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New Book for Fantasy Readers: CLASH OF FATE AND FURY Book Review

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the CLASH OF FATE AND FURY by Rachel Menard Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:

Title: CLASH OF FATE AND FURY (Labors of Gen #2)

Author: Rachel Menard

Pub. Date: March 21, 2023

Publisher: North Star Editions

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 416

Seventeen-year-old Gen may have rescued her beloved father from prison, but she hasn’t saved him yet. If she fails her end of a bargain with the Olympian Empresses, they will send him right back to his cell. To keep the Empresses happy, Gen must bring them the legendary golden apples of Hesperides and the monstrous Cerberus. But both are rumored to be in the neighboring Elysium Empire, which has a long history of war with Olympia. Making matters worse, Gen’s former enemy and newly designated heir to the isle of Arcadia Castor invites herself on the journey, hoping a golden apple could end Arcadia’s reliance on Illumium for storm vials. And Castor’s twin brother, Gen’s StormMaker boyfriend Pollux, has been pulling away from Gen due to troubles stemming from her mind magic. With Castor’s pirate-thief girlfriend and Pollux’s servant companion in tow, the unlikely team embarks on its voyage. But war is only an insult away in Elysium, and more than the Emperor has their eyes on Gen’s mission. The quest has caught the attention of one of Elysium’s Oracles, and trouble is sure to brew with Prophecy on the rise.



Wow, oh wow! What a wonderful book full of magic and Greek mythology lore. I love these character-driven plots and whole heartily was rooting for Gen, Pollux, and even Castor, who is a delightful antagonist, or is she?

The relationship between Gen and Pollux is tested as they journey with Pollux's nemesis Castor and the author does a beautiful job using this throughout the story. The character arc has you questioning whether or not Castor is as evil as you thought is brilliant. I'm still debating on that! 😅

This is the second book in the series but that didn't bother me because the author does a wonderful job filling you in without removing you from the storyline. But now that I read the second book I'll have to read the first. I mean, how can I not!?!

Thank you, Rockstar, Flux, and Rachel Menard for an epic journey filled with delightful characters. Watch out Harry Potter!


About Rachel Menard:

Rachel Menard is an author of strange and fantastical tales for teens. Her self-published novel, Steel Hand, Cold Heart won the grand prize in the 7th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-book awards, and her traditional debut, Game of Strength and Storm, was selected as a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard along with its sequel, Clash of Fate and Fury, forthcoming from Flux in March of 2023. Her short fiction has been featured on the Cast of Wonders podcast and her writing tips and advice have been seen in Writer’s Digest. She lives in Rhode Island with her partner, son, and feisty cat.


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