- Book Title: Fated: Blood and Redemption
- Author: Bey Deckard
- Publisher: SelfPub (April 11, 2015)
- Book Length: 350 pages
- Genre: Gay, BDSM, Fantasy
- Reviewed by: Warren
- Posting Date: May 1, 2015
I am so depressed. This is the third and final book of the Baal’s Heart series, and that does not make me happy. This has been such a well-written, fun, and exciting series. I can truthfully say I want it to go on and on. I lust after at least two of the characters, and haven’t quite decided about the third, but that shows how well developed the characters are.
Fated starts with a look back at Tom’s life and how he became Baltsaros’ boy and first mate. It goes deeply into Tom’s time of enslavement, and the transaction that eventually brought Tom to the small jail he was held in until he was trained.
Back to the present, Jon Black is now Captain Black, taking over the job of captaining the Baal’s Heart. Due to Baltsaros’ condition, which happened during the story in the second book, Jon has been voted the Captain of the ship. Jon, of course, is his first mate.
But things are tough with Baltsaros. He comes and goes as himself, and when he is not there, there is much danger. He attempts to take Jon’s life once, for example. He has “fits” and is at that point unpredictable and strange.
And then there are problems with the passengers that the Baal’s Heart has taken on. They consist of ex-slaves and citizens who have left Balor for a better life without the strictness of Balor. Also the new sailors it had to take on after the loss of so many in the previous book.
A decision is made to take Baltsaros home, then take the passengers to Madieras, and return in hopes that Baltsaros has come out of his condition and become himself again.
All the same characters, the same hot love scenes, the funny lines, and the fantasy of a pirate’s life are here in this great finale, plus, the action and adventure, ship battles, and the drunkenness. The same mixture of soft, sweet sexual love and the sometime brutal love that they experienced with each other continue to titillate and excite. We meet some old friends again and Tom’s mother. And as the story develops, things get better for everyone, and misunderstandings and lies are straightened out so the implication is there is a happy ever after ending.
I think this is a perfect ending to the series. I ended the story with a feeling of love, and with the knowledge that I was going to miss Baltsaros, Jon, and Tom. These three have become friends of mine. The characters are so well written, that they live in my imagination, and I can feel what they are feeling.
I know Mr. Deckard is going to continue writing, and I really look forward to reading his new series. I am hopeful it will be as endearing as the Baal’s Heart trilogy had me feeling.