Publication: 10th January 2012/Omnific Publishing.
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"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."
What attracted me to Destiny's Fire was the fact it was a dystopian as well as a steampunk novel. That and the awesomeness of both the Shythe and Narcolym.
From the first page you are into the action. We meet Dez and her closest friends that are the Tuner triplets, Jace, Lana and Nick. They are training, especially with the Narco's coming into their territory, they must be on guard, despite the fact the Narco's are moving due to a Peace Treaty. All four are on the brink of their transition to their full powers, except it's not that easy for Dez.
I liked Dez. She is a realistic seventeen year old girl, except she is a little more bad-ass in my opinion. She is brave and head strong but is in no way arrogant. She is smart, she thinks about the consequences of her actions. She is also content in herself and does not see how special she is to other people, she's a little dense that way. ;) Her family and friends are her life and she would give up hers for them in an instant. Dez is also kind and hates to hurt people's feelings which does create a situation that involves a bit of a love triangle.
All the secondary character in Destiny's Fire were interesting and they definitely added to the atmosphere of the book. There is Lana, Dez's BFF, who loves dressing up and going. That said, Lana can definitely hold her own and is no pushover. She is definitely level-headed triplet. You have Nick who is in the book but does not do too much. He is, however, the comic relief in his own special way which makes him the funny triplet.
Then you have Jace. Dez's best friend. The serious and irrational triplet, who missed out on the level-headedness and the humour. That said, Jace is nothing short of sweet. He just has his own of showing it since he is not great with feelings. Straight into the book, you can see he has a very soft spot for Dez. He is protective of her and his siblings but he means it the good way. Reece, is very similar to Jace, in that he is hot-headed and defensive but he is also quite sweet. There is similar personalities clearly shows Dez's preference of guys. To me, Dez would have made the right decision with either guy as you can see they both truly care for her. However, I felt Dez's and Reece's relationship moved a little too fast. At times the love triangle takes away from the main plot and since it is the sub-plot, it makes sense. All I have to say, Dez is one lucky girl!
Wolfe's writing is Destiny's Fire is so vivid. She had created this amazing world that feels completely real especially the Cog and the falls as well as the power system. It was great to be immersed completely into Haven Falls.
The book's ending makes me feel like there will be a second one. I really hope so anyway!
Final thoughts.Destiny's Fire is a unique and fresh take on steampunk fiction. It is also addicting! I did not want to stop reading! There is no book I can think of to compare it too. For people who haven't read steampunk before but would like too, this is the book for you.