I was sent an advanced, uncorrected copy of this book by HMH Kids after winning a giveaway on their Instagram. This in no way affects my opinion. Grammatical errors will not be taken into account. Quotes may be inaccurate if compared to the published edition.
After being slightly let down by Unspoken, I went into Tell The Wind and Fire a bit hesitantly. I shouldn’t have had any doubts. It was a wonderfully written, magical story, and I really enjoyed it. 😀
This book is a loose spin-off of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I know nothing about that, so I went into this one blindly. Due to that, I can’t compare the two, but I can say that this was an amazing book. The writing was wonderful and clearly conveyed the magic intertwined in the pages. There were two parallel New York Cities, one Light and one Dark, and both delved into a world of superiority and doppelgängers. It was gripping from cover to cover, and a story I would’ve stayed up into the night to finish if I could have. 😀
There. That’s it. That’s everything I knew, back then. That is the world we lived in, with bright cities and dark twins.
That brings us up to that moment on the train, with the boy I loved and the stranger who saved him.
Now you know everything, except the story of what happened next to all of us: Ethan of the Light City, Carwyn of the Dark, and me, who was born with a foot in each.
This is the tale of who I was able to save.
The three main characters were each very different, but they had a strong connection and were all very lovable.
Lucie was a fierce girl with a long-lasting internal battle. She was torn between her love for one boy, her fear of losing him, and her dislike and sympathy for his double. She definitely didn’t have it easy at any point in this book: she was always pushing her way through either a physical or emotional struggle, and I felt bad for her. Her past was rough, and that reflected on her choices throughout the book. Her character was full of common traits that were all spun to be unique and make her stand out. I loved that from the very beginning, and it never faltered. 😀
Ethan was a naïve, loving boy that wanted to fix the division of the Light and Dark cities but tried to go about it in the wrong ways. He remained that way for much of the story, but in the last quarter I realized he was likely the one that developed the most. He was shy, but spoke up on occasion and was really much braver than he initially seemed. His actions in the end proved that. But he was also desperately trying to protect Lucie from what he did, and in a way that wasn’t irritating or overused. He was genuine and I really liked that about him. 😀
Carwyn was a despised, neglected boy — a life shoved on him just because of his role as Ethan’s doppelgänger. He started off as a carefree, rebellious bad boy, but matured nearly as much as Ethan as he got to know Lucie. By the end, he had realized who he really was and made a stand to help Lucie, even though no one would ever notice. It might sound cliché, but it wasn’t. He was a great character from the beginning, and he grew on me in the same way as Warner from Shatter Me did. He was much more than he seemed, and I think that made him my favorite. 😀
In this book, New York City was duplicated. One city was Light, full of Light magicians, sunlight, bright colors, and power. The other city was Dark, full of Dark magicians, dreariness, hunger, and sickness. The descriptions were brilliant, and I could clearly imagine the contrast between the cities and their citizens and the rift between them. I thought that a setting like this would be confusing and difficult to picture, but I was wrong. Not only was this the exact opposite of what I’d imagined, but it was also a setting I really enjoyed exploring and learning about through Lucie. 😀
I thought Lucie and Ethan’s romance was sweet, but also that it wasn’t focused on enough for me to be able to say much more than that. I know their feelings for each other were genuine and that many of their individual actions were to protect or benefit the other, but that’s it. I enjoyed what was given, but I wish there was more. I also would’ve liked to see them together at least once after that final scene, when they could be properly reunited, but I’m okay with what I got. 😉
I also liked Lucie and Carwyn’s relationship. At first they didn’t like each other, but they eventually became casual friends, though Lucie refused to admit it until nearly the end. They sort of had a romance, but it wasn’t real like Lucie and Ethan’s, and I have to say that I liked them as friends much more. They seemed to fit in that way friends do, and complement each other. 🙂
There were a fair amount of twists in this book that mostly went the way I didn’t expect, but I did predict what I assume was one of the biggest ones a couple of chapters before it happened. A snippet of dialogue got me thinking, and then I formed a theory, and then I was right. While it did eliminate the shock factor, it didn’t prevent the last few pages from breaking my heart.
I didn’t cry though. It was really sad, but I have to admit that it was also sort of fitting. I wish it had been happier, but I wouldn’t have changed it because the alternative was worse. 😉
Tell The Wind and Fire was a magical story with wonderful writing, and I really enjoyed it. If I hadn’t guessed that final plot twist, it would easily have gotten a full five stars. 😀
my rating: 4¾ out of 5 stars
Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! 🙂
I’ll be spending the rest of my Sunday reading, but I’m not sure what I’ll start next. 😉
Until next time…