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From the author of the acclaimed fantasy trilogy The Masks of Agyrima, published by DAW Books, comes another epic YA fantasy adventure.
Centuries ago, the people of Nevyana were forced to leave their old kingdom across the sea after it was devastated by the War of the Twelve Gods. The only three Gods to survive that war, Vekrin of the Earth, Arrica of the Sun, and Ell of the Moon, agreed to leave the affairs of men alone–but not until they gave their followers a few final magical Gifts.
Vekrin and Arrica gave their followers the gift of Blue Fire, a powerful force that could provide light, heat, and protection–or be turned into a powerful weapon. But Ell chose instead to utterly transform her followers into the almost feline Nightdwellers, nocturnal creatures with fur, teeth, and claws.
Enmity quickly arose among the three groups, and now the Nightdwellers rule the night, killing any ordinary humans they catch out after sunset. Vekrin’s followers became the Citydwellers, retreating behind stout walls of stone, protected by the Blue Fire-powered firelances of the Priests. And Arrica’s followers became the Freefolk, able to travel through the wilderness protected by a Fence of Blue Fire, but always in danger of Nightdweller attack.
When sacred objects for channelling Blue Fire are stolen, three sworn enemies, Petra of the Citydwellers, Amlinn of the Freefolk, and Jin of the Nightdwellers, set out to find them, and their paths converge on a collision course with the truth. Can they bridge the centuries-old division among their communities? Or will their search for the truth and the explosive power of Blue Fire signal the end of Nevyana?
Praise for Blue Fire
“This novel reads immersively because of the deep physical world-building and the meticulous construction of the diverse belief systems. The Nightdwellers and their homes, habits and culture are a triumph of invention. E C Blake, author of the excellent Masks of Agyrima trilogy, shows a deft mix of revelation and restraint in this stand-alone work. The teenagers each suffer their own certainties and doubts, often putting a happy resolution in peril. Betrayals, seeming betrayals, and volte-faces from people they trust ring true. It’s refreshing that not all the adults are wrong-headed. A thoroughly enjoyable exploration of belief systems and arbitrary divisions between different people who share only one world.” – Clare Rhoden,Aurealis Magazine
Meanwhile, over at , Marlin Legare writes:
“Blake’s lore struck a fantastic balance between being grandiose and mysterious enough to be interesting without being convoluted . . . The plot and the storytelling of this novel are the solid core of it. While the lore does help build the world and explain the characters’ motivation and biases, it never gets in the way of the story, nor does it ever seem to be just there for filler. The characters are exceptionally well-written as well. Despite belonging to the magical realm of Nevyana, the three central characters still felt distinctly like teenagers. Blake understands that readers, especially young ones, need to connect with their characters to be engaged in the story. Petra, Amlinn, and Jin all carried common traits and insecurities of real-life teenagers that often made me shake my head and smile. In conclusion, Blue Fire is a delightful YA fantasy that I can recommend to readers of any age.” – Marlin Legare, Sask Book Reviews
$3.99 – $24.95