Saturday, April 04, 2015

Review: Claimed

Book Cover: Claimed by Sarah Fine Claimed by Sarah Fine
Published March 2015 by 47 North
Source: eGalley ARC from NetGalley

In this urban fantasy, brilliant scientist Galena Margolis is determined to fulfill her destiny and develop the vaccine that could save millions. Yet when Galena’s test subjects meet with foul play, it’s clear that someone is still determined to stop her, and that Galena herself is a target. As the Ferry empire forges a plan to keep her safe, Declan Ferry, the politics-hating black sheep of the family, steps forward to protect her—but the emotional cost may be more than either of them is willing to pay.

As unknown enemies close in, it becomes terrifyingly clear that they threaten to destroy not only Galena’s lifesaving work but also the very fabric of fate. As Galena and Declan race to uncover the traitor, they also forge a special bond that could save both Galena and those she’s sworn to help. Torn apart by the past and hunted by those she trusted, can Galena find room amidst her fears for a passion that could make her stronger than ever? And even if she and Declan can find their way together, will it be enough to keep the future from coming apart at the seams?

My Thoughts

Sarah Fine has delivered a fantastic series in Servants of Fate. Claimed is the second book of at least three, with Fated scheduled for publication in September. Having read the first two books, I'd encourage Fine not to stop at three, but continue writing in this world.

Galena Margolis is a brilliant scientist whose research shows real promise to produce vaccines to deal with the rapidly mutating plague-like diseases running rampant in a world devastated by ecological disaster. The Ferrys (who transport the dead to the Afterlife) and Kere (who Mark those fated to die) are financially rewarded for their service to the Keepers, so any reduction in the death rate threatens their livelihood. Members of both groups are determined to prevent Galena from completing her research while the leadership is determined to support it.

Things get violent when Galena's research subjects and lab assistants are all killed and her lab is bombed. In order to protect her, the Ferry family devise a plan to Claim her—turning her into a Ferry through marriage. Declan was already falling for Galena and immediately steps up to be her husband. When Galena is charged with the murders and bombings, Declan breaks her out of jail and the two of them are attempting to avoid the police while finding out who's actually guilty and framing Galena.

When I requested copies of Marked and Claimed for review, I was basing my request on the book descriptions provided by the publisher. The one thing that the publisher didn't tell me was that the books contained explicit lovemaking scenes. And that's really all that prevents me from raving over both books. I did my best to skim over the detailed descriptions and get back to the main story. For those who enjoy or at least don't object to the erotic content, Servants of Fate may well be one of your favorite series.


Note that I received a free copy of Claimed from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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