Forecast (Sisters of Fate #2)
Published: Aug. 5, 2014 (Harlequin Teen)
Review source: copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review
Reviewed by: Amy
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
Note: This review will be spoiler free, but will reference events from the previous book in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Foretold.
Ragnarok is in full swing and the prophecy is advancing quicker than the three years it permitted. While her sisters Raven and Kat have left to find their warriors, Coral has stayed behind to track down Taran, the warrior the triplet’s mother pegged for carrying Thor’s soul.
Regardless of the prophecy stating that one of the warriors will bring about the death of one of the norns, Coral must still keep Taran safe if there is any hope of stopping the end of the world. She finds herself inexplicably drawn to the warrior and the feelings are mutual. Add in the re-emergence of the triplets’ mother acting not quite herself, as well as Coral’s increasingly restless goddess soul, starting anything at this point seems a bit fruitless. They just have to survive to the end.
One of the biggest things to remember is that Forecast is running parallel to the events that are happening (or happened) in Foretold and I loved that we get the ‘other half’ to conversations that Raven was having in the first book. That being said, the things that Coral doesn’t yet know about her mother, or yet understand about her norn, readers already know. It was a little redundant reading about these revelations again, but you have to remember that Coral has yet to figure these things out. Rinda Elliott clearly understood this, as these things weren’t given as much fanfare as they were in Foretold. For all that the storylines are obviously linked, Coral does have her own adventure, and being the first time the sisters have ever been apart it’s a chance for Coral, the middle triplet, to really stand apart and depend upon herself and her knowledge.
Aside from having a goddess’ soul and all the inherent power that comes with that, Coral practices spells. This is something that Coral and her mother share, which makes Coral a more interesting opponent for what her mother has now become than either of the other two sisters. I look forward to seeing Coral flex her powers more in the final book.
With how varied and complex Norse mythology is Rinda Elliott did a great job of capturing the essence of Thor in Taran. I liked him from the start. He’s at once hot-headed with a slight bit of arrogance, but he doesn’t let this negate all sense. He’s strong and is learning to deal with some major power. For all this, though, he is surprisingly uncomplicated. He tells Coral exactly how he feels about her. He doesn’t mince his words, which I appreciate.
Oddly, I felt the lack of Kat in this book a lot. The story is definitely leading into Foresworn and the final confrontation, but Kat is only briefly mentioned throughout this book. I felt as though there was more balance in Foretold in keeping all the sisters’ presences flowing throughout the book. I can’t wait to see how Elliott plans on the parallel story lines finally converging. With the world hanging in the balance it’s going to be one hell of a showdown.
Sexual content: References to sex