Forged by Fate (Fate of the Gods, #1)

Forged by Fate (Fate of the Gods, #1)

by Amalia Dillin

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BN ID: 2940155018780
Publisher: Thorskona Books
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Series: Fate of the Gods , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 66,993
File size: 346 KB

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Forged by Fate 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
RebeccaTheLibrarian More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I met Amalia on Twitter some time ago. And is the case with all of my online friends and their books I'm always a little nervous to read it because there is always the fear that for whatever reason the book just won't click with me and it will be kind of awkward for me to say I don't really like it or to review it. So it was such a relief to fall in love with it. Within a chapter I was completely hooked. There were countless times that I just wanted to drop all of my responsibilities so I could finish it. This is an amazing book and Amalia does a masterful job of bringing all of the pieces together and making you really care about all these characters. I enjoy the way Amalia has woven together her transformation of the Biblical creation story along with Norse, Egyptian, and Greek mythology (to name a few). I also like how it rotates between present day, creation, and the progression of time as seen by Thor. It moves the story line along well and helps to pull all of the threads together in a very unique way.
bigrickcook More than 1 year ago
Forged by Fate has an interesting premise that pits Western Religion’s Adam and Eve against each other instead of being together forever. You could say it takes the concept of Original Sin to an extreme in order to establish its origins. Every other pantheon of gods exist, too: Zeus, Ares, Odin, Ra, Bhagava, Loki, Athena, Hermes, you name it they’re in this story in some capacity. It is the story of the rise and fall of civilizations, of gods and angels, of pride and grief. The main characters in this tale – those whom we get to see through their eyes – are Eve, Mother of Humanity, and Thor, God of Thunder. It’s not a spoiler to tell you that we see them in several iterations throughout the course of the story, in different time periods. Can’t really go into much more detail without getting super spoilerific, but the basic gist is that we get to see some of the major stepping stones in Eve’s immortal life, and the conflicts that arise as a result of her presence. Is it just a trashy romance novel? That was my initial impression with the cover art of Forged, but it is not just a romance. It has at its heart a struggle greater than the mere love of its characters. I enjoyed the take on the gods and the twisting of myth, folklore, and religion to tell this unique tale of Adam and Eve throughout the ages. There are simple villains and complex villains, just as there are simple heroes and complex heroes. Nobody is perfect in this fictional version of our past and present, and that’s a welcome thing. Forged by Fate isn’t perfect, nor is it the best story I’ve read this year. It has a tendency to tread over the same ground multiple times, which may be a result of the shifting focuses on present, past, and extra-past. It also suffers a little bit because Eve, as a character, is almost always being acted upon, and is rarely the one creating the impetus of action and reaction in her life. Her passive nature makes her feel insubstantial, while Adam, Thor, Loki, Sif, and others are all doing things that positively and negatively affect the world, whether it’s on her behalf or for their benefit, and she feels very willowy by comparison. Sometimes it’s uncertain why humans and gods have any interest in her at all. Thor, on the other hand, is a blast to follow around. On the heels of Marvel’s big screen version of the Norse god of thunder – who is often impetuous and war-hungry, the prototypical brute with a great body – it’s refreshing to see a Thor who is all of those things, but is also so much more: a diplomat, a protector, an emotionally-fuelled and driven creature pulled by hearth and heart alike. His journey is not the core focus of the story, but it is certainly the catalyst for much that’s happening in it. Amalia Dillin has crafted an intricate twist on the stories and myths we all know, and you can definitely feel her dedication to the old myths and tales in the way she deftly handles them, telling a story that has never existed, but with all the familiar elements we’ve come to expect in our old gods. End of the day, I’m looking forward to seeing how things progress with Adam and Eve and their good buddy Thor!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book I could not put it down! The author knows her mythology you'll be weaving through different mythologies from human history
Goose511th More than 1 year ago
This book was a wonderful weaving of the different mythologies from human history. It's abundantly clear that Ms. Dillin knows her mythology inside and out, and she does an excellent job guiding the reader through them. If you're a hardcore Christian, this is not the book for you. The basic premise of the book can be boiled down to, "What if ALL the Gods are real?" I loved this premise, and though the plot focuses on the development of Eve and Thor more than anything else, my favorite bits were seeing how the Gods from different cultures interacted with each other. Personally, I'm dying see more of that in any follow-up books. The historical parts of the book felt much more interesting to me than the present-day, though that might be because the present-day chapters had a very slow buildup, whereas the historical chapters hit hard and fast, giving the reader broad bits of information all at once. One issue I had with the book (really, my only issue) was Sif's motivation; I don't want to give away anything of the story, but her vindictiveness rang totally hollow for me considering it was her fault! I have my suspicions as to the real reason behind her actions, and I'm hoping it's confirmed in Volume Two (rather than implied). Overall, this was a fantastic read and I'd happily recommend it to anyone with imagination, love of a good story, an interest in history and mythology or all of the above.
entropyrulez More than 1 year ago
You will not look at the "gods" the same way again. Though it does have some romantic elements, this is not a romance novel. Don't let that fear keep you from reading this wonderful tale that takes you back and forth from creation to the present--incorporating a plethora of myths, legends and gods. With Eve at its center, I was drawn into her struggle as it stretches across time and multiple lives, but it was Amalia's handling of the "gods" that drew me in the deepest. It will make you yearn for more. Heartbreaking, inspiring and wonderfully imaginative.
karenhpiano More than 1 year ago
Ok I have to admit. As a friend of the author, I tried to read this book 2 years ago and I couldn't even get through the first two chapters. I really, really didn't like it. I wanted to strangle every single character. So when I picked it up this time, it was with some misgivings, but since she got it published, I was gonna do my darnedest to give it a go!  Boy am I glad I did!! What an improvement. I was hooked from the very beginning. Every single character in this is now so real, I felt like I could touch them. I cared about Eve and in the end, oddly enough, I cared about Adam too. I cared about Thor through the whole thing and seriously... Thor plushies? Anyone? <3 It isn't the first time I have read a book involving multiple pantheons rubbing elbows, but it is the first one I have read that was not a satire and it really is a HUGE success. I highly recommend this book to just about anyone. It's about religion, yes, but it is not religious. It is about romance, yes, but it is not romantic.  And there are goats. Me-eh.
DianaPaz More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much. The mythology is incredible, the gods and goddesses feel so real, the world itself was amazing and unique, mixing both history and mythology in a seamless, believable way that left me enthralled from the first page to the last! The story's design made reading about the different timelines incredibly fascinating and I was constantly on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what happened and how everything tied together. I love this book SO much, I recommend it wholeheartedly. I loved the characters, especially Eve, she was relatable and genuine and I loved seeing the world's history through her eyes. This is the kind of story that will leave you thinking about the world and life in a deep and profound way. I thought about the story and characters for weeks after I read it. Read this book! You will be so happy you did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a picky reader and I've lost the ability to concentrate for more than a half hour or so before my mind wanders, so if a book doesn't grab my attention right away I tend to lose interest. I spent a lot of time during the opening chapters trying to figure out what everyone's motivations were and I found myself wondering exactly what Adam's problem was. I don't know if there'll be more back story on him in future novels but it felt a little like he was bad/evil solely because the novel needed an antagonist. It was obvious what Michael's deal was, but not Adam's. I had a difficult time connecting with Eve as a narrator/protagonist. She felt more like a pawn of the men around her than a female character with agency, able to take care of herself and make her own decisions without the input of the men around her. Some of that seems to be a product of the earlier eras but even in modern day it seemed like she let everyone walk all over her. She might just be the typical peacemaker, I guess, and who's to say what being aware of your past lives spanning a few millennia would do to a person? Someone else's review mentioned that this didn't feel like the first novel in a series, which I have to agree with. I kept feeling like I was missing something which made it even more difficult to concentrate. It was a solid showing for a first book from a newly-published author. Hopefully future installments will be stronger.
trishaleighkc More than 1 year ago
Truly Unforgettable. In a It's going to take more than one. Heartbreaking, imaginative, thought-provoking, and AMAZING are a few of the words I plan to use. ___ Okay, time for a full review! I loved FORGED BY FATE. Loved. It's a beautiful, sweeping alternate history that puts on display the power of every incarnation of love, and the truth of what can be accomplished when people choose peace over strife. I of course adored the Thor bits, but the story of creation from Eve's POV was stunningly researched and told in a way that made me believe that's exactly what happened. The ending was beautiful and perfect. People change. The world changes. Grace and love are the only things that remain timeless (along with the gods, of course). I haven't been able to put this book out of my mind since I read it in Novemeber, and can't recommend it highly enough to all of you.