The Secret Fire, C.J. Daugherty & C. Rozenfeld, (ed. Atom)
Page number: 424
Book number: 2
Release date: September 2015
Themes: Curse – Romance – Power – Love – Young Adult – Alchemy
A BATTLE AGAINST FATE. A RACE AGAINST TIME.
Taylor Montclair is a regular girl from the quiet backwater of Woodbury, England, Sacha Winter is a darkly mysterious boy from the City of Lights – Paris, France.
While Taylor is focused on her dream of attending Oxford University, school couldn’t be further from Sasha’s mind … Sacha knows exactly when he’s going to die. He’s done it before.
On the appointed day, Sacha’s time will run out. And his death will fulfil an ancient destiny that could unleash chaos and catastrophe.
Taylor is the only person who can save him. Neither of them knows that yet. They haven’t even met.
Hundreds of miles and a body of water separate them. Deadly forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart. They have eight weeks to find each other and unravel an ancient web of mystery and danger.
THE CLOCK STARTS NOW
It is the cover that attracts me I found it mysterious. I like to discover this book because it is interesting and exciting.
That written story with four hands does not prevent a continuity because the difference of writing is invisible. It brings a uniqueness to book. Moreover, this story has two voices (Taylor and Sacha) it allows us to have a lot more details which will not exist if we have only one point of view. Also, it let the book to be alive and burden the story. In the end, it looks like the authors answer at each other through the characters.
As soon as the summary you read you feel that there is a link between the characters, but we do not know what it is, and you need to read a lot to find out more about it. The universe changes a little and the fact that the story happens between Paris, Woodbury and Oxford make us travel. These places are representative of the book mainly for Oxford. The temporal dimension in this story add some stress, increase the quickness of reading, and we want to find the end of this story. Nevertheless, you have two books in this series, so we are frustrated in the end as you only read the first book, even if we have the answer to the primary question.
The two viewpoints are Taylor and Sacha, two opposites characters. Firstly, we have Taylor; a young British girl focused on her studies and her future. We can see her evolve throughout the book with the events she meets and to the contact of Sacha. These alterations are blatant with her change of wardrobe. Secondly, we have Sacha, a French guy who does not care about his future and his life because he knows that he is going to die soon. However, this scruffiness hides a funny, brave person and even if he does not want to show it, he cares about his family, and he is trying to protect them while moving away from them.
Conclusion: it is an excellent book that I have loved to discover. The cover and the summary was appealing, but with two viewpoints I was not reassured. In the end, the story and this fact make the originality of this story.