About the Book:
Title: A Consuming Fire
Author: Laura E. Weymouth
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: November 22, 2022
Genre: YA Fantasy
Uprooted meets The Grace Year in this dark young adult fantasy of love and vengeance following a girl who vows to kill a god after her sister is unjustly slain by his hand.
Weatherell girls aren’t supposed to die.
Once every eighteen years, the isolated forest village of Weatherell is asked to send one girl to the god of the mountain to give a sacrifice before returning home. Twins Anya and Ilva Astraea are raised with this destiny in mind, and when their time comes, spirited Ilva volunteers to go. Her devoted sister Anya is left at home to pray for Ilva’s safe return. But Anya’s prayers are denied.
With her sister dead, Anya volunteers to make a journey of her own to visit the god of the mountain. But unlike her sister, sacrifice is the furthest thing from Anya’s mind. Anya has no intention of giving anything more to the god, or of letting any other girl do so ever again. Anya Astraea has not set out to placate a god. She’s set out to kill one.
*I received an arc from the publisher and the author for review. All thoughts are my own*
This book came out right before the holidays, so I apologize for my tardy review.
I love Laura Weymouth’s books, and I have read every single one. She continues to pull me in every time, break me and put me back together again. This book was wonderful and everything I could have wanted and more! With amazing world building, sisterly bonds, romance and magic, I highly recommend this to fantasy lovers.
Anya Astraea comes from the isolated forest village of Weatherell, where once every eighteen years they are asked to send one girl to the god of the mountain to give a sacrifice before returning home. Twins Anya and Ilva are raised with this destiny in their minds, and when their time comes, the outgoing and spirited Ilva volunteers to go. Her devoted sister Anya is left behind, and she prays for her sister’s safe return. Her prayers go unanswered.
With her sister dead, Anya decides that she will go to the mountain and pay a visit to the god who resides there. But unlike Ilva, Anya is not thinking about giving a sacrifice. Anya does not want to give any more to the god than he’s already taken, and she does not want any other girl to give anything more either. She has not set out to please the god, she’s set out to kill him.
As Anya sets out on her journey, her sheltered life has not prepared her for the outside world. She has never really left the confines of her village, so the fact that she leaves is huge. The Elect are supposed to be there to guide her along, but she finds herself having to keep things from them. She meets a young thief who is about to be unjustly punished, and her heart won’t let her see him suffer. Her feelings for him begin to change as time passes, but he is keeping things from her as well.
An inspiring story you won’t want to miss! Available now.
About the Author:
Laura Weymouth is a Canadian living in America, and the sixth consecutive generation of her family to immigrate from one country to another. Born and raised in the Niagara region of Ontario, she now lives at the edge of the woods in western New York, along with her husband, two wild-hearted daughters, and an ever-expanding menagerie of animal friends. She is represented by the inimitable Lauren Spieller of TriadaUS.