Firebrand by Gillian Philip
(Rebel Angels)

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At the end of the sixteenth century, religious upheaval brings fear, superstition, and doubt to the lives of mortals. Yet unbeknownst to them, another world lies just beyond the Veil: the realm of the Sithe, a fierce and beautiful people for whom a full-mortal life is but the blink of an eye. The Veil protects and hides their world…but it is fraying at the edges, and not all think it should be repaired. 

Discarded by his mother and ignored by his father, sixteen-year-old Seth MacGregor has grown up half wild in his father’s fortress, with only his idolized older brother, Conal, for family. When Conal quarrels with the Sithe queen and is forced into exile in the full-mortal world, Seth volunteers to go with him.

But life beyond the Veil is even more dangerous than they expected, and Seth and Conal soon find themselves embroiled in a witch-hunt—in which they are the quarry. Trapped between the queen’s machinations at home and the superstitious violence of the otherworld, Seth must act before both of them are fed to the witch-hunters’ fires…

Brimming with intrigue and rebellion, Firebrand is the first book in the Rebel Angels series by Gillian Philip, the Carnegie Medal–nominated author of Crossing the Line and multi-award-nominated Bad Faith.

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About Gillian Philip

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GILLIAN PHILIP was born in Glasgow, lived for twelve years in Barbados, and now lives in the north of Scotland with her husband, twin children, three dogs, two sociopathic cats, a slayer hamster, three chickens, and a lot of nervous fish.
Published February 19, 2013 by Tor Books. 368 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Set forth in gritty, visceral detail, along with a few anachronisms (“When do they plan to evolve?” Seth wonders of the benighted Scots), curses, sex, violence and drinking, Seth grows in stature, understanding and empathy while learning to wield his rage as a weapon.

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A veil separates the Sidhe world from the mortal one, but Seth's older half-brother Conal has been exiled and the two have entered the human world through one of the Watergates and found themselves in the late 16th century.

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Seth MacGregor, a young noble-born Sithe, isn’t wanted at the queen’s court by his mother or at home by his father, but a life of angry loneliness is averted when his older half-brother, Conal, shows him kindness and warrior’s skills.

Dec 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Firebrand (Rebel Angels)

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First in an otherworld fantasy trilogy, nominally for young adults, that first appeared in the U.K. in 2010, from the author of Opposite of Amber (2011, etc.).

Feb 05 2013 | Read Full Review of Firebrand (Rebel Angels)

The Bookbag

Conal - the older brother, the heir, the shining, perfect one - is the fulcrum around which the plot swings, as Kate NicNiven pursues power and danger, but it's Seth who tugs your heartstrings.

Sep 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Firebrand (Rebel Angels)

Fantasy Literature

When Firebrand opens, Seth, a 16-year-old Sithe, has a crossbow trained on his brother, Conal.

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