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As Fate Decrees by Denysé Bridger
Cover Artist: Geoff Taylor
Review by Mel Jacob
Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781894063418
Date: 14 August 2007 List Price $16.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

A mysterious stranger buys Amarantha in an Athens slave market and then trains her as a warrior. Having completed her training, she falls prey to Fate when she encounters a wounded young soldier heading to Corinth. She promises the dying man to deliver his message. Using Greek mythology, Denysé Bridger creates a world where gods interact with humans for good and evil in her fantasy debut novel As Fate Decrees.

Am, short for Amarantha, discovers the King of Corinth is her childhood friend Iphicles, mortal twin of the demi-god Heracles. She has secretly loved him all her life, but he is now married with a young son. Treachery abounds, and Am helps the king defend his throne. Honor drives her to leave him and return to her jealous master, Ares, God of War.

Sought by Heracles on behalf of the son of Iphicles, Am deserts Ares and returns to Corinth, but cannot save the father. Mourning Iphicles' death, Am is attacked by an assassin at the tomb. Hampered by her garments, she struggles to overcome the fury of the man. He wounds her, but she slays him and Ares heals her wounds. In the second half of the novel as the legendary Champion of the Gods, Am jumps to Greece in 1999 where a religious zealot seeks to destroy all other religions and replace them with the One True God. Her task is to destroy him and preserve Greek history and culture.

The new religious fanatics will stop at nothing to achieve their goal. They destroy holy places and religious shrines all over the world and use torture and murder to gain information. Capturing Am, they subject her to unspeakable abuse.

While romance plays a major role in the novel, Bridger focuses mainly on her characters and their reactions to events beyond their control. She has written numerous short stories and a number of erotic novels. Another fantasy novel is in the works.

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