The Vow That Twisted Fate

· Katherine D. Bowen
3 reviews

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A world without evil is all Queen Arlena has ever known. But when an ominous pentagram appears in the sky, her innocent days of blissful court life, playing politics with other races, and daydreaming of marrying the stoic elven prince Talen come to an abrupt end.

When an eerily familiar phantasm warns her of the imminent collision of a parallel world ruled by an ancient sorceress, Arlena must confront the true nature of not only her own world, but her very existence.

Calling a company of legendary dwarven warriors forward into her time, Arlena and her allies must brave a world they are completely unprepared for in order to save their own. Will the naïve Queen and her companions be able to stop the invasion without being forever changed in the process?

--The Vow That Twisted Fate is a stand-alone NA (New Adult) Epic Fantasy. This book placed as one of five fantasy finalists in the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and is a 5-star rated IndieReader Approved Novel--

3 reviews
Sam E.
July 9, 2021
I absolutely loved this book. As a standalone YA fantasy, it had everything a reader could want: a epic world with a careful balance of politics, a naive yet fierce young queen who always strives to do what's right, and a tangle of mixed feelings and slow burning that makes pages turn all the quicker. But added to all of that is an unfurling mystery of identity, of chosen paths and loyalties that makes this book one you simply can't put down. I easily lost myself in Arla's quest to find the truth of her kingdom's failing peace. The choices that were littered throughout the story, and the way they were revealed to the reader, made for a compelling and emotional journey to the ultimate climax at its end. I was thrilled to stumble upon an advanced copy of this book through a BookFunnel fantasy giveaway several months ago, and can't believe it took me so long to finally dive in. I cannot recommend this book enough, and look forward to the author's next story.
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Carrie K Sorensen
June 6, 2021
I absolutely loved the premise of this story and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a female-lead fantasy on the lighter side. Our main character, Arlena was found as a child, an abandoned 5 year old girl, who was adopted into the royal family and raised as their first born, though the Queen and her Throne-Keep had a natural born daughter. As she grew, it became clear that she looked amazingly like a 500 years past queen, Valera. It is the mystery surrounding this moment that unfolds as Arlena is confronted with the same Dark Queen Valera had fought those 500 years ago. All three are tied together in the most damning way, and it is up to pure-hearted Arlena to decide what happens to them all. I did not put this book down for any length of time, willingly. I needed to have the answers! The trouble came in part because of the first person, present tense view point. It worked well for this story, true, yet it narrowed the scope so I, as the reader, was left wanting to know more than Arlena knew about the side characters, particularly Talen and Elzie. Also, the moment the Queen presents Arlena to her husband, she whispers something to him that makes him agree to the adoption and I really want to know what that is! All of these are small things that don't detract from the over-all story, but actually leave me itching for more, even though, as far as I know, this is a standalone novel. Maybe we can hope for some companion pieces?
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About the author

Katherine D. Graham is a self-published Fantasy author from Tennessee, USA. Katherine has been

writing as a hobby since childhood. She self-published two YA Novels (Y.P.C. Agent 99.0 and Age of the

Vampires: A New Age Rises) as a hobby while refining her craft, which are no longer on the market.

Katherine's debut self-published Fantasy novel, The Vow That Twisted Fate, is the first self-published

novel launching her writing career as an adult Fantasy author.

Katherine holds a BA Foreign Language/Lit: Japanese from the University of Memphis in Tennessee. She

worked for the Memphis Public Library and Information Center in her college years, and is still a vocal

supporter of the Friends of the Memphis Public Library.

In addition to the library system, Katherine actively raises support for the St Jude Children's Research

Hospital, The House of Mews cat sanctuary, the Memphis Zoo, and Swim Across America.

Katherine loves adventures, especially traveling. She also enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time

with her family and three cats.

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