A Sealed Fate by Lisa Gordon

reviewed by Nina Lazarus for the Esoteric Book Review

I do not read fiction as often as I could, and magickal fiction can be even harder to find.  So when this book arrived I was intrigued to see how it would read.  It is a thriller with a twist, which engages the reader well.  The heroine travels to Dubai and works as a singer to escape a failed relationship, only to get caught in a web of intrigue.  She is helped by an astrologer who forms a sisterly bond with her, and the plot focuses around the fight between fate and free will.  I won’t say any more because I don’t want to give the plot away.

What I will say is this is one of those books that is hard to categorise.  It is well written and engaging, but it feels like most of the book travels at second gear.  The last 40 pages suddenly speed up to fifth gear, rushing you along with some surprises and twists which really keep you guessing up until the last page!  If the whole book was like that it would be a huge hit, and maybe the author can speed the pace up in her next work, as this is a debut novel.  Nevertheless it is a very enjoyable read, and worth persevering with, as the apparent slowness does develop into a real crescendo of events at the end.  Most entertaining and well worth reading!