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Following the coup, the war rages on with the Monarchists slowly claiming the advantage. For Thomas, a young page, his brief involves protecting his cousin Gregor, heir of Baron Fenwrest, and his betrothed Delia, daughter to Baron Sornfold. The War of Restoration to take back power from the coup plotters who are led by Maldes llyron, the self-proclaimed Monarch of Ecthelowall, has been tough on Thomas. When the news arrives of his uncle's devastating defeat at Duncaster by Monarchist forces, Jack and Delia throw caution aside to rescue their royal relatives. They do not know they are rushing toward almost certain death. Thomas is faced with a decision that could change the outcome of this battle between the forces of light and darkness in Brett Armstrong's Desperation: Quest of Fire Book 4.
The latest book in the series is as exciting as expected. I would have preferred more of a backstory to the overall series as it would help first-time readers acquaint themselves with the plot. Instead, we are thrown headfirst into some of the most interesting battle scenes I have ever encountered. Brett Armstrong shows his skill by encapsulating a romance subplot into a continuous battle storyline so fluently that I almost didn't catch it. The villains are intelligent and the creatures are beautifully described with images such that I caught myself visualizing Thelxipeia in her natural form. Desperation holds a lot of promise, and I daresay this is one fantasy series to watch out for.