If you thought book one was good then you are going to die when you read “Firebrand”, book two!!! This book has it all. Get ready for phenomenal world building, wonderful characters, and great pacing! This is another great story that I couldn't put down. After reading this book I can see how you could read this without reading book one. But, I still say to read book one first since you now have the knowledge that this is book two.
The world building in “Firebrand” is spectacular. It’s some of the best I've seen. It really made the book and the characters come alive. You go through everything that they do and man you could really see how much the author put into “Firebrand”. The best part about this book is the multi-story lines that are going on. Plus you get the one that ties them all together. What an amazing ending!
“What a world Hartley has created! A world of great danger... murder... suspense on just about every page. And enough twists and surprises to keep the pages turning long into the night.” —R.L. Stine, bestselling author of Goosebumps
New York Times bestselling author A. J. Hartley returns to his intriguing, 19th-century South African-inspired fantasy world in Firebrand, another adrenaline-pounding adventure.
Once a steeplejack, Anglet Sutonga is used to scaling the heights of Bar-Selehm. Nowadays she assists politician Josiah Willinghouse behind the scenes of Parliament. The latest threat to the city-state: Government plans for a secret weapon are stolen and feared to be sold to the rival nation of Grappoli. The investigation leads right to the doorsteps of Elitus, one of the most exclusive social clubs in the city. In order to catch the thief, Ang must pretend to be a foreign princess and infiltrate Elitus. But Ang is far from royal material, so Willinghouse enlists help from the exacting Madam Nahreem.
Yet Ang has other things on her mind. Refugees are trickling into the city, fleeing Grappoli-fueled conflicts in the north. A demagogue in Parliament is proposing extreme measures to get rid of them, and she soon discovers that one theft could spark a conflagration of conspiracy that threatens the most vulnerable of Bar-Selehm. Unless she can stop it.
"Richly-drawn with a diverse cast of characters and an unstoppable plot!” – Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author, on Steeplejack