“London, 1904 – All Artemis wants for her 16th birthday is a fancy new dress and maybe a few stolen sips of champagne. What she gets is a fiery sword and an inescapable destiny. She’s the Blaze–fated to protect the city from Darkness. With all of two days training, she must strike back against a rising evil. But her new powers come at a cost, and the truth behind them is more terrifying than any monster.
Cinch your corset and strap in for a wild ride through turn-of-the-century London. Don’t miss the next books in the Blaze Series.”
Another kick-ass book courtesy of Monique Martin! If you’ve followed The Secret Library book blog from the beginning, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of her work and her books regularly get The Secret Library stamp of approval. This book is no different!
A historical urban fantasy novel, Blaze features Artemis, who finds out shortly before her 16th birthday that she is the Blaze: a saviour who can wield hell-fire to protect the world from supernatural evil. Shades and incubuses are on the prowl in London, and Artemis is running out of time to come to terms with her powers, or lose her life to this evil.
Artemis is a really fun character: quirky, intelligent and as humble as it is probably possible for a teenager to be, even in 1904. Secretly empowered by the growing suffragettes’ movement, she aims to be everything society deems inappropriate: independent, career focused and not tethered to a husband. For the time, she is an outrageous character. For our time, she is a female role-model to root for.
Along with her best friend Phoebe, and her adopted father, who rescued her from her Shade father as a baby, Artemis embraces her new destiny.
Demonic entities in Victorian London make the best stories, The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray being on of the best I’ve so far read, and seriously dark and gritty. Blaze, while still maintaining sinister undertones, is a more light-hearted tale imbued with sincere friendships and family ties. Despite being alone in her destiny, Artemis is wholly supported on her journey to master her new powers.
As ever, I can only find a minor problem with this book. As the author is from the USA and Blaze is set in London in 1904, there are some words used by the characters that English people wouldn’t say. Other than that, I can’t fault this book!
This book has earned it’s five stars and The Secret Library stamp of approval from Fin the baby dragon!
Book two in the series has just hit the e-shelves and book three is on its way on 28th November.
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