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Review: Destiny’s Fire

Destiny’s Fire by Trisha Wolfe was released in the U.S. on January 10, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Omnific Publishing, the print edition is 240 pages.

Destiny’s Fire is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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Goodreads description:

It’s the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.

As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, but she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez’s newfound power rockets out of control, it’s a Narcolym who could change her fate… if she can trust him.

Dez’s guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she’s forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she’s feared her whole life.

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Dez Harkly has a secret. One that she’s been forced to keep her entire life. One that if it were discovered would put her in danger. One that could get her banished from Haven Falls. Or worse…. One that could get her killed.

As a Kythan, a descendant of the guardians of the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt, she is duty bound to be a Protector to humans. And at the age of seventeen she’ll come into her powers. But when that day comes, she will no longer be able to keep her secret. She’ll no longer be able to hide who she really is. She’ll no longer be safe.

Unless she can somehow find a way to hide her powers, she and her mom will have to run. But with their enemies, the Narcolym, descending upon Haven Falls, leaving her home and her friends behind is the last thing that Dez wants to do.

So, when an unexpected ally offers a solution to her problem, Dez must decide whether or not to put her trust in him. But if she’s wrong it will cost her everything. Because giving him her trust means not only putting her life in his hands, but giving him her heart.

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Destiny’s Fire is a fast-paced, exciting and deliciously different paranormal young adult novel by author Trisha Wolfe that takes readers to a future where the descendants of an ancient race of beings that guarded the Pharaohs of Egypt are fighting for their survival.

This action-packed story is the first book in a new series by the author, set in the not-so-distant future in a place called Haven Falls, where the Shythe have been trying to maintain the peace with their enemies, the more aggressive Narcolym. Both have grown weaker as humans continue to grow less dependent upon them as Protectors and the demand for their powers diminishes.

And as a race whose existence is bound to the humans’ need for them, the Kythan are in danger of facing extinction. With only the Shythe and the Narcolym remaining of their kind, the two must not only co-exist, but work together to come up with a way to ensure their survival. Even if it’s one that may incite a rebellion.

As Dez, Jace, Lana and Nick try to discover just what the Shythe Council knows, they prepare themselves for war. Training in secret, even before they’ve come into their powers, they want to be ready to defend themselves and their kind against the enemy Narcos. But when the Narcos start appearing around Haven Falls, it becomes even more important to find out why they’re there and just what they they plan to do. Before it’s too late.

From cover to cover, Destiny’s Fire is filled with action, suspense, mystery and an intense and heartbreaking love triangle that will keep readers captivated. The world is intriguing, the characters are incredibly likable and their abilities are simply fascinating.

The main character Destiny “Dez” Harkly is brave and strong and courageous and yet delicate, fearful and indecisive when it comes to love. Her relationship with Jace is ever-changing and adds to the dramatic tension. And each of her encounters with Reese sends the tension through the roof. For her, for Jace and especially for the reader.

With all the excitement of a paranormal adventure combined with all the heat and anguish of a gripping love story, this incredibly fast-paced story, that can easily be devoured in one sitting, will be unputdownable.

Reviewer gives this book…

On a personal note:

What first drew me to Destiny’s Fire was the description. I loved that this story was set in the future but was about a race of beings who were descendants of the guardians of an ancient civilization. And I loved learning about them and their powers.

But of course I wanted to know more. About them. About their history. And about the different races of Kythans. As this is the first book in the series, I am anxiously awaiting the next book to see what else will be revealed about these guardians of the Pharaohs.

I loved the different powers the Narcolym and the Shythe had. It was fascinating to see just how their powers could be wielded and how they could be used in the modern day. Though I am not exactly sure how they are used in 2040 by the Kythans in their role as Protectors, seeing their powers in action at the bar Cogs and used with those crystals was pretty awesome.

And I am so curious how they would have been used in ancient Egypt, or if the powers of the guardians at that time were different. It would be seriously amazing to learn more about their history and their evolution in a future book in the series.

I loved what the main character Dez Harkly was capable of – though I won’t reveal just what she could do here, because that would be spoiler-y. Her history and her abilities were totally bad-a**. As a fighter she was an incredibly strong heroine…. though in matters of the heart she was the complete opposite.

In training she could take down Nick and Lana easily. And with some effort she could take down Jace. She was incredibly courageous and she didn’t run away from danger. And that was before she came into her powers.

But when it came to the boys in her life and the love triangle she got herself into for being too indecisive and slightly clueless, she was a complete scaredy cat. So I loved Dez, because I loved flawed characters, but she drove me a little crazy for not standing up for what she wanted or making the hard choices when she needed to.

And she was too quick to forgive. Way too quick. Going from wanting to kill someone to wanting to kiss them in a heartbeat made me want to go at her with Charge or Flame to knock some sense into her. But because she was so kick-a** with everything else, I still found her likable.

Surprisingly, to me anyway, Jace was my favorite of the two boys. Actually, I am totally shocked by that one. Reese was all sorts of strong and mysterious and dangerous, which is usually my favorite, but I just didn’t connect with him like I did Jace. Jace may have been the good boy, but he was still pretty broody and fiery tempered and way more trustworthy and deserving of Dez.

And Lana was a great character – she was actually my favorite. She was fun and super nice and forgiving and open-minded and incredibly understanding. She may not have been the best fighter, but she was the perfect balance to Dez.

I thought the pace worked well overall. It was a super quick read and kept me engaged from start to finish. There were a few scenes toward the end that I thought were a bit rushed, though, and could have allowed for more time for Dez to accept some of the surprises that were thrown her way.

And as I said before, I would have loved to know more about the Kythans, but I guess that’s what sequels are for. So, I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series. Besides, while it wasn’t a tormenting cliffhanger ending, there is a lot left up in the air for book two, and I really want to find out just what happens next.

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Favorite Passage:

…His eyes traced my face, taking me in. My breath caught as they settled on my mouth.

His hands hesitated and, before I could question his response, he pressed his lips to mine, hard. His kiss was demanding and hungry. I released a small moan and wrapped my arms around his back, pulling him closer.

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Book trailer for Destiny’s Fire:

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This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher, Omnific Publishing, in exchange for my honest review.

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7 Responses to “Review: Destiny’s Fire”

  1. Jena says:

    Your favorite passage … OMG KILLER. I’ve wanted to read this one! Thanks for the lovely review :)

  2. Shellie says:

    I’ve seen this one around. I’ll have to pick it up whenever I have time. Thanks for the review. Love that passage..makes me want to pick it up even sooner!
    -Shellie
    Creative Reads

  3. Now I know that I HAVE TO read this book! It’s on my TBR list but your review made me want to read it even more. Thanks. :)

  4. um…makes me want to read it…we’ll see… >.<

    ~on another note~
    O_o
    what is it that I see in your banner!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Mindy says:

    I’ve seen this one around lately but I haven’t decided if I’ll read it yet.

  6. FABR Steph says:

    I have been dying to give this a try. I am glad they decided to go with this cover. Thank you for the detailed review.
    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews

  7. Sounds awesome! Adding to my tbr pile, thanks :-)

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