Firebrand by Gillian Philip

I must have breathed, eventually, but my father didn’t. He never got another chance

Publishers’ blurb

It is the last decade of the sixteenth century: a time of religious wars in the full-mortal world. But the Sithe are at peace, hidden behind the Veil that protects their world until their queen, Kate NicNiven, determines to destroy it.

Seth MacGregor is the half-feral son of a Sithe nobleman. When his father is assassinated, and Seth is exiled with his brother Conal to the full-mortal world, they vow not only to survive, but to return to reclaim their fortress and save the Veil. But even the Veil s power cannot protect the brothers when the brutal witch-hunts begin…

Brimming with intrigue and rebellion, Firebrand is the first book in the Rebel Angels series by Gillian Philip, the Carnegie Medal-nominated author of Crossing the Line and multi-award nominated Bad Faith.

Further information

Gillian Philip’s website

Gillian Philip author page at Scottish Book Trust

Gillian Philip video interview at Scottish Book Trust (needs Quicktime)


2 comments on “Firebrand by Gillian Philip

  1. Exceptionally well written, but I enjoyed the first half better than the second.

    Seth is the half-feral son of a Sithe Nobleman, Griogar, and he feels lonely and rejected by his father. The Sithes live (for hundreds of years it seems) hidden behind the “Veil” that separates them from the “full-mortal” world. When Griogar is assassinated, the Sithe Queen-a very feisty and quite frankly very nasty, violent and ruthless Kate McNiven-banishes Seth and his brother Conal to the full-mortal world. As they are plunged into new territories the harsh realities of the witch hunts prevail. All sorts of terrifying adventures ensue, naturally.

    Seth is very well constructed, I thought, and his love for his brother Conal has seemingly no boundaries. The love story between Seth and the full-mortal girl was very touching, if a tiny bit predictable.

    However, the latter parts of the book dragged for me and I was hoping the writer would wrap up sooner rather than later! Overall, it was a very strong piece of fantasy/historical writing, and it certainly wasn’t two-dimensional as a lot of fantasy novels are guilty of.

    Another note, I defy anyone to not secretly admire Kate McNiven-she is a beautiful, sexy, intelligent and powerful female character!!

  2. This book is a good book to read if you like reading action packed and fast pace novels but unfortunately I don’t.

    This book started off seeming quite interesting but as the story started to unfold I found myself begging the writer to make something more interesting out of the facts she had used! I don’t usually read this genre of book so that might be why I didn’t really enjoy it but as I turned each page my eyes got more and more tired.

    The only bit about this book that I would say was interesting was the love story between Seth and the full-mortal girl and the last paragraph as I would love to find out what happens next! This is a well writen book but unless you like violent and fast pace novels I would not recomend it!

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