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“Finding Destiny by Jean Johnson
Paranormal Romance –Jan 4th, 2011
Finding Destiny is a collection of 4 short novellas set in a magical world that’s made up of various nations which focus on stories set in: Sundara (the desert), Guildara (the hi-tech), Aurul (the most prosperous), and Jenodan Isles (the seafaring).
Sundara - In the first novel, a Mandarite nobleman turned slave, Eduor has arrived at Sundara, ready to begin a new life as freed man. When he meets the graceful priestess/dyara, Chanson, Eduor realizes that he will do anything to stay free to woo her.
Guildara - Recently freed from their oppressors and fake god, the Guildarans are rebuilding their war-torn country, relying heavily on technology and their engineers’ skills. To further strengthen the fragile truce between Aurul and Guildara, the King of Aurul has sent a trusted Knight and diplomat, Sir Zeilas to aid the Guildarans. After meeting the intelligent and beautiful leader of the Guildarans, Sir Zeilas is more than smitten...
Aurul - The Guildaran mage, Gabria, goes westward to Aurul to forge peace with the King of Aurul. Unbeknownst to her, she’s not arriving as a diplomat but as the prophesied bride of the King. With the fate of two nations hanging on balance, can she learn to love the King?
Jenodan Isles - the merchant ships of Aurul are being harassed by the pirates from the Jenodan Isles. The Mage-Captain Ellet is send by the King to investigate the matter. When he clashes with the sexy and brave Pirate’s Captain, Mita, he realizes that his heart may be in danger as well...
In the first novella, although Sundara is a fascinating place, the two main characters’ story is not that exciting. The lack of a meatier conflict is a disappointment, which causes the ending to be a bit flat.
In the 2nd novella, I really liked the romance between the knight and the Guildarans’ leader. I enjoyed the fact that there’s a villain and obstacles to overcome. Overall, this is my favorite story.
The 3rd novella is pure romance. The love story between the King and Gabria flows very smoothly and naturally.
In the last story, the story between Mita and Ellet is passionate and provides a contrast to the slower paced romance between the King and his bride.
Jean Johnson has a gift for world-building. I simply love each countries’ distinctive culture and ‘personality.’ My only complaint is that I wish she had a written a full-length book on each story instead of a short novella, I would have liked to spend more time with each of her characters. This world is too rich and exciting to be condensed into 4 short novellas. More please!
Reviewed by Pauline from Bookaholics Romance Club