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Wildfire: A Novel (Firethorn #2)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  400 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews

Sire Galan has forbidden his servant and lover Firethorn to follow him to war, but she disobeys. When the army of Corymb sets sail for Incus, she is aboard a ship of the fleet, gambling on Galan's welcome.

But the gods are as apt to meddle with the schemes of a lowborn mudwoman as the best-laid plans of her betters. The searing touch of Wildfire leaves Firethorn shattered

Hardcover, 528 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Scribner (first published July 23rd 1995)
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Lelah I read the second book (Wildfire) in the trilogy first and thought it was awesome as a stand alone story. In fact, after eventually reading the first…moreI read the second book (Wildfire) in the trilogy first and thought it was awesome as a stand alone story. In fact, after eventually reading the first book (Firethorn) in the series, I think it's better. Even if a third book never comes out, I think at least Wildfire deserves to still be read.(less)

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Jun 30, 2016 Samira rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-fantasy
It's been SEVEN YEARS, Micklem. You've officially lapsed G.R.R.M. and now I want my third book.
Feb 19, 2014 Cissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neither as well-written nor as compelling as "Firethorn", which was at least consistent and coherent.

In this second book in a proposed trilogy, Firethiorn... is not an actor in her own story. Lots of things happen TO her; she does very little on her own, and much of that is without any clear reason, even "it seemed like a good idea at the time". She rises, she falls, she rises, she falls; she has a completely inexplicable loyalty to a man who cares nothing for her (Stockhom syndrome? but then I
Wildifre follows upon the events of Firethorn starting where the other ends but it takes the series to a different level; the world and the magic get expanded a lot, while the heroine narration remains the same superb one from book 1.

Without too many spoilers for Firethorn, the heroine follows her noble born lover to war not accepting his (small) estate donation and going meekly there to wait for him, gets struck by lightning (wildfire) on the ship, gets touched by various gods though she starts
Jul 24, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing
When we last saw Firethorn, she had resolved to follow Sire Galan to war rather than retreat to the country house he had provided her. As Wildfire opens, she does just that. But the gods aren't finished with Firethorn yet. Before she reaches the city of Lanx, where she will be reunited with Galan, Firethorn is struck by lightning.

She survives, but not unscathed. Firethorn comes away from the incident with several ailments, most notably aphasia. She often says one word when she means another. Wha
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Wildfire is a lovely book, surpassing even its predecessor in my estimation to earn a full 5 stars. The only downside to this book is that it isn't standalone: Firethorn should be read first, and we are still awaiting the third installment.

My favorite aspects of this trilogy are its focus on the lives of women, particularly in the lower classes, and its worldbuilding. Both are prominent here. The heroine Firethorn travels to new lands with fully realized cultures, including one that's reminisce
This sequel to Micklem's previous book, Firethorn, begins with the heroine following her lover across the sea and to war, along with her good friend Mai. Firethorn is a greenwoman, a skilled healer who uses divination to assist her in determining cures for the sick, and knows that her talents will be put to good use as they march to battle, helping soldiers and camp followers alike.

Firethorn's troubles begin when she is struck by lightning and left with constant cold on one side of her body, a
Jul 29, 2011 Wealhtheow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Firethorn is just a peasant, but her passion for Sire Galen (and his for her) led her to become his mistress. After she endures terrible trials following the army and assisting Sire Galen, he grants her a tract of land. But rather than live in peace and comfort, Firethorn disobeys his orders and follows him once more. Her luck is against her--she is struck by lightning, and spends the rest of the book recovering from neurological damage while slowly losing her vision. The damage is particularly ...more
Feb 25, 2011 Liza rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-loans, 2011
This second installment in the adventures of Firethorn is much more interesting, engaging, exciting... Generally better written in my opinion. First of all, more happens. Firethorn does more and travels farther and comes into her own more. She gains the grudging or hidden respect of strangers, men who should be her captors because they were her lover's, Sire Galan's, enemies. This book is great because Firethorn gets out from under the oppression and overbearing possessiveness and sexual ...more
Mar 22, 2012 Jacqie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnt-finish
This is not a bad book, I just didn't have the patience for it right now. The book starts during a ship voyage, and Firethorn is struck by lightning in the middle of the storm. This affects her speech. She can't find the right words and often uses puns unintentionally which have some sort of satirical import on her comments. After a couple of hundred pages this got old to me. I wasn't in the mood to read slowly and glean double meaning out of every quote. Lord Gavin doesn't seem to be around too ...more
Jun 27, 2011 Laurel rated it it was ok
This book is well written, but didn't grab me quite the way its predecessor did. I guess I'm a sucker for love stories, and for most of the plot Firethorn is apart from everyone she loves. It does move along at a good clip, but doesn't seem to be headed anywhere in particular. (Granted, the author's vision into the future of her world is far sharper than my own. However, I feel like she's set up expectations she has no intention of fulfilling, which can be a good thing, but didn't do it for me ...more
Dec 12, 2013 Phil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as good as the first. Firethorn is a captive of the enemy king. Taken to a distant land that she may have originated from herself. Now she falls low and is brought up to high and then cast out to low again. Sounds like real life but hers is more epic than ours. This does end on a "there must be a third book in the works" tone.
Nov 18, 2009 Elisabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"Wildfire" is the magnificent sequel to Sarah Micklem's first fantasy novel, "Firethorn"! I love the world that Micklem has created and "Wildfire" was even more complex and absorbing. I did not want this book to end. However, due to the cliff-hanger ending, I'm assuming there is a third book in the works! (there'd better be!)
Nov 02, 2013 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very disappointed by this book. The plot felt disjointed and pointless. I'll probably read the sequel just because I loved the first Firethorn book so much, but this book was just awful!
Gratuitous character abuse! Almost threw this at the wall.
W.L. Bolm
Aug 09, 2013 W.L. Bolm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I waffled between giving this three and four stars. In general, I liked it better than the first installment, but I had more issues with the writing itself. My biggest problem was with the author's info-dropping to catch readers up with events that happened in the first novel. I understand that this is not in itself an easy thing to do, but the constant, blatant references kept pulling me out of the story. I also felt that the ending was rushed and that the protagonist's captivity was overly ...more
Oct 15, 2013 Rusty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
When I read Firethorn I thought it was one of the most creative and interesting reads I'd found for some time. This story was a first from an author who had held the tale next to her heart for years until she put it onto paper writing, rewriting and at last completing it to share with those who love fantasy. Now she has given us the second in the series, Wildfire, which takes the reader on very different but just as creative a journey with the willful Firethorn. She follows her lover, Sire ...more
Sarah Sammis
Last year when I was offered the chance to review Wildfire by Sarah Micklem, I was told it was the sequel to Firethorn (2004). I asked if Wildfire would stand by itself because I wouldn't be able to give a fair review if it couldn't. I haven't read the first book. Instead of a yes or no answer, I received Wildfire in the mail.

The book does not stand alone. It begins in media res with the main character, Firethorn, being struck by lightning. Without knowing her from the first book how can I possi
Mar 11, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite some concerns with this book, it's still an admirable attempt in the fantasy category, and wins my award for most compelling character in a novel, especially as compared to so many other fantasies.

What Wildfire is distinctly lacking, though, compared to the first book, is the narrative tension of her love for Sire Galen. Instead, we're introduced (and given no real reason it) to a new love interest. It's not that I need Firethorn to keep pining for Sire Galen at all, but give me a reaso
Apr 21, 2016 Miri rated it it was amazing
The first book had been accomplished, but this one had been a great deal more. A lot more things happened, and changes in settings. The story continued to flow from one culture to another, and I follow Firethorn's plights (really, she deserves that word here) with interest and empathy for the character.

These books are feminist in so many way. The female protagonist is special, sure, or it wouldn't have been worth following her story. But her specialty is in small ways, enough that she is still a
Cearra Cannon
Jul 23, 2015 Cearra Cannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Easily in the top five of Worst Books I have ever read. Upon slogging through this terribly written sequel, hoping for redemption, a plot twist, anything.... I was actually angry that I finished it. I finished it about a month ago and STILL am angry I wasted the time on it. The first book of the series was more "meh" than anything, so I suppose I was hoping for some real development in the sequel. Nope. "Badass" (others' words, not mine) female character abandons her Prince Charming(kidding, he ...more
Aug 18, 2012 Saara rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
Wildfire is the sequel to Firethorn and the second part of a rather intriguing fantasy saga that tells the tale of Firethorn, a lowborn woman with unusual gifts granted her by the gods. Having accompanied her aristocratic lover on a war campaign into a foreign land, she is separated from the army and ends up on a long journey, imprisoned first in one way and then another.

The world of these novels is an intriguing one, full of gods and spirits and shades, and rituals for every one of them. High e
Jan 03, 2012 Kirstin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was defenetly not one of my favorite books at all, I found it boring and a very easy book to read. The characters were very weel described and you could get into there lives and there characters very well, I found that, that was one of the only things I really liked about this book. The book had a lot very good discriptions and details that I found really good. But the book itself I found boring and hard to get into...The beginning of the book had the most details on the main ...more
Sep 19, 2014 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't love it as much as Firethorn. After a short time with Galan, Firethorn's adventures lead her away from him and into captivity. She enters a completely new country, where she becomes a slave. I found this really frustrating. Her life as a slave is actually much safer and less brutal than that of a camp follower, but it sure is boring. It doesn't last, but she spends a lot of the book kind of waiting for something to happen. When it finally does, I found it pretty unsatisfying. It wasn't ...more
Jul 24, 2015 xenu01 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, there were some things I didn't like about this book, like did the heroine have to get quite so injured, and quite so often? But in the end, I liked it a lot. I think this is what I was hoping to get out of Game of Thrones (yes, the shows, no, I refuse to read the books because I couldn't get past page one of Martin's prose)--that is, if you insist on having a terribly patriarchal fantasy world in which women have very little autonomy and everyone in power is always scheming all the time, ...more
Eva Mitnick
Oct 04, 2009 Eva Mitnick rated it really liked it
By the end of this sequel to Firethorn, Firethorn is rather the worse for wear, bearing all sorts of scars, being nearly blind in one eye, and missing several digits. How she gets that way is quite a tale - one that goes on way too long but is fascinating for all that. I'm exasperated by Firethorn, but also admiring of her despite myself - she's quite a complex character and her odd journey through life is compelling (except when it bogs down, as it does rather often). I'm hooked, though - can't ...more
Alexandria Luttke
Oct 04, 2015 Alexandria Luttke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a continuation of the Firethorne trilogy; Firethorne journeys back to Galan but then is abducted by King Corvus. Initially I enjoyed this second book, the series is set in a detail-rich fantasy medieval land where there are constant battles for power and survival. However, once Firethorne is separated from Galan I did not appreciate her focus on acclimating to a new society in order to survive. This is a trilogy and I do hope that the final book unite Firethorne and Galan in a way that ...more
Nov 03, 2011 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sequel to Firethorn. The main character comes into her own a little more in this one. After she follows her lover to war, Firethorn is taken prisoner and is taken unwillingly to a strange new land. This book delves more into the agonies of being born female and/or poor. Definite cliff hanger at the end. Hopefully Micklem won't take as long to write the third installment - Firethorn was written in 2004, Wildfire in 2009
Aug 05, 2015 Nada rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this novel. I had not read the previous novel in the series but nor did I feel I needed to. I felt the protagonist, Firethorn, did what she needed to do in order to survive and in order to achieve her goals. She lost her way and finally found herself at the end. She behaved as other humans would.. imperfectly. The author's artistry helped put me, the reader, in another place and time and I was very much engrossed in this story. Very well written!
I could not believe I stayed up almost 2 nights reading this second book in the series. Firethorn is now called Wildfire. This was a tougher read because there were too many characters with strange names. It was frustrating but it was really creative and dark. I can't wait for the third and final book in this series. I can't imagine what the writer will do to our heroine next. For certain, it won't be good.
Jan 03, 2014 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wherein reading Firethorn was a daunting, though nonetheless enjoyable read, Wildfire kept me enthralled because the arduous task of building such a lush and original world had already been achieved. But when she continues expanding that world to new lands exceedingly real and full in this installment, I could not look away. Firethorn's story is so compelling I anxiously await the next book to find out her fate.
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Sarah Micklem began writing after many years as an art director for children’s magazines. Her first novel, Firethorn, was a Borders Original Voices pick and a finalist for the 2005 Compton Crook Award. The sequel, Wildfire, is now available from Scribner. She is working on the third novel in the series while continuing to practice her other profession, graphic design, at Girl Scouts of the USA in ...more
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“I leaned toward him and whispered, "I'm drowning. Save me." But when I tried to grasp his shoulder my hand passed through him.
"I'm over here," he said.
I said, "No wonder I can't touch you. You're dead too." Or perhaps I didn't say it.”
“You still haven't said where you come from. Where is your home?"
I said, "I am a sheath, so home is wherenever my shade, my blade is.”
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