Choosing is a bad idea, because Desi always makes the wrong choice, and sometimes there are no do-overs. Certainly not this time, when all has been lost and Desi can’t even save herself, let alone her friends. For Desi, the hardest thing is letting someone help her, to accept their sacrifice on her behalf. But that’s exactly what she’ll have to do in order to save the worlds from Helena’s destruction.
The goddess of Helheimer, long imprisoned by Desi’s father, Loki, is free at last, and she’s bent on reclaiming what once was hers. The nine worlds will be drawn into war, over Hell, over Earth, with innocent humans as meaningless collateral.
While Michael and the Gardians of Asgard, along with the golden-armored Valkyrie, lead the battle for freedom, it’s Desi who holds the destiny of all the worlds in her hands.
Can she set aside her doubts, once and for all, and claim the gifts that are hers to bear? Can she accept the sacrifice that is made for her and Become all that she was created to be?
Her final choice will define not only her future, but the fate of humankind, forever more.
As with the first two books in the trilogy I loved the mythology that was the basis for the series. We finally find out what happened those many eons ago that started this whole chain of events. Loki isn’t who we thought he was (I’m not saying anymore because it’d spoil the story) and there’s a surprising twist that involves him near the end.
This book focuses on the battle that’s been brewing for the past two books. However, while the battle is told in great detail and kept me wondering what would happen, the ending was anticlimactic. There’s a large buildup with smaller skirmishes throughout that make you cringe when you read what happens to the characters but the true ending to the war was…bland. I actually thought I had missed the ending because it jumps from the middle of battle in one chapter to Asgard in the next. I had to reread it to make sure I hadn’t missed anything, that it was just written that way.
The main issue I had with this book was Desi. On one page she says she’s made her choice to fight and she believes that she’s worthy of love but a few pages later she’s back to the self doubt. I mean, seriously…almost 90% of the way in the story and she’s still beating herself up over things she doesn’t control. It got old, real quick. As much as I wanted to root for her, her self-pity made it extremely hard to really emphasize with her plight.
Destined deserves 3 books.