We all have tragic backstories in today's world.
I wake up chained to the wall of a dark cell aware of two things: I failed my sister, and I smell my enemy.
When I’m taken to meet Dare, the alpha of the Silver Tip pack, I’m sure I’m about to lose my throat. The last thing I expect is for the Alpha to recognize me as his fated mate. No way is he going to let me go now, and I still have to find a way to rescue my sister.
As I plot my escape to save her, I find that if I leave, Dare could be killed by power-hungry members of his pack. And now he’s more to me than my fated mate—my heart is involved. With time ticking by on my sister’s life, I have to make a choice I never thought I’d face—my sister’s life or my mate’s? That’s if I can survive the undead shifters intent on killing me first...
When I first heard that Megan Erickson was writing a shifter novel, my first thought was "When can I read it!" and now that I have read it, my only thought is "When can I get the next one!". I need more. And the sooner, the better. This story does not end in a cliffhanger, but it sets up book 2 very nicely and I cannot wait to see what happens next.
I loved the post-apocalyptic world that Erickson built in Daring Fate. Once upon a time, humans, Weres and werewolves lived alongside each other (though the humans were blissfully unaware of the shifters, as we are of so many things), until a virus that turned Weres into unthinking zombie-like creatures, called Noweres, and also wiped out the humans and the Noweres are working on eradicating everyone else. Lovely creatures, these (spoiler alert -- they aren't really lovely).
While everyone has had a pretty rough life, Reese and his brother Jude and sister, Selene, have had it really bad. They grew up under tyrannical conditions and have been beaten and starved and worked half to death. And Reese, being the oldest, decides that enough is enough and works on a plan to get him and his siblings out. A plan that didn't really go to plan, so when he is beaten almost to death and left for Nowere food, the only thing that surprised him when he woke was that he wasn't dead. Or undead. But, he's heard horrible stories about Weres and being as how he is in a Were dungeon, he doesn't expect to live long. Imagine his surprise when he meets the pack Alpha, Dare.
Dare is the Alpha of the Silver Tip Were pack. Though he has a reputation for being emotionally detached, he is a fair leader and he's built a peaceful existence for his people. The Silver Tip pack has a thriving farm, with livestock and crops and they trade with neighboring packs for other things, like cotton, so they can raise their children and live in an environment that is stable and peaceful. Their walled compound is pretty well fortified, to keep the Noweres out, but since they have to keep an eye on the surrounding territory and conduct trades with other packs, and such, they do have to venture out on a regular basis.
When Dare first laid eyes on Reese, he recognized the young wolf to be his True Mate. This is another one of those shifter-lore things that I just love. I love watching the mates struggle with their attractions, no matter how futile that may be and I love that Reese and Dare didn't fall instantly in love, even though they could not keep their paws off each other. Oh, this is where I mention just how freakin' HAWT Daring Fate is. And I mean scorching, oh, hell my Kindle is melting, I need a cold shower -- HAWT. I'll be in my bunk...
Both Dare and Reese had a learning curve regarding being mates. Neither one ever expected to find their True Mate and since they are different species, they have no idea what will happen. And that, is part of the fun. And Reese, especially, doesn't trust easily. He learns pretty quickly that he can count on Dare, but he tries so hard to keep a part of himself closed off because he needs to figure out how to rescue his sister from the leader of his old pack. And, let me tell you, Reese's heart is in the right place, but he does not make good plans. He's young and inexperienced and isn't used to being able to count on anyone, so I couldn't fault him too much, but I did want to smack the little wolf every now and again for being so foolish. So the bulk of the angst in the story comes from that.
There's a lot more I could say. I could talk about this book for days, but I will refrain in this forum, because if you like shifter novels, I don't see how you could not like this one. It's fresh and new and I just loved loved loved it! So…when is book 2 out?
ARC of Daring Fate was generously provided, by the author, in exchange for an honest review.
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