Reviewed by Tori (Vicki)
TITLE: Callum’s Fate
AUTHOR: Dianne Hartsock
PUBLISHER: NineStar Press
LENGTH: 63 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 27th, 2017
In 1780, Scotland, following a harsh year of drought, Callum Mackenzie is forced from his father’s farm in the hopes of finding work. But as fate would have it, Callum is lured onto the moors by the will-o-the-wisp. Lost in the dark, he falls into enchantment, encountering faeries and nymphs, until he stumbles into the arms of a licentious Barrow-Wight who lays claim to his soul.
Hearing his silent pleas, Donal sends Liam the gruagach (faery) to rescue Callum and bring him to his farm, a place of refuge from the Fae. Callum is happy working on Donal’s farm, slowly falling in love with the beautiful, silver-haired gruagach.
Yet there’s something wrong in the nearby forest… Despite Donal’s warnings, Callum is lured into the forest and becomes tangled in its magic, easy prey for the Barrow-Wight. Will Liam be able to strike a deal with the Barrow-Wight to save Callum’s life, or has Callum found his last resting place instead?
So the blurb for this book makes it sound like there is way more going on with this story than I found there to be. Basically Callum leaves his home looking for work, gets lost on the moor, and has sex with several magical beings, sometimes at the same time. He is rescued at one point, and it taken to a farm owned by Donal and Sean, but he spends very little time at the farm, one night I think it was, before bumbling off in to the woods. We get a little bit about Donal and a man named Michael, and a hint at some history between Donal and Sean, but all that did was take focus away from Callum. There was no romance, no emotional connection to anyone, and no depth or character building. There is a barrow-wight and several Fae folks, which I know are part of Scotland/Ireland/Britain traditions, but nothing about the story felt particularly historical.
I am a fan of historical books, as well as fantasy and paranormal, so after reading the bulb I was expecting a highland romance between a lost man and the faerie who rescues him, but that is not what I got. What I got out of this was some intense sex scenes that were exciting, and several unique characters that could have been interesting with more development, but the plot fell way short for me. It was vaguely historical, had some good fantasy/paranormal aspects, but basically I just kept wondering what was happening to poor Callum!
If you are looking for lots of sex and not much plot, set in a fantasy/paranormal/historical setting, this one may be just fine for you…