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Blue Flame

(Perfect Fire Trilogy #1)

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Many years have passed since the Occitanian knights killed Richard the Lionheart in a courageous battle to keep the Blue Flame--sparked at the moment of Christ's death--from falling into the wrong hands. Now it is in danger once again, as enemies from the north draw near. In the midst of this looming battle, lifelong friends Raimon, son of a Cathar weaver, and Yolanda, dau ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Walker Childrens
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Thomas
Apr 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teens who like history
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Blue Flame is about the Catholics and the Cathars, two religious groups who once lived in peace but are soon going to be torn apart by a religious crusade. In the midst of the battle two lifelong friends, Raimon (a Cathar), and Yolanda (a Catholic) are falling in love. Their romance is ill-fated - because they come from two completely different backgrounds, they must return to their separate families and proceed on the path destiny has given them. Their only salvation is the Blue Flame, a myster ...more
Kristine  McLola
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blue Flame is easily one of the best written books of this age that I have ever read. The story itself kept me entertained but would not have earned such a high rating purely by itself. Description was crisp but not overpowering and things that could have been quite lame written by anyone else were attention capturing. I could not put this book down. There were so many stories within the story that I could barely keep up and figure out which one to follow (this is a good feeling when I'm reading ...more
Barbara
Nov 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gr 6-10
During the Middle Ages in the ancient area of Occitania (Pyrenees and southern France), best friends Yolanda (almost 14 yrs) and Raimon (16) are falling in love amidst the threat of invasion by French King Louis and growing religious tension between Catholics and Cathars. The arrival of a Catholic Inquisitor to Yolanda’s Catholic father’s castle puts Raimon and his Cathar family in danger and pits neighbor against neighbor. The Blue Flame, a legendary religious relic sparked at the moment of Ch ...more
Phoebe
Oct 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anything by K.M. Grant is worthwhile reading, if you enjoy intelligent and detailed historical fiction. This title is basically a romance centered around "heretical treasure" and set at a turbulent, frightening time in medieval Europe.
Sonja
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
A great story with real events from history; I'm looking forward to the rest of the trilogy.
Taylor
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Abigail
Feb 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tweens or Young Teens
So basically, I didn't realize that this fell into the juvenile fiction genre until after it was sitting on my shelf to be read. *fail* Needless to say, due to this fact, it didn't particularly thrill or engage me in anyway. Which is alright, because I'm not in the juvenile age range, so that's kinda to be expected. Anyway. The plot of Blue Flame centers around two young teens--14ish year olds--in medieval Occitan, which is located in some part of the world I couldn't quite gather and I don't t ...more
Lady Knight
As I've said in other reviews, I LOVE K.M. Grant's books! This book, while not my favorite, is a definite improvement over "How the Hangman Lost His Heart", and I have great hopes for this trilogy.

The story revolves around threee characters: Parsifal, Raiman, and Yolanda. Parsifal as a child, accidentally kills King Richard and is forced to flee for his life. His father also entrusts him with job of ensuring that a sacred religious relic finds its way home and out of the grasp of the French. Pa
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Amanda
Jun 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was refreshing for me as I have been either reading fantasy or short "cotton candy" novels lately. It's historical fiction, and I love how Gran creates a fictional story to tell the true one. Daikon and Yolanda have been best friends forever, but now everything is changing. Before, it didn't matter that he was a Cathar and she was a Catholic. But people are choosing sides and Raiman and Yolanda don't know what to do. Maybe the Blue Flame will come and save them - yet again, maybe not. ...more
Liz Yardley
I know I should have liked this more, but I didn't. I think it was the descriptive prose. Grant has won so many awards for her writing, and I can appreciate this, but it's not the sort of book with which I would persist if I were a young adult. Throughout the plot everything always seems 'just out of reach' & perhaps I am an impatient reader, but I only just managed to get through this book. Character development was excellent. There was a little too much struggle for the reader's attention betw ...more
Kirsten
Oct 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-literature
Fans of Grant's DeGranville trilogy will enjoy this tale of knights, a fair maiden, and the Blue Flame. Part one of the Perfect Fire Trilogy; the central theme revolves around religious intolerance in an area known as Occitania, where Cathars and Catholics live together harmoniously during the 13th century. All of that changes, however, when the inquisitor comes to town. The two young protagonists, the boy Cathar - the girl Catholic, are thrown a frantic fight to save their friends and loved one ...more
Alicia
Nov 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
A solid fantasy-tinged historical novel with strong themes of unity and religious tolerance. Set in 1242 in what is now southern France, in a region that time forgot called Occitania, the Catholic inquisition of Cathars is ongoing but just beginning to touch the home region of our heroes, Amouroix. Yolanda and Raimon are childhood friends on the brink of something more. When they cross paths with the scruffy homeless knight Parsifal, it's the first step down a path toward (I'm guessing) unifying ...more
Kristen
Dec 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The first book of a new Trilogy... this follows a time in England after Richard the Lionheart is murdered. The Blue Flame is a legend that exists and the man who has been hiding it is found by a young man and woman, one of Cathar blood, the other of Christian and royal, respectively. There is an introduction of an inquisition in this land and the boy is pursued while the young woman is sought after by a knight from France.
Deborah
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Alyssa, Amber, Vicki, Valerie, Sherry
Recommended to Deborah by: Phoebe
Yolanda, on the verge of womanhood, is the daughter of a Count in medieval Occitan. With the threat of France invading Occitan and the religious persecution between the Catholics and Cathars, her countrymen find solace in the myth of the blue flame--and then it makes a mysterious appearance.

What a well written YA book! Lately, I've been reading a lot of YA's with good stories but mediocre language. Grant is very talented.
Melanie
A Romeo and Juliet story of two young people on opposite sides of the religious arguments of 1242 France. They are most certainly doomed. Enter Sir Parsifal. Just Parsifal, please. He holds the mysterious Blue Flame that may be able to save these two and the land at war.

Even though this book does not discuss King Arthur directly, I list it as a King Arthur novel as Parsifal was one of Arthur's knights.
Katie
Feb 18, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
K.M. Grant is visiting our school this year and of the three books that I have read by her, this was my favorite. Set in medieval times, this story is loaded with elements of war, love, conquests, and religion. It is action-packed and I grew to enjoy it more and more with each turning page.
Shelley
May 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this Author- She makes learning about historical times and events interesting and she writes beautiful stories.This book has some strong characters- it is easy to get emotionally involved.
Shara
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a historic kind of fiction on the battle between Cathars and Catholics, it is very well written. It uses very normal people to show the effect of religious debate in a very extreme climate. I was provoked to look into the actual beliefs of the Cathars for myself. Strange!!
Daria
I'm still deciding on this one. Once it got going it was OK, but I'm not sure I'll read the next one in the series. So, I guess I could go anywhere between 2.5 to 3.5 stars.
Emily Elisabeth
Feb 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was AMAZING!!! OMGrosch!!!
Jade
Apr 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing... emotional near the end...
Deirdre
Not a bad read, but this story of a mysterious blue flame, it's protector and Cathar persecution didn't really excite me.
Tammy
Mar 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed this simple story and look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.
Ariel
Nov 03, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn't get into this book. It just wasn't my cup of tea.
Cameron
I got really confused in between but Yolanda and Raimon were cute together.
Ken
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Richly detailed narrative, but the characters didn't grab me. It's really, really difficult to pull off omniscient POV in fantasy, and this book didn't quite get there.
Annette
this book was ok i just could not really get into it i think had i read this when i was a younger i would have found it very good but i am glad i finally read it
Virna
Jun 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book felt like so many others with a very typical and predictable plot. It wasn't awful, but I truly felt bored at times while reading. The characters were really annoying.
Cormac Lucas
the book was ok. i thought it could use a little more excitement or cool detail.
Nathan
Mar 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good start to the series but could be written better
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K. M. GRANT was inspired by her own family history to write How the Hangman Lost His Heart. Her ancestor, Colonel Francis Towneley, or Uncle Frank, was the last man in Britain to by hanged, drawn, and quartered. His head was passed down for generations of her family until it was finally reunited with his body just after World War II, when it was buried at St. Peter’s Church. It was Uncle Frank’s c ...more

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