Friday, 2 September 2011
Review: Wildefire by Karsten Knight
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Publication date: 26th July 2011
My rating: 3 out of 5
Wildefire really is a book of two halves, I sound like a football commentator here, I know. Despite the pretty extreme opening violence in which the main character Ashline literally knocks the teeth out of a girl for messing with her boyfriend, (temper much? calm down Mrs!) the first half of the book was actually quite slow, readable but slow.
The second half does have plenty of entertaining snarky lines and the whole gods and goddesses mythology wasn't too overdone and it never felt like a mythology history lesson. It was however, mentioned numerous times that Ashline was Polynesian so much so that I expected this to be a significant part of the storyline, but nothing really came of it so it felt quite superfluous. Was it to make her seem more exotic and unusual? I didn't really get it.
What saved Wildefire for me was the jaw dropping conclusion which suggests some really interesting developments and a potentially exciting sequel. Overall, Wildefire felt to me like one of those first books that are all about setting the scene that you have to persevere with, but underneath it you know there is definitely something worthwhile.
Thanks to Donna over at Book Passion for Life who kindly let me borrow her copy of Wildefire, cheers Donna you're a star!