The Secret Fire

French teen Sacha Winters can’t die. He can throw himself off a roof, be stabbed, even shot, and he will always survive. Until the day when a long-forgotten prophecy says he must die.

Worse still, his death will trigger something awful. Something unimaginably deadly.

And that day is closing in.

Taylor Montclair is a studious English girl, hanging out with her friends and desperate to get into Oxford University, until she starts shorting out the lights with her brain.

She’s also the only person on earth who can save Sacha.

The two of them have never met. They live in different countries. Powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep them apart.

They have eight weeks to find each other.

Will they survive long enough to save the world?

Short-listed for the Sussex Amazing Book Award, this tale of modern alchemy, co-written with the award-winning French author Carina Rozenfeld, is the first book in a two-book Alchemist Chronicles series.

Reviews for The Secret Fire

‘Exciting and unique!’ – The Guardian

‘This series will appeal to readers who have grown up loving Harry Potter. It has that dark magical feel to it, only more contemporary and more dangerous.’ – Serendipity Reviews

‘A mesmerizing page-turner with a deliciously international flavour and horrifyingly chilling stakes.’ – Amy Plum, author of the bestselling Die for Me series.

‘You need to get excited about this book. It’s like a book version of the really good episodes of Buffy.’ – Holly Bourne, author of The Manifesto on How to be Interesting

‘Just drop everything and get this book!’ – Sophie Reads YA

‘It’s been a long time since I read a book in this genre that has made me want more. Like, MORE. NOW.‘ – Fairy Neverland

Publication dates

The book is published in the UK by Little Brown, and in the US and Canada by Bookouture. Book 2 in the series, The Secret City, is out now in many countries, and will be out soon elsewhere in the world.

Other international publishers include:
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  • Poland, by Otwarte
  • France, by Robert Laffont
  • Germany, by Oetinger
  • Brazil, by Editoria Rocco
  • Portugal, by Livraria Civilizacao
  • Turkey, by Pegasus
  • Thailand by Pran Publishing
  • Latin America & Spain, by V&R Editoras
  • Italy, by Leone Editore
  • Serbia, by Laguna
  • Israel, by Books in the Attic

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