Desperation Review: On Tour with Celebrate Lit

Desperation Review

About the Book

Book: Quest of Fire: Desperation

Author: Brett Armstrong

Genre: Christian, Epic Fantasy

Release Date: September 13, 2022

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?


MY DESPERATION REVIEW: While I’ve not read all of the books in this series yet, I have read a few. From the first one, I’ve enjoyed the author’s way of telling a story, his voice as a storyteller. He’s created a complete world and characters with varied histories and personalities. Desperation is no different in the quality and style of writing, and I love those things about it.

From the first chapter, Desperation had my attention. The characters immediately give you a sense of who they are. And while they experience growth throughout the story, it is these first glimpses that let you know who they’ve been. Then, the story invites you to join them not only in their quest against evil but also on the path to who they are becoming. Personal and spiritual growth, mentorship, and choosing friends wisely are ideas that allow the world of Desperation to have meaning in our world.

And while we may not face epic battles against unthinkable monsters, we do fight against evil. The results of that evil can be just as ugly and devastating as the monsters the author has created. It’s wonderful to have well-written, interest grabbing (and keeping) stories of adventure to remind us that the monsters can be fought, and they can be defeated. I’d say the next generation needs these epic stories of heroism and fighting for the Light, but that wouldn’t be the complete truth. Really, we all need these stories, and Brett Armstrong has once again delivered an engaging story that does exactly that. I give Desperation five stars.


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About the Author

Brett Armstrong has been exploring other worlds as a writer since age nine. Years later, he still writes, but now invites others along on his excursions. He’s shown readers haunting, deep historical fiction (Destitutio Quod Remissio), scary-real dystopian sci-fi (Day Moon and Veiled Sun), and dark, sweeping epic fantasy (Quest of Fire). Every story is a journey of discovery and an attempt to be a brush in the Master Artist’s hand. Through dark, despair, light, joy, and everything in between, the end is always meant to leave his fellow literary explorers with wonder and hope. Always busy with a new story, he also enjoys drawing, gardening, and spending time with his wife and son.


More from Brett

There are three things I’ve come to learn that define what Quest of Fire is and means to me. When I first started writing the Quest of Fire series years ago, I knew I wanted to tell a big story set in an even bigger world. One with all the depth and breadth of my favorite series: Lord of the Rings and Star Wars and Chronicles of Narnia. Over time, the main story of Quest of Fire and the Lowlands it’s set in have grown every bit as big and fantastical as I always dreamed.

But there was a second something I realized I wanted to do with the series as much and more than tell sweeping stories. I wanted people to be able to zoom in on the sprawling maps and look closer and closer, and see people who look real, relatable. People with struggles and questions and who don’t always feel prepared for what comes next. So, I wanted to make even numbered books in the series novellas that zoom in and tell very personal and targeted stories.

Like Thomas’s in Book 4, Desperation. Unlike Anargen in the main entries, he wasn’t raised by Knights of Light and had a rough childhood. He has plenty to be bitter about and in Desperation his world is imploding around him. He’s overwhelmed at first and then he meets a Knight of Light, Terrillian, who steps out of the main storyline to be a mentor and shows Thomas what the life of one in service to the High King of All Realms looks like. How there is light even on the darkest of nights. We never know how much and how many will be impacted when we make a stand for Christ and we model his love and teachings before others. Likewise, Terrillian may not realize how profound his faithfulness will affect Thomas.

I write Quest of Fire to tell stories to encourage believers to stand firm in the faith, to join the fight against monsters in the pages of books so that when’s life’s beasts come against us we’re better equipped to face them. At least that is my hope and my prayer. Because the most important thing I learned I wanted Quest of Fire to be is a story that helps people better understand and join in the Greatest Story written by the Author and Finisher of our faith.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, August 10

By the Book, August 11

Blogging With Carol, August 12

Artistic Nobody, August 13 (Author Interview)

Christina’s Corner, August 13

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 16

Through the Fire Blogs, August 17 (Author Interview)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 18

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, August 19 (Author Interview)

Mornings at Character Cafe, August 19

Holly’s book Corner, August 20

Guild Master, August 21

The Book Club Network, August 22

Splashes of Joy, August 23 (Author Interview)


To celebrate his tour, Brett is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card, copy of Desperation, and digital extras (exclusive map and music)!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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  1. Bea LaRocca says:

    Thank you for sharing your review of Quest of Fire: Desperation, I like the cover art and synopsis and I am looking forward to reading this story myself

  2. Rita Wray says:

    Thank you for the review.

  3. Amelia says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Marilyn says:

    Thank you for the review.

  5. Terri Quick says:

    Great cover

  6. Tami Vollenweider says:

    I like your review letting me know even in the first chapter it has your attention and maybe wanting to read on for more!!

  7. Tami Vollenweider says:

    Love your review how even from the beginning it captured your attention of wanting more from it!!

  8. Cindi Knowles says:

    Love the cover. Book sounds interesting.