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True Fire

(True Fire #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  282 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Megan is pregnant.

As she prepares to tell her family, the unthinkable happens. Her village is razed by soldiers: her grandfather murdered, her twin sister taken.

On a desperate mission to rescue her beloved Gwyneth, Megan discovers a terrifying truth - that the destruction of her old life is inextricably linked to her unborn child. The feared witch soldie
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Quercus (first published April 24th 2014)
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Emi I know what you mean. When I started reading it I don't know what it was but it felt like the story was missing something.
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Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
This fantasy adventure never really drew me in. I guess it is because I'm so familiar with the "ragtag band of misfits go on a difficult journey where everything is at stake" sort of story. I just really didn't care about the characters or what was happening. In addition, there was more witty banter than a '80s action flick, and I really didn't need to have nearly every conversation peppered with jokes and asides.
Lindsay Galvin
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
True Fire is a true adventure fraught with peril and deception. We dive straight into the action with feisty sixteen year old Megan embarking on a seemingly impossible quest to rescue her sister from the sinister True - witches with an axe to grind. The world of True Fire is complex and believable, the action scenes perfectly choreographed, gory and filmic; but for me it's the characters that really give True Fire it's shine. Megan's unlikely alliance with warrior heiress Eleanor and the honest ...more
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wooooow this was good! I really enjoyed this book! It had everything I love -adventure, action, heroines, witches - it was great! I loved Megan and Eleanor, they were such strong characters with really interesting backgrounds, and I loved Damon too! His banter with Eleanor and Megan made me laugh so much! Definitely recommend this book.
Liz Barnsley
Really excellent tale that I read in 2 hours straight today. Anyway I'm onto True Dark now and a full review of both books in a feature on the blog will appear in due course. Hopefully with a Q/A with the author assuming I can ask intelligent questions :) Highly recommended for fans of YA/Fantasy.
Anna (Enchanted by YA)
Most of the time I have a lot to say about a book (this one was enjoyable don't get my wrong) but there wasn't much that really sparked my interest to put an opinion out there.
In fact Damon was the most memorable part with his charming, smart wit that always made me smile; if only we saw more of him...
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it

*Received in exchange for an honest review*
*Thank you, Quercus*

I really enjoyed this book. I'm not usually a big fan of witches - they're my least favourite in the paranormal genre - but this wasn't anything like I thought it would be. The fact that these weren't anything like your usual witches really appealed in fact. It made for a fun and fast paced read - I devoured it in just two days. Considering I'm in a bit of a reading slump this was so refreshing for me! In a world where history se
Erin Arkin
Sep 21, 2014 rated it liked it
True Fire by Gary Meehan was an interesting read and although there were times that the story dragged a bit for me, I found myself enjoying the dialogue and turning the pages to see what would happen next for them.

Megan’s life is turned completely upside down when she finds out she is pregnant. On the night she goes to tell the boy who is the father, her entire village is destroyed and the people she loves the most are murdered. The only exception is her twin sister as it appears she was taken f
3.5 stars!

True Fire is a perfect example of why I need to read more witch books. This unexpectedly surprised me and in the end, I really enjoyed it.

Megan – a sixteen-year-old girl – recently found out she is pregnant by a boy who lives in her village. The problem is with the times she lives in, women should only be pregnant when they are married and Megan isn’t. As she prepares to tell her family the true, she witnesses a murder and then soon her village is raided by soldiers, leaving her grand
Kathy Martin
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
TRUE FIRE is an epic fantasy with twin girls, invading armies, and prophecies that might be coming true. The story begins with our heroine Megan discovering that she is pregnant and then watching her town being invaded and all of the townspeople, including her grandfather, being killed. She manages to escape from the invaders with the assistance of a woman named Eleanor who appears fortuitously.

Megan discovers that her twin Gwyneth is missing and presumed captured by the invaders. She is determ
Charon Lloyd-Roberts
It's been a while since I found a new favorite book that immediately caught my attention although some of my recent reads concerning fantasy haven't really had me wanting more but I finally found a new book that gave me the same feeling Rebel Belle and Miss Mayhem did and it's nice to have that feeling again.

A summery for True Fire:

The Mission

Her sister stolen. Her grandfather murdered. Her home burned to the ground. At just 16, her life destroyed. Now. Megan wants revenge.

The Enemy

But the man w
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
True Fire captured my attention quickly and gripped me to the end. It's a wonderful tale with memorable characters whose flaws, fears and motivations keep you guessing and occasionally gasping in surprise. 16 year old Megan has seen her family murdered, her sister abducted and her village destroyed. She finds herself allied with the gorgeous Eleanor, dispossessed Countess, and Damon, ex-enemy soldier. Somehow this odd 'triple' must band together to save Megan's sister from the clutches of the in ...more
Sydney Piepgrass
Honestly, I had fairly low expectations for this novel because I had never heard anything about it and usually I read books that have at least some hype around them, but this book was recommended to me because I love the Throne of Glass series so I wasn't gonna pass up on that.

I will say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is very fast paced, all unnecessary slow parts of the story have been cut out, for example, travelling etc. The main character is really independent and brave an
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-read-2017
That took way longer than it should have.

My overall feeling on the book is meh although once I start getting into the good and bad points it will sound like I hated it, I didn't hate it or even dislike it, it was just meh.

The book came to me with a sticker on it claiming 'If you liked Throne of Glass you'll love this' or something to that effect. Throne of Glass is actually a series I really liked (mainly because of Rowan, no shame), though the first book Throne of Glass was not my favourite of
Oct 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Pretty trope-y start, with the main character's family murdered and the MC suddenly remembering the treasure hidden behind a waterfall. Also the MC is oddly emotionally distant from everyone she knows and cares about being murdered? Most sane people would at least have holed up in the treasure cave while the soldiers were still out murdering the townspeople.

I usually don't drop books this early but I can already see this isn't going to be the right one for me.
2.5 stars

Nothing about this book was truly bad, per se, but the majority of it was just so suffocatingly bland. At no point did my heart race, did I sit up and take notice of what was happening. I more sort of watched it happen with mild interest.

The thing is, I am immensely suspicious of any book that claims: 'If you liked ___, you'll love this!' (insert throne of glass in this case). For god's sake, if I wanted to read ___ again, I would! It's not like there's anything stopping me, is there? T
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
An actually decent attempt, with natural sounding dialogue. The only trouble is, the characters are flat and the worldbuilding is shallow at best, but despite all of this, I'd actually pick up the sequel, since what worldbuilding there is is actually pretty intriguing.
Charlie Ressler
Jun 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
I have no idea what I'm reading. To me this book is every where and I constantly have to keep rereading the same paragraph over and over again. I would probably like this book better if it were in 1st person. That's just my opinion.👎👎
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved reading this book and i was attracted by the covers appearance.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
All the characters were flawed. I had some type of feelings for all the characters. Trust no one.
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Bleh. just finished it to finish it.
To categorize True Fire may prove to be an exercise in futility. The protagonist is young and much of her journey is as much internal as it is external, which means one may consider it young adult. However, the themes are more mature, and the publisher typically does not publish young adult novels. Similarly, one wants to consider it fantasy because the locations are foreign; however, they are also disturbingly familiar, as if readers should know where the story occurs. At the same time, one cou ...more
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
This book tells the story of Megan, a peasant girl that lives in the village of Thicketford by the mill with her grandfather and her twin sister Gwyneth. Megan is only sixteen years old and she recently found out that she is pregnant. When she is working up the courage to tell her grandfather about the baby growing up inside of her, soldiers dressed in black armours come upon her village, destroying everything, killing everybody and kidnapping her sister.
She would too meet the same fate have she
Rebecca (Unbound Pages)
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star, fantasy
This review is also on my blog, The Library Canary.

***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***

True Fire is not your typical YA novel. For one thing, the main character is pregnant at sixteen. I would say that’s pretty rare in YA. For another, there’s not a shred of romance to be seen for the MC. I liked that this book broke away from the YA clichés
Erika Bitari
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
not really my kind of book so....
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: edelweiss, meh, gory
Title: True Fire

Author: Gary Meehan

Age Group: Teen/Young Adult

Genre: High Fantasy

Series: True Fire, book one

Star Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

This book was given to me by the publisher, Quercus, through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

When I saw this review copy available on Edelweiss, to everyone, not just in the UK--I'm not going to lie. I jumped at it. I love dark stories with high fantasy elements, especially those involving witches. Unfortunately, the blurb was the only thing that was
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, reviewed
My Rating: 3.5

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

True Fire is Gary Meehan’s first book in the True Trilogy. Aimed at young adults it is an entertaining fantasy (well, sort of), adventure story suitable for both female and male readers.

Sixteen-year old Megan narrowly escapes from her village, Thicketford, after a small army of witches attacks it. She witnesses her grandfather, her only adult relative, being murdered as he attempts to defend his home. Everyone else in the
Virginie (chouettblog)
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The feeling that you get, when your expectations of a book has been not only fulfilled but surpassed is one of the greatest.

I must say, I am pleasantly surprised and if you by any chance come across this read, go in with an open mind and forget about any other novels rumored to be a comparison.

Our main character Megan finds herself separated from her twin Gwyneth, at a time in her life where she needs her the most. She is pregnant and has just seen her entire village and family slaughtered. No t
Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books
Fear not, O True
God will watch over you
When the world has gone...
The true they will gather
To save them scourge
The false will be purged
No more the liar,
Only His eternal peace.

Thicketford. A picturesque little village, where lives are lived, livelihoods are made, the Faith is taught and a mysterious prophecy revolving around two sisters is at play. A prophecy that will kill.

Only, nobody knows about it.


Now, all that's left of the village, or wasteland more appropriately, is the stench of r
Pam (YA Escape)
Jun 12, 2014 rated it liked it
*ARC received from publisher via Edelweiss

What I liked about this book is that it's different, it doesn't follow the typical YA pattern. The main character is Megan, a sixteen year old pregnant girl who meets the guy who got her pregnant one night and watches as his head is chopped off and her whole entire village is killed by witches. So yeah, right away this is different. She then journeys to find her twin sister who she thinks was kidnapped rather than killed by the witches and she's joined o
Amy Wolstenholme
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won this from Goodreads First reads....

Honestly I wasn't expecting much from this book, I just thought it's going to be another witch book,even though I can't say I've read many.
However Gary Meehan has proven me wrong I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

True fire had everything I look for, it has fights, deception it even had some spilled blood, which I must say was described quite graphically, overall was a fantastic book!!

Don't read on if you don't want spoilers!!!!

True fire is about a girl calle
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Gary Meehan was born in Bolton, Lancashire, and was educated at Lincoln College, Oxford, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Warwick. He lives in Derby with his son, where he works as a software engineer and on maintaining an air of bemused detachment. After a quarter century of writing he really should have come up with witty to put in his bio.

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