When Destiny Calls

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Misadventures of Loren #1
Jasmine Walt and Ines Johnson
paranormal, romance, urban fantasy
Kindle

Chivalrous? Nah.

Virtuous? Not since…well, none of your business.

The difference between me and the Knights of the Round Table? I make medieval look good.

Loren Van Alst is an independent, twenty-first-century woman, an accused forger, a suspected thief, and the last descendant of Sir Galahad of the Arthurian court. To claim her seat at the Round Table and protect her newly found family of modern-day witches, she’ll need to convince the current Arthur and his knights to let a woman take the knights’ trials. But things go sideways when a crazed wizard goes on the loose with a magical spear that can strip a witch of her powers. As if that weren’t enough, the clique of mean girls from middle school arrives in Camelot and turn out to be witch hunters.

To safeguard a future she never knew she wanted, Loren will have to evade the hunters, defeat the wizard, capture the spear, and pass her trials. No one ever said becoming a kick-ass heroine would be easy!

Urban fantasy goes medieval in this modern day, action-packed, calamitous series of misadventures.

Loren – Nia Rivers’ sidekick has stayed behind in Camelot after they found the Templar Scrolls.
She has her own adventure with her Spear of Destiny and the characters that turn up in the Scrolls book.
And learns what it is to be a Knight of the Round Table – which it turns out she is – hereditarily.
So far so good. I enjoyed this as Loren is a fun character – prone to trouble. But I am worried that her stories will become as formulaic as Nia’s. We shall see.

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I spy some myths

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Nia Rivers #2 and #3
Jasmine Walt and Ines Johnson
#paranormal, romance, fantasy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition
(13 July 2017)

Nia and Loren go head-to-head with Ancient Greek gods in the next installment of this epic urban fantasy adventure series... Nia Rivers knows that immortality comes at a cost. So when she finds out that the Greek gods have devised a way to offer everlasting life to humans, she heads down to Athens to find out more about the mysterious cult of Demeter. What she doesn't expect to learn about is her own involvement in the rituals. With her bestie, Loren, by her side, Nia must determine if the Olympians are the righteous gods they proclaim to be, or the villians in this chapter of history. The broken heart she's still nursing from Zane's betrayal, and the conflicting feelings she has for Tres, aren't helping. But if Nia can't get her head in the game, the Titans will rise again, and the souls of all humans on Earth will be at risk...

Books 2 and 3 in the Ria stories take us even further into the realm of myth and folk-lore.

It seems that Ria is or at least has been, friends with the Greek Gods of Mount Olympus and King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table (which is now situated in Wales just so you know).

The advantage for the author of this series is that she can get Ria chasing after many mythical objects with many mythical characeters from all of the world’s folklore. The disadvantage for the reader is that the storyline is now basically the same – Ria meets some old friends she has largely forgotten, they need to hunt for a object, they go n a hunt, they encounter lots of problems with baddies, but in the end they find the object.

The same story with different characters. Formulaic. Such a pity. I downgraded the books after reading both to just about a 3. But this is the end of this series for me.

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