Firebrand (Alternative Detective, #2)
New York Times bestselling author A. J. Hartley returns to his intriguing, 19th-century South African-inspired fantasy world in another adrenaline-pounding adventureOnce 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.

Firebrand (Alternative Detective, #2) Details

TitleFirebrand (Alternative Detective, #2)
Author
FormatHardcover
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 6th, 2017
PublisherTor Teen
ISBN0765388138
ISBN-139780765388131
Number of pages336 pages
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy

Firebrand (Alternative Detective, #2) Review

  • Amy
    April 12, 2017
    Dear Mr Hartley,Please accept my humble apology. I am unable at this time to write a review of Firebrand, for reasons which are far too mundane to go into here (i.e. life gets complicated sometimes). I really wanted to have written a stellar one, since, in all likelihood, I'll be meeting you at JordanCon next week. (In theory I'd be the one wearing the sign that says "Sorry I didn't get to review your book before meeting you" -- though more likely I'll just be wearing a sheepish grin on my face. Dear Mr Hartley,Please accept my humble apology. I am unable at this time to write a review of Firebrand, for reasons which are far too mundane to go into here (i.e. life gets complicated sometimes). I really wanted to have written a stellar one, since, in all likelihood, I'll be meeting you at JordanCon next week. (In theory I'd be the one wearing the sign that says "Sorry I didn't get to review your book before meeting you" -- though more likely I'll just be wearing a sheepish grin on my face.) However, thank you for giving me the opportunity to grow out my nails, as I seemed to have bitten them down. In Ang, you have created a great character, and keep unfolding a world that fascinates me. My unease with some of the political situations were because they rang a little truer than they might have when you were penning the story, but please don't mistake unease for complacency. Ang isn't the only female who can do some shit-kicking. Some of us have to do it land based or behind a computer, rather than from a rooftop or crane. And I know a cos-player or two who could use Madam Nahreem's guidance to help pull off a role realistically. As to the question raised at the end of the book, unless Willinghouse really steps up his game, I hope it's Daria over her stuffed-shirt brother. I suspect life would be a lot more colorful, exciting, and passionate with that choice. Many thanks to friends at Tor Books for sending me this ARC. My only complaint is that now I have to wait extra long for the next Alternative Detective book to make it into my hands.
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  • Kristy
    February 6, 2017
    This exciting sequel reads like a murder mystery but is much more a dynamic social commentary that is as timely as it is compelling. The book is expertly written, never preaching or pointing fingers, but subtly applying pressure to examine race issues, gender inequalities, microaggressions, and socio-economic problems in our culture. The pace is unrelenting, hurtling the reader through one nail-biting scene after another, connecting the seemingly unrelated series of events into a satisfying conc This exciting sequel reads like a murder mystery but is much more a dynamic social commentary that is as timely as it is compelling. The book is expertly written, never preaching or pointing fingers, but subtly applying pressure to examine race issues, gender inequalities, microaggressions, and socio-economic problems in our culture. The pace is unrelenting, hurtling the reader through one nail-biting scene after another, connecting the seemingly unrelated series of events into a satisfying conclusion. Teens will see themselves in the tough, realistic, and fierce yet vulnerable protagonist. The multicultural world-building will draw in readers of many ages and backgrounds, while the well-crafted mystery and action will keep them wanting more books in the series. The multiple mysteries are ultimately solved and the ending is very satisfying, answering all questions posed and setting up future installments. Overall, this is a delightful follow-up to the explosive first novel from an established author who clearly knows his craft.
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  • Kate Sherrod
    March 26, 2017
    Review soon at Skiffy and Fanty!
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