Review: “Tell The Wind And Fire” by Sarah Rees Brennan

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan A review by Amanda.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, Tell the Wind and Fire tells the story of Lucie, who straddles two cities – one Light and one Dark. For two years, she has struggled to protect her father and hide the truth of her past from the Light authorities. All of her careful planning comes undone when her boyfriend, a prominent Light citizen, is accused of passing information to a sans-merci, a member of Dark resistance group. The ordeal drops another man into Lucie’s life. A Dark magician whose motives are unclear, but to whom danger and intrigue are attracted, this man has the ability to upset everything Lucie has worked so hard to achieve.

All Lucie wants from her new life is for her father, and herself, to be safe. She keeps her head down, smiles brightly when told to, and stays silent when she has a different opinion than is expected. Helping a citizen of the Dark city goes against all of her self-preservation instincts but she can’t seem to avoid it. Lucie’s skills as a Light medic and her practice at appearing meek may work to her advantage, if only her compassion and stubborn spirit would cooperate.

Tell the Wind and Fire is gritty, dark, and action-packed. Lucie is a conflicted character, torn between keeping safe and doing what she feels is right. The romance is an integral part of the story, which feels raw and authentic. The love story did not appear to be an afterthought, as I have read before; instead, this world was built around the varied relationships in Lucie’s life. It was skillfully done and well-balanced. The romance did not overwhelm the plot but enhanced it. The over-arching story is gripping and keeps the reader guessing until the end. The one downside that I found with this book is that it appears to be a standalone, and I would love to read more about the people and worlds that the author has introduced us to.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

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