Flame of Destiny

Originally posted at Long And Short of It BEST BOOK Callista becomes an orphan when her whole settlement is decimated Fortunately she escapes the carnage a

Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...A Long And Short of It "BEST BOOK"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. A viral Flame of Destiny Author Colleen Helme am Book 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 oFor 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. As the author of the best selling Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, Colleen is often asked if Shelby Nichols is her alter ego Definitely, she says Shelby is the epitome of everything I wish I dared to be Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby s adventures I love getting Shelby into trouble I just don t always know how to get her out of it Besides writing, she loves a good book, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.. A viral Kindle Flame of Destiny This book caught my interest from the very beginning and didn't let up. Callista is an amazing young woman. She is strong and can take care of herself, but at the same time, there is a vulnerability about her that makes her intriguing and sympathetic. Her family was murdered, and she is out to find justice. She finds a deep magic inside her which helps her become a swordmaster and sets her apart from the rest of the cadets, thereby allowing her into the ranks of the Elite Guard. On her first assignment, she is attacked and nearly dies, but is saved by Justin, a ship's captain. These events lead her even deeper into a world where trust comes with a price and not everything is as it seems. I loved the magic, the world building, and the way everything was resolved in this book. The love story between Callista and Justin was sweet and not rushed, making it believable and fresh. The shadowbeasts were awesome and scary. Mostly, I loved the way Callista learns who she is, and how she accepts the destiny only she can fulfill. A must read for anyone who loves a good fantasy filled with magic, love and intrigue.

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  1. As the author of the best selling Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, Colleen is often asked if Shelby Nichols is her alter ego Definitely, she says Shelby is the epitome of everything I wish I dared to be Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby s adventures I love getting Shelby into trouble I just don t always know how to get her out of it Besides writing, she loves a good book, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.

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  1. This book caught my interest from the very beginning and didn t let up Callista is an amazing young woman She is strong and can take care of herself, but at the same time, there is a vulnerability about her that makes her intriguing and sympathetic Her family was murdered, and she is out to find justice She finds a deep magic inside her which helps her become a swordmaster and sets her apart from the rest of the cadets, thereby allowing her into the ranks of the Elite Guard On her first assignme [...]


  2. Callista has spent two years at the academy learning to be one of the Elite Guard hoping to be a stepping stone to bring her closer to finding the one responsible for violently killing her loved family, whom she has vowed revenge on She survived taking her family sword with her The sword linked with each ancestor who owned it, and now her as well Things go array on her first assignment in her trial period with the Elite Guard and Callista faces off with a pack of Shadowbeasts Suffering a deadly [...]


  3. Originally posted at longandshortreviews.cA Long And Short of It BEST BOOK 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 [...]


  4. Flame of Destiny is a terrific read I loved reading this book It is an epic fantasy novel about a young woman, Callista, who wants revenge on the wizard who brutally killed her family She joins the Elite Guard hoping it will be a means to an end, only to discover that this group of soldiers is less than trustworthy When her first assignment goes horribly wrong, she is saved by Justin a ship s captain, whose destiny becomes entwined with her own It is up to them to rid the city of a horrible and [...]


  5. I picked this book up at 11 one night and aside from some wanderings into the kitchen for snacks, didn t put it down until 7 the next morning I loved this book Right from the start, you are drawn into a story of action and intrigue that never lets up Callista is a brave and powerful heroine, one you can t help but root for I loved having such a strong female main character Then of course there s the ship captain Justin, who just has to be than he seems When he saves Callista s life their destin [...]


  6. I liked this book and the story and the whole idea The main character was strong and good I just wished we had known of her thoughts and feeling earlier on in the book I love the romances in this book It was sweet and subtle and grew slowly threw the conflict There were things about the execution of the book that I didn t like I don t think I like books that are from many people s point of view, I like to stick with the main character as much as possible and I hate bad guys thoughts I like lear [...]


  7. Second book I ve read of Colleen Helme and it didn t disappoint me I can t wait until September when her third book comes out Don t miss her writing It s refreshingly unique.


  8. Callista es una joven con un don especial, guarda una llama m gica en su interior Despu s de que su familia es asesinada por unas bestias salvajes creadas por un hechicero oscuro, se mete en el ejercito para aprender lo necesario para su venganza En su primera misi n es atacada y herida por estas bestias, y rescatada por Justin, un capit n mercante que tambi n es un principe que regresa a su reino despues de tres largos a os Entre los dos, van a descubrir el origen de la magia y de las criaturas [...]


  9. I won this book on a First Reads Giveaway I enjoyed this book very much It was really fast paced but nicely paced as well The storyline was good I really liked the main character Callista I am definitely looking forward to the sequel and finding out how everything wraps up My one complaint would be the font that was used it was too small and a little too fancy for long periods of reading Other than that it was a wonderful book.


  10. I actually really enjoyed this It reminded me of something I might have picked up when I was young and super into fantasy, but this was so well written it entertained me now This is really a book for anyone it s very clean and the story line is great I ll definitely be picking up the sequel.





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