Fortuna Sworn

Fortuna Sworn

We were meant to be seductive. We were designed to lure humans in. Fortuna Sworn is the last of her kind.Her brother disappeared two years ago, leaving her with no family or species to speak of. She hides among humans, spending her days working at a bar and her nights searching for him. The bleak pattern goes on and on... until she catches the eye of a powerful faerie.He m...

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Fortuna Sworn Reviews

  • Amanda

    HOLY MOTHER OF HEEELLLL WHAT AN ENDING?! I HATE CLIFFHANGERS BUT THIS ONE HAS ME BEGGING FOR THE NEXT BOOK!

    I hardly write reviews anymore because I am so busy with work (12-hour shifts will be the end of me), so I just jump from one book to the next. Being asked by an author to read an ARC of a genre that rocks your socks is always a great pleasure and its

    HOLY MOTHER OF HEEELLLL WHAT AN ENDING?! I HATE CLIFFHANGERS BUT THIS ONE HAS ME BEGGING FOR THE NEXT BOOK!

    I hardly write reviews anymore because I am so busy with work (12-hour shifts will be the end of me), so I just jump from one book to the next. Being asked by an author to read an ARC of a genre that rocks your socks is always a great pleasure and its an honour to leave a review!

    Imagine a world where the Fallen roam the earth, and I mean every species. Werewolves, nymphs, shapeshifters, fae, VAMPIRES.. and then we have Fortuna, who finds herself in a nightmare, quite literally. When her brother disappears without a trace, how far will Fortuna go to find him and bring him back? If you have nothing to lose but everything gain, then let the nightmare begin!

    K.J did an amazing job at world-building, it was simple but extremely effective and completely gripped you, leaving you wanting more. The book is an emotional roller coaster! I was teary one minute, angry the next, giggling my head off, I didn't want it to end! I love how everything was underground, could you imagine being stuck down there?! Dirt, torches, no natural light? God, please forgive us for our sins and take us back.

    I have fallen in love with this book and its characters, they are off the chain! Our heroine Fortuna is a force to be reckoned with. I have always had a love-hate relationship with leading ladies, but Fortuna completely kicks ass and screams independent women who needs no man, or should I say fae? Meh technicalities. She is fierce, determined, strong-willed and the best of all... family always comes first. She is so likeable you find yourself rooting for her at every turn.

    Can we just have a little appreciation for our males?! Poor Oli, what in the good god damnation is this!!! Collith, our mysterious fae, Laurie our very own fae fashionista. I had a place in my heart for all three and I don't know who to ship Fortuna with the most because I would just like them all. I can actually picture Regina George winking at me famously saying "Boo, you whore!"

    I don't want to give away to much! I'm being pretty vague because it is genuinely one of the best reads I have binged in one sitting in aaaaagggggeeeesss!! It's fast-paced, keeping you on your toes throughout.. Go on.. you know you want to pick it up!!

    4 and a half stars of goodiness!

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  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

    WOW! I bloody adored this book.

    Fortuna Sworn snuck up on me catching me completely unawares.

    I really wasn't expecting to enjoy this quite as much as I actually did, mega impressed here.

    My only issue with this as I didn't want it to end when it did.

    It is so going to kill me to wait for book two but needs must and I will be eagerly anticipating it's release like yesterday.

    So Fortuna Sworn (totally digging her kick-ass name) a nightmare is last of her kind.

    Whilst out searching for her younger broth

    WOW! I bloody adored this book.

    Fortuna Sworn snuck up on me catching me completely unawares.

    I really wasn't expecting to enjoy this quite as much as I actually did, mega impressed here.

    My only issue with this as I didn't want it to end when it did.

    It is so going to kill me to wait for book two but needs must and I will be eagerly anticipating it's release like yesterday.

    So Fortuna Sworn (totally digging her kick-ass name) a nightmare is last of her kind.

    Whilst out searching for her younger brother on the anniversary of his disappearance she is snatched by goblins and taken to be sold on the black market.

    There she is assisted by an unknown faerie in escaping her jailors.

    Striking a bargain with the mysterious Callith for his assistance in rescuing her sibling sets off a chain of events that will change Fortuna's whole life.

    A set of circumstances that will take her deep into the intrigues and dangers of the Unseelie court where all have a hidden agenda and she must watch her back at every turn.

    As this story unfolds the transformation that Fortuna undergoes is both brutal and merciless.

    Strengthening her inner core into the pure steel she will need to go head to head with the fae courts cold cruelty and game playing.

    This also had so many diversely intriguing players: characters like Laurie and Oliver.

    Both adding their own unique spin on the ongoing proceedings.

    Also, Collith himself is so much more than what he originally appears to be his character so much deeper and empathetic than what he outwardly portrays to others.

    There is also somewhat of a slight love triangle: I say slightly as that is what in essence it is.

    I myself am not a lover of this trope and it didn't bother me one bit so if you are not a fan of this just know that it does not play a pivotal part in this book.

    I also managed to read this in one sitting no breaks as I was that invested here.

    This is told from Fortunas POV and though I do prefer dual this didn't bother me too much.

    It would have been nice to maybe get some insight from Collith to but no biggie I was so into this I could deal with this small flaw.

    This really was such a page-turner of a read and I want to read the next book like right now it is really going to be a feat of patience to wait for its release.

    A new author for me here but a definite keeper for sure: I do so love it when I get surprised like this.

    Highly recommend this its such a fantastic book.

    I voluntary reviewed a copy of Fortuna Sworn.

    Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm

  • ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.

    ARC provided by the author via GR in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)

    Real Rating: 3,5 (three and a half stars).

    Fortuna Sworn is a paranormal romance that follows the protagonist, Fortuna, a girl that lives in the human world but she is a Nightmare, a special being with very unique powers.

    Fortuna's brother is missing and she caught the interest of a powerful Fae, Colith. Then, her journey begins.

    There are things I really loved in this book and things I didn't like too.

    What I liked:

    -The

    ARC provided by the author via GR in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)

    Real Rating: 3,5 (three and a half stars).

    Fortuna Sworn is a paranormal romance that follows the protagonist, Fortuna, a girl that lives in the human world but she is a Nightmare, a special being with very unique powers.

    Fortuna's brother is missing and she caught the interest of a powerful Fae, Colith. Then, her journey begins.

    There are things I really loved in this book and things I didn't like too.

    What I liked:

    -The Worldbuilding was great and I loved the concept of all fae being descendants of fallen angels and the concept of a Nightmare.

    -I liked Fortuna, I was able to relate with her and feel her struggle, her fears, her dreams. Her relationship with her brother was touching and I was hoping to see more of her brother as a person and not just as "the brother".

    -Laurie was hands down an intriguing, mysterious character and the one who left a bigger impression for me at the end.

    -I really loved Oliver. He stole the spotlight for me. I loved all his scenes and honestly, I shipped him so hard with Fortuna. He is a cinnamon roll that deserves some happiness...

    - I liked that there were not two but three love interests.

    -The writing style of the author is lovely. It's written in a way that you can actually visualize things easily.

    What I did not like:

    -No eerie feel.

    -Colith. I wanted to feel the danger, the sorrow, angst, the conflict aka complexity that he is supposed to carry within him. I felt nothing but the special snowflake syndrome and insta-lust that he feels for Fortuna.

    -The overuse of tropes. This is a "me thing not you", but I wouldn't be honest if I said it didn't bother me. "The mate" was just one of the many that made me roll my eyes.

    - The villains were so...predictable.

    - The lack of decent female friendships.

    Overall, it was a good read, it was entertaining and I recommend it to people who enjoy paranormal romance, or fantasy romance;)

    TW: Death, Torture, Slavery, Sex Scenes.

  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer

    I've been a fan of Kelsey Sutton ever since I read Gardenia on Netgalley. She is the queen of standalone YA novels and loves paranormal stories like I do. And now she's become a hybrid author self publishing her first adult book, which is a fae romance and her first series. There are a lot of firsts in that sentence! And I was super excited to be a part of her launch of Fortuna Sworn.

    I loved that the title was the name of the protagonist

    I've been a fan of Kelsey Sutton ever since I read Gardenia on Netgalley. She is the queen of standalone YA novels and loves paranormal stories like I do. And now she's become a hybrid author self publishing her first adult book, which is a fae romance and her first series. There are a lot of firsts in that sentence! And I was super excited to be a part of her launch of Fortuna Sworn.

    I loved that the title was the name of the protagonist. It really shows that this story is all about Fortuna Sworn. And it is, boy, is it! I also find the cover quite gorgeous. The fae world resides underground and not in a garden setting but that's okay. You know that it has to do with the fae and for an indie author cover I think its dynamite.

    We delve into the world of Faerie when Fortuna Sworn, the last of her kind, makes a deal with a member of the fae. At first I thought this was a paranormal romance. It's easy to think so from the premise, but after reading the book I would totally call it an urban fantasy. You can see shades of inspiration from the kickass attitude Fortuna shares with many of the best in the paranormal world, the likes of Mercy Thompson and Anita Blake. But this has Sutton's hallmark creative twists that make her stories so addictive.

    The first twist is that Fortuna's kind aren't fae themselves. Nightmares are a different offshoot. Right away we learn that there are going to be all sorts of different creatures that we meet... and I love that bit of foreshadowing because Fortuna's world is about to get thick with them! It starts with her brother who disappeared. When a powerful faerie brings her a lead you can't blame her for doing whatever is needed to pursue it.

    The deeper Fortuna Sworn gets the more complicated her relationships become. And don't mistake her... she's definitely no young adult! Her world is rife with sex, violence, abuse, power games, politics and brutality of the worst sort. This is a morally grey journey to the heart of a queen!

    I really loved Fortuna when I first met her. She starts out in a tough situation and your sympathy is totally kindled. I personally love contract marriages so I totally fell for Collith and his deal. And then Fortuna goes off the rails... She makes really foolish choices trying to control a situation that needed a lot more subtlety. I totally wanted to rant in her face... and I even prepared a little lecture for her...

    Once I got over her little temper tantrum I got on with the story and I really enjoyed it. You want female empowerment and a totally feminist take over?! Then you will adore the actions Fortuna Sworn takes after she's abused by the fae. I was really intrigued by Laurie and seduced by Oliver and his tough situation. And I don't really understand why Fortuna hates Collith so much... he with the vision to change the fae. Then we get this werewolf and my heart totally melted!!!

    Actually while Fortuna is like many women... whiny, power hungry and quite controlling I was swayed to her side. I enjoyed following in her monster wake. And I sooooo want to learn what is up with all the menfolk in her life!! So Restless Slumber... here I come!! And you can't come out swift enough. (For her first series I liked how Fortuna Sworn had a strong ending, but also had plenty of places to go in the sequel!)

    -Strong POV

    While I didn't always like Fortuna I will admit that she is a strong woman. She does many of the things that women want to do but aren't allowed to in other stories.

    -Dark Twisted Fae

    This isn't your run of the mill faerie. It has plenty of darkness, brutality and messed up situations! You want to man handle them into doing what's right and Fortuna works to make that happen.

    -All the Menfolk!

    Soooo many different male characters swarm around Fortuna and have different relationships with her. They are all intriguing and leave you wanting more.

    -Power Plays...

    From the start you learn Fortuna gets herself into trouble easily and yet is no damsel in distress. No! She's going to go for your skin and rip your fears right out of your belly...

    -More of this World Please!

    Fae, nightmares and other other worldly creatures live in this world. Sure we've seen the underground caverns of the unseelie court but there are other more powerful players in the larger world...

    Ultimately Fortuna Sworn is rich with politics and power struggles. She takes the steps she needs to in order to save her brother. Prepare to delve into a dark and twisted world where a Nightmare will claw her way to the top!

    ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ ⭐ Authenticity

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style

    ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing

    ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ World Building

    B+ Cover & Title grade

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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    I have loved this author's work in the past so it was a no brainer when I saw this to immediately pick it up and try it. I love her unique take on things that seem mundane and making them into something new and imaginative. She manages to create endearing characters that stick with you long after the story has been finished and settings that are so descriptive that they take your breath away and you feel like you are transported right into the heart of them.

    Fortuna Sworn was definitely a story t

    I have loved this author's work in the past so it was a no brainer when I saw this to immediately pick it up and try it. I love her unique take on things that seem mundane and making them into something new and imaginative. She manages to create endearing characters that stick with you long after the story has been finished and settings that are so descriptive that they take your breath away and you feel like you are transported right into the heart of them.

    Fortuna Sworn was definitely a story that I won't soon be forgetting. Set in a world of fae and all the heartbreaking, frustrating, and manipulative (and some might even say evil) things that happen when the fae get involved in just about anything, Sutton still managed to create a spin on not only the fae but other supernatural creatures that will not only fascinate you but leave you turning the pages as fast as you possible can.

    Completely delightful and left wanting more, Fortuna Sworn is definitely any fans of the author or those wanting to try her for the first time, will enjoy.

  • Melanie (mells_view)

    I’m not going to info dump the blurb, so I’ll start by saying that Fortuna Sworn was... something else. While fantasy isn’t my usual genre, I’ve read a few and Fortuna Sworn seems to be a good combination of standard fantasy constants and a unique spin on certain aspects of the genre. Faeries. Other fantasy beings. Unseelie and Seelie courts. A world adjacent to the human one. Corruption. Some budding romance from more than one suitor. A litt

    I’m not going to info dump the blurb, so I’ll start by saying that Fortuna Sworn was... something else. While fantasy isn’t my usual genre, I’ve read a few and Fortuna Sworn seems to be a good combination of standard fantasy constants and a unique spin on certain aspects of the genre. Faeries. Other fantasy beings. Unseelie and Seelie courts. A world adjacent to the human one. Corruption. Some budding romance from more than one suitor. A little bit of blood. A little bit of violence.

    Fortuna is a fantasy being that I’ve personally never read about before, so her skills and power were intriguing to me. She is a strong character and she is loyal to a fault. It’s something that I appreciate about her and even though she is not PERFECT, she is growing and learning even in book one. I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say that there are a few options at love interest and quite a few options at a series villain. In this book a lot of character development and story frame-working takes place..

    FS is the first book in a series, and as I said before the author spent much of the time building the world of the Unseelie court and planting plot seeds. I’m not much of a flower gal, but I’d be a liar if I said I wasn’t excited to see what blooms from those seeds left in the dark underground of the court.

    The pacing of this book is pretty quick, but there are a few slower parts in order to feed the reader information, which works well with the fast pace of events taking place. I spent most of this book thinking, “what is happening? Who can we trust? Who is the love interest!?” Then the other half I was just impressed by the world that KJ Sutton is building.

    To add, since my review may not make it clear. I truly enjoyed this book. I wanted to say so much more about this story, but it’s nearly impossible to without spoiling it. Just know that Fortuna Sworn is a determined heroine. The world is a dark yet fantastic one, and KJ Sutton is an author to add to your to read list NOW!

    ^fan edit on IG!

    AVAILABLE NOW!!

    *NetGalley ARC

  • Melanie A.

    Gotta love a bad-ass heroine!

    Fortuna Sworn is a nightmare . . . literally. With just a touch she can delve into your mind, find your greatest fears and then feed them back to you. She's also the last of her kind.

    Two years ago her brother went missing and her only lead in his disappearance . . .

    . . . comes from a mysterious fae named Collith who speaks in riddles. Fortuna knows he

    Gotta love a bad-ass heroine!

    Fortuna Sworn is a nightmare . . . literally. With just a touch she can delve into your mind, find your greatest fears and then feed them back to you. She's also the last of her kind.

    Two years ago her brother went missing and her only lead in his disappearance . . .

    . . . comes from a mysterious fae named Collith who speaks in riddles. Fortuna knows he can't be trusted but her love for her brother leaves her with little choice but to accept.

    And so she ventures deep into the Unseelie Court and begins to peel back the layers of lies, cruelty, and violence to get at the truth.

    Fortuna Sworn, guys, Fortuna Sworn! She's going down as one of my all-time favorite heroines!

    You aren't supposed to admire her for traditional reasons; she was rash, distrustful, and didn't shy away from meeting the cruelty of the fae with her own.

    She was a survivor, a prideful, unapologetic, 'get-the-fuck-out-of-my-way' survivor, and I LOVED her.

    There were a ton of fabulous moments in this book. The action was non-stop and kept me on the edge of my seat.

    But while the action was this story's strength, in my opinion, it was also its weakness. The author didn't give Fortuna a single moment to catch her breath . . . or allow for the relationship with Collith to deepen. There was a decided lack of meaningful dialogue between them. Yes, I get the appeal of a mysterious hero who's not the main focus, but considering his role in Fortuna's life, he was too . . . absent.

    Regardless, I CAN'T WAIT for the story to continue. I love that feeling of reading a book with your heart lodged in your throat!

  • EmBibliophile

    I decided to read this book because a)The cover is super cool! b)The blurb seemed so interesting. And,

    I wasn’t disappointed.

    Fortuna is a unique different character/creature that I’ve never heard about. And I loved that! She’s that morally grey character that you can’t help but admire. She’s strong, fearless, and loyal to who she loves. I don’t know exactly how I

    I decided to read this book because a)The cover is super cool! b)The blurb seemed so interesting. And,

    I wasn’t disappointed.

    Fortuna is a unique different character/creature that I’ve never heard about. And I loved that! She’s that morally grey character that you can’t help but admire. She’s strong, fearless, and loyal to who she loves. I don’t know exactly how I feel about Collith. I feel like we still didn’t see all the sides of his character, so I’m still unable to decide how I actually feel towards him. I’ll have to wait for the next book for that.

    The world is greatly built. The writing is actually good and effortless. I liked that the plot was well developed. Not too rushed or to slow, and best of all, it was never boring. This was an enjoyable different read and I’m looking forward to the next book. I need to know more about a certain mysterious character.

    *A copy was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you*

    Nightmare by Halsey

    You should see me in a crown by Billie Eilish

  • • Lindsey Dahling •

    I find 3-star reviews to be the most difficult to write, so let’s get to it.

    Yes. But ONLY if you like general YA fiction.

    This books has a lot of pacing issues that I see most often in general YA fiction. We are dropped right into the action in the first chapter. The action ends after about 12 seconds and doesn’t really come up again. Then the MC goes to work and introduces us to all of her human co-workers and their quirks...only for these people to never be brought up

    I find 3-star reviews to be the most difficult to write, so let’s get to it.

    Yes. But ONLY if you like general YA fiction.

    This books has a lot of pacing issues that I see most often in general YA fiction. We are dropped right into the action in the first chapter. The action ends after about 12 seconds and doesn’t really come up again. Then the MC goes to work and introduces us to all of her human co-workers and their quirks...only for these people to never be brought up/relevant again. Bam. Faerie. Bam. Attraction. Bam. Conflict. Bam. Conflict resolved. Bam. More conflict. Bam. More conflict is resolved. Repeat, repeat, repeat until you feel like your neck may snap from whiplash.

    I’m someone who struggles with a lot of general YA fiction because I don’t care for whiplash injuries, but I really fucking love YA fantasy (which I’ve always found has less whiplash inducing conflict/resolution due to world building), so I was willing to get over it for this one.

    I really enjoyed the MC, Fortuna Sworn, as well as the characters Collith and Oliver. My favorite scenes were always ones with any combination of the three. The frantic writing seemed to slow down a bit during those, which I especially loved. I do wish there was more world building in this. I still don’t really have a clear idea of how this world exists or why everything is underground. Do they have tile floors or are they just walking around on cold rock and dirt? These are the types of details I need! I certainly don’t need pages upon pages about rocks glistening in the sunlight (looking at you, Mr. Tolkien), but it would be nice to have at least SOME sense of where I was.

    I also liked the different conflicts, even though they were rushed AF and resolved much too quickly. I needed a bit more time building up to the tasks (the book takes place over a grand total of *maybe* four days). I had no time to feel any building suspense or really ANYTHING in regards to what Fortuna had to face because I had just learned about it 5 seconds ago. HOWEVER, I still had fun reading about Fortuna navigating the Unseelie Court and doing her best not to find herself indebted to one of the tricky Fae.

    Absolutely I will. I took the same issue with the first two books in SJM’s

    series, and sticking with it really paid off in the end as her writing improved. I have high hopes the same will happen here, for the story is captivating enough to keep me reading late at night.

  • K.J. Sutton

    If anyone is intrigued or inspired by images I used during the writing process, here is the Pinterest board for the Fortuna Sworn series. The artist who designed the cover even used the clothing board to create Fortuna's costumes:

    I love this graphic so much that I had to share! Thank you, @Mells_View!

    Well, Fortuna Sworn is officially published. I just sent out a newsletter and wrote a blog

    If anyone is intrigued or inspired by images I used during the writing process, here is the Pinterest board for the Fortuna Sworn series. The artist who designed the cover even used the clothing board to create Fortuna's costumes:

    I love this graphic so much that I had to share! Thank you, @Mells_View!

    Well, Fortuna Sworn is officially published. I just sent out a newsletter and wrote a blog post about the origins of this story. It has been years in the making and there was a very real possibility of another novel never coming to be.

    But here it is. Thank you, dear readers, for your continued support and enthusiasm for my work. Your belief in me and endless encouragement got me to this point. I'm so lucky to be part of this community.

    Happy reading!

    Once again, the truly incredible Salome Totladze sent me a character portrait I commissioned from her. This is the first glimpse I've gotten of the characters that, until now, have only lived inside my head.

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