"Once a year, a new novelist really blows me away. Last year it was Suzanne Collins with The Hunger Games…. This year it's Gillian Philip's Firebrand…. A fantastically violent, utterly thrilling tale.... Firebrand is one of the very best...Philip’s clear prose is as fiery as whiskey…. The best fantasy novel of 2010."
—The Sunday Times
"Philip has created an utterly believable other world, where male and female are equals in arms. It is often stark and brutal but with moments of heartbreaking beauty."
GILLIAN PHILIP was born in Glasgow, lived for twelve years in Barbados, and now lives in the north of Scotland with her husband, twin children, three dogs, two sociopathic cats, a slayer hamster, three chickens, and a lot of nervous fish.
The action is pretty interesting and the plot is well written.
Headstrong Seth MacGregor, bastard scion of a great Sithe captain, and his idolized brother Conal have come into inheritance of their father's fortress.
Philip may have had an idea, but it is one he pretty much just tossed down and never bothered to go over it again.
Reasonably well-written, with an interesting alternate world and main characters, but one tires of the constant brutality, either physical or psychological, inflicted on the two... Read morePublished 7 months ago by S. Hill
I found plenty to sink my teeth into when reading Firebrand, a full-textured fantasy based on Scottish mythology. Ms. Read morePublished 10 months ago by HLH
I became absorbed in Firebrand right away, and the reason was the kick-ass prologue followed by a trip back in time that introduced me to the young Seth MacGregor and allowed me to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jenny Q @ Let Them Read Books
I really enjoyed this book and would probably put it at 4.5 stars if I could. The only thing keeping me from 5 stars is that I found some of the plot subtleties hard to follow. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Gordon Mckinney
Not sure what the point of this was. Weirdly, Faerie is humankind, separated by a veil through which time is wonky. Read morePublished 15 months ago by darbycook
Rebel Angels: Firebrand by Gillian Phillip isn't urban fantasy, as it's been labeled by some, but is more like a blending of fantasy and Celtic elements. Read morePublished 18 months ago by A Book Obsession..
This book was almost one that I set aside. In fact it took me about 3 times longer to get through than any normal read. I found it a painstakingly slow read. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Krista Cubicleblindness
I'm generally not much of a fan of muscular fairies in books. They're generally somewhat Legolasian (if I may coin a term), and I didn't even like him in the books. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marian Allen
I've been seeing some of the reviews and ratings for this book and there was mixture of love for the book, and some of indecision. Read morePublished 20 months ago by MaryAnn