I’m halfway through The Hanged Man., the second book in the Fortunata series and it’s finally coming together. There are lots of new characters in it, and some old faces that probably shouldn’t be there, including a surprise visit from a character from the Tamarei series.
Here’s the Foreword of Book Two.
In ancient times, there were people who believed that the destiny of every man and woman on earth was governed by the Three Fates, Clotho, who spun the thread of a person’s life, Lachesis who measured its length and Atropos who finally cut it. Three days after a person’s birth, these individuals apportioned to them their lot in life, and no-one, not even the gods themselves, could go against their decree.
But that was back then. These days the Fates have gone corporate: Fortunata, an organisation that seeks out the most talented amongst mankind and shapes their destiny, helping them to fulfil their potential and benefit the rest of humanity. The problem is that two of the CEOs, Lydia and Hector Flint have decided that they don’t like the way that things are being run these days, and are playing by their own rules. Their former partner, Cain, has other ideas and when he finds out that Lydia and Hector are planning to systematically murder the people they are supposed to be helping, he takes matters into his own hands.
Aria Swift, and Jason Sabatini are on the Flints’ hit list – two innocents who have no idea why Fortunata wants to kill them. They have never met, are not even aware of the other’s existence, but their fates have been inextricably bound together, since October 6th 2008, when both of their lives changed forever. October 6th 2008 – the day that Jason’s mother was killed in a freak electrical accident, and Aria’s father was taken from her in a car crash.
It was a day that was never meant to happen.
When Aria and Jason narrowly escape death, Cain realises that the only way he can protect them is to take them into hiding. Unfortunately, the safe house isn’t quite as safe as he’d hoped and the three of them are forced to flee for their lives, only to emerge and find themselves in a world that none of them recognise.
And somehow it’s up to them to put things right.