Life outside the domes is not possible. At least that’s what Insiders are told.
Twins Eli and Talia shouldn’t exist. They’re Outsiders.
Their home is a secret. Their lives are a secret. Arafel is a secret.
An unexpected forest raid forces Talia into a desperate mission to rescue her family while protecting the sacred Book of Arafel from those who would use it as a weapon. As Talia and her life long friend Max enter the dome, she makes some unexpected discoveries, and allies, in the form of rugged Insider August, that will change the course of her life forever.
She’ll stop at nothing to save her family but will she sacrifice her heart in the process?
The Fire Sermon meets Gladiator in this brilliant YA debut.
In a world destroyed by the Great War and divided into Insiders (who live in life-sustaining domes and have done since the War) and Outsiders (those who have survived outside the Domes for hundreds of years), the most sough-after object, is an ancient book…The Book of Fire.
The Book of Fire follows the journey of Talia, an Outsider, who lives in Arafel with her family and fellow Outsiders. Her Grandpa is the current guardian of the Book of Arafel, which contains ancient notes, annotated by their ancestor who founded Arafel.
When the Insiders come near Arafel, and Talia’s twin, Eli, and her Grandpa are taken prisoner back to the domes, Talia must follow and try to rescue them.
Inside, she meets an Insider, August, who seems to have a hidden agenda that Talia cannot work out. He seems to both help and hinder her at times during the book. But when Talia discovers what is happening on the Inside, she is repulsed and, as well as trying to rescue her family, she must team up with an underground society, full of genetic rejects, mythological creatures and those deemed genetically inferior.
In an exciting climax, featuring the flavium amphitheatre (see above GIF), a cyclops and griffins, Talia must rescue her family and attempt to assassinate the ancient leader of the Insiders, Octavia.
Dynamic, beautiful and tense to the end. Book of fire is a compulsive and exciting read, the world brought to life by gorgeous lyrical prose and description that will engage all your senses as your read. I’ve never wanted to eat an apricot so much!
The characters are deep, flawed, with mixed intentions and you never know fully who to trust and who not to. An exciting mix of roman mythology, dystopia and genetic engineering, this will be a novel you will not be able to put down.
This is only the start of an exciting new series, but it will below away readers as a stand alone, too, and I dare you to not fall in love with both the world and characters in this novel.
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Michelle is a self-confessed scribbleaholic. She can usually be found daydreaming about mystical, fantasy worlds, and doctors say she’s pretty incurable. Michelle is a graduate of the Curtis Brown Writing for Children Novel Course. She also holds a LLB (Hons) Degree and is currently an Accredited Practitioner with the CIPR, with whom she has won several national awards for her Magazine & Media/PR related work. Michelle is currently represented by Chloe Seager of Diane Banks Associates and can be found, along with her Curtis Brown scribbling friends, on this blogsite. Biog: www.dianebanks.co.uk/clients/young-adultchildrens/michelle-kenney