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Flame of Destiny
by Colleen Helme   

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Category: 

Fantasy

Publisher:  Mundania Press ISBN-10:  1594263728 Type: 
Pages: 

240

Copyright:  January 25, 2011 ISBN-13:  9781594263729
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Fantasy Adventure

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Colleen Helme | Author of Romantic Fantasy

For Callista, joining the Elite Guard will give her the means to find the murderer who killed her family. With the sword of her ancestors, she enters the Academy and soon discovers latent powers only heard of in legends. Her uncanny skills do not go unnoticed, and when her first assignment goes terribly wrong, she is saved by a man whose destiny becomes entwined with her own. Soon, she is forced to re-consider who her enemies really are. As her power awakens, she is drawn into a web of deceit that will ultimately shake everything she believes in. With a new sense of her identity, she must confront a dark evil hidden behind an unspeakable secret. This evil threatens to destroy her and the man she has come to love. Will she be strong enough to withstand this power, or will she become the very thing she has sworn to destroy?




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Flame of Destiny
"In Flame of Destiny, Colleen Helme introduces a true-to-life heroine in Callista, a young woman filled with both impatience and a burning sense of destiny, and whose impatience is often a greater problem that her considerable array of enemies. Readers will certainly want to see just what happens to Callista in the next book, as will I."
- L.E. Modesitt, Jr.


Long And Short Reviews by Orchid
Callista becomes an orphan when her whole settlement is decimated. Fortunately she escapes the carnage and watches as the shadowbeast killers obey the grey wizard. Determined to destroy the shadowbeasts and their master, she travels to the Academy and trains to become a guard. She believes her chance has come when she is offered a position in the Elite Guard.

Justin, the King's youngest son, has been abroad for some years. He has now returned and circumstances throw him and Callista together. The King has left to fight a war on his northern borders, leaving Justin's older brother Richard in charge. Torin of the Academy is held in great respect by Justin, but he feels uneasy when in the presence of Commander Barrett, the leader of the Elite Guard.

The King has taken his army to war, shadowbeasts have infiltrated the city but who is their wizard master? History reveals wizards tried to rule the world but were defeated and the only ones left were trained as healers. Can these healers destroy the shadowbeasts, spawn of the evil wizards? Have the beasts attempts on Callista's life got anything to do with the attack on her settlement?

Sometimes you know a book is the right one for you. This was the case with Flame of Destiny. From the moment I saw the cover I knew I had to read it. Callista is a strong, stubborn, feisty heroine who has an aim in life. Despite the revelations regarding her origins, she is still determined to do things her way and at times this leads her into serious trouble.

Justin longs to show his father he is loyal and trustworthy. Despite loving his brother, they are at loggerheads. His warnings to his brother go unheeded and this puts everyone in danger, including the townspeople.

Justin and Callista, with the healer and a colleague from the Elite Guard work together to destroy the shadowbeasts who appear to be unstoppable. Sometimes betrayed, sometimes helped, they are pulled apart and drawn together as the story unfolds. I became so involved with the story that at times I sat on the edge of my seat egging them on to do the right thing.

This book has something for everyone. Fighting and adventure, mystery and mayhem, magic and suspense. And of course romance. The romance is a natural part of the story, developing as it progresses. There are no hugs and kisses merely to fill in a few paragraphs. The romance appears so gracefully it weaves itself into the story and the hero and heroine became a couple almost before I realized it.

I believe this is the first of a series. Flame of Destiny is a complete, stand alone novel, but it had better be the first of many. I'm waiting eagerly for more.


Flame of Destiny - Hopefully the first of a series by Sharon Haddock, Deseret News
The fiery and stubborn Callista has no real idea of her role in the upcoming battle to save the king, the kingdom and the souls threatened by an evil wizard with a grudge.

She believes she's headed for a career with the palace Elite Guard, a place that can use her impressive skills with a sword and as a fighter.

Soon enough, the first time she's out with a mentor, she's attacked by the vicious shadowbeasts that are invading the city. She finds out she's been betrayed and has to rethink who she can trust.
The fiery and stubborn Callista has no real idea of her role in the upcoming battle to save the king, the kingdom and the souls threatened by an evil wizard with a grudge.

She believes she's headed for a career with the palace Elite Guard, a place that can use her impressive skills with a sword and as a fighter.

Soon enough, the first time she's out with a mentor, she's attacked by the vicious shadowbeasts that are invading the city. She finds out she's been betrayed and has to rethink who she can trust.
She's rescued by a ship's captain who becomes more than a white knight to her. She wonders why she's been targeted.

From there, "Flame of Destiny" is a story of intrigue, action and danger as Callista discovers who she really is and what she's meant to accomplish.

The plans of a once-trusted palace adviser are set in motion, with her death a critical part of them. Darkness threatens to win.

Here is a well-written story of a remarkable heroine who is neither shy nor overbold. She is aware of her frailties and of her strengths and advances in a believable, human fashion.

The romance is well-paced, and the elements of evil and good come together in bursts of action that allow the reader to relax for a moment between scenes, something not all amateur writers allow.

There are some fresh additions such as putting the Book of Elements in a safe place and how the shadowbeasts came to be. There are rivalries between characters that explain much of the story. There are unexpected battle developments.

It all makes for a book that's readable and interesting, although the bold typeface throughout is a little bothersome.

Helme has created characters that matter and a story that moves forward in a fashion that allows for some curiosity.

The ending is somewhat open-ended, so it appears there will be a sequel.

Let's hope so.


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