Taken (Five Fates, #2)

Taken (Five Fates, #2)

by Amy McKinley

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Taken (Five Fates, #2) by Amy McKinley

Forged through a childhood trauma and cursed by the Fates, Layla vows never to be at another’s mercy. With determination and training she evolves into a deadly weapon and quiets her inner demons—until the prophecy activates, shattering her peace. The gods who want her dead converge and the hunt to end her life truly begins. The skills that Layla honed for protection become an unconscious tool for death and destruction, threatening not only the gods but her family.

 Entrenched in clan turmoil, Thaull’s life hangs at a precipice. He’s faced with a condition known only to his kind, the soul-divide. If not dealt with, his soul will rip in half and he will turn into an unstoppable, ice-cold killing machine. As he hunts the traitor within his Phantom Warrior clan he worsens. A fragile thread of hope remains. The love of a female, freely given, can save him. Through a premonition of an alluring demigoddess, he gambles his very existence in the chance she will be his salvation.

She will go dark from her curse. He will go numb from his. To survive, Layla must risk trusting another or become another.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153167916
Publisher: Champagne Books
Publication date: 06/06/2016
Series: Five Fates , #2
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 513 KB

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Taken (Five Fates, #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ABookishGirl 3 months ago
ELF-thereadingaddict More than 1 year ago
Layla and Thaull's story 3.75 stars “Taken” by Amy McKinley follows the adventures of Layla, one of five sisters who are at the center of a conflict between the gods, cursed by meddling of the Fates. The Oneiroi are determined to destroy the sisters, spurred the manipulations of Zeus, who threatens their mates. Layla has sought sanctuary in her beloved Scotland, occupying herself with creating well-beloved tools that enhance the wielder’s talents. The evil darkness that Layla harbors within is getting stronger and she fears that she is about to succumb to her curse. Thaull, a being both Fae and Phantom, is facing the effects of the soul-divide until he meets Layla. Unfortunately, she must heal her own division before she can positively affect him, and given the challenges facing her, that may never happen and multiple beings will be negatively impacted, permanently. This complex paranormal tale is part of the ‘Five Fates’ series and provides an atypical look at the jockeying for power among the male members of the Greek pantheon. It’s an intriguing twist on several aspects, including the sibling rivalry between Zeus and Hades, the chilling interference by the three Fates, and the manipulation that forces the cooperation of such powerful beings as the Oneiroi. Distilling the conflicts into the overwhelming desire of males to protect their mates forces one to see beyond the stereotypical characteristics traditionally ascribed to many of these powerful beings. I thought it was wonderful that Layla had such an unusual profession and that her works were in such demand, but confess to being frustrated by her stubbornness at trying to handle everything herself despite the improbability of being successful using that tactic. Having read the first story in the series, I wasn’t quite as puzzled by the interconnections or end goals, but there still are a bewildering number of characters introduced, and it is very difficult to decide who to root for since there seem to be extenuating circumstances for the actions of some beings. I was fascinated by the glimpse of Cerberus as more than a mindless guard dog and would love to learn more about him. I think the stories in this series have great potential and provide a fascinating alternative to traditional mythology but I think there are a few too many threads to follow and the action is somewhat erratic for my tastes, plus I had trouble establishing a rapport with the main characters. One should be warned that there is a lot of blood and violence to go with the sneaky and underhanded behavior of many of the players in this story, but that fits in perfectly with many of the stories that comprise myths. Those who enjoy a blend of mythology and realism with a dash of romance will probably be entertained by this glimpse at the life at the second mixed-breed sister whose fate has the opportunity to cause an upheaval in the hierarchy of those who are significantly more powerful than the beings whose lives they meddle with. A copy of this title was provided to me for review, which has also been submitted to Night Owl Reviews.
Archaeolibrarian More than 1 year ago
Taken is the second book in the Five Fates series, and is Layla and Thaull's story. In this, we find out about Layla's past, and why she refuses to let anyone get close. Thaull is part Phantom and without an acknowledged bond to his mate, he will fall victim to the relentless rage that is part of his Phantom heritage. This book is full of detail, agonising suspense, and steam. Whether Layla is fighting off Wraith, hitting the hay with Thaull, or trying to understand her past, she is definitely not a damsel in distress, much to Thaull's frustration as he tries to keep her in one place! Very well written, and a wonderful book in the series, this gives you all the answers you need whilst still leaving you wanting the other stories. Definitely recommended and I will be reading more in this series when they become available. * I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Liz_Gavin More than 1 year ago
5***** Engaging new take on Greek mythology ** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review** I’m a huge fan of Greek mythology so it was delightful to read a modern take on some old myths. Amy McKinley did a great job at making these ancient mythological creatures seem realistic and modern. Although Taken is the second book in a series, which I haven’t read before, I could appreciate the author’s ability in developing the characters. Main characters, and the many supporting ones, are multifaceted and show significant growth during the telling of this installment of the story. The author’s also great at building the plot. I was gripped from the first page and couldn’t put the book down. Layla’s hardships and struggles are engaging as are Thaull’s. After they meet, their entangled storylines just get better. I particularly like the way information is revealed gradually. It’s almost like putting together a puzzle and I love that in a book. As for Layla and Thaull’s relationship, I liked the way he was into her from the first moment while she dragged her feet. Layla was partly being cautious, and rightly so; but she was also afraid and that made their interactions interesting and believable. Their chemistry was boiling hot and that also kept me involved with the couple and made me all the more invested in their drama. I rooted for them and wanted them to break their curses and I loved how they needed each other in order to do that.