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Preview — Destined by Catriana Sommers. Destined Arcanus 1 by Catriana Sommers. Cartiana together, Sarnaiel and Naliel are as close as brothers could be, until the dark elf Sarnaiel decides he wants them to be something more. Only after he reveals his intentions does he learn of an arranged marriage that stands between them and their happiness. Unable to stand the idea of the one he loves with another, he vanishes, leaving Naliel alone But someone has been watching the young half elf from the shadows, and without Sarnaiel’s presence he makes his move in the most brutal of ways.

Naliel survives, but his mind and body are broken. Sarnaiel returns to pick up the pieces, mending and nurturing and rebuilding their bond, but once again their relationship is thwarted by the birth of Naliel’s bride. Once the source of his greatest joy, Sarnaiel becomes Naliel’s torment. For Sarnaiel, when hurt, strikes back destiined as hard and viciously.

He almost goes too far and through that, finally learns what should be truly important to him. The oath they make that day is what seals their already unbreakable bond, and the two grow older, and wiser, together.

For no matter what happens, no matter what they face, even if it’s their own kin, they live by their promise: This book contains near rape, questionable consent, and moderate violence.

Published June 25th by Silver Publishing first published June 18th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Destinedplease sign up. Does anyone know where I can get hold of a copy of this book?

I have been looking cayriana success. See 1 question about Destined…. Lists with This Book. Almost exactly, in fact. I’m actually glad I didn’t read the blurb before I started the book or else I might have been annoyed with that.

Either way, I think this book would have benefited better if it were separated into two books instead of just one. The first bo 3. The first book possibly catrianna Sarna and Nal finally pursuing a relationship and the injury Nal obtains and how he copes with that.

The second book, I felt, should have been about the arranged marriage Nal went through because of his sense of duty and the toll it takes on Nal and Sarna as well as anything that happened during Nal’s time in marriage and afterward.

As it was, everything is just in one book and because of that, I felt like the story wasn’t as complete as I would have liked it to be especially since it covered over a century and more of Nal and Sarna’s lives. For one, something really terrible happens to Nal. It’s not as bad as the blurb makes it sound and I was actually kind of disappointed in that because it had such a huge impact on Nal and because it had such a huge impact, I was hoping to experience the trials he went through in trying to heal.


I would have liked to read about the PTSD he had afterward, to know how he overcame the shame, self-loathing and self-hatred he had and how exactly Sarna was able to help him through it.

Unfortunately, we don’t get that type of information. Maybe fifteen percent of the book is dedicated to Nal, his cariana marriage with Maya and the hurt and pain Sarna causes Nal because of Nal’s obligation view spoiler [Maybe 30 years after Sarna and Nal become lovers.

During the time Nal finds out his bride has been born catriaja when he breaks off his intimate relatioinship with Sarna. Sarna, being his bastard self, decides to hurt Nal in the most painful way by blatantly displaying his fuck-buddy relationship with another elf, Tyrnus. Sarna rubbed it in Nal’s face for seventeen years that he had another lover and really hurt Nal during that time making Nal feel extremely depressed and alone.

While Nal and Sarna are technically broken up, this still felt like cheating to me on Sarna’s part. Mainly because Sarna and Nal made festined of this whole production about only being with each other with the exception of Maya and Sarna apparently didn’t give a shit about that even though he knew how much it pissed Nal off when Sarna had been with someone else before Nal.

It’s not cheating but it felt like cheating to me.

I could forgive Nal having to marry Maya but I couldn’t forgive Sarna for sleeping with Tyrnus for seventeen years all just so Sarna could hurt Nal. I didn’t like that part and it made me not like Sarna all that much after that either hide spoiler ]. The last ten percent of the book is like an epilogue. I enjoyed the characters because together they are like one person. Smomers Sarna is angry, mean and uncaring, Nal is the exact opposite.

He’s calm, in control and polite. What Sarna lacks, Nal has and what Nal lacks, Sarna makes up for.

The world intrigued me. There was all these different words and things that I found fascinating and wanted to know drstined of especially the elements their powers revolved around.

I’ve always loved Elemental books. While I enjoyed it, though, I felt it lacked a lot of things. The world was interesting, there’s no doubt that, but it wasn’t as catrisna for someone like me who thrives on fantasy world-building. I wanted more descriptions on things instead of the vague information given.

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I wanted to know everything about these elves. I had a lot of questions that unfortunately were never answered. I wanted to experience the hardship Nal goes through after a power hungry elf ice-whips him and tries to rape him.

I wanted to understand Maya more and how Nal was able to live with Maya’s infidelity and the constant reminder that he raised a child that wasn’t his and I especially wanted to see the ‘discussion’ him and Maya deestined about seeing other lovers and how an immature, bratty, seventeen year old Maya took that news. Overall, the biggest fault with this book is the lack of depth and development with certain issues.


The world and characters are fascinating. It held my attention through most of the book, although there were a few parts that dragged. I wanted more, though, especially when he came to Nal’s healing. I still liked soommers and I’ll continue reading the series as it progresses unless there’s girly bits. I do have to ask, what does Arcanus mean? That is the series name but I desrined no idea what it means and it bugged me a bit through the whole book because I couldn’t find the connection between the story and the series name.

View all 4 comments. Sep 27, Mandapanda rated it it was ok Shelves: Sarnaiel and Naliel have been in love forever but Naliel won’t act upon it because of a childhood betrothal to a woman not yet born. Naliel is one of the most infuriatingly passive characters I’ve met in a novel. All the conflict happens because he’s a total martyr and won’t do anything to help himself or stand up for his bond with Sarnaiel.

He needs to be on the she Unfortunately this book has a character type that I really, REALLY dislike and that’s predominantly the reason for the low rating.

He needs to be on the shelf one of my GR friends has that’s called “needs a smack on the head”. Much is made of the reasons the betrothal is so important the danger to the elven races but there’s no exploration or demonstration of this danger.

No wars or conflicts or anything else you would usually find in a fantasy novel. The story is catrina about what miserable idiots Sarnaiel and Naliel continue to be. The other thing that annoyed me in this book were the huge time jumps. It was confusing when suddenly decades had passed and I was still trying to figure out what had happened.

Other people have enjoyed this story but it’s just not for me. View all 3 comments. This isn’t a formal review, but I hate rating books 1 star.

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I’m usually pretty forgiving and easy to please. I really wanted to detined why I felt this way about this book and why for me it was an abysmal read. I only finished it because I had received the paperback as a gift and wanted to honor the giver for his thoughtfulness.

Naliel is a very unlikable character. He is passive to the point where he hurts other people. I don’t care how long elven lifespans are, this kind of grudge-holding is ridiculous.

But it gets even worse. Naliel holds a ridiculous double standard. But he’s been emotionally cheating the whole time! He never touched his wife sexually because he’s only attracted to Sarnaiel. But she’s considered the betrayer in this instance.

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He’s hurtful and spiteful. Worse is the fact that view spoiler [ when Naliel’s wife cheats, Sarnaiel describes her as “a cow who couldn’t keep her eommers shut”. I thought this was pretty offensive given the fact that Naliel was emotionally cheating on her and brought no love to the marriage.