"Review My Books" review by Tamara
by Gary Meehan
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Quercus (November 4, 2014)
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Sixteen-year-old Megan is pregnant.
As she prepares to tell her family, the unthinkable happens. Her village is razed by soldiers: her grandfather murdered, her twin sister taken.
On a desperate mission to rescue her beloved Gwyneth, Megan discovers a terrifying truth - that the destruction of her old life is inextricably linked to her unborn child. The feared witch soldiers, vanquished a generation ago, have returned to see the fulfilment of a prophecy: one that will put Megan and her new friends - Eleanor, a fiery ex-aristocrat, and Damon, a wayward charmer - at the heart of the greatest war her world has ever known.
True Fire follows sixteen year old Megan on a journey to save her sister after her village is attacked by witches. Her entire village is slaughtered one night by the witches and Meagan believes that her sister may have been taken and not killed. On top of that Megan just found out that she is pregnant and has to figure out how she’s going to raise a baby when her home and her family are now gone.
I like that this book broke away from the typical tropes and tried to bring something completely different. No romance or love triangles, just a girl on a journey to save her twin sister. Megan is a very likable main character, she’s very dedicated to finding her sister, and she won’t let anything get in her way.
I loved that there is no romance. Megan has so much going on in this story that she doesn’t have time for romance and it wouldn’t fit the story anyway. It would have been pretty unbelievable for Megan to be in the middle of a romance with all this happening around her.
Along the way she finds some unlikely allies. There's Eleanor, a 40 something ex aristocrat, and Damon. a 20 something guy that Megan and Eleanor find after the witches leave him to die. I really enjoyed the banter between these three, their unlikely partnership is refreshing and fun to read.
One thing that bothered me was that many times it seemed like Megan was careless with her pregnancy. There were a lot of things she shouldn’t have done while pregnant and she seemed unconcerned about the baby’s health. I know this was a very action packed book, but at times it was just unrealistic.
There were a lot of twists and betrayals throughout the story. Some I saw coming and some I didn’t. No one can be trusted, everyone has some kind of ulterior motive. The war between the Priests and the Witches is complicated and it’s hard to know which side to root for. I don’t know if I’ll continue this series but this first installment definitely left me with a lot of questions. Overall, this book was pretty enjoyable if you can handle the pacing.