Review: Blind Fate by Regine Abel

Reviewed by Ronelle

Valena has never known a day of freedom in her entire life. Born and raised in a Guldan breeding compound, she’s been a slave for nearly twenty-two years. Worse, her master burned her retinas as a child to prevent her from using her mind-control ability on those who meet her gaze. But her second psi ability, that of controlling people’s thoughts with a touch, is still very useful to the male who owns her. As a slave in the Xelix Prime Blood Houses, she is forced to use her ‘skill’ to keep the other slaves compliant. It’s an existence she is praying will end soon; there are, after all, only two Blood Houses left and General Khel Praghan is hell-bent on eradicating them.

But when Fate places Zhul Dervhen—an alluring, gorgeous, and powerful Xelixian Councilor—in her path, she decides not to wait for the General’s rescue.

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Regine Abel has delivered a stunning follow-up to Amalia’s story that both manages to stand alone and build on the characters/storyline from Escaping Fate. Zhul and Valena had sizzling chemistry from their first meeting and we get the opportunity to follow them through their ups and downs, personal struggles, and their part in the overarching conflict. The balance of romance and suspense kept the plot racing from start to finish and I can’t wait for Book 3!

I remember ending Escaping Fate, thinking Zhul was a villain and that Valena might be, so when I found out that Blind Fate would revolve around them, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. The apprehension turned out to be totally unwarranted, though, as I was drawn in from page one. Zhul and Valena were given such depth, such detail, and such development that they came to life as completely as Amalia and her boys. Our hero and heroine do struggle, both as individuals and as a couple, and they face some heartbreaking adversity. Their values are strong and they both grow as the story progresses, which for me, is the hallmark of good characters. Ms. Abel gives us some intriguing details about geminates and introduces us to Amalia’s adorable twins. Our beloved Ghan makes an appearance, too, and he’s just as stoic and surprisingly funny as the first time we met him.

As far as writing style, Ms. Abel displays a talent for effortless narrative that doesn’t get bogged down by world-building. Don’t misunderstand: there is a ton of world-building happening, but we don’t get pages and pages at a time devoted to it. The story is filled with vivid descriptions interwoven with pertinent information given in flashes of just the right length. We learn about Xelix Prime, the Tuureans, and even something of the galactic community almost without realizing it. There’s no mid-novel slump here, either (the alternating perspectives helps with that, as it keeps things fresh), and while the story ends on a happy note, it’s clear that much, much more is yet to come.

Bottom line: Blind Fate really does stand alone, but I suggest reading Escaping Fate first just so you can appreciate the full scope of this series. I can’t wait for the next book!

**As the editor, I had the privilege of reading this twice and, obviously, received a free copy of this book.**

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Blind Fate
by Regine Abel
Release Date: August 25, 2017

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