Wildfire: A Novel
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...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Firethorn's troubles begin when she is struck by lightning and left with constant cold on one side of her body, a ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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"I'm over here," he said.
I said, "No wonder I can't touch you. You're dead too." Or perhaps I didn't say it.”
I said, "I am a sheath, so home is wherenever my shade, my blade is.”