I’m thrilled to introduce you to Reborn, a ‘golden’ read you don’t want to miss. The author, Cherie Reich, is as awesome as her book.
The Philosophy of Fate
A snippet from Chapter Twenty-Three between Phoenix Prophetess Yssa and the woodwose seer Zoon:
“Why don’t I dream here?”
Zoon remained silent for a few moments. “Forest protects. Old magics keep woodwoses safe. Not dream here. Gods cannot touch ancient places.”
“How do you foresee events then?” I trembled. We were cut off from the rest of the world.
“Fate is above gods and shows me our destinies.”
Fate or free will? That is the question.
In Reborn, Fate lays a heavy hand over Yssa’s world, but she has the free will to change it, or at least try to. Sometimes she’s successful. Other times, not so much. But could Fate be guiding our young Phoenix Prophetess? Perhaps even Fate doesn’t want events to play out as they are heading.
Fate is above even gods and can control gods’ lives, just like it does with us mortals. The ancient Greeks believed that too. They and their gods tried everything they could to prevent prophecies, but they often failed. For example, a prophecy about Oedipus said he would kill his father and marry his mother. No matter how hard he—and his parents—tried to get away from that prophecy, they couldn’t outrun it. The events they set in motion secured the prophecy would come true. I took this belief in Fate and used it for Reborn.
I don’t see free will opposing Fate. They aren’t enemies, but rather free will is part of Fate.
To me, Fate is like a tree. The roots are our history, the events leading up to our birth, the trunk. As we grow, more choices and options (i.e. free will) open to us. Our paths of Fate diverge from the trunk and create branches. We will either follow the branch to the end or we’ll change our current destination—or destiny—and follow down a new path.
What do you think of Fate?
To save a kingdom, a prophetess must challenge Fate.
On the day of Yssa’s death and rebirth, the god Apenth chose her as the Phoenix Prophetess.
Sea serpents and gods endanger the young prophetess’s journey and sour the omens. Yssa is cursed instead of blessed, and her duties at the Temple of Apenth prove it. She spends her days reading dusty scrolls, which does nothing to help her forget Tym, the boy back home. But the annoying yet gorgeous ferryman’s son Liam proves to be a distraction she can’t predict, even though he rarely leaves her alone for two sand grains.
Her boring temple life screeches to a halt when visions of her parents’ murders consume her. Yssa races across an ocean to stop the future. If she can’t change Fate, she’ll refuse to be the Phoenix Prophetess any longer. Fate, however, has other plans for her and the kingdom.
Yssa must either accept her destiny or fight to change Fate.
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A self-proclaimed bookworm, Cherie Reich is a speculative fiction writer and library assistant living in Virginia. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, and her books include the horror collection Nightmare, a space fantasy novella collection titled Gravity, and the fantasy series The Foxwick Chronicles and The Fate Challenges. Reborn is her debut novel. She is Vice President of Valley Writers and a member of the Virginia Writers Club and Untethered Realms. For more information, please visit her website.
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