Wildfire

A Novel

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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 to follow him to war, but she disobeys, and sets sail with the army of Corymb to the land of Incus. During the crossing, Firethorn is struck by lightning. She regains consciousness to find her speech garbled and her memory in tatters. Despite her injuries, others see her as blessed, for she has survived the touch of a god, Wildfire. Priests and soldiers search her nonsensical utterances for hidden prophecies.

In the aftermath of battle, Firethorn is captured by the defeated king of Incus. He takes refuge in the kingdom where Firethorn was born, a place she remembered only in dreams. There, a world away from Galan, she discovers not only the land and language she was born to, but a life of unexpected luxury and power. But this privilege has a high cost, one which Firethorn may not be able to bear.
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  • Scribner | 
  • 544 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743293693 | 
  • July 2009
List Price $24.99

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Wildfire
Sarah Micklem

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In Wildfire, the incredible journey of Firethorn, the loving, reckless and irresistible narrator of the Firethorn trilogy, continues.

In this second novel of the trilogy, Firethorn disobeys the orders of her lover and master Sire Galan and follows him to war, choosing to face hardships with him rather than safety alone. She follows the army of Corymb across the sea to the land of Incus, but during the crossing there is a terrible storm and Firethorn is struck by lightning. When she regains consciousness, she is haunted by shades and visions, her speech is garbled, her memory is in tatters, and her destiny has been altered.

Priests and soldiers search her nonsensical utterances for hidden prophecies, but it is not until Firethorn is captured by the defeated king of Incus that she is forced to trust in her purported power of foresight. King Corvus takes refuge in the kingdom where Firethorn was born, a place she remembers only in dreams. There, a world away from Galan, she discovers not only the land and language she was born to, but a life of unexpected luxury and power. However, this privilege has a high cost that Firethorn may not be able to bear.

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  1. ‘“It’s unnatural for a woman to be so ambitious,’ Sire Edecon says, quoting the old saying: ‘If you let a woman wear the s
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