Synopses & Reviews
Brennan (Unspoken) delivers an intriguing but uneven romantic fantasy loosely based on Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities. In the near future New York City is divided between the ruling Light magicians of Light New York who theoretically represent the forces of good and Dark magicians who huddle in the slums of Dark New York. Lucie Manette born in the latter now lives in Light New York protected by her boyfriend Ethan son of Charles Stryker one of Light New York's ironfisted rulers. Yet Lucie known as "the Golden Thread in the Dark" is also an iconic figure for the "sans merci" violent revolutionaries who aim to end the Light's tyranny over the Dark. Further endangering Lucie and Ethan is Carwyn Ethan's illegal doppelganger the product of Charles Stryker's use of magic to save Ethan's life. Though Brennan's prose is powerful it can also be somewhat strained as she works to create parallels with the language of Dickens's Tale and her magical system which involves Light magicians needing to be drained of blood by Dark magicians is overly complex and at times confusing. Ages 12–up. (Apr.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
“Set in a near-future world of dark and light, where the lines of good and evil are blurred, one girl tries to navigate life on the edge. Sarah Rees Brennan dazzles her readers with stunning world building and original characters. In a story steeped in tragedy and turmoil, Brennan’s characters find their strength in a tale that will leave you breathless till the very end.”—Hannah Moushabeck, Odyssey Bookshop
“Sarah Rees Brennan writes with fine control and wit, and I suspect that word of this magical thriller will pass through the populace with the energy of wind, of fire.”—Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked
and Egg & Spoon
“Brennan takes the genres of young adult, fantasy, and romance, and through her own writerly, alchemical process converts them into something new and strange and lovely. Read the first few pages of Tell the Wind and Fire and see if you don’t agree.”—Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble
From New York Times bestseller Sarah Rees Brennan comes a magic-infused tale of romance and revolution that is lush, dramatic, and poignantly timely.
About the Author
Sarah Rees Brennan is the New York Times best-selling author of several fantasy novels for teens including The Demon's Lexicon, a YALSA Top Ten Books for Young Adults and shortlisted for the Carnegie, and the books in the Bane Chronicles she has co-authored with Cassandra Clare.