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We Are the Fire


All will burn.

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Swoon Index

  • Heat

    6 (5 ratings)

  • Tears

    5 (4 ratings)

  • Laughs

    5 (4 ratings)

  • Thrills

    7 (3 ratings)

Full Description

Oksana and Pran weren’t born fire-breathing monsters. But the Vesimaan Empire kidnapped them. Transformed them. Demonized them.

Now spitting flames and with eyes stained black, they are forced into the army. They must burn anyone who opposes the empire… or be incinerated themselves. Their only comforts are the kisses they steal in shadows as they dream of a life together in freedom.

After a troop of fellow soldiers escapes the copper fortress, Pran and Oksana vow to take action. Oksana is hellbent on disbanding the army and returning home. But Pran is determined to become the army’s new master—by any means necessary—and destroy the empire.

In this land of ashen-gray morals, the more Pran and Oksana chase the murky paths to freedom, the more they torch their ties to each other.


In his barrack, Pran snatched his gear off the shelf. His battle uniform was much like his training one—black pants, black tunic with a bright red fire demon patch on the front—except the battle uniform was supple leather instead of coarse fabric. He slid the scaled gauntlets over his arms, bound the brass greaves across his shins, and strapped onto his head the curling horns, dusky-toned to blend with his brown skin and dark hair.

Pran glared at the eye drop bottle, the last item on the shelf. If he outright refused the job there’d be hell to pay, but that didn’t mean he had to play their perfect soldier, either. Those eye drops stung as he poured them in, leaving his eyes solid black: the Demon’s Mark, commanders called it. One glance at eyes without pupil, without iris, without light, made even the fiercest enemies tremble.

Someday, he vowed, it would be his leaders cowering before him.

Oksana was at the gates when he arrived. Her eyes were also stained black and she was crowned by barbed brass horns. If Pran were some wandering miscreant, he’d be on his knees begging for mercy. But when she faced him, hair bound like plaited fire and the leather uniform sleek upon her… there was little he wouldn’t give for another moment with her in his arms.



"Bold and immersive, We Are the Fire is a strong new addition to the YA fantasy canon, full of characters with heart fighting despite their circumstances." —Emily A. Duncan, New York Times-bestselling author of Wicked Saints

"At once brutal and tender, this heart-pounding debut will make you ponder what it means to be monstrous—and what it costs to be human." —Joanna Ruth Meyer, author of Echo North and Into the Heartless Wood

"Brutally monstrous and achingly human, We Are the Fire is a tale that is sprawling and intimate, beautiful and grotesque. Told at breakneck speed, the narrative is as unforgiving as its world, where love is dangerous, hope is fleeting, and the same fire that built the empire can tear it back down." —Nicki Pau Preto, author of Crown of Feathers

"Beautiful, haunting, and fierce, We Are the Fire is a riveting debut that will burn its way into your soul." —Kim Smejkal, author of Ink in the Blood

"A well-paced fantasy steeped in folklore and alchemy. Deeply developed characters and a sharply written plot give We Are the Fire a dramatic intensity that readers will fall in love with. Perfect for fans of Cursed by Thomas Wheeler." —B. R. Myers, author of Rogue Princess

"The character development is so robust and real: both Oksana and Pran are fully-fleshed out people who I love and who infuriate me at the same time. I haven't read such a dynamic relationship in a long time—where nothing is black and white, both sides are valid, and the heartache is so real. SO GOOD!!!" —Daisy, Swoon Reader

"WOW. ... The plot is fast paced and exciting, and had me guessing “HOLY CRAP WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN HOW ARE THEY GONNA GET OUT OF THIS” until the end. It was a fantastic read, and I cannot recommend it enough!!" —LindsayLHess, Swoon Reader

"The writing is beautiful, and I love how much tension is packed in each chapter. I couldn't stop reading. It's one of those stories that has stayed with me long after reading it." —Kimberly, Swoon Reader