June 9, 2023


Terpsichore, the Muse of Dance is quite content to stay on Olympus, dancing and singing to her heart’s content, for the pleasure of the gods. However, Apollo has a very special quest for her. She is needed once more in the land of Cymru to inspire the people to remember the music of their home.

However, there is more to Terpsichore’s mission than she is told. As it turns out, the true need is to inspire one man in particular, Myrddin, for his destiny is greater than he can even begin to imagine. Soon Terpsichore and Myrddin, find a passion growing between them too hard to deny. However, danger beckons to them both and Terpsichore finds herself Dancing with Fate to save the man she loves.

Hywela Lyn has packed enough adventure into Dancing with Fate to rival a full length novel. I am a huge fan of stories of Camelot and the famed King Arthur and Merlin so I was especially intrigued by the connection between those tales and this book. What a fascinating and creative take on the origins of Merlin we find in Dancing with Fate.

The love story of Terpsichore and Myrddin is quite touching. Especially in light of the obstacles in their path that include a past betrothal, an angry god, a legend yet to occur, and goblin fire. As if this wasn’t enough, we have the addition of the tricky Fates who can twist anything around, which makes it rather difficult for Terpsichore to strike a particular bargain she so desperately needs.

Hywela Lyn’s addition to the Song of the Muses series is a wonderful fantasy to read when you have the urge to pass some time with a good book. I have not read anything else by this author, but I enjoyed Dancing with Fate enough that I am considering adding more works by the author to my collection.

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