Have you ever stood up for something? No matter what, people are passionate about their beliefs. They want to do the right thing and when their hearts are engaged, they may challenge the status quo in order to bring about change.
History is filled with people who have taken a stand. Women who went to jail in order to get the right to vote. Men and Women who marched on Washington in order to be treated equally. Or even a child who steps in front of a soldier.
Amanda Marin's final book in the Crimson Sash series- Flicker to Fire, leads the hero and heroine (Neve and Micah) through their most dangerous time as they fight not just for their freedom but for the freedom of all Sufferers. Not only will they have to stand up to the leadership but to those people who are hiding in the shadows trying to bring them down.
Flicker to Fire is a nail-biting, can't put it down book. Readers will enjoy an escape from their everyday life and the zaniness in the world. In addition, readers will find many connections to "real-world" events. Trust Me...you'll want your own copy to read again and again!
Beyond the broken wall, a fire has begun to burn …
Outside the refugee center in Kébec Village, the border wall separating the New Republic from the Nation continues to crumble. On one side, Neve Hall and Micah Ward are Sans Murs operatives, documenting cases of the Nation’s human rights violations as escapees arrive. On the other, Isla Pryce has begun a ruthless mission to purge the Nation of Sufferers who, like Micah, have been unfaithful to their vows.
Then she arrives: Blythe Thatcher, a mysterious young woman on the run from Isla’s vicious Inquisition Board. In Blythe, Neve sees a way to help Sans Murs further its cause—and rid the Nation of its callous Suffering system once and for all. But when the Nation uncovers their plan, the struggle that started as a flicker quickly turns to fire, and only Neve and Micah can extinguish the flame.
The Crimson Sash series is best enjoyed in the following reading order:
“Are you all right after … everything?” I ask him softly.
Micah shrugs. “Are you?”
I shrug back, mimicking his understated disappointment.
His arms tighten around me, a silent reminder that despite everything we’ve lost and learned, we still have one another. For a while, we just stand like that, locked together, looking out over Ville Marie. The stone walls of the old buildings are illuminated by streetlights, and the full moon above transforms the river into a silver ribbon in the distance. Even in the middle of the night, in the middle of a war, the city is beautiful.
“Hopefully Chloé and Serge’s plan works and they can stop the Nation before they manage to destroy anything else,” I say.
“It won’t bring back everyone who died,” he whispers. “It won’t help my dad, or Moose, or any of the others.”
I look up into his face, into the faraway look in his eyes. Into the regret that darkens his stare and hardens his jaw. Something about him reminds me of Auden right now. The same kind of seriousness. The same kind of sadness. It’s a strange comfort to notice this about him. Auden’s ashes may be in a marble box inside, but a piece of him is still alive and standing beside me.
“Your dad wanted to stop the Suffering and save people,” I remind him. “Now he’s doing it, in a way, at least.”
Micah nods, and his eyes find mine. “That’s the thing, Neve …” he says slowly, nervously. “The plan they’ve pieced together, I want to be a part of it … I want to help, even if that means going back to Bristol. I want to finish what my father couldn’t. I have to do this for him, as much as for myself and every National beyond the border. This isn’t just about saving the Sufferers anymore. It’s about saving all Nationals.”
About the Author:
When Amanda was a child, her father traveled frequently for business, always bringing back a book as a present for her. Whether she was getting lost in the pages of a tale about faraway knights, girls with supernatural powers, or kindly giants, she was quickly hooked on stories.
Nowadays, Amanda writes books of her own. She holds degrees in English from Salve Regina University and Boston College, and she works in scholarly publishing. Her favorite things include Starbucks lattes, lazy summer afternoons at the beach, and stories with characters that make you go “awww.” She lives in New Hampshire with her family and furbaby, Snickers the Poodle.
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