Following Fate: M. A. Frick *Review*

Genres: NA Fantasy, New Adult, Fantasy Romance | Release Date: 29 February 2024 | Series: Fate Unraveled Trilogy | Series Book: #2 | Pages: 372 | Indie Author | Review

“Will you also perish in fire?”

M. A. Frick


Guess who’s been *very* spoiled in getting an ARC of indie author M. A. Frick’s Following Fate? That’s right, yours truly! This is the second instalment in the NA fantasy romance trilogy (The Fate Unraveled), and I’m not too proud to admit I fangirled extra hard when it arrived on my Kindle. Will I be just as excitable as I was with my review for book one, Forcing Fate? I think we all know the answer to that… So let’s give you an overview!

Avyanna has finally bonded to a dragon, but neither she nor the dragon are thrilled about it. To be a Rider, Avyanna must now give up being a part of Rafe’s team, the sole place where Avyanna felt like she belonged. With no one ever bonding to a wild dragon before, nothing will come easy as both Rider and dragon alike struggle to understand each other. When everything goes terribly wrong, will Avyanna find a way to live with this wild creature? How can she reconcile the two halves of her soul, when they’re so drastically opposed? And what happens when Rafe goes somewhere dangerous without Avyanna to watch his back?

Cover image of Forcing Fate by M. A. Frick is to the bottom left of an image of ash. Added text: Avyanna has been torn away from Rafe's side... Will she ever find her way back there?
I’m a massive fan of this fantasy romance series!

Happiness Boost:

I’m going to tell you right now, within Following Fate it is like magic unfolds before a reader’s eyes with every newly turned page. We get one of the most wonderful dragons I’ve ever come across (which is saying something), as well as an exceptionally stubborn and morally grey hero. If anyone wonders why we love Rafe so much? I dare you to come at me after this instalment. This hero has a *journey* to go through and what he endures… I’m simultaneously horrified and impressed. I’m not giving away spoilers, but suffice to say Melissa knows how to write an epic story, okay?!

I need to talk about Avyanna. I know, I know. You’re probably thinking what about tropes? What about worldbuilding? What about all the technical and tiny details that make up a great story? Rest assured, if they’re not specifically mentioned here, it’s not because Following Fate didn’t deliver. It’s just because my mind is still riding a bookish high and I can’t focus on things like that. Who can, when there’s such a perfect fantasy romance at our fingertips? Seriously?! *But* let’s talk about Avyanna for a second. I love her character growth. I love her dedication to those whom she loves. And you know who I’m reminded of? Alanna from The Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce. Obviously with a spicier, more adult classification… But there’s just something special about this heroine. I adore her.

I thought there was a cliffhanger at the end of book one (which there was). But the end of Following Fate? Holy guacamole, glitterbugs. I’m still struggling to concentrate on other tales, because I need to know what happens next. And how could that be anything other than a happiness boost? This story stays with you and sits in your heart. I can give no higher praise.


I have no downside, I just want more! Please, please give us more (and soon)!

Final Thoughts:

Following Fate by indie author M. A. Frick is a brilliant NA fantasy romance full of dragons, devastation and an incredibly stubborn heroine who never knows when to quit. If you want a series which will test your heart and leave you begging for more? Oh glitterbugs. This tale really is for you. Love what you’ve heard from my review? Just click on the link below to pre-order yourself a copy! Happy reading, glitterbugs!

You can pre-order Following Fate via this link: Amazon

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