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Wildfire: A Novel

(Firethorn #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  469 ratings  ·  61 reviews
The highly anticipated second book in Sarah Micklem’s liter- ary fantasy trilogy that began with the critically acclaimed debut, Firethorn.

Sarah Micklem brings her lush prose and rich imagina- tion to the second installment of this epic trilogy, set in an imaginary world as real as history and as marvelous as legend.

Sire Galan has forbidden his servant and lover Firethorn

Hardcover, 528 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Scribner
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Lynn S. I think both books are definitely worth reading. I am also wondering about a third book and would like to tell Sarah (if she reads stuff about herself…moreI think both books are definitely worth reading. I am also wondering about a third book and would like to tell Sarah (if she reads stuff about herself) that I love her writing, so please go on with Firethorn's story? (less)

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It's been SEVEN EIGHT NINE TEN YEARS, Micklem. You've officially lapsed G.R.R.M. and now I want my third book.

Edit 1/2/2019: Adding this addendum in 2019 to note that while I may sound like a foot-stomping baby who wants her third book (I am) I dearly, dearly love this series. Wildfire did something I'd never seen in young adult fantasy—with the later exceptions of Fire by Kristin Cashore and Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor—which is to take a richly imagined fantasy universe (with an inter
Alice Sabo
Didn't like where the author took the character. All the characters and plotlines from the first book are abandoned. Firethorn feels unfocused and meandering through circumstances beyond her control. I found this one disappointing.
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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
Feb 19, 2014 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
Jun 30, 2009 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
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
Aug 13, 2008 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 07, 2011 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 aggress ...more
Mar 22, 2012 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
☽Luna☾ Rambling
It has taken me many worlds to find a series akin to the love I have for Jacqueline Carey's Kushiels Series. Firethorns Series has brought me to a new world, and a new character that are as scarce and amazing to me as a series I have strived to find likeness in vibration in other stories, a very unique vibe indeed. I really cannot verbalize how special I found this series. This book and Firethorn occupy a special place in my above all bookshelf. I have no idea when a third book will come, if one ...more
Oct 11, 2009 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 t ...more
Nov 01, 2009 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!)
Dec 04, 2013 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.
May 14, 2013 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.
Like most #2 in a trilogy, it was all the angst and all the suffering and none of the momentum. I was getting very frustrated with this book and resenting the sense of being at a standstill. Also, the country they were in, with its class divisions and burdens seemed even more awful than where they came from. I'm glad things seemed to finally mobilize at the end, but it seemed like there was a lot of nothing through most of the book and I'm hoping that #3 resolves all of it with a quicker pace.
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! Not as good as 1st in the series. I don't like her becoming a courtesan, but as always she stays strong. I want to learn the mystery of her life. When is the next book?? It's been 12 years.
Bee the reader
Was disappointed where the story went. Enough said 😨
Aarushi G
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellently written and with a compelling plot, Wildfire is irresistible. I cannot wait for the next book!!!!
Tina Arlett
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please Sarah. I need the next book.
K.R. Fox
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved both these books. Hold out for the third.
W.L. Bolm
Aug 06, 2013 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 dra ...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
Oct 12, 2013 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 Galen ...more
Erin Moore
Mar 11, 2015 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
Dec 05, 2015 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
Aug 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy
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
Cearra Cannon
Jul 23, 2015 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
Dec 21, 2011 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 character ...more
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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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