Into the Fire
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.
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.
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.
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 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 Book of the Month June 2015
An ingenious and thrilling read… a masterclass in writing historical fiction.
‘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’
‘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.’
‘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.’
“Manda Scott’s writing is so grippingly vivid that once you begin reading, it becomes your reality. Highly recommended.”
‘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.’
‘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’
‘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.’