The seventh novel in Shiloh Walker’s Grimm Circle series, Blind Destiny, brings back two characters we’ve seen before and tells us a little more about them. However, for the first time, there’s a little something missing.
Myrsina knows the stories. As one of the oldest of the Grimm, she had a hand in writing most of them, but only she knows the dark origin of the Seven Bloody Sisters. It springs from the place of her birth—and her death. A place of pain and misery to which she plans to never return. Unless forced.
When Luc appears on her doorstep, her heart twists with suppressed longing for the man who can never be hers. The only man who can make her do the impossible—go home.
Luc may be blind, but through their unique, bittersweet connection, even he can see that the task laid before them is ripping Sina’s soul apart. This time it isn’t as simple as fighting a demon that has escaped from the netherplains.
Sina must go back in time—to that cursed ground—and right a wrong that she unknowingly brought about. To write a new ending to a story that may give them both a chance at happily ever after. Assuming they survive.
I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but generally with all the Grimm Circle stories, we get more of an idea of how the Grimm are related to their stories. Sadly, I’m just not getting that feeling about Sina. We’ve met Luc before, in Tarnished Knight, where his story is weaved pretty tightly with Perci’s. So not getting his background is no real surprise. In fact, it’s kind of nice to see the married couple who became Grimm together, finally get their separate happy endings (please tell me that’s not a spoiler). However, I still don’t feel like I know Sina or how she came to be.
As mentioned in previous novels, Sina is often referred to as Snow White, but how that actually relates to her mortal life is lost to me. Because we do know this, I don’t have a problem relating the story behind Sina’s life (plus it’s mentioned in the blurb I found), plus I’m hoping someone else will be able to explain the legend. Instead of seven dwarves, Sina’s story involves seven bloody sisters and other than that, I have no clue what their significance is. This time, I’m completely lost as to the basis of the story. To give an idea of how far off I am, the whole seven bloody sisters makes me think of Countess Elizabeth Báthory, but even that doesn’t sound right. I even went so far as googling Myrsina and I’m still not getting the connection. Maybe this is all me, but I just don’t feel like a connection was made with Sina. Blind Destiny was fabulous in showing the emotional trauma that Luc has dealt with all these years; but Sina just comes off cold.
Another part I wish was focused on a little more is Natasha. She’s a minor mortal who is affected by the going ons that Sina and Luc are dealt with, but all we know is her ancestry and that’s it. Honestly, I would have liked to see a little more interaction on her part. I’m wondering why her character was necessary. I have a feeling we’ll see her again in a later novel, but for Blind Destiny, she wasn’t needed.
Overall, I have to admit that Blind Destiny probably isn’t my favorite Grimm Circle novel, but I don’t dislike it either. There’s always one book in a series that has to be a dud and I’m thinking it’s this one. Again, I didn’t dislike the story. In fact, the actual story was fabulous. It was engaging and kept moving. It brought Luc and Sina together in a variety of different ways and it played to their strengths. We’re even introduced to a new character (that I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of later) and we get to see a side to Will that I can’t wait to explore. The chemistry and action are all there – Walker doesn’t disappoint with that. I just didn’t like Sina or her backstory.
Update: After teasing and tormenting Shiloh with my review, she finally shared the legend behind Sina’s story. It’s a little off the beaten path if you’re not familiar with earlier Snow White versions, but it makes a lot more sense than what I was finding above.
Candy Houses at Amazon
No Prince Charming at Amazon
I Thought It Was You at Amazon
Crazed Hearts at Amazon
Tarnished Knight at Amazon
Locked in Silence at Amazon
Grimm Tidings at Amazon
Blind Destiny at Amazon (October 16, 2012)