Forged From Fate: Ashes (Book 1)

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Lexi has always been surrounded by death and considered an outsider. Yet even with the freedom to decide her own Fate, she’s discovering the world isn’t as simple as she thought. She’s beginning to understand her past was more than just bad memories. She is quickly thrown into a vast world of mythology where Dragons, Daemons, and Phoenix are more than just fairy tales. More

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About Randi Liz Drake

I never planned on being a writer, and had always been an avid reader. I was devouring books left and right, but one day I just got to the point where I couldn’t find anything to spark my interest. Maybe I was in a funk, or a mood, who knows...but it led to me creating my own stories. My first series (Forged from Fate) all originated from a series of dreams I had been having for about a month straight; much like in the series with Lexi having nightmares on a day to day basis. I took that idea, drank a whole lot of wine and just started writing.
To this day, many of my stories come to me in my sleep and writing is the perfect outlet for me to build worlds from what comes out of my subconscious.
I love writing in the Fantasy/PNR/Urban Fantasy genre because the worlds I build are limitless. Yes, sometimes I have to stick within the realms of reality which isn’t as fun but for the most part I can make whatever I want happen.
I know as a reader it is easy to get hooked on a series and binge the heck out of it. I try my hardest to write as quickly as I can, but I’m also a moody writer. Currently I have three series in the works and each of my main characters has a very different personality. As a consequence I often pick which book I am going to work on depending on my mood for the day. If I’m feeling a little dark and broody I’m going to be writing Malachi from the Holland Broken Pack series, Sarcastic and fierce and I’ll be undergoing Skyler’s character from the Omens series. And Lexi from the Forged from Fate series...well she is all over the place but so am I...
On top of having three series, I also have a full time job and own my own small business. I also run a little farm full of ducks and chickens and a big garden. And I have been planning my upcoming wedding. So I’ve got a pretty full plate, as well as my reading list for indie authors. So be patient, keep reading, and I’ll keep the books coming.

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About the Series: Forged from Fate
A war is coming and the balance on Earth, Heaven, and Hell is being threatened; and with it is the possibility of the end of man-kind.

When Lexi finds out that she is an Immortal and her father was the Grim Reaper and her mother was the Phoenix, she take's her rightful position as Queen. Forced to adapt after she is thrown into a situation where fairy-tales come true...even when some of the situations she is put into are made of the things of nightmares. In a world where every mythological creature you've ever heard of, and some you haven't, actually exist; nothing is off limits.

This is a story of love, war, greed, and betrayal.

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John C Adams reviewed on on July 21, 2019

The first thing that struck me when I started reading the prologue was the searing honesty of the narrator's voice. It's in first person, which greatly added to this impression. I was so convinced that it was a personal authorial introduction providing a glimpse into some of the emotional drivers that fed the need to write this novel that I did a double take when I got to chapter one and noticed that it continued in the first person with the same voice. In the back of my mind was the thought, 'hell, I need to write more in the first person!', since this is something I rarely ever do.

I relished the detail of the descriptive writing on offer here and, in a genre which can often falls back on using way too much dialogue, it was refreshing not to see too much talking going on. In fact, there was very little and this added greatly to my enjoyment. Because Lexi is an outsider, and very often is by herself, we see much of the action unfiltered through her eyes and this felt very natural. Structure mirrored story in a way that had been carefully thought through: the way the story was told via point of view was powerfully supportive of the tale being told.

In the early chapters, the brutal murder, the characterisation of Lexi, her friend Paige and the mysterious Chris are well established. The impression I received during this first section was of a confident and experienced writer with the elements of writing technique at her disposal. This didn't waver as I moved further on into the novel.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
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