Tell The Wind And Fire by Sarah Rees BrennanTell The Wind And Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

Tell The Wind And Fire

bySarah Rees Brennan

Hardcover | April 5, 2016

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From New York Times bestseller Sarah Rees Brennan comes a magic-infused tale of romance and revolution that is lush, dramatic, and poignantly timely. In a world of opulent magic and merciless violence, two boys share a dangerous connection. One girl guards their secret. But when a deadly revolution erupts, will she be able to save either of them-or even herself?

"Writing with fine control and wit, Sarah Rees Brennan pits an underworld society against privileged overlords. The young golden-haired heroine sparring with her rich boyfriend and his dark-souled shadow-twin lends wry and sexy human interest to the depiction of political struggle. 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 and Spoon&nbsp

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Sarah Rees Brennan 's popular teen fantasies include The Demon's Lexicon and Unspoken . She wrote Team Human with Justine Larbalestier and also coauthored The Bane Chronicles with Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson. She lives in Ireland. Visit her website at www.sarahreesbrennan.com .
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Title:Tell The Wind And FireFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.23 inPublished:April 5, 2016Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:054431817X

ISBN - 13:9780544318175

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Giselle at Book Nerd Canada "The moment he touched me, my universe constricted to the space between our lips." When I heard this would be a retelling of "A Tale of Two Cities", I knew I had to give it a try. I went into it with no expectations and I'm glad I did because I would have been too busy comparing it to the classic novel, and that's not fair to Brennan. She made this her own, created a world where Light and Dark magic exist. Where evil doppelgängers are born when their original soul needs them. They're usually hunted and murdered. The Light rules and governs all from the wealthiest families and our main character's boyfriend is one of them. When Lucie encounters her beloved's doppelgänger, she saves him and thrusts herself into a tale of love and loss. Lucie at first hand tells the story about how she comes into the Light city when she's really born from the Dark. I was all sorts of confused and tried to understand how the world was made up of. And then when Lucie makes the snap decision and does so many reckless actions afterwards, I wasn't surprised. Because I didn't understand why she did it. He was a stranger and she automatically wanted to save him? Whha!!?? And she does make a few other mistakes as well that had me thinking "Uh oh, she is so not thinking things through." But I guess that's okay since she's a young teenager and apparently they make a billion mistakes before they ever learn their lesson right? So yes, I gave her a free pass until I realized she's just going to stand idly by while she has the power and influence to change the world. That was not the way I thought this main character would be. But again I made excuses for her, "Oh maybe it's just her character arc and she'll realize it sooner." So she does but again it's too late. Carwyn was all sorts of annoying and I didn't understand his role except he was used as a scapegoat. Ethan who was the hero I would rather have Lucie become was doing all sorts of wonderful things. And I wanted their roles to be switched. Lucid was too passive and by the end, I didn't really care what happened even though it was emotional. Parts magical, parts dystopian, the pacing had me troubled because it was just so slow. There was hardly anything to go on? Except wait for the sans-merci to do something? I was still confused as to how magic came to be and I was still confused when the sucking of Light magicians blood came about. What I did enjoy were how these Dark magicians were treated because you can compare it to our society where being born somewhere else is considered being bad and soulless. Overall, I enjoyed bits and pieces like the world building, but the whole story lacked focus. I believe this will either be a love or hate for most people. It did make me want to read the classic though!
Date published: 2016-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Hope Inside Darkness Tell the Wind and Fire left me with some mixed feelings. I had a very different impression of the book (from the synopsis) as compared to what I ended up getting from the story. Maybe because I never read A Tale of Two Cities? Nevertheless, I found certain parts of the story to be quite interesting. I'm going to start off by saying I was underwhelmed by the story. It felt flat in the beginning and I wasn't very excited with what was happening on the pages. That being said, the tone of the story, the contrast between the light and the dark and the helplessness of the characters were very well-done. There wasn't one minute where I didn't feel how hard it was to be in these characters' shoes, being under pressure in tough situations and having to make life and death choices. Lucie carried a heavy burden. One she willingly took on but the poor girl just cannot catch a break. Literally everyone wanted something from her. She lived in fear until she met Ethan. He was the brightness in her life. To me, Lucie felt like a half-way heroine. She was hailed as the Golden Thread in the Dark but I didn't feel like she lived up to the title because of all her hesitations. When she finally does something, it felt too late. Yet I do admire her ability to make hard decisions on the spot. She reacts quick and does what's best even if it doesn't lead to the most desirable outcome. The darkness to Tell the Wind and Fire made it somewhat of a depressing read. Even so, I enjoyed how the shadow brought about hope and salvation. Carwyn's fateful appearance saves Ethan and sets off a chain of events that eventually brings about changes. I was fascinated by the concept of the doppelgangers. The purpose to their creation and their barely-tolerated existence peaked my interest. I was a bit disappointed they didn't have more involvement. The story only really picks up near the end but a few realizations had me nodding my head. We get closure for the incident that started it all while another piece of information that comes to light had me questioning its importance. It was a bittersweet end for most. No matter what happened though, I like that by the end there was hope for the better. I think I'm missing that special connection with Tell The Wind and Fire because I haven't read A Tale of Two Cities. I feel like I would've appreciated the story more if I had. In the end I did enjoy the story. I'd say don't hesitate to give this book a try because it just might be in your element ;)
Date published: 2016-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Poignant Standalone Fantasy Two years ago, Lucie Manette captivated New York when she called for her father's release from the iron cages which imprisoned the Dark city's condemned. Her father was a prominent Light magician in the Dark city, dedicated to helping others. He couldn't possibly be a traitor for insulting the Light Council. As Lucie told her story over and over again to the public, she soon became the Golden Thread in the Dark, and the Light city granted her father mercy. But it was all a lie. The truth? Nobody cares what happens to Dark citizens. Lucie's mother, born in the Dark city, practiced Light magic illegally to heal the less fortunate. And when she mysteriously disappeared one night, Lucie's father was punished for confronting the guards enforcing the Light Council's strict laws, for saying those laws were wrong. So Lucie lied to the world in her desperation to save her father, keeping her secrets close to her heart... and let her mother become one of the countless forgotten. But now in the present, Lucie is about to be swept into the heart of a revolution, and this time, she may not be able to save everyone she loves. Ethan Stryker, her boyfriend and heir to a powerful Light family, has been accused of giving sensitive information to the sans-merci, a group of revolutionaries from the Dark city. Ethan is only saved from a sudden death sentence when his doppelganger appears, a temporary reprieve as Carwyn has his own reasons for entering the Light city. Lucie is fiercely protective of Ethan, the boy who owns her heart and gives her the peace and security she never felt while growing up. Ethan is kind and innocent, someone who has never faced any real hardships in the world, and she would do anything to keep it that way. But Lucie is not sure what to make of Carwyn. Created by a Dark magic ritual, doppelgangers are hated and feared by all, but she's also grateful to him for stepping in to save Ethan. Carwyn is a reminder of the past she has tried to leave behind, of the hard existence lived by all in the Dark city, feeling helpless and forced to keep your head down. Sarah Rees Brennan's Tell the Wind and Fire is a poignant story of love and loss in a world that can be so wondrously filled with magic, yet also shockingly cruel. We meet imperfect characters in a far from perfect world just hoping to survive the coming tide of civil unrest. It's a New York utterly divided by Light and Dark magic, by privilege and excess versus oppression and poverty, in a way that parallels concerns in our own society today. Tell the Wind and Fire might not be the kind of the fantasy book you read for humour and adventure, but nevertheless, it's an enthralling story that resonates with you for days after you've turned the final pages. And the ending! My. Heart. Is. Still. Broken.
Date published: 2016-03-29

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Editorial Reviews

Intricate world-building, effective characterization, and an oppressed class fomenting revolution make this creative adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities a natural fit for "Hunger Games" fans." -School Library Journal "With nods to Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities, this dark-fantasy-meets-romance will have readers hooked." -Horn Book "Lucie is a dynamic and complex character, burdened by oppressive secrets from her past and yet fiery and fierce, hellbent on saving those she loves no matter the cost." -Bulletin "Retellings of beloved classics are tricky, but here, Dickens' overall plot and major characters translate effortlessly into this intriguingly imagined setting. Lucie and Ethan are more complex than their rather insipid Victorian prototypes, and Carwyn retains all the bad-boy fascination of his charismatic counterpart." -Kirkus "Compelling similarities exist between the narrative and present-day events, where uprisings and terrorist acts are increasingly common, making this an engrossing and relevant read." -Booklist "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 "Brennan's writing really allows the characters to come alive-I've been thinking about them ever since I finished the book! Plus, the plot twists totally kept me on the edge of my seat. I would recommend it to all of my friends." -Kiara R., 17 (Girls Life reader)"