Goodreads synopsis: 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.
The synopsis of Destiny's Fire set my expectations high and I'm thrilled to say Trisha Wolfe's novel did not disappoint one bit.
Readers are thrown right into the middle of the action from page one, when we meet Dez and Jace fighting with one another as part of a training session. We're introduced to this new world, full of tension and magic, mystery and fun. Dez is part of the Shythe and just days away from her birthday and her first transformation, an event that terrifies and excites her. Compounding her anxiety is the tension between Scythe and Narcolym and the arrival of a fascinating and dangerous new stranger.
Trisha Wolfe has crafted a breathtaking new reality. Far from typical, the shape-shifting Shythe and Narcolym will satisfy readers' appetites for something new in the world of YA supernatural fiction. At the same time, the world building will appeal to fans of science fiction and fantasy and the steampunk elements are just the icing on the cake. The thing is, this isn't an easy book to categorize, it blends elements of multiple genres beautifully to create something new and exciting.
One of the things I loved most about this book was the friendship between Dez and Lana. There is no cattiness or competition to their friendship. Lana stands by Dez through some pretty tough times, which is refreshing to see. In a world where girls are so often pitted against one another, it was great to read about two girls who put aside differences to join forces and kick some butt. It's also great to see a female character who is not defined by her romantic entanglements. There is of course, romantic tension; but, far from being annoying, or distracting, it helps propel the action forward.
The pacing of this story is perfect. Wolfe knows when to slow down the action to let readers savor a moment and when to speed things up and keep us on the edge of our seats. There were twists and turns I didn't expect and I was sad to turn the final page. I thoroughly enjoyed losing myself in this fictional world. There are so many things I want to say about Destiny's Fire, but I don't want to spoil anything for you, so the best advice I can give is go read the book now.