Review: TELL THE WIND AND FIRE by Sarah Rees BrennanTell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
Published by Clarion Books on April 5th 2016
Pages: 368
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.
Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised. Lucie alone knows the young men’s deadly connection, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.
Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

Reading time 4 mins

Lucia was born in the dark city, but she now lives in the light city. Like most light citizens she has light magic, hers is the power to heal. She is in love with the son of one of the reigning council members of light city. The council is responsible for all the prejudice and unfair treatment of the dark city and it’s citizens. Ethan isn’t like his family, though. At least she thought. When evidence of forbidden dark magic saves Ethan from certain death Lucie tries to protect the secret and show mercy. She can’t have it both ways though.

This story is loosely based on Charles Dickens’s Tale of Two Cities. I have never read Dickens, and I don’t plan to. I can’t say how close this story was to the original. The author mentioned it in the notes, so I am mentioning it here.

What I liked: I really enjoyed the way this book is told. The first person aspect is a refreshing change. I just realized it has been a while since 1st person was actually used in any book I have been reading. POV is not the same as first person. I think 1st person almost needs justification, which this Tell the Wind and Fire had.I really found this book easy to read and it was a real escape to be in Lucie’s head instead of my own. I liked Lucie a lot. The telling of this story was really well done.

I enjoyed learning how Lucie came to be in the light city. Lucia stays true to her character throughout the story. I liked how there was a clear distinction, in terrain, between the light city and the dark one. I loved that there is a doppelganger in this story. I always thought that if you saw your doppelganger you would die, but I liked how the author spun this myth.

What I didn’t like: Except for a few people, there wasn’t much difference between the citizens of light city and dark city. Unless dark citizen is actually code for “poor people”? There wasn’t as much magic as I had hoped. I don’t know why the dark citizens didn’t use their power to overcome the light city. The only one that used magic in this story was Lucie and she didn’t use it very much until the end. The magic wasn’t really explained. I don’t really understand the magic Lucie had, so that sucked. I didn’t understand the cages and how they worked. They were an important part of the story, so I really feel like I was missing something.

Some of the relationships I didn’t get. I would have liked to have seen the aunt reaction when Lucie was granted access the the light city. It might have helped that “this is totally random” feeling I had when her aunt surfaced again if it had been more of a focus earlier in the story. Also, and this is important, I didn’t feel bad about the ending. I think it was suppose to be sad. I am sad that I was NOT sad. I feel like I missed the point.

Conclusion: I definitely have mixed feeling about this story. Now that I have had a few days to digest my feelings for this book. I am not sure I liked it as much. Nothing about this book is really staying with me like I hoped. I did enjoy the reading of this a lot, and most of the issues I brought up only occurred to me after I finished reading this. It was mostly a forgettable story.

My Rating


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About Sarah Rees Brennan

Sarah Rees Brennan is Irish and currently lives in Dublin. For a short stint, she lived in New York and became involved with a wide circle of writers who encouraged and supported her, including Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. She has developed a wide audience through her popular blog,, where she writes movie parodies, book reviews and some stories.

I received this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

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