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...

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Fortuna Sworn Reviews

  • Aisling Zena

    I think I wanna start by saying, I'm absolutely in love with that cover. The composition, the colours, it just does it for me especially for a fantasy book. I'm always wary of a good cover, as it doesn't always mean the inside will be as good but thankfully this time I loved the contents just as much.

    Fortuna Sworn is the only one of her kind left. Her parents are dead and her brother has gone missing for the past two years. She's stuck in a loop. She works all day and at night she

    I think I wanna start by saying, I'm absolutely in love with that cover. The composition, the colours, it just does it for me especially for a fantasy book. I'm always wary of a good cover, as it doesn't always mean the inside will be as good but thankfully this time I loved the contents just as much.

    Fortuna Sworn is the only one of her kind left. Her parents are dead and her brother has gone missing for the past two years. She's stuck in a loop. She works all day and at night she goes searching for her brother. She's made a promise to look after him. Unfortunately for her one night she ends up captured by goblins and a powerful faerie helps her out. Now that she's caught his eye there's no way to return back to her safe life. He makes her an offer that she simply can't turn down. But you should always beware of bargains with faeries and when she ends up in the Unseelie Court where no human rules apply, she realises that the bargaining chip might as well be her very life.

    My problem is that I really, really want to expand and elaborate and explain, but this being an ARC I feel that I should at least be a bit vague so please bear with me. Fortuna's powers were at the very least kickass. She also acknowledged whenever she was going to do something stupid but just couldn't help herself which actually endeared her to me. Fortuna has this endless well of strength and even if she reaches rock bottom she refuses to stay there. Her coping mechanisms were also pretty impressive and kept leaving me thinking that she's not what she seems to be.

    Collith the powerful faerie that saves her and proposes the irresistible but suspect bargain is one massive mystery. You get glimpses of him through Fortuna but you never really know what to think throughout most of the book. He doesn't answer her questions or provide information voluntarily. He's an enigma Fortuna is very drawn to but she also feels conflicted every time she responds to him.

    The only thing that brings it down a bit for me is that I'm not sure if K.J.Sutton is planning on making this into a reverse harem situation or triangle or none of the above. Because the way I see it there's at least two (maybe three) more players on the board by the end of the book that could all possibly go for Fortuna. One of them is a peculiar triangle that you're not sure it exists. And who is also the part I'm somewhat hesitant about as I really dislike triangles. So if this goes to a RH situation I'll be happier than if it goes to solid triangle area.

    The writing style and world building was captivating. I loved the descriptions and kept wanting to read more and more and then I reached the end and realised I didn't do a single thing at work today and just read this in the eight hours I was supposed to be working. My bad. (Totally not ashamed) This book really entranced me and got me in the fae zone without much effort. The book ties up one major issue but ends on massive reveals that really make you want to get your hands on the next book. I'd totally recommend this to people that love reading about the fae.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    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!

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  • JenacideByBibliophile

    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author, K.J. Sutton, for an honest review.

    Opinion:

    This book is a nightmare beckoning you into the shadows of your fears and insecurities.

    It sings promises of love and protection into your all too innocent ears, reaches a tender hand of surety out into the open space between you, and just

    Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author, K.J. Sutton, for an honest review.

    Opinion:

    This book is a nightmare beckoning you into the shadows of your fears and insecurities.

    It sings promises of love and protection into your all too innocent ears, reaches a tender hand of surety out into the open space between you, and just as your fingertips meet…

    …just as you begin to taste the sweetness of heartfelt completion…

    …it drags you down, down, down.

    Into the recesses of sorrow, lies, heartbreak and death.

    Until you’re nothing more a than mermaid trapped in a puddle, in a lonely decimated forest.

    Fortuna Sworn is one of the fallen, a collection and species of various creatures descended from angels with intriguing abilities. But Fortuna is the last of The Nightmare’s – a creature of intoxicating beauty whose face shifts and transforms to accommodate the onlooker’s tastes. A creature that can reach into your mind with a gentle caress, find the fears that lay delicately in the folds of your thoughts, and turn them into a horrifying reality. But when Fortuna is captured by two goblins who intend to sell her to the highest bidder, she is freed by a strange faerie that offers her a deal she can’t refuse. He knows where her brother is, who disappeared two years prior, and he can take her to where he is being held if she agrees to just one thing: to be his mate.

    Where do I even start with this book?

    It…

    *sigh*

    …it pains me.

    I love and hate it. It makes me happy and sad, thrilled and disgusted, excited and revolted. I have so many feelings and thoughts on this book. About the questions that are left unanswered. About the characters I THOUGHT I knew, but obviously don’t know at all. About the direction I assumed this story was going, until the trap door opened up beneath my feet and swallowed me whole. But there is one single feeling that stands high above all of this.

    Pure obsession.

    Because I, am obsessed.

    There is SO much happening in this story, and I barely even know which direction to turn to first. The Unseelie Court is the epicenter of the turmoil in this tale, and the Fae in this book are not the sweet and caring creatures we have come to love from Sarah J. Maas books. These are Holly Black level Fae. Twisted, dark, deviant and 100% psychotic! They love to get inside your head and jumble your inhibitions, to see you writhe in pain. They kill each other, own slaves, and even have sex in the middle of the damn throne room during parties!!

    Oh no lassies.

    This is NOT your fluffy little Fae tale.

    But absolute horrors and atrocities aside, the real confusion of this book starts and ends with the lovely Fae male that Fortuna becomes mated to: Collith. He is…pure sex in earthling form? Can I say that on here…? He is mysterious, brooding, regal, rough and goddamn drool-worthy. Things get heated between Fortuna and Collith, and I don’t just mean Fortuna’s temper. It’s going to get steamy, and it’s going to get intense. But remember, no leading Fae male would be ever be complete without him contradicting EVERY single thing he says with questionable actions, vague answers and secrets on top of secrets on top of SECRETS. . So go forth, my child. Fall for this dreamy, tall, dark and handsome Fae male that stalks women until they mate him. Be my guest.

    And enjoy the whole in your chest later on, okay?

    It’s your funeral, I’m just always dressed for it.

    But of course, the true gem of this stomach pain inducing book is Fortuna. She is a fiery, snarky, sarcastic and saucy woman who my dark little heart can only PRAY to resemble one day. This woman is badass incarnate and would have ZERO problems sinking her claws into your face while she takes a trip into hell, and drags you down with her. From the very start of the book she proves to be an intelligent and ruthless character, but also incredibly human. She is both powerful and unique, but she is also so relatable and heartfelt in everything she does. She is confident and tough, as well as sensitive and compassionate.

    I adored Fortuna and every deliciously horrifying comment that dripped from her lips like sweet wine.

    Though I wholeheartedly am ravaged by this book, I do wish it was a bit longer and more drawn out. I felt like the trials Fortuna had undergone were a bit rushed, and therefor her emotions towards what she was forced to do and endure weren’t focused on as much as I would have liked. What can I say? I like to see characters in immense suffering. I also would have preferred more time with her and Collith to see if their relationship would grow/evolve/crumble, but I guess that is what book two is for…right?

    As this is Kelsey Sutton’s first Adult book, I am positively impressed and not at all surprised at her abilities to make me lose my mind over another one of her books. Fortuna Sworn is an addicting and vile book that you need to get your spindly hands on NOW.

  • 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

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  • Parvati Patil

    Love it!

  • Hamad

    Disclaimer: Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

    When the author contacted me to review this book, I did not know what to expect. I saw that it has faeries and it is a NA book which I think the book community has a severe lack of. I initially thought it was a standalone but it looks like a trilogy and I have no problems with that. The book left me

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    Disclaimer: Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

    ★ When the author contacted me to review this book, I did not know what to expect. I saw that it has faeries and it is a NA book which I think the book community has a severe lack of. I initially thought it was a standalone but it looks like a trilogy and I have no problems with that. The book left me wanting more.

    ★ The author has a nice prose that fits the story and the genre! The prose is easy to read and it can be romantic without all the extra cheese. There were some quotes I liked for sure and the book gave me SJM vibes. I will speak more on that when I talk about the plot.

    ★ Fortuna was a good character, she has a clear object, to rescue her brother and she will try her best to do so! Fortuna is actually a Nightmare, one of the many fallen creatures the book have, she and her borther’s are the last of their kind and the book also focuses mainly on Faes. Vampires, werewolves and other creatures are mentioned but not heavily. Since the book is NA, Fortuna was kind of mature and not the typical YA girl although she had her flaws. That may be a thing I preferred over SJM characters which are all flawless. The rest of the characters are also well written, I can still imagine them fresh in my mind and I also associate them with some emotions such as respect, hate, empathy and others! For a book of only 300 pages to make me connect with characters in such a way it is a great achievement! The characters are surely diverse and THERE WAS A FREAKING HIJABI MUSLIM FAE!!! That is a small detail to a secondary character which did not impact the story but it was good to see a representation in such a casual way.

    ★ I have been comparing and mentioning SJM for a reason. The plot is kind of similar to ACOTAR, we have our MC who is forced to love a strong fae and then all kind of emotions are thrown into this mix! There was mentioning of mating, The usual courts, a trial, and riddles! I recently read ACOTAR so I had it fresh in mind and I could not help but to compare them. I am not saying it is based on ACOTAR because it has its own atmosphere but I think they both have a root originating from a similar mythology.

    ★ I really enjoyed this and the fast pacing helped making it a page turner. The problem is that for a strange reason, my last 3 reads have been too fast-paced. I think the characters were obliged to act in a certain way and that makes me accept part of the fast-pacing, but I guess if it was a bit slower with a dozen more pages then it would have been more enjoyable. It is just that the pacing makes it hard to have a strong emotional connection with characters and make some events seem unbelievable.

    ★ Summary and Prescription: I was pleasantly surprised by this book and I am surely interested in continuing the rest of the series. The book had some good writing, unique characters. The pacing was a bit too fast and the plot will appeal to fans of SJM, with less cheese and more diversity! If you love stories about Faes then I think you should be picking this book sometime.

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  • 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:

    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

    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:

    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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