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An ebony finger points skyward, emerging from the center of Node. Known simply as The Gate, it disappears into the clouds, massive spokes extending from the immense structure to stretch through the streets of the largest human city. No one knows who built the towering obelisk, but all are aware of those who have been entrusted as its caretakers. They call themselves The MaAn ebony finger points skyward, emerging from the center of Node. Known simply as The Gate, it disappears into the clouds, massive spokes extending from the immense structure to stretch through the streets of the largest human city. No one knows who built the towering obelisk, but all are aware of those who have been entrusted as its caretakers. They call themselves The Maat. Otherworldly creatures, their humanoid forms move with an unholy speed and grace, their bodies little more than quicksilver fluid inside a malleable membrane. Pierce that membrane and they will die. Wielding a living crystalline blade, each warrior of The Maat is encased in patchwork leather armor, the suit carved piece by piece from their vanquished enemies. Once their membrane is shielded in the tanned flesh of their enemies, they become an unstoppable foe. The Maat have simply observed the beings of the world Tapestry, watching as threads of fate are woven into patterns only The Maat can comprehend. A prophecy that thirteen mortals will change all of the worlds connected through The Gate has begun to unfold. As the armies of darkness and light struggle to claim the mortals as their own, The Maat begin to interfere with human affairs. One by one, the thirteen mortals are swayed or captured. The lines between good and evil are blurred in the name of power and righteousness. Kai Oakman is one of the thirteen mortals that is spoken of in the prophecy. With his faerie lover, Ko'laru, he seeks a different way. He too gathers those spoken of in prophesy to his side, seeking to thwart fate and live their own lives freely in whatever manner they choose. As the noose around them tightens, as all of reality is swept up in the prophesied change, the mortals seek to escape their destiny but that choice may no longer be theirs to make....

Title : Escaping Destiny
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ISBN : 9781456572327
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 254 Pages
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Escaping Destiny Reviews

  • The Juggernaut
    2018-09-14 09:02

    From the first sentence, I was hooked and I knew this book was something special. Instantly, you feel for the plight of the first character introduced and despite the fact her world appears massive she's nearly incarcerated. From that point on, buckle up because this ride through the realms of imagination is filled with such strife and turbulence that you can't help but share the characters' emotions.The characters are very well drawn out, even the "bit players" are depicted with vibrant personalities. From boisterous brawlers to children, townsfolk to vagabonds, even the Earth's children, the fae, each character introduced has a personality so easily related to, you could probably point at one of your friends and be reasonably accurate when you say they were the basis for the character. Every scene in the book is laid out in such a way that if you close your eyes for a moment, you can easily envision their world and yourself in the middle of it. My only complaint is the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring movie ("I'm so glad you're with me, Samwise.") style "ending". However, I know this to be but a piece of the "Tapestry" and with the next installment being released next year, this single complaint is minimal.I don't give glowing praise for just any book, and the fact that the author is a dear friend bears no weight. If he wrote something terrible, I'd be just as honest. If you consider yourself a lover of fiction, or even if you're just looking for a wonderful place to dive into the realm of fantasy, you owe it to yourself to read "Escaping Destiny".

  • Anthony DiCostanzo
    2018-09-11 07:49

    This book is pretty good but I thought it had some flaws. The main issue I had was I didn't feel connected to the characters. I felt the need for a little more back story for at least some of the them. The author literally drops the characters and the reader in the middle of the action without much of a back story. I will probably read the next book if there is one because I hope the Author expands on this more

  • Lori Kershaw
    2018-09-17 07:53

    This book will grab you from the first paragraph. This book is so well written that you are right there in the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a book that grabs your attention and makes you become a part of the world it is written about!! Five stars is not enough!!!

  • Briana
    2018-08-28 12:50

    I recently finished a marvelous fantasy novel - Escaping Destiny, by Jeffrey Pierce. Having been an avid reader for many, many years (especially in the fantasy/sci-fi genres), I am pretty selective about what I will recommend to others. This story was truly exceptional. I was hooked within moments, and am now itching with anticipation for the next book in the series!Escaping Destiny is the first in the Tapestry series, and is set in a richly detailed universe with multiple worlds. The main characters of the book are all part of an ancient prophecy, and struggle to find their own identities while trying to figure out how to thwart fate. The characters are colorful, believable, and consistent, and their journey through the book is riveting! I would consider this to be a good choice for both general reading and for deeper discussion, as it mirrors often the personal challenges, religious differences and societal prejudices that we often face in our own world.The author speaks in a clear, descriptive voice, using a minimum of words to convey complex and subtle details. While I virtually skim most books, I actually had to slow down and read this one word-for-word! At various points throughout the book, I found myself in tears or laughing out loud. Many of the passages are incredibly beautiful, such as this one:"... The mer tilted his head back and began to softly sing. Sovay closed her eyes, holding back her tears as the beauty of the wordless song washed over her. It was as if the sound of the gentle wind and lullaby of the waves had been set to music. There were no words, only the purity of tone and intent that rose and fell from Beltross’s thin lips. The sound held the deep emotion of the sea, the power of an unchained storm, transmuted into the gentle lapping of the waves that danced around a child’s bare toes."This book easily earns 5 stars from me, and makes my "Favorite Books of All Time" list! Jeffrey Pierce is a writer, photographer, and traditionally trained shaman who offers a unique perspective to his readers. I imagine him as being very much like the main character in this story, Kai Oakman! He maintains his own website at www.virtual-coffee.com, where the first three chapters of Escaping Destiny are available for free. I eagerly anticipate his next book, which is due out in May.

  • Becky
    2018-09-21 11:45

    Wow!Really, that's the best way to begin this review. First off, I'm very impressed with the scope of this novel and the incredible depth of the world that Jeffrey Pierce has created. There are a whole handful of characters that you grow to know and love--each in their own unique way. My only complaint is that it was a little hard to dive right into at the beginning. The world is very involved and while I cannot think of a better way to draw readers into the tapestry of 'Escaping Destiny' it does feel a bit like one is a stone skipping across the surface of a much deeper pool, for a while. Because of the intricacies that he's built the world with, he introduces the reader to larger pieces in steps--beginning with the smallest. It's a little bit like a learning curve-just as you get 'used' to one portion, the story expands to show you just a bit more.While I listed that as a 'complaint', I also think it's a huge strength. Knowing that this is the first in a series (or Trilogy), I can be temporarily sated with what background and histories I've been given. Admittedly, I'm hungry for more myth and lore from the Tapestry, though. I want to know more about the Wildlands and the history of the Fae and Humans and their interactions. I want to know more about Kai's childhood, about the individual stories of each of the many characters. Jeffrey has done a very good job of creating a situation where the reader wants MORE. I almost don't care who or what it's about, specifically, as long as it's more about Kai, Caraine, Leiron, Daen, Beltross, Traela, Ko'Laru, or any of the others... the Maat are fascinating and just at the very end--he leaves you with some major clues about the further boundaries that this world can contain.When he releases more in this series, I will happily devour them. The entire second half of this book was read in an entire sitting. The beginning was a bit slow-moving, but very enjoyable. Sometimes my 'breaks' were so that I could digest what I'd read and 'settle' into the world a bit more before continuing on with the story. If you enjoy fantasy at all, I recommend this title and that you keep an eye out for more by Jeffrey Pierce. Luckily, he's writing up a storm and should have plenty to read quite shortly. :)

  • Paul
    2018-09-15 09:00

    This fantasy novel is set in a world that is somewhere outside of reality. An ancient prophecy says that 13 people hold the key to all of existence.They are a disparate group of beings. Kai is a warrior who just wants to live somewhere peacefully with Ko’laru, his faery lover. Many people consider faeries to be demons, and any “union” with humans to be unnatural. Beltross is mer, half human and half sea creature. Daen is a prophet who can see into the future. Traela is a teenage girl who very much wants to be a warrior. Leiron and Caraine have unique abilities of their own.At first, the intention is to gather the 13 people together in one people, then work on making the prophecy come true. A monastery is attacked by bandits led by a man named Nollon, because a young boy named Rann at the monastery is the key to the prophecy. Traela is severely injured in the ensuing battle, beyond the abilities of human healers. The group detours to the city of Node, where Traela’s only chance lies with the Maat.The Maat are alien beings who guard the gates between worlds. They are literally nothing more than bags of fluid enclosed in a thin membrane. A member of the Maat agrees to heal Traela, but they do not come cheap. Their price is not always monetary, a price that Kai is willing to pay. The Maat are also very picky about weapons being taken from one world to another. They have ways of detecting any attempts at smuggling or deception.There are a number of battles against strange beings, including stone monsters, sent by the forces of evil to kill or capture those involved in the prophecy. First of a trilogy, this is a surprisingly good novel. It has everything a fantasy reader could want: a quest, violence, alien beings and a bit of romance. My only complaint has to do with the editing or proofreading. In several places in the book, the word is supposed to be "prophecy," not "prophesy." But that does not detract from a tale with language that borders on poetic. It gets two strong thumbs up.

  • Theunboring
    2018-09-10 12:00

    You'll forget early on that this is Pierce's first novel, and you'll soon find yourself antsy for the next in the series. The characters are accessible and have depth without being overwhelming (part of the reason I usually steer clear of fantasy genre writing). From the first page, I found myself inside the story but without having to suspend disbelief, because this tale is told in a way that makes it all feel plausible. I highly suggest Escaping Destiny! Read it even before it becomes the cool thing to do.

  • Laurel
    2018-09-20 08:00

    My husband and I downloaded this to our iPhones. I loved the first two chapters. My husband passed me at chapter ? while I was absorbed in a different book. He finished it and really liked it. He said he thought I wouldn't like it because it's extremely violent. He knows me well, so I stopped. If you like fantasy and don't mind violence, you'll really love this book. Jeffrey Pierce has amazing skillls.

  • Jennifer Hampton
    2018-09-24 10:56

    Beautifully written fantasy story. The author gripped me right away and I was unable to put it down. Is so descriptive and captivating, I found myself drifting off into the world the author created. The characters were easy to relate to and the book touched on many different challenges and social prejudices that we often face today. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the Tapestry Series and I highly recommend you grab a copy for yourself. This is a must read!

  • Tim Morrell
    2018-09-16 13:59

    I had a really hard time getting into this book at first. The author creates a wholly different reality than anything I'm used to which created a lot of confusion on the first few chapters. After getting into what was going on, I enjoyed the rest of the book. Characters were very well developed, and a wildly imaginative world(s). Deep intense read.

  • Scott
    2018-09-10 09:00

    When I first started this I thought it was just a transcription of a gamer's quest, but I kept at it. The storyline of this one is a bit confusing, hopping from one character to another, but the overall story arc is really neat, uplifting and fulfilling. I'm not sure I could try to develop a novel structure similar to this one, but I think Mr Pierce WAS able to pull it off effectively.

  • Jason White
    2018-08-26 15:37

    Good character development and great unique fantasy read. I just wish the overall plot/theme would have been expressed more. I totally didn't understand anything about what these 13 mortals were supposed to do. Maybe mentioning the prophecy more would have helped. Also seemed strange to introduce the first character in the first few chapters and then regulate her to a minor role.

  • Notty Galloway
    2018-09-07 10:38

    Excellent Story! Escaping Destiny is the first in the Tapestry Series, and it's set in a very detailed universe with several worlds. The characters were believable and consistent. I found myself drifting into the author's world. The book pulls you in from the very first chapter and then leaves you wanting more. I will defiantly be looking for book 2 of the series.

  • Celeste
    2018-08-26 12:06

    Action packed adventure all the way! Somewhat violent but such an exciting story. I wish the author hadn't killed so many characters. I was just starting to get interested and then they get wiped out.Free Kindle book but 1st of a trilogy where 2&3 are $ : (

  • Wallene
    2018-09-09 07:54

    This was a really interesting book. I liked all the different types of "creatures" and the story kept you reading right along. Very well written, good descriptions and characters. I only found a few grammar/spelling type errors. Good read for fantasy lovers!

  • Lucy
    2018-08-31 07:42

    It is a book, I couldn't put down. Kept me on the edge. I had to just keep reading because I had to know what happened next.

  • E.P. Marcellin
    2018-09-04 12:54

    Jeffrey's writing is very intriguing. The characters all have so much to give, and it is very apparent that a lot of research has been used to make this tale come to life.

  • Matt
    2018-09-18 09:55

    I'd read the rave reviews on Amazon with some skepticism, but I was wrong. This is a really good book and I am now eagerly anticipating the next in this fantasy series.

  • Sandra Hall
    2018-08-26 15:38

    i loved this book! i laughed, cried and felt as though i was right there with them! i was sorry to see the end. i hope there will be a sequil jeffrey!!! i can,t wait to see what you put to pen next!

  • Scott
    2018-09-12 14:56

    I have followed Jeffrey Pierce's blog for a few months now and gotten to know a little about his unique outlook on life. It is not difficult to see aspects of this outlook in the book. The characters have such a wonderful feel to them that by the end of the book you will feel like you actually know some of them. Each character has an innate strength of character, but they also all have their weaknesses. Imagine living your entire life never leaving an acre of land. The only person you have ever met is your mentor who teaches you certain skills. One day your mentor stops showing up and you begin to want to test the boundaries you have always had. When you test those boundaries everything you know is turned upside down and you learn that you are one of 13 people prophesied to change the world. People either want to control you or if they can't do that they want you dead. This is life for the group of characters in Escaping Destiny. If you enjoy being immersed in a rich story where you actually feel for the characters in a book pick up a copy of Escaping Destiny. You will not regret it.

  • Paul Kater
    2018-09-23 08:52

    Escaping Destiny. It sounds difficult, and the unlikely group of people who meet up for a very strange voyage can vouch that it is difficult. Kai the warrior and his Fae lover and friend Ko’laru lead a group of people of an enormous variety of training over a path that is surprising, dangerous and full of enemies, visible and invisible. Will they succeed in their quest?I don’t know, as this is the first book of three. It was a very enjoyable and captivating read, absolutely worth my money and time.

  • Asha Hawkesworth
    2018-09-03 08:49

    Jeffrey has real potential, but this book starts with the point of view of a woman I took to be the main protagonist. I was very interested in her. About 3 chapters in, the viewpoint changed to a guy, and the woman who started the book seemed to become a marginal character. This is where he lost me.

  • Albert
    2018-09-08 09:01

    Need fantasy, need to escape the humdrum of the day? Then buy this book and get a wonderful fantasy story that keeps you turning pages and helps you escape the here and now. The author does a great job of twisting this tale and tickling the fantasy bone in us all.

  • Courtney
    2018-08-31 08:03

    Super long and different from what I am used to reading. But I liked it.

  • Beka
    2018-09-01 09:57

    So far this one is kind of odd...We'll see if I keep reading it...

  • Marissa
    2018-09-05 10:01

    Got three quarters of the way through, and pretty much forced myself to get that far... Can't read anymore

  • David
    2018-09-22 08:46

    Fun fantasy. I was teetering between 3- or 4- stars but decided on 4 because I definitely would've started reading the next novel in the series if it were on my Kindle.