Title: Conquering Fate
Author: Jennifer Anne Davis
Series: Order of the Krigers (Book 3)
Release Date: September 14, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
With no choice but to face her destiny straight on, Kaia is determined to end the curse—no matter the personal cost. Sacrificing her own wants and desires, she turns herself over to the evil king, Morlet. Together, they seek to discover the catalyst for the events that started it all over a hundred years ago.
The path she embarks on tests her skills, her willpower, and her heart. Facing the darkest truth inside of her, she makes a choice that not only has unspeakable consequences, but also changes her life and the future of the kingdom forever.
A reoccurring theme from book 2 that carries throughout the series; While enduring each hardship, Kaia must remind herself the reason she continues with these burdens. Her purpose becoming a manta inside her own head. She will choose to save the people of Nelebek. She will choose do her part to end this curse for the people of Nelebek. She will choose to fulfill her promise to her dying father, complete her tasks and save the Kingdom of Nelebek. She will choose to complete each segment required of her to end the curse and save Nelebek. She will choose to do what is needed to complete the cycle involving her family to end the curse over Nelebek. She will continuously choose to sacrifice her own wants and desires in order to achieve the final objective…End this curse and end the suffering of the people of Nelebek.
Kaia’s responsibilities only increase as time goes on. Her burdens become immense as more and more details regarding the curse are revealed. Kaia is unnaturally strong in mind, body and spirit, especially for a 16 year old! It becomes clear, only a very unique, specific lady descended from her family line could possibly fulfill all of these objectives in her central position to end the curse over Nelebek. I couldn’t help but feel sad for this young lady who grew up oppressed and poverty stricken. For her entire life, she could only rely on her father and their dismal apartment for consistency. After the quest to end the curse over Nelebek is thrust upon Kaia, she forges many new connections with the other Krigers, an assassin, royal brothers, estranged family, heks and even the people of Nelebek as a whole. Kaia’s fate will cruelly force her to choose which of these connections to destroy in her crusade to end the curse.
Kaia is the only one who sees the two warring sides within Mortlet. The evil side who was created by dark Heks magic that was transferred to his body at the inception of the curse. This is the dark side that takes over the king turning him into the merciless Mortlet. Then there are select times when she sees a light of hope, a direct opposition to the wickedness buried inside him. She comes to know and eventually love this human side of the king as Espen. A human raised to rule Nelebek, Espen was supposed to take over for his father as king in royal succession. Espen is the tortured soul entombed inside the king, now only recognizable as the powerful, cruel and evil, Mortlet. The complicated circumstances and her conflicting feelings make it so important that Kaia remain steadfast in her conviction to defeat the curse.
Kaia concentrates much of her inner dialogue analyzing every detail of the curse and past events not only to determine her role to end this curse, but also everyone else’s too. In part because she is so young and in part because she was shielded from certain truths throughout her upbringing, Kaia is naive and innocent and guided by an ingrained sense of good. Her resolution is relentlessly tested over and over again. Kaia stays true to her good-hearted character throughout the entire book series. She feels empathy and compassion for everyone and everything, including the heks who are the key to harnessing her good magic as well as the purely evil magic consuming Mortlet.