Disturbed Fate by Kia Zi Shiru
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Marc is a seer whose visions always come true, but something’s disturbed the pattern of events in his time, rendering his visions useless. Together with his friends Kei and Devlan, boyfriend Galen and housemate Diana they must travel to the Oracle and put it right… but some things will be changed forever, regardless of their actions. Can they stabilize the timeline and bring happiness to their lives, or will the unseer’s power to change fate destroy their destinies?
After a slow start, this book started to grow on me. As it became clear that things were not as they should be in their time, I became more interested in this book and its characters. Disturbed Fate weaves an interesting tale of consequences in a time where seers and vampires exist. One change in the timeline throws them all off course and places the group in danger. I especially liked that even though they manage to set things right in a way, there is no magical deus ex machina. What is changed stays that way forever, which is realistic.
I liked Galen’s tale of moving on from his dead boyfriend Dom, but his former name Yuki (which everyone but Marc uses) became an annoyance to me at times, with the man constantly referred to by different names. It had a purpose in the plot, but it was confusing and difficult to get used to. It was resolved at the end, but I really would have preferred the characters hadn’t insisted on referring to him by different names throughout the book. It would have been far better to refer to him as Yuki and change his name to Galen at the end than the confused, half-assed way that some people called him Yuki and others Galen.
I didn’t really gel with the romance all that well and failed to feel the chemistry between Marc and Galen, but the supporting characters (including some strong women) really helped carry the plot and keep me reading. The pacing was at times uneven, and the book felt like it should have finished in several places before it actually did, but it was a good enough story that I’m interested in reading the second novel.
Disturbed Fate is no literary masterpiece, with some awkward language and dialogue in places, and a few errors scattered here and there. You will probably enjoy it if you like contemporary supernatural stories and have patience for a good story that unfolds slowly.