A Novel


  • Scribner | 
  • 528 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451646481 | 
  • June 2011
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Sarah Micklem


In Wildfire, the incredible journey of Firethorn, the loving, reckless and irresistible narrator of the Firethorn trilogy, continues.

In this second novel of the trilogy, Firethorn disobeys the orders of her lover and master Sire Galan and follows him to war, choosing to face hardships with him rather than safety alone. She follows the army of Corymb across the sea to the land of Incus, but during the crossing there is a terrible storm and Firethorn is struck by lightning. When she regains consciousness, she is haunted by shades and visions, her speech is garbled, her memory is in tatters, and her destiny has been altered.

Priests and soldiers search her nonsensical utterances for hidden prophecies, but it is not until Firethorn is captured by the defeated king of Incus that she is forced to trust in her purported power of foresight.  King Corvus takes refuge in the kingdom where Firethorn was born, a place she remembers only in dreams.  There, a world away from Galan, she discovers not only the land and language she was born to, but a life of unexpected luxury and power.  However, this privilege has a high cost that Firethorn may not be able to bear. 

Questions and Topics for Discussion

  1. ‘“It’s unnatural for a woman to be so ambitious,’
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About the Author

Sarah Micklem
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Sarah Micklem

Sarah Micklem had jobs in a restaurant, printing plant, sign shop, and refugee resettlement agency before discovering that graphic design was an enjoyable way to make a living. She wrote Firethorn while working as an art director for children's magazines in New York City. She lives with her husband, poet and playwright Cornelius Eady, in Washington, D.C., where she is writing the second book of the Firethorn trilogy.