Friday, July 8, 2011

Firebrand By Gillian Philip

This is the first Gillian Philip book I have read and I know it won't be the last because I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

It is set in sixteenth century Scotland and tells the story of Seth and his brother Conal who are sons of a Sithe nobleman, they live behind the veil in the land of the Sithe where their world has been at peace for many hundreds of years but all that is about to change when the brothers are banished into the mortal world. 

What makes this book so special is that the characters are so alive, so real, you will feel their pain as though you are inside them. Unlike many other books about fairies, pixies, vampires etc., aimed at teenagers these characters despite being magical and otherworldly feel like real flesh and blood. 

I also adore the Scottish accented speech and the banter between the brothers and I couldn't help being reminded of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books. 

This is a fantastic novel which anyone of any age could enjoy and it may appeal especially to fans of Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking trilogy. 

It is the first in a trilogy which is great because yey! more to come but annoying because boo! I have to wait. 

Outstanding read it!

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