‘ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I’VE READ IN RECENT YEARS . . . PACKS A HELL OF AN EMOTIONAL PUNCH’ Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of Children of Time
From one of the most imaginative writers of her generation comes an extraordinary vision of the future.
Ven was once a holy man, a keeper of ancient archives. It was his duty to interpret archaic texts, sorting useful knowledge from the heretical ideas of the Burning Age – a time of excess and climate disaster. For in Ven’s world, such material must be closely guarded, so that the ills that led to that cataclysmic era can never be repeated.
But when the revolutionary Brotherhood approaches Ven, pressuring him to translate stolen writings that threaten everything he once held dear, his life will be turned upside down. Torn between friendship and faith, Ven must decide how far he’s willing to go to save this new world, and how much he is willing to lose.
Notes from the Burning Age is the remarkable and captivating new novel from the award-winning Claire North that puts dystopian fiction in a whole new light.
‘Beautiful and riveting’ Buzzfeed
‘Will keep readers hooked right up until the explosive close‘ Publishers Weekly
‘A gripping, utterly involving, dystopian eco-thriller that balances the intimacies of betrayal against global climate collapse’ Daily Mail
‘An impassioned, urgent and compelling new work that burns as bright as the fires of our own burning age. This is not to be missed’ Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award-winning author
‘North’s talent shines out’ Sunday Times
‘An original and even dazzling writer’ Kirkus
‘North goes from strength to strength’ Guardian
‘Claire North’s writing is terrific, smart and entertaining’ Patrick Ness
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There was a time when the world burned. Now some want to set the fire again. Once, the spirits of the mountain, sea and sky rose against humankind. They punished us for the heresies of the Burning Age – the time when we cared so little for the world that it went up in flames. We learned to fear them, honour them, and in the centuries of peace which followed, the spirits slept. Ven used to be a holy man, studying texts from the ashes of the past, sorting secrets from heresies. But when he gets caught up in the political scheming of the Brotherhood, he finds himself in the middle of a war, fuelled by old knowledge and forbidden ambition. And as the land burns again, the great spirits stir.
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