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Blue Flame (Perfect Fire Trilogy #1)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  162 Ratings  ·  32 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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Apr 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Teens who like history
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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
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
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
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.
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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 ...more
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
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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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