Fated: Blood and Redemption, by Bey Deckard Baal's Heart Trilogy - Book 3
Title: Fated – Blood and Redemption
Length: 350 Pages (Novel)
With the captain’s mind in shambles, Jon and Tom set out to find the passage home through the black mountain range, hoping to find a cure for Baltsaros’s madness. However, when the men are forced to part ways, darkness takes root in the schism created; fate, lust, and vengeance become obsessions threatening to tear apart the fragile bonds holding the three together.
Following on the heels of Sacrificed, Fated takes the pirates on a quest to find those responsible for the captain’s bloody beginnings. But can they survive what awaits them where past and present meet?
It’s been 6 months since we left the crew of Baal’s Heart with much anticipation of what was to become of the Captain, Tom, and Jon. Fated: Blood and Redemption, by Bey Deckard is the 3rd book in the Baal’s Heart trilogy. Captain Baltsaros is in pretty bad condition after subjecting himself to that madman at Ereme’ia Balor. It’s gonna be up to Jon and Tom to get themselves, the Heart, and the Captain, home. Jon has been made interim captain until Baltsaros can get back to his old self, or as close to it. The crew is not happy about it but thank god for Tom to set them straight. “The next fucker who opens his bloody mouth will lose his bloody eye. When the fuckin’ captain is speakin’, ye bloody well listen. That goes for all of ye, Jack Tar and landlubber alike. I don’t care who the fuck ye think ye are!” However, the passengers and crew will be a piece of cake compared to the instability that has taken refuge in Baltsaros’s mind.
Tom and Jon feel it best to keep the captain confined in the cage for their journey home to Madierus. To say he is unstable would be putting it mildly. He has few lucid moments in the madness that has taken roost. Both, Tom and Jon, are trying to put up brave fronts but it is killing them. But, one of the reasons we love Tom is he tells it like it is. “Ye know ye did this to yer fuckin’ self, aye? This is yer godsdamned fault, Da. We could’a left-- me, you, an’ Jon—but no…Ye had to go an’ get yer bloody head scrambled, didn’t’cha? And ye did it without a single, fucking, bloody thought about what would happen to--
Hopefully, with the addition of the ex-spymaster Ceara who has promised she can take them through the black mountain range and Saban, the ex-slave who can add needed strength, they will have a trouble free journey. Of course, when has anything been trouble free when Tom was around? He seems to find trouble without looking for it. It doesn’t help that sex has been pretty much off the table since Baltsaros took ill. When Saban tries to befriend Tom he creates more trouble for himself when he starts to think of him in a sexual way. If Jon don’t kill him for it, Saban just might.
Jon is stressed to the max taking on the role as Captain Black. He wants to ask Baltsaros for advice but knows with his state of mind it is useless. He doesn’t trust Ceara at all and he is starting to have strange dreams again. He lacks confidence in his abilities as the Captain but when a new problem arises on the Heart and Tom deals with it his own way, without consulting Jon, he blows up. It only confirms what he has been feeling himself. “You wanted me to be captain, so I am being captain. It is not easy for me, but I am fucking doing it the only way I know how,” Jon growled through clenched teeth. “If you don’t like it, you can go fuck yourself. And…what makes you think you can go behind my back and string up passengers without my say-so?”
NO, this is as far from a trouble free journey as they can get. Bey has a unique talent and a very descriptive narrative that will pull you in and hold you prisoner until the last page. We learn a lot of things left unsaid from the previous books and things start to make a lot more sense. Fated, while just as addictive as the rest, is told with a slower, more laid back pace.
A lot of reflection is brought into the story allowing us a window into Baltsaros’ mind. We get a clear vision of some of the demons that have haunted him for many years and see what drives him to be the man he is. We get insight into the early days when the captain first found Tom and the heartbreaking reality of being bound by chains and tortured by whips. To understand fully how far Tom has come is nothing short of miraculous. #TeamTom all the way.
One of the hardest revelations is witnessing the demons that have come out to play dragging Baltsaros back into the depths of hell as talking ghosts from nightmares past try their best to destroy a strong mind. Baltsaros gets some pretty crazy ideas in his head and unfortunately Jon will have to be on alert or keep his distance if he doesn’t want to succumb to the captain’s idea of mercy.
If you loved the first two books in this trilogy you will love Fated. There are a lot of different things at play that keep you on the edge of your seat. There is a lot of misunderstandings between the key players. Some will have resolutions and some will not. They take on a little pillage and plunder lifting there weighed down spirits. We meet up with old friends such as Katherine and it felt like we all came home for a brief time to just sit back and unwind. Jon gets to enjoy some alone time between he and Katherine but she has him pegged “Kat? What is it then? Why are you looking at me like that?” “It’s just… You’re different Jon,” she replied. Grinning away the seriousness after a pause, she leaned back to appraise him with a glint in her eye. “I got it! Your balls finally dropped!” “Oh, fuck you!” He laughed and punched her playfully in the shoulder.
There will be many wrongs that will be made right and even though some will remain untouched I hope the author will revisit these transgressions later on. Decisions will be made and the consequences will be dealt with. There is a lot of humor and laughter on and off the ship. The author’s originality and creativity is mesmerizing and trust me – you won’t want to put this book down until you finish.
This story is about learning to love each other, accept each other for what and who they are, and strengthen their relationship. Hope, trust, and love, is more evident than ever when that seems to be the only thing holding the three together.
They each learn new things about the other that they didn’t know before. Captain Baltsaros, finally, not only realizes, but admits, what these two amazing men mean to him and he is not going to lose them or their love. He will fight for them and what they have with everything he has. Their intimate moments are a testament to their love but rough still finds its place bringing a great deal of pleasure to the three.
There will be moments of bloodshed that will make you cringe. Moments of real fear for Jon as he deliriously loses his way and when it seems he can’t take another step - a bright light will shine on him in the form of Tom. Seeking redemption seems to be the ultimate goal but it is worth finding if you lose what is most important to you while searching for the unknown?
Going home has never felt so good and looked as promising as it does now for Jon, Tom, and Baltsaros. Bey has done an incredible job of putting these strong characters through the ringer and showing that sometimes fate, sometimes love, sometimes hope, and sometimes all of it combined is what you need to come out on the other side stronger than ever. A beautiful and heartfelt ending to an amazing series. Bey Deckard has an incredible gift putting words to paper, a craft that he embodies heart and soul. His lyrical prose is infectious and smooth as silk. His execution of taking us back in time through dreams/visions and back again to present was effortless.
May Jon, Tom, and Baltsaros find peace, at least for a little while. They definitely have earned a bit of downtime. I want them to have the HEA they have earned through hardship and loss. An incredible journey and I am thrilled that I was along for the ride.
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