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Blue Flame
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Blue Flame
Perfect Fire Trilogy, Book 1
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Many years have passed since the Occitanian knights fought a courageous battle to keep the Blue Flame - sparked at Christ's cricifixion and kept burning for centuries - from falling into the wrong hands. Parsifal, young son of the knight Bernard, escaped with the flame and has continued the mission to find its true keeper. His path intertwines with Raimon, son of a Cathar weaver, and Yolanda, daughter of the Catholic Count, who are falling in love. But the righteous crusades begin, setting boy against girl, family against family, neighbour against neighbour, the south against the north. The tumult rises to a roaring peak when the Inquisitors arrive to slaughter the heretics and possess the Blue Flame.

Many years have passed since the Occitanian knights fought a courageous battle to keep the Blue Flame - sparked at Christ's cricifixion and kept burning for centuries - from falling into the wrong hands. Parsifal, young son of the knight Bernard, escaped with the flame and has continued the mission to find its true keeper. His path intertwines with Raimon, son of a Cathar weaver, and Yolanda, daughter of the Catholic Count, who are falling in love. But the righteous crusades begin, setting boy against girl, family against family, neighbour against neighbour, the south against the north. The tumult rises to a roaring peak when the Inquisitors arrive to slaughter the heretics and possess the Blue Flame.

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About the Author-
  • K. M. Grant is the author of the much acclaimed de Granville trilogy and How the Hangman Lost His Heart, based on her own ancestor who was the last man in England to be hung, drawn and quartered. Blue Flame is the first novel in her new trilogy, The Perfect Fire. She lives in Scotland and works as a writer and broadcaster.

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  • School Library Journal

    December 1, 2008
    Gr 7-10-Legend has it that the Blue Flame was lit upon the moment of Christ's death, and whoever has it in his possession will have victory over his foes. But for Parsifal, who was only a child when charged with keeping the flame, the burden is overwhelming, and he retreats into solitude and madness. However, the Flame refuses to be hiddenone evening it flares, illuminating the land of the Occitan with an unmistakable glow. As a result, the Catholics and the Cathars, who once lived together in peace, are now at odds. An inquisition begins. Yolanda, the daughter of a Catholic count, and her childhood friend Raimon, the son of a Cathar peasant, who have fallen in love, become divided by violence. Although it has a promising premise and a potentially exciting story line, this book, set in 1242 France, fails to deliver. Because the point of view shifts from one character to another (including the land of the Occitan itself), it is impossible for readers to become connected with anyone in particular. In addition, this fractured narrative makes it difficult to tell what is happening to whom. The plot progresses in strange leaps, particularly toward the end of the novel, and events that need depth are summarized. The historical detail of the narrative is what saves this novel. Students who are able to read past the awkwardness will find the background information fascinating and will want to know which parts of the story are true and which have been fictionalized."Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO"

    Copyright 2008 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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