Author(s): Brin Murray
Truth died in the fires. Only through courage can it be born again.
Dark, powerful and heartbreaking, Children Of The Furnace compels with a uniquely stunning world and one of the greatest characters you’ll ever be afraid for.
Under the iron rule of the Revelayshun, one boy discovers the truth.. ‘Ty promised my ma he’d bring me up right. Bring him up to hear the rhythm beat, she said, and to feel the heartsblood warm. Not Strong — not in their way — but strong in the ways of the heart.’
When the Revelayshun murders his pa, Wil discovers through savage inquisition that he’s marked as a Heater, one of the old-time heretics who burned up the world. But Wil holds the key to a secret. Sekkerland’s Shame, the Atrocity, is a great lie — and the Revelayshun will use fire, blood and death to hide the truth.
Kathleen's review - I always enjoy books where the key character has to discover things about him/herself, and we the readers gets clues that sometimes keep us a step ahead but other times are at the same pace. This is one of those books. Brin Murray has done an excellent job of the world-building and of keeping the voice accurate, AND given an exciting story. I loved it.
Finalist in the 2019 NZ Book Awards for Children & Young Adults - Young Adult Fiction Award
“Amazing. Vivid and fascinating… nuanced and complex. An engrossing novel that changes the way you see the world.” --Caitlin Lyle Farley, Readers’ Favorite, 5 star review