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Blog Tour: Destiny's Fire by Trisha Wolfe -Review

11 Jan 2012

Title: Destiny's Fire 
Author: Trisha Wolfe 
Publisher: Omnific Publishing 
Release Date: January 10th 2012
Format: eARC
Source: Blog Tour/Publisher for review (Thank you!)

Sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—a part of a nearly extinct race of Kythan descended from ancient guardians who protected the pharaohs of Egypt. As Shythe, they must keep their shape-shifting ability and electric power hidden from the humans of their steam-powered world.

It’s the year 2040 and the Shythe Council has lowered their barrier, allowing the Narcolym—the dominant race of Kythan whose Flame ushered in the steam era—to enter their haven. As the Narcolym airships get closer, Dez secretly trains for an attack that her best friend Jace believes is coming despite the Treaty Act. Not only is Dez wary of war, and her growing affection for Jace, but she fears the change her fast-approaching birthday will bring.

When her power rockets out of control, Dez knows she’ll never attend the Shythe Academy with her friends, and worse, her mother’s planning to run. But a Narco named Reese could change her fate . . . if she can trust him. After Dez discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, her guarded world crumbles. She’s forced to choose between the race who’s raised her and the enemy she’s feared her whole life.

DESTINY’S FIRE is an emotional journey of Dez’s struggle to overcome her fear and embrace her power—her destiny.

So after reading one of the most anticipated reads of 2012, Destiny’s Fire and harbouring mixed feelings about it, I’ve decided to change the format of this review to my very rarely used Likes/Dislikes form.

Unique and Imaginative world
Wow. Seriously Wow. No more vampires, werewolves, mermaids and paranormal creatures of the sort. Instead, we have Kythans, who are shape-shifter descendants of guardians who watched over European Pharaohs. There are two races, the Narcolym and Shythe, the latter being on the brink of extinction due to centuries of long-standing war. However, the two races want peace now, and must learn to live together in Haven Falls. The Narcolym/Shythe relationship reminded me a bit of the Moroi/Strigoi relationship from Vampire Academy since both are on the verge of killing off the other. I was immediately drawn to the world Wolfe has created, and it was interesting learning about the different abilities of the two races.

Endearing side characters
I definitely liked the supporting characters more than the main one. We have Jace, Lana, and Nick, who are triplets, and long-life friends of Dez, our heroine. Lana was such an endearing best friend; I loved how she took care of Dez and she was so sweet and supportive the whole time! I really liked Jace as well, despite his stubbornness which annoyed me at times. But he was also caring, and everything he did was for the benefit of his family and friends. Which reminds me, I hated what Dez did to Jace! How could she treat such a sweet  and considerate guy so horribly?!?!?1

Heart-pounding Action
I loved the last 30 pages of action! But I have to admit, it was mainly the thrilling action that made up for the well…parts that I didn’t quite like.

An Unnecessary Love Triangle
Yes. Unnecessary. I’m sick of the whole best friend/MC/Prince charming love triangle, and truthfully, most of the time they don't work well. (Or maybe it's just me). The thing is, if the love triangle were to be removed, it would have no effect on the major storyline, but the book would be reduced by almost 50 pages. Why can’t the heroine’s best friend REMAIN her BEST FRIEND instead of being put in as a potential love interest? It feels like a girl can’t have a male best friend without the guy developing more-than-a-friend feelings for her.

A very indecisive and slightly irritating heroine
I’ll admit, I admired her determination to succeed, her strength and perseverance during the worst times, but the fact that she ‘toyed’ with her best friend really irritated me. She was leading on her best friend while having feelings for someone else; I wish she could’ve made up her mind about who she wanted to be with, instead of two-timing and hurting both parties. Apparently she was lying because she ‘doesn’t want to hurt his feelings’. *facepalm* I was honestly really annoyed being inside for head for half the book because of her selfishness and indecision.

Truthfully, Destiny’s Fire didn’t live up to my expectations, but I was certainly impressed with the mythology and action. I’m definitely in the minority here, so I’m sure a lot of you would enjoy this more than me. 

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  1. Love triangles stink! Thanks for the review!!! :)

  2. I can definitely see where you're coming from on the love triangle and the way she strung along her best friend... indecisive and/or selfish heroines are really hard to connect to. The mythology sounds amazing though, so incredibly fresh and fascinating! I think this format worked best for this review, you explained everything clearly regarding what worked and didn't. Great review, Shirley! But sorry it didn't live up to expectations :(

  3. Ah, the Love Triangle. Good and Bad. Either or! Since I haven't read the book yet, all I'll say it will be interesting to read. Thanks!

  4. It's the mythology & the action I am drawn to here.


  5. The mythology and action were certainly fantastic! Hope you enjoy this more than me!

  6. Haha, I know a lot of people who really enjoyed it, and the love triangle wasnt a huge issue for them, so you should try it! No probs :D Thanks for stopping by!

  7. *sigh* I was really looking forward to this ( it felt like EVERYONE was excited about it), but oh well, at least the mythology and action were great! Thank you, Brodie <3

  8. Awww..I always hate Unnecessary love triangle. It is so annoying! Also, a Heroine that is not so likeable? I really understand why this book didn't quite live up to your expectations. I am still intrigued to read this book! Awesome review, Shirley! :)

  9. Destiny's Fire is a fantastic Steampunk. It has everything I love in a novel awesome storyline, action-packed,and romance that set my heart on fire. I recommend Destiny's Fire as must read.

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