Book Review: A Vow that Twisted Fate by Katherine D. Graham

Reviewed: July 13th, 2021
Released: July 9th, 2021
Genre: NA Fantasy

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?

Helen’s thoughts:

The Vow that Twisted Fate is a well written fantasy novel. Queen Arlena is a somewhat naive queen, and although she may have powers, she is also a little reckless as well, considering she is queen, as she rushes off on her own without any protection too often for my liking!

This story jaunts along quite merrily though I did get a little lost in the middle, but persevere and all will become clear. This is a many layered tale, and keeping track of the plot and the characters gets you hooked and keeps you reading, especially once the dwarves arrive.

Katherine has a wonderful imagination and has created a rich and complex world. Arla and Maevric are the characters who we understand the most, though even they have to battle their way though a tangled web of lost memories and false history. The plot is very clever and twisted, as the title of the book promises. And as such I don’t want to give any of it away, though I will say it would have been good to find out more about Maedra and to understand her inner turmoil; she would have made an equally interesting character to follow, I think.

Overall an enjoyable read. A complex story with plenty of room for a sequel, it would be good to find out more about these characters and the worlds they live in.

I was fortunate enough to read an ARC of this book.

If you’d like to find out more about the author, I interviewed Katherine a few weeks back and you can find the interview here.

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About the Author:

Katherine D. Graham is a Fantasy Author, Developmental Editor for AutoCrit, and Reedsy Reviewer from Tennessee in the 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 Epic Fantasy novel, The Vow That Twisted Fate (July 2021) is a 5-star rated IndieReader Approved Novel, which also placed as one of five fantasy finalists in the 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Katherine is an alumni of 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 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.

You can find more about Katherine via:

Author Website 



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The Vow that Twisted Fate

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