THE BOOK OF FIRES
BY JANE BORODALE
This novel develops in strength as you become embroiled in the character of the main protagonist. The amount of research that Jane Borodale has done is vital to the plot of the novel and increasingly becomes apparent as the heroine's education in pyrotechny advances.
Initially, the present tense internal monologue of the heroine is difficult to navigate and it is not until the character develops further that one is pulled into the narrative. Yet it is well-worth your patience and the twists the plot takes are not as straight-forward as you may suppose. Though I was slightly confused by the timeline of the heroine's pregnancy, I geniunely wanted her to succeed. I found myself avidly reading the final chapters, delighting in the outcome of this strong, resourceful, and intelligent female.
Natalie Intern x