An Abiding Fire has been written a bit like a whodunit but instead set in the 1660s. With the Dutch and the English fighting and Charles II King, someone is murdering people in a serial killer style and all evidence points at Thankful being the culprit. And so begins an epic historical fiction as Thankful and Thomazine try to find the real perpetrator and clear his name. I found ‘An Abiding Fire’ to be extremely educational as I knew a bit about this era of history but this novel brought it to life. The sights and smells of London at the time and the characters are well-rounded and fleshed out like real people.
An Abiding Fire, starts off with a bang, exciting and enticing it makes you want to read the story quicker. I was initially surprised by the murderers identity and enjoyed the book all the more for this reason. I haven’t read a book similar to this, the combination of historical with a murder was fascinating and added a more intriguing element to the story as oppose to just being one or the other. With modern themes that readers will relate to such as love and determination, it is easily accessible if you are a bit intimidated by historical fiction. The ending was also highly enjoyable and set up the perfect ending for the beginning of the next book and what I am sure will be a standout series!
Cleverly divided into four sections - Tinder, Spark, Fire and Ash – it was intriguing to see as whilst reading you realise why the books has been sectioned and what it relates to. I loved the way the characters interacted and Thomazine is a character I’m not likely to forget anytime soon. The main characters were both equally well written and we got to see their relationship flourish and sometimes questioned whether they were well suited, the aspect of looking out and caring for one another was one that I highly enjoyed reading!
M.J. Logue has written a wonderfully crafted historical fiction and I hope to read more in the future as this is the first in the new Thankful series. Thomazine in particular was a favourite of mine, determined and passionate, she made the novel for me and I can’t wait to read more.
Get in touch with M.J. Logue: on Twitter @Hollie_Babbitt, on the website: asweetdisorder.com