From the award-winning author of The Sudden Appearance of Hope and The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August comes a story exploring humankind’s ability to change the paths we seem fated to follow—even after the world has burned.

Once, we lived through the Burning Age—the time when we cared so little for the world that it went up in flames. It was a punishment. But it was also a gift, and centuries of peace followed.

Once, Ven was a holy man, studying texts from the ashes of the past, sorting secrets from heresies. But when he gets caught up in the political scheming of the Brotherhood, he finds himself in the middle of a war, fueled by old knowledge and forbidden ambition. 

There was a time when the world burned. Now, some want to set the fire again . . . 

Also by Claire North:
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Touch
The Sudden Appearance of Hope
The End of the Day
84K
The Gameshouse
The Pursuit of William Abbey
 

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"A riveting tale of subterfuge and deadly self-indulgence in this postapocalyptic thrill ride... North's convincing view of postapocalyptic society captivates, and the political intrigues will keep readers hooked right up until the explosive close."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Notes From the Burning Age
"North has established a reputation for tense, dense, science fiction/fantasy-inflected thrillers that defy facile explanations... Well-paced, brilliant and balanced."—New York Times on The Sudden Appearance of Hope
"Wholly original and hauntingly beautiful. North is a writer to watch."—Kirkus on The End of the Day
"North is an exciting voice in contemporary fantasy."—San Francisco Chronicle on The End of the Day
"North is an original and even dazzling writer."—Kirkus on 84K
"Claire North is one hell of a writer."—C. L. Taylor, author of The Accident on Touch
"Claire North's writing is terrific, smart, and entertaining."—Patrick Ness on The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
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