 pages and flesh out more of the world?”

Myrsina or Sina is an interesting character.  She is Snow White and she created fairy tales out of the arrival of the Grimm.  Her fairy tale was drastically changed in part to shield her from the harshness of her normal life.  She was on the receiving end of brutality, torture and the death of her own child.

Luc is a prince, literally.  Unfortunately for him, during his mortal life his eyesight was taken away by an evil step-mother.  So he has learned to use his second sight to aid his journey as a Grimm.

These two have history and I felt that we should be given a flash back.  This would have helped to further flesh out these two characters.

My final conclusion is if you haven’t read the rest of the series, I’d give it a miss.  If you love this world then I’m sure you will enjoy Sina and Luc’s story.  I for one have no plans to read the rest of the series.

Notable Scene:

Mentally chastising myself, I silenced the TV and slid off the bed.  Whoever it was, the person had the patience of a saint.  There was no second knock.  Just silence, but he–yes, it was a man, I knew–continued to wait.

Again, that shiver ran down my spine.

Halfway between my bedroom and the hotel door, I called out, “Who is it?”

“It’s Luc.”

A punch of longing rolled through me like waves crashing against the beach.  Luc.

Picture your typical fairy tale prince.  Eyes of a perfect blue, a chiseled, handsome face with a cleft in his chin, arched black brows and hair that framed a face so perfect even Michelangelo couldn’t have hoped to reproduce it.  A long, lean warrior’s body, a smile that could have made angels weep.

Hell, I knew that for a fact, because he has made me weep.  And I’m an angel, even if I am somewhat imperfect.

Grimm’s Circle Series:

0.5 All the Time in the World

1. Candy Houses

2. No Prince Charming

2.5 I Thought It Was You

3. Crazed Hearts

4. Tarnished Knight

5. Locked in Silence

6. Grimm Tidings

7. Blind Destiny

FTC Advisory: Samhain Publishing provided me with a copy of Blind Destiny. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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