Fates and Furies, the fourth and final book concluding Raye Wagner‘s superb mythology based, YA, urban fantasy, Sphinx series, is one of the best YA level adventure fantasy books I have read this year.
Raye’s beautiful writing, a plot full of twists and turns at every corner, and conflicts after conflicts thrown upon her young heroes, all this contribute to a whopping 4.5 Bohostars.
Hope, the Sphinx, suffers from Apollo’s curse. She can’t marry a mortal (or anybody in fact) and has the only choice of becoming the Greek God‘s consort, mate whatever the sick psycho God would name that relationship. The curse runs for generations through all the females in the bloodline. All of them reject Apollo, resulting in the loss of their human or demigod husbands.
Hope wants to break the curse. She falls for Athan, a demigod, and son of Hermes, befriends Xan, the son of fierce and battle-lusty Ares, a Goddess of the night, and her children, the powerful Furies.
Our beloved Sphinx and her allies wreck havoc in the Olympus and win against the greedy and immoral Gods with a great loss from all sides.
The book ends on a very positive note, a little unexpectedly so, making me a very happy fan. Thank you for the pleasant surprise, Raye, I almost cried my eyes off when I though we lost you-know-who for good.
The dual POV works very well in this book. We see the main events unfold through Hope’s eyes while Athan gives us inside information on the side characters.
The book has a great pace. The action is never-ending and probably the fastest read in the series. Fates and Furies offer the maximum plot complexity and character growth in the series. I have noticed an overall maturity growing with each book in this YA series.
Raye is a descriptive writer who doesn’t skimp on the details for the sake of plot complexity. Each book focuses on a different setting. Previously confined within a conservatory, Raye moves her characters through the Underworld into the Olympus mountains and ultimately rewards us with a lavishly terrifying yet luxurious world building. The underworld gave me the creeps while Olympus left me with some derisive awe.
A true mythical adventure in an urban set-up, Fates and Furies is the perfect ending to a thoroughly enjoyable series.
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The Olympian gods cause nothing but chaos…
Hope escaped the Underworld with her life, but her memories are as blank as the Book of the Fates she brought back. Still determined to break the curse, she and Xan take an offering to the Olympian temple to solicit the goddess Artemis for aid. But the petition has disastrous results, and now the gods are hunting her.
Athan sacrificed everything for Hope, but she’s leaving him behind to travel with Xan to Mount Olympus. But the closer they get, the more Athan’s mortality becomes a liability. Forced to seek refuge in mists and darkness, Athan tangles with deities that weave the very threads of fate. But these goddesses also wield the immortal blades that lay ruin to destinies.
With everyone she loves damaged or destroyed by the blood of Olympus, Hope must face the power of the past to change the fate of the future.
Fates and Furies is the fourth and final book in The Sphinx series.
The Sphinx Series is for readers who love
Ancient Greek curses
Mythical creatures and monsters
Greek gods and heroes
and epic stories.
– From Goodreads
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