Review: Tempting Fate by April White


☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars☆➹⁀☆☆



What it’s about:

Seventeen-year-old Clocker, Saira Elian is back on the run and being hunted by Mongers. The Descendants of War are amassing power in the 21st century, bent on controlling all the Immortal Descendants. Their attempt to kidnap Saira, a rare Descendant of Time and Nature, reveals just how brazen they’ve become. Archer, the vampire who has loved Saira for over a century, is willing to risk everything to protect her.

When a horrific vision reveals Ringo, thief and loyal companion from 1888, being tortured at the hands of the bloodthirsty Bishop Wilder in a Renaissance prison, Saira and Archer realize there has been a ripple in the river of Time, and they must travel to 1554 to find its source and save their friend. Their rescue mission lures them to the Tower of London, site of the most notorious executions in history, where they encounter the mysterious Lady Elizabeth who is confronting a terrible fate of her own.

The time-traveler, the vampire, and the thief will need all of their skills and ingenuity as they race against time to steal a document that could change the course of history and put the Immortal Descendants at the mercy of the Mongers. Can they stop a madman bent on collecting the blood of history’s most powerful Seer before the executioner’s axe falls?


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Guest Review from Joe:


Tempting Fate by April White is the second book in the Immortal Descendants series. Saira, the lead character is a descendent of Time and a Free Runner. She finds herself being chased from page one in this book. Fortunately, some quick thinking on her part and quick action of her talented friends assure her escape from a very tight spot early on. And, not surprisingly, finds her running into danger and safety at every turn of the page.

In this offering author White places Saira and crew directly in the path of an imprisoned Elisabeth Tudor in 1554. The prudent move might be for time traveling Saira to quickly bail her “at risk” entourage out of harm’s way and flee the scene, but apparently the lineage of the Crown now seems to be in jeopardy. There is much ground covered in this installment as White weaves a fine historical romance around Tudor (the Virgin Queen), while leaving plenty of space for the usual time traveling, history lessons, narrow escapes from the jaws of death, an evil Bishop, science lessons, Immortal Descendants, and…let’s not forget…there’s a love struck vampire that needs tending to. Plenty to keep the reader busy.

Book 1 of the series established the world of Immortal Descendants. Perhaps not outwardly different from anyone else, the Descendants trace their lineage to one of five families: Time, Fate, Nature, War and Death. This book delves deeper into the history of the Immortal Descendants. The reader finds out through narrative, what the motivations and inspirations are for each family and family member and in some cases, how the wheels grinding along today, were set in motion sometimes centuries ago.

I am quite taken with author April White’s ability to word paint an intriguing mix of young and old characters while breathing life into historical figures. White uses her talent of visual narrative to sketch beautifully nuanced scenes that easily translate in the mind’s eye. This is writing at its best. The reader merely goes along for the ride and is effortlessly transported through the story.

Joe’s review of Marking Time (Immortal Descendants #1)


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