Book Reviews

Book Review: Booklist Calls HEARTHFIRE by Emmie Mears Outstanding!

Mears, Emmie (author).
July 2018. 420p. BHC, $27.95 (9781947727519); paper, $15.95 (9781946848529); e-book, $7.99 (9781947727526).

Hearthfire_Emmie_Mears_FCREVIEW. First published August 13, 2018 (Booklist Online).

Carin has grown up in a world free of strife or struggle, never wanting for anything. Her biggest worry is the upcoming journey to find herself and her place in society with her friends. However, the journey doesn’t begin as planned and soon Carin is left questioning everything she grew up being told, including her beliefs.

This outstanding fantasy novel will resonate with readers in the real world: it could truly be about anyone coming to the realization that their way of life does indeed affect others, even if they don’t realize it, and how important it is to do the right thing, even if that means going against the norm and alienating people you thought were good and wise. Carin’s character goes through a tremendous amount of growth as she befriends people during her journey and works to right the wrongs her people have wrought upon them. The language in this first book in the Stonebreaker series is a bit odd for readers unfamiliar with Mears’ writing (Look to the Sun, 2016), but there is a glossary in the back for reference.

— Carrie Rasak for Booklist


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