NYT Bestselling author Aaron Hodges has a whole mess of books out there in the fantasy and sci-fi universe, and he’s just dropped another that EFFers should certainly lap up. 

Daughter of Fate is the first book in a new series he’s begun called The Knights of Alana, and it’s caught my attention for one particular reason – there’s a character arc here that I am pretty damned sure I’m going to love. I’ll underline it below:

When Knights attack the temple of Skystead, seventeen-year-old Pela is the only one to escape. Her mother and the other villagers are taken, accused of worshiping the False Gods. They will pay the ultimate price – unless Pela can rescue them. 

Pela has never left the safety of her town, let alone touched a sword. What chance does she have against the ruthless Knights of Alana? She’s not a hero.

But she knows one.

Her uncle Devon was a mighty warrior once, in times when magic filled the world. Age has withered his strength and he retired long ago, but maybe he will answer the call of family. 

Can Pela convince him to stand against the darkness one last time?

There is just SO much that can be done with a grizzled old warrior picking up the sword again (does he use a sword?) and I can’t wait to find out how Hodges approaches Devon in this story. Certainly Pela sounds like an interesting character as well, but I am a sucker for this particuar trope.

Anyhow, go read it, and don’t spoil it for me – it’s on my TBR now, and should be on yours. At the time of this writing it’s on sale for 99c on Amazon, so by all means, snatch it up.


Sean Hinn is the author of The Days of Ash and Fury and founder of Epic Fantasy Fanatics.