Sarah Rees Brennan’s writing is as gorgeous and clever as ever in her newest novel Tell the Wind and Fire. This story with its stunning parallels to Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities easily makes my favorites list of not just 2016 reads, but of all time. I couldn’t put it down and I didn’t. Lucie is an amazing protagonist, the Golden Thread in the Dark; and her story was both exciting and moving. When she and her boyfriend Ethan are apprehended on their way home to the Light city, they are rescued from sudden death by the most surprising of characters: a doppelganger. One of the buried. Carwyn is as dark and surly as one would expect, so it begs the question why? Why would a doppelganger help them? And the fact that this particular doppelganger even exists uncovers a world of secrets that the most prominent family in the Light city had hoped would stay buried forever.
A captivating cast of characters takes the reader on a heart-racing journey through this unique and fantastical new world. Whether you love Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, and Sydney Carton (and do I ever) or not… give this book a chance. It’s difficult to hold back the details of a book I loved so much, but these details should be discovered by the reader. So I will end with this:
Tell the Wind and Fire is emotionally wrought and filled with characters worth investing in. A beautiful ending that left me a sobbing mess and will stay with me forever.
“Tell the wind and fire where to stop, but don’t tell me.”
Special thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.