French teen Sacha Winters can’t die. He can throw himself off a roof, be stabbed, even shot, and he will always survive. Until the day when history and ancient enmities dictate that he must die. Worse still, his death will trigger something awful. Something deadly. And that day is closing in.
Taylor Montclair is a normal English girl, hanging out with her friends and studying for exams, until she starts shorting out the lights with her brain. She’s also the only person on earth who can save Sacha.
There’s only one problem: the two of them have never met. They live hundreds of miles apart and powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.
They have eight weeks to find each other.
Will they survive long enough to save the world?
** I received this book from Bookouture via Net Galley for an honest review**
The Secret Fire by C.J. Daugherty & Carina Rozenfeld is the first book in their Secret Fire series. It follow two teens, Taylor from the UK, and Sacha from France. Both of them are brought together mysteriously for an ultimate plan to save mankind from an unforeseeable evil. One can’t die and the other has the powers of an alchemist. How will they save the world? They still haven’t figured it out!
When Taylor and Sacha are brought together for “online tutoring” neither of them feigns any interest at all. But as time goes on and their personal lives become complicated they find that they are connected somehow and must figure out a way to end a centuries old curse before its too late. With vast family histories and a mysterious curse mixed with a bit of alchemy we get a very exciting story!
I loved the plot of The Secret Fire a lot. It moved at a good pace with bits and pieces of information being given at a time so not to get you confused with info dumping. There was so much going on that every page was thrilling and exciting all at the same time. There were times where I wasn’t sure what to expect next and couldn’t wait to find out. Daugherty and Rozenfeld are amazing story tellers. You can tell they put their creative heads together and came up with a real winner here. The tone of the writing was light and also at times a bit creepy. They blended well together.
The only piece of the story I wasn’t in love with was the lack of side character development. Hopefully in the next book we get a little more insight on characters such as Louisa!
Taylor was a great main protagonist for this story. At times when she felt helpless, she was able to find the strength to pull herself through, which was something I admired most about her. Although I get a bit of a Mary Sue vibe off her, she still made it enjoyable to read her chapters. The amount of power she has inside of her is scary and I can’t wait to see her unleash it on more of those scary dead creatures!
Sacha was also a great main protagonist. I think I might have liked him better than Taylor actually. He is very family oriented and doesn’t want to see harm come there way. So when worst comes to worst he disappears in order to save them. With the curse’s expiration date slowly coming to an end, he never gives up hope. I find that really endearing and something I could probably learn to do myself. I’m interested to see the direction his character takes in the next book!
The setting of The Secret Fire was really cool and interesting. We get to travel all around the England and Paris. We get to see major landmarks through the eyes of our protagonists. The setting also sets the major tones of the story as well. Oxford being some of the oldest buildings in all of the UK is home to the Alchemists, some of the oldest magic users in the universe! It also set up a lot of contrasting characteristics. Such as when Sacha travels to the countryside to visit his aunt Annie to find answers. We get a quiet serene atmosphere that gets darkly tainted when the Bringers arrive to take Sacha away.
I know there is a lot more areas to be explored soon and I can’t wait to take that journey with Taylor and Sacha!
In conclusion, The Secret Fire by C.J. Daugherty & Carina Rozenfeld was an excellent paranormal fantasy. They deliver such amazing story telling with a great cast of characters to pull it off. I’m definitely looking forward to what happens next and I think you guys should too! So go pick yourselves up a copy when it is released and let me know what you think!
What are your opinions on Taylor and Sacha? Did the Bringers scare you like they scared me? And do you think they will make it in time to save everyone from this crazy evil curse? Let me know below!
Until next time,
Carina Rozenfeld (born February 13, 1972 in Paris) is a French author who writes children’s books in the science-fiction and fantasy genres. In 2004, her first novel Lucille et les dragons sourds was published.
Credits to Wikipedia.