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We Are the Fire

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  406 ratings  ·  141 reviews
In the cold, treacherous land of Vesimaa, children are stolen from their families by a cruel emperor, forced to undergo a horrific transformative procedure, and serve in the army as magical fire-wielding soldiers. Pran and Oksana―both taken from their homeland at a young age―only have each other to hold onto in this heartless place.

Pran dreams of one day rebelling against
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 16th 2021 by Swoon Reads
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Sam Taylor Yes! Find out in one volume how Oksana's and Pran's story ends. :)…moreYes! Find out in one volume how Oksana's and Pran's story ends. :)(less)
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Lia Carstairs
well, this got progressively better as I read

but still *sobs* it felt like torture😭🤚

so happy I'm done.

Okay, it wasn't that bad, but it was unbelievably slow. It got much better in the 2nd half, but there were still many parts that would just drag on and I was dying.

While I didn't love An Ember in the Ashes , I did thoroughly enjoy it so I was pretty excited for this book when I saw that it for fans of that series.

It is very unfortunate that I was disappointed.💀

But I do see how the two ar
Emily Duncan
ya authors: here is a character that has done an atrocity you are supposed to hate him.
me: he's a shitty wizard adjacent and he coughs up blood so i love him, actually.
✨ Helena ✨
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

"Not everything that comes from fire is terrible and ugly."

I'm not entirely certain that I'd agree with the An Ember in the Ashes comparison as it was pitched to me, but I would say that the reference to the Legend of Spartacus was fairly accurate! Obviously, anything with any mention to mythology or Greco-Roman history is an instant add to my TBR, and this book was no different!

"It's Fire Night, your majesty
Sam Taylor
Feb 11, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
Fire magic. Twisted alchemy. Lovers at odds. Strong friendships. Fantasy folklore. A bit of kissing.

Eh, I guess it sounds all right.

We Are the Fire contains dark themes and events, so content warnings are available on my website.
katie ❀
Feb 14, 2021 rated it liked it
— find this this review and more on my blog

We Are the Fire follows Pran and Oksana, two of many who were taken from their families to serve in the army of Vesimaa. As their goals get in the way of their love for each other, they get tangled up in a web of lies, deaths, and corruption.

You’ve seen how quickly sparks can become a bonfire. And bonfires show little discretion in what, or whom, they devour–even the hands that made them.

Oksana is an alchemist who fiercely cares for those she loves,
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Jun 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: edelweiss, netgalley
'Oksana and Pran weren’t born fire-breathing monsters.'

Apr 23, 2021 marked it as to-read
And they say don't judge a book by its cover. ...more
Lindsay Hess
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to read an early version of this story and HOLY HELL. Y'all. It is sooooo good. Fire. Magic. Alchemy. Heartbreaking, life-altering moral dilemmas. Characters who make you Feel All The Things. Add this to your TBR, preorder it, do it. Do it now. I have no doubt you'll love it as much as I do. ...more
Alex (The Scribe Owl)
See this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl!

Thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

This was a buddy read with two of my favorite people, Katie @ Whispering Pages and Lia @ Chain of Novels!

3.5/5 stars

We Are the Fire was one of my most anticipated reads this month! Unfortunately, it did not meet those lofty standards. That said, it wasn't a bad book. It wasn't the stuff of a favorite, but I did have a good time for most of the book!

In the cold, treacher
Rayne ♥
I GOT AN ARC! I'm literally so excited because this is one of my most anticipated releases! NOW I SHALL IGNORE ALL MY TASKS AND DROP EVERYTHING TO READ THIS. Excuse me while I peacefully procrastinate!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own.

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Pine Reads Review
“The sooner they finished this fight, the sooner they would no longer have to burn their souls to stay alive.”

After being stolen by the brutal Vesimaan empire as children, Oksana and Pran are forced to undergo a terrifying transformation into fire-wielding soldiers. Both are desperate to protect one another and keep their relationship a secret from those who would surely use it against them. So when fellow soldiers start acting strangely and dangerous schemes come to light, no cost is too great
Jan 17, 2022 rated it did not like it
I'm glad I'm done with this audiobook. We are the fire was disappointed and I can't even point my finger on why it didn't work but I was never engaged in the story. I think one of the issue is that I felt like I was being thrown into a story that had already begun a while ago. The main characters were already in love, I didn't care for the romance or anything that happened. Overall, I don't recommend it but go ahead if you wanna try it. ...more
Jacqueline Firkins
This one has lots to recommend it to avid fantasy readers. An intriguing premise about children chemically altered to become a fire-breathing army. Two protagonists who both face moral dilemmas with no easy outcomes. Strong bonds between friends. High stakes in a world where anyone might be the next to fall. A passionate theme about the need to push back against oppression, no matter the cost. Lots of action as battles unfold and fireballs fly. A complicated world with multiple threats closing i ...more
update: rating changed to 1 star :/

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Jeanne Ferruolo
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m not usually a reader of fantasy, but Sam Taylor’s WE ARE THE FIRE sucked me in and never let go. What initially drew me into this story was the gorgeous prose and incredible world building. But what kept me, was its characters: Pran and Oksana. They were so well-developed and REAL that I didn’t want their story to end (I find myself missing them, even now!) I loved so much about them--their conflicts, foibles, and just plain humanness--that I needed to know what would happen to them. If you ...more
Jun 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
The author said this has an Ace romance so... 💸💸💸
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
Note: I was provided with an ARC by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions here are my own.

I was excited when I received this ARC and saw that almost all of the reviews were positive. This year has been light on good fantasy for me, and I was ready for this book to be great. Maybe that set my expectations too high. Unfortunately, not only was this book not great, I found it downright boring. Something was just missing. Maybe it was worldbuilding. Maybe it
Jan 29, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf, arc-reads
It pains me to walk away from a book that I looked forward to reading. Even after taking a break from this for a couple days I DNF’ed it at 40%.

I guess my beef with it so far is the story’s failure to hold my attention. I feel like the world building is lacking something but I can’t put my finger on what that something is. The character diversity is practically nonexistent, which is a massive bummer because there’s so much potential there to explore more of these characters from different parts
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars//Vague spoilers

I hate to give this book a lower rating, but it failed to resonate for me. While the story stays centered and focused, with developed writing and themes, it’s a simple, familiar tale—one that has been told before.

Pran and Oskana were stolen from their respective homelands as children by an encroaching empire. Forced to become soldiers that breathe fire as a result of alchemical experiments, they are forever subjected to their cruel captors. When an opportunity to break
Megan Collins
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you’ve already binged Shadow and Bone and reread Six of Crows, look no further than WE ARE THE FIRE to quench your epic YA fantasy thirst. The novel follows Pran and Oksana, teens who were kidnapped as children to be “transformed” into fire-wielding soldiers in an army they never asked to be a part of. Just as they’ve mastered their fire magic, an opportunity arises for rebellion—but Pran and Oksana, who have always been inseparable—are divided on what form that rebellion should take, and wha ...more
Mar 12, 2021 added it
Pran and Oksana's tale is not one that I will easily forget. I was completely immersed in this dark world that was ultimately filled with hope that Sam Taylor created. ...more
Becca Mee
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
We Are the Fire is an electrifying debut to behold. Pran and Oksana are Tulliiobrets, humans transformed into demons who were taken from their family by the Emperor to protect their country. In a world where their freedom is taken away time and time again, Pran and Oksana cling to each other as they dream of a future where they can be free of the Emperor and the fire magic that runs through their veins. When their fellow Tulliis begin losing control of their powers and rising against their oppre ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Press-ganged and forcibly magically-altered children form the basis of the Vesimaa Empire's army. Cruelly brutalized and trained to obedience as they grow up, the Tuliikobrets are a dangerous and volatile group of pyrokinetics, from the youngest ranks of Imps, through Goblins and Hellions, to the fearsome Nightmares.

Pran and Oksana have survived by leaning on each other and have risen through the ranks of the Tuliis, but as they try to fight their cruel commanders, their methods diverge and they
Prerna Pickett
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
We Are the Fire by Sam Taylor is perfect for all YA fantasy fans. The plot is well done, the world building intricate, the characters are compelling, and the writing lush and absorbing. The bond between Oksana and Pran is powerful and the stakes are high. I couldn't put it down because I had to know what happened next. I so enjoyed this debut and can't wait to read more stories by Taylor! ...more
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I do not have the words to explain how much I enjoyed this book.

We Are the Fire centers around Oksana and Pran, who were stolen from their families as children 7 years before. They were injected with dangerous serums that could kill, but if you survived you would awake with great power.

Sick of their lives being controlled by the very people that stole them from their homes, all of the stolen children band together to overthrow the commanders and the ruler. Relationships are tested and changed f
Starr ❇✌❇
TW: child soldiers/kidnapped children, forced medical procedures, implied whipping, death by fire

Stolen from their families and taken from their villages at children, the Tuliikobrets are genetically modified soldiers who can wield fire. Pran and Oksana are Tuliikobrets who have helped each other survive, and who, after witnessing an inexplicable rage grip a younger troop and cause them to revolt, are promoted to a rank they never wanted, and watched even more closely. Pran is determined to
Jessica Olson
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a fast-paced, fiery adventure! I loved the characters and how they grappled with their trials in different ways. The magic was really cool—it felt almost scientific in a way, which was really different from other fantasy YA books. I could totally see this as a movie—all of the epic fire battles would be incredible on screen. Highly recommend!
Maria F.
Nov 20, 2020 rated it liked it
In a world where children are ripped away from their families and are "changed"- a painful alchemical experience that gives these kids the power to wield fire elemental magic- two people fight for a better future: our MCs Oksana and Pran.
The children who are taken are brutally trained and punished if they don’t wield their fire powers correctly. In addition, their uniforms involve antlers (yes, ANTLERS!) and eye drops that turn their eyes black (basically turns them into monsters!)
Our two protag
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was provided with an ARC from Fierce Reads to review!

I’d be lying if I said the epilogue didn’t make me tear up. That’s when you know it was a good read for me!

We are the Fire by Sam Taylor had such a unique kind of fantasy twist to it, that I just couldn’t seem to put it down. Following Oksana and Pran, just two of many children stolen from their families, they were forced at a young age to be chemically mutated to be part of a fire wielding elite army for the sovereign of their lands. For ye
Samantha Hastings
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A riveting fantasy that had me spellbound.

When they were children, Oksana and Pran were stolen from their homes and countries and turned into demons. Fire-wielding Tuliikobrets for Emperor Juhan. Pran will do anything to get their freedom from the fort. Oksana is determined to help her friends, especially Pran get the medicine he needs for his bad leg (from all the transformations and experimenting). They both choose dangerous paths that might tear them apart before the emperor does. Both are t
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Sam Taylor grew up in Arizona's deserts and now lives among Connecticut's trees. She spends her days writing, being mom to the world's cutest boys, whirling through dance workouts, and baking too many cakes.

She does not possess fire magic, but does have one fire-colored cat. We Are the Fire is her debut novel.

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