Child of Destiny by T.E. Bradford is a Christian fantasy novel and the second book in the Divide series. I reviewed the first book, Child of Prophecy, earlier this year and it should be read first to understand the events in this second installment.
Nova, Quentin, Laura, and their friends are back in Threa and need to stop a war between the Singulars and Duals. Oh, and dragons. I’m not sure if they were mentioned in the first book or not but they are integral to the plot in this book. It’s a solid story that wraps up any loose threads left in the first novel, Child of Prophecy.
It’s also heavy with Christian themes, which I would expect considering the first book. Those themes focus more on Christ and his love and offer of redemption. This novel’s themes are quite dark. If you are sensitive to bullying, anger, or lust of any kind, including sexual, be aware that this book contains those elements. However, Ms. Bradford wrote along a fine line between too much and not enough when telling about characters who were deep in sin. It’s difficult to do and she was able to describe them with grace and understanding. It wasn’t something I expected in this book but found that I appreciated it more by the end.
I also did not expect how the main characters, e.g. all the teens, transformed. It was a coin flip from teen to adult and back to teen again at the end of the book. In the first, they were all definite teenagers and acted as such. In Child of Destiny, their actions felt as though they’d grown up and been in their twenties. But they weren’t. The book doesn’t take place too much after the first one. Maybe because their experiences and expectations forced them into adult roles? The character development felt at odds with the final battle and denouement.
Again, I am not the target audience for this book. I do, however, enjoy reading YA and this is a typical example of the Christian YA Fantasy genre. Again, I would not recommend this to those who are sensitive.
In addition, while the storylines from the first book are tied up, there are a few new story questions asked that make another book possible.
My Good Reads rating: ★★★☆☆ I liked it.
About The Book
Book: Child of Destiny
Author: T.E Bradford
Genre: Christian YA Fantasy
Release Date: May 26, 2020
Across the Divide, a storm is brewing.
In a world where power determines position, word is spreading of the girl who possesses all three factors of magic. Some feel her existence heralds a new era. Others cling desperately to old traditions. The struggle will pit neighbor against neighbor in a conflict poised to spiral into civil war. At the heart of the maelstrom an adversary thirsty for domination wields a weapon of untold magnitude. When power can be harvested like wheat, no one’s magic is safe—even the Trine’s.
Is it her Destiny to save them, or will her power be used to destroy everything and everyone she loves?
About The Author
Author of the Divide Series books, Six World Sagas, and international bestseller Written in the Stars, Tracy believes her writing is a little piece of magic God gave her.
“Life is hard enough. I want stories to transport me to another place. A magical place, where I can stretch out my hand to touch the wonder of this vast universe God created. A universe more extraordinary than we can begin to comprehend. These are the stories I love best, and the ones I love to write. Welcome to my worlds!”
- 2 homemade (or your favorite store-bought) pie crusts
- 1 jar of hazelnut spread
- Roll out (or unroll) pie crust.
- Using a spoon, coat the crust in a thin layer of hazelnut spread.
- Start at one side and carefully roll the pie crust up (leave it resting on the seam to help seal.
- Pinch the ends to close and seal them.
- Cut the roll into slices (approx 1/2″).
- Set the slices on their sides on a baking sheet. These will get gooey/sticky as they bake, so you may want to use a silicone baking liner.
- Bake at 375 for approx 20-25 minutes – until they are a deep golden brown.
Let cool a bit, and enjoy! You’ll be amazed at the yummy flavor. And as you read, you’ll be able to appreciate the scent and taste right along with the character. Happy Reading (and eating)!
TIP: If you like crunchier, flakier crusts, let the rolls loosen as you set them down, opening up the pinwheel shape a bit. If you like more solid, dense treats, leave them tightly rolled. Or, like me, let them land however they will and get a bit of both. 😉
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Thanks so much for stopping by to hear a bit about Child of Destiny, book two in the Divide Series. I’m so excited to share it with all of you!
In this second book in the series, one of the characters enjoys a special treat. This yumminess goes by the name of Hazelnut Delight. It’s a simple, but fantastic recipe that only a very select few will receive. Shhh!!! It’s a family secret!
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To celebrate her tour, T.E. is giving away the grand prize package of a themed basket with a one-of-a-kind natural gemstone necklace, a musical instrument, a print copy of The Song of the High King (a Bradford original), and additional books and items!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.
Caryl Kane says
Wonderful review! Sounds like a must read. Thank you for sharing.
It really is. Thanks for stopping by, Caryl! ~April