The Fire Sermon
“A history written in ashes, in bones. Before the blast, they say there’d been sermons about fire, about the end of the world. The fire itself gave the last sermon; after that there were no more.”
Francesca Haig’s, The Fire Sermon starts off slow but builds into a very enjoyable series. The plot is based around the idea that 400 years from now everyone is born with a twin. One twin will be the Alpha, born strong and healthy, and the other is born with a disfigurement or disability, an Omega. They are immediately separated and the Omega is sent to work fields, mines, etc. The catch is that the twins are connected, entwined in life and death. If one dies so does the other!
This is a fascinating concept and I love how Haig engineers the series! When you hit half-way point, the story really picks up and Haig hits her stride! Book two is also fantastic!
“While I was looking the other way your fire went out
Left me with cinders to kick into dust
What a waste of the wonder you were
In my living fire I will keep your scorn and mine
In my living fire I will keep your heartache and mine
At the disgrace of a waste of a life”
I am a big fan of Kristin Cashore’s books! Fire is one of my favourites as it is connected to Graceling, but can also stand on its own. The story follows Fire, a woman named for her bright red hair. She is considered a monster due to her ability to read minds. This is a fun adventure with a touch of Young Adult romance.
The Falconers Knot
“Study your prey, learn her habits, accustom her to your presence by seeming harmless and kind. And then, when she is tame and off-guard, you pounce!”
Set in Renaissance Venice, this story follows Silvano da Montacuto who is a marked man. He is accused of murder and is sent to a Franciscan House, to poise as a young monk. Soon after he meets Chiara who also living with a secret. Both are unable to say how they feel about one another. As the story continues more bodies are found through out Venice and Silvano must solve the murders to clear his name.
This story kept me on my toes. As someone with an Italian background. I was fascinated by the social constructs and really enjoyed reading it.
“The difference between the truth and a lie is that both of them can hurt, but only one will take the time to heal you afterward.”
This one is currently in my top ten! Love this series to death! (See what I did there?) The Newsflesh trilogy is set in the near future, following the zombie rising. It centers around three bloggers as they follow the Republican candidate in the upcoming election. It is a political thriller with zombies, calling it a horror novel actually does this series a disservice as it is phenomenal but I would argue not a horror series. The zombies are part of the environment but not the central conflict. That is part of what makes this book so gripping, it is unique and I love all the characters perspectives. If you’re looking for banter and suspense look no further.
This one was very enjoyable to make! Love all four of these books and hope you do too! Do you have any other books to add to the list? Leave them in the comments along with what you thought of these books!