Tuesday, April 21, 2015

*Challenge Review* Destiny's Flame by D.S. Schmeckpeper

Genre: Epic Fantasy
Published: April 21, 2015
Pages: 301
Ages: 14+
(Contains violence and some adult situations)



What happens after the battle is done? Do you think everyone lives happily ever after?

Lumernia has been left divided, leaderless. The ensuing power struggle cost the city more than just the knightly order, leaving the land and its people unguarded. Is the conquering army content with their prize, or do they have their sights set on more?

Celeste, Tarnelius, Arcus and Siobhan are back. After saving the land of Altierra from the threat of the ultimate evil, they expected life to return to normal and made plans to pay respects to a fallen friend. No good deed ever goes unpunished, though, and their actions have many consequences. Kuunkierto was defeated, but an ancient pact was broken and the first calls of war have sounded. Will they be able to right the wrongs of the world once more? Will they be strong enough to face what is coming?

Through the flames of war, new destinies arise.


D.S. Schmeckpeper transports us back to the land of Altierra in this sequel to her debut novel, Destiny’s Wings. We find Celeste, Tarnelius, Arcus, and Shiobhan facing the disastrous consequences of their actions. 

I got/had to beta read this book. I actually wasn’t given much of a choice in the matter, but the author has bribed me with the promises of cake. It wasn’t hard to get me on board with promises like that. Also, I was anxious to continue the adventures of Celeste and her crew. In Destiny’s Flame, the crew travels to almost all of the locations we first visited in Destiny’s Wings, all of them under very different circumstances, and with vastly different results. I enjoyed being able to revisit these locations under different circumstances. 

Although this book is the second in a series, you don’t actually have to read Destiny’s Wings first to feel up to speed with what is going on in this story. The major pertinent details from the first book are covered, but if you read this book without reading Destiny’s Wings first, you will be subjecting yourself to some major spoilers for Destiny’s Wings, so I would still recommend reading that first. 

I would recommend this series to any epic fantasy fan, and personally look forward to reading more from this author. 5 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

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About the Author

D.S. Schmeckpeper (a.k.a. Dottie and Steve Schmeckpeper) live in Florida, USA. They are a husband and wife team who work together to create the Land of Destiny series. Both have loved the Fantasy genre for many years and have wasted way too much time playing fantasy-based games. Dottie was a vocal performance major in college, before she decided a liberal arts major was not for her. Ironic, huh? They have two wonderful twin boys, who are three at the time of this publication. They are the light or their parents’ lives. Steve does the artwork and comes up with many of the story concepts. Dottie brings the ideas to life. When not working, writing or drawing, the pair love to take their children to Florida’s many amusement parks, and can often be found there. 

Other Books by D.S. Schmeckpeper

Land of Destiny Book 1


I used Destiny's Flame to fulfill my fantasy block on my Book Bingo Challenge. For the Popsugar challenge I used it to fulfill the Book with Magic category, because it does have lots of magic in it. 

Other categories it would fulfill:
A book published this year
A book by a female author
A book set in a different country (it's set in an entirely different world!)
A book from an author I love that I hadn't read yet

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