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The Times

Books of the Year by Antonia Senior

A clever, gripping thriller — a Da Vinci Code for those who like their prose to be elegant as well as page-turning.

 

Irish Times

Books of the Year by Terry Wogan

Leaping brilliantly between the 15th century and today, Into the Fire is an extraordinary blending of the past and present.

The Guardian

Books of the Year by Kate Mosse

Of the many novels enjoyed this year, I partic­ularly relished Manda Scott’s imagin­ative retelling of the Joan of Arc story.

Literary Review

Books of the Year 2015

Into the Fire  by Manda Scott, is a clever combination of contemporary anxieties and the story of Joan of Arc.

Crime Review

Crime Review Top Ten Books for 2015

Manda Scott’s Into the Fire, which entwines a modern French cop’s case with Joan of Arc, is seriously clever writing.

The Times

The Times Book of the Month June 2015

An ingenious and thrilling read… a masterclass in writing historical fiction.

Ben Kane

‘Into the Fire is in a word, magnificent. Page turning. Visceral. Mesmerising. Evocative – it’s so evocative. It’s filthy-nailed, sweat- stained, blood-drenched, gut-wrenching, tear-inducing, passion-wrenching. It’s everything I want a book to be – and as good as the finest historical fiction that’s out there.’

If there’s one book you go out and buy this year, make it Into the Fire. It’s a stormer of a read. Six stars out of five’

Kate Mosse

‘Into the Fire is a wonderful blend of fast and furious action, bravura storytelling, a palpable sense of place — Orléans past and present — and a whodunnit that will keep you guessing until the final pages.  Fabulous.’

 

Robert Goddard

‘Manda Scott expertly blends a very plausible solution to a genuine historical mystery with a compulsive contemporary thriller. The result, as the title suggests, is intoxicatingly fiery reading.’

Elizabeth Chadwick

“Manda Scott’s writing is so grippingly vivid that once you begin reading, it becomes your reality.  Highly recommended.”

Andrew Taylor

‘Into The Fire is Manda Scott’s best book yet, which is saying a great deal. It’s not just a crackingly good thriller and a ground-breaking historical novel. It also changes the way we think about a key episode in history.’

Antonia Senior

‘Joan of Arc shines from the pages, brilliant and vivid. Her 21st Century counterpart, Capitaine Ines Picault of the French police is a memorable and feisty heroine.

Comparisons to Dan Brown will be inevitable; here we have a modern murder with its roots in a historical mystery. But Into the Fire is in a class of its own – a beautifully written, clever page-turner of a book’

Tom Tivnan, The Bookseller

‘Into the Fire […] is more pared-down than some of her other books, yet is riveting for both the pulse-pounding action and the moral and character complexity…What separates Into the Fire from many a time-slip novel is that neither narrative seems shoehorned in; Inés and Tomas’ fascinating journeys complement rather than compete.’

synopsis

FORGET WHAT YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW… 2014 – A man’s charred corpse is found in the latest of a string of arson attacks in the French city of Orléans. There’s a secret, hidden within the body that changes everything. 1429 – Joan of Arc, warrior-knight, leads the armies of France into victory, and escorts her king to his consecration. But even then, her story was a lie. SOME LEGENDS NEVER DIE – but they may be rewritten… Brilliantly linking past and present, Manda Scott’s exhilarating thriller challenges us to think again about one of the most enduring legends in history. February 2014: Police Capitaine Inés Picaut is called out to investigate a blaze in the old town of Orléans. This is the fourth in a series of increasingly brutal arson attacks, and at the centre of the conflagration lies a body. An Islamic extremist faction claims responsibility, but Inés and her team cannot find any evidence of its existence. A partly melted memory card found in the victim’s throat is the only clue to his identity. September 1429: Joan of Arc is in the process of turning the tide of The Hundred Years’ War. English troops have Orléans under siege, and Tomas Rustbeard, the Duke of Bedford’s most accomplished agent, finally has her in his sights. But he knows that killing ‘The Maid’ – the apparently illiterate peasant girl who nonetheless has an unmatched sense of military strategy and can ride a warhorse in battle – is not enough. He must destroy the legend that has already grown around her. And to do that, he must get close enough to discover who she really is. More fires rage and the death toll mounts while Inés fights to discover what connects an expert in the analysis of war graves, the unquenchable ambitions of the Family which seeks to hold the city in its absolute power, and the discredited historical theories of her own late and much lamented father. When Tomas risks everything to infiltrate the hotly defended inner circle of the Saviour of France, he finally discovers a secret that will prove as explosive nearly six hundred years later as it would do if revealed in his own time. As each thread of Manda Scott’s immaculately interwoven narrative unfolds, Inés and Tomas’s quests become linked across the centuries. And in their pursuit of the truth, they find that love is as enduring as myth – but can lead to the greatest and most heart-breaking of sacrifices.

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