Title: Fortuna Sworn
Author: K.J. Sutton
Publisher: Once Upon A Time Books
Publication Date: 23rd June 2019
Summary: from Amazon
Fortuna Sworn is the last of her kind. Her brother disappeared two years ago, leaving her with no family or species to speak of. She hides among humans, spending her days working at a bar and her nights searching for him. The bleak pattern goes on and on… until she catches the eye of a powerful faerie.He makes no attempt to hide that he desires Fortuna. And in exchange for her, he offers something irresistible. So Fortuna reluctantly leaves her safe existence behind to step back into a world of creatures and power. It soon becomes clear that she may not have bargained with her heart, but her very life.
I haven’t read a fantasy book in quite a while so I was interested to see what this one would be like, especially because the cover is simply gorgeous. We are very much thrown into the action straight away as we meet our heroine, Fortuna Sworn. She is tough, resilient and has clearly been touched by tragedy in her life already. Her main agenda in this story is to find and protect her younger brother which is something I really liked about her. In fact, the strength of Fortuna’s character is one of the best aspects of this book.
There is a lot going on in this unusual world carefully created by the author. Creatures such as faeries, vampires and werewolves are portrayed in intriguing ways. Fortuna herself is a ‘nightmare’ which is a fascinating concept for a magical being and I loved the way her power is demonstrated. I’m keen to find out more about all of these creatures and the place they occupy in a world that appears similar to our own in many ways. Books concerning faeries seem to be quite popular lately but I haven’t ever actually read something involving them in any great way and as such I have very few preconceived notions about what they are like in folklore and fantasy fiction. I really enjoyed the way the underground court of the fae was built up in the readers mind during this book and I think there may be a lot more to uncover about this strange place Fortuna has found herself.
I don’t want to give too much away regarding the plot because there are some nice little twists and turns that should be a surprise. There is certainly plenty of fast and exciting action to keep the reader occupied. The romantic element to the book didn’t work for me one hundred percent of the time, but I often struggle with romance in fantasy and it’s still early days in the journey of Fortuna’s romantic life so I’m eager to see how things develop!
Overall I think Fortuna Sworn is a promising start to a new series. It moves very fast at times and it could perhaps do with slowing down just occasionally and delving a little deeper into these characters. However, I am sure that will come in the next instalment and I’m really interested to see where things go next! If you are a fan of faeries, fantasy worlds and dark undertones then I think you’ll enjoy this read!
I generously received an e-copy of this book from the author. My review is my own honest opinion.