White Heat Paperback
by K. M. Grant
Part of the The Perfect Fire Trilogy series
Will Raimon's and Yolanda's love survive the ravages of a siege, her enforced betrothal to Raimon's enemy, and the growing divisions within their beloved Occitan? Raimon has escaped the pyre and carried the Blue Flame, the true spirit of the Occitan, to the mountains above Castelneuf.
There he dreams of Yolanda and gathers more people to his cause.
But his resolve begins to fail as he is besieged by the Catholic Aimery and the Cathar White Wolf.
In Paris, Yolanda, believing Raimon is dead, resists marriage to Sir Hugh, who is building a war train to topple Raimon and bring the flame and the Occitan under the rule of the French King ...In a blazing finale, as Castelneuf burns, all sides are forced to reconsider what they are willing to sacrifice for the Occitan, for power and ultimately for love.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
- Publication Date: 02/04/2009
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781847247599
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Review by CaroTheLibrarian
PLUS -* It's interesting to read a historical novel about such a completely unfamiliar place and period.* Characters are well written - the reader grows to have some sympathy for characters who by all rights should really be the 'bad guys'.MINUS - * The story is narrated by the Amouroix, a county in the Occitan, and I'm not sure this realy works. Each time the Amouroix spoke in the first person it took me a while to work out whose 'voice' it was. * I think for some younger readers might find the very unfamiliar setting a little off-putting. I had to do a little research to work out exactly where the story is set (Occitan is another name for the Langedoc area of France, and I still don't know if the Amouroix is actually a real place or not.)OVERALL - * A good read, if you've read the first in the series (Blue Flame).* Probably best for really dedicated readers of historical fiction.* Worth reading if you're happy to deduce some aspects of the period and place as you go along. Much of the background is not spelled out. * Not as good as the author's other series (DeGranville trilogy)