Quest of Fire: Desperation ~ Review

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Quest of Fire: Desperation by Brett Armstrong, 

Quest of Fire: Desperation
Quest of Fire: Desperation 
Quest of Fire #4 
By Brett Armstrong

War has come to Ecthelowall, and the hopes that the Commonwealth can be restored are about to be dealt another severe blow. Thomas Fenwrest's life was changed forever following his parents' deaths. Taken in by his uncle, Baron Fenwrest, Thomas is being mentored by Sir Hurstwell when they are tasked with moving the heirs to the ancient throne of Ecthelowall to safety. But the danger is much closer than they realized, and soon they are in a fight for their lives.

This book has a high level of drama as treachery, and unexpected aid comes into play. This is the fourth book in the series, and it is a worthy addition to the series. I'm looking forward to seeing how exactly everything comes together. The various threads are heading seemingly toward a certain path, but challenges and obstacles keep getting in the way, diverting our heroes and separating them at times. This time we only have quick glimpses of what is taking place for the old storyteller and Aria, as Jason's fate is not yet known.

I have read all the books in this series, and let me just say you have to read these in order! This book is excellent reading, and the Quest of Fire series is perfect for fans of The Chronicles of Narnia or The Lord of the Rings. I would say it is in between them in reading difficulty. But I would say middle-grade readers and older will love these books. And, like me, if you delve into this world, you will be wondering what will happen next. I highly recommend this book and series and feel that it will appeal to home-schoolers.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion - all thoughts expressed are my own.


Title: Quest of Fire: Desperation 
Series: Quest of Fire #4 
Author: Brett Armstrong 
Publisher: Expanse Books 
Release Date: September 13, 2022 
Genre: Christian, Epic Fantasy

Guarding his nation’s last hope, a teen must escape enemy lands.

While Anargen, Caeserus, and Bertinand are held captive in Stormridge, the war to restore Ecthelowall’s Commonwealth has been waged for months. Their friend Terrillian is on its frontline and hopes are high.

For Barons Fenwrest and Sornfold the fight is too close to their children, whose union represents the only viable challenge to the Monarchists' claim to Ecthelowall’s ancient throne. Enter Thomas Fenwrest, an orphan and page to Sir Hurstwell, who is captain of Baron Fenwrest’s guard. The pair must escort the teens to Castle Yerst expecting boredom to be their only danger. Everything quickly spirals out of control when the Monarchists somehow deliver a devastating blow to the Restoration army, and Thomas and Sir Hurstwell face the increasingly difficult task of keeping their charges alive. Ancient sorcery and bitter grudges combine to ensnare them. As desperation sets in for the Restoration and Thomas, to where will they turn for hope?

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Brett Armstrong

Brett Armstrong, author of the prize-winning novel, Destitutio Quod Remissio, started writing stories at age nine, penning a tale of revenge and ambition set in the last days of the Aztec Empire. Twenty years later, he still tells stories enriched by his Christian faith and a master’s degree in creative writing. His goal with every work is to be like a brush in the Master artist’s hand and his hope is the finished composition always reflects the design God had in mind. He writes to engage, immerse, and entertain with deep, thoughtful stories. Continually busy at work with one or more new novels to come, he also enjoys drawing, gardening, and playing with his beautiful wife and son. Brett’s book The Gathering Dark is a 2020 Selah Awards Finalist in the Speculative Fiction category.

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(2) winners will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, a copy of Quest of Fire: Desperation,
a digital map of the western Lowlands, a digital copy of a limited-release short story 
about a character in Desperation, and Quest of Fire's theme music.
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  1. Quest of Fire: Desperation sounds like a thrilling and exciting fantasy and I am looking forward to reading it, I love the cover as well! Thanks for sharing it with me!

    Thanks, Blooming with Books, for sharing your review!

    Have a fabulous weekend!


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