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Summary

From one of the most imaginative writers of her generation comes an extraordinary vision of the future.

Ven was once a holy man, a keeper of ancient archives. It was his duty to interpret archaic texts, sorting useful knowledge from the heretical ideas of the Burning Age - a time of excess and climate disaster. For in Ven's world, such material must be closely guarded, so that the ills that led to that cataclysmic era can never be repeated.

But when the revolutionary Brotherhood approaches Ven, pressuring him to translate stolen writings that threaten everything he once held dear, his life will be turned upside down. Torn between friendship and faith, Ven must decide how far he's willing to go to save this new world, and how much he is willing to lose.

Notes from the Burning Age is the remarkable and captivating new novel from the award-winning Claire North that puts dystopian fiction in a whole new light.

©2021 Claire North (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"An impassioned, urgent and compelling new work that burns as bright as the fires of our own burning age. This is not to be missed." (Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award-winning author)

"North's talent shines out." (Sunday Times)

"An original and even dazzling writer." (Kirkus)

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A slight but notable shift in Clair' story telling

This is not a typical Clair North story and much more political in a way, as it relates to a possible aftermath of our very own global warming reality. > As I am typing this, I have Greek TV running in the background with round-the-clock coverage of their Greek forests burning.<
The story is a good one and very plausible. The question, how to deal with the archives of ‘lost’ human knowledge, good or bad, trivial, or scientific, which once set the planet ablaze is a poignant one, and from today’s perspective, the villains of the story should have been the good guys one would think.
The whole book in many ways reminded me of ‘The Second Sleep’ by Robert Harris, and I loved the rich and dense atmosphere it creates of this bleak and freezing ‘retro’ world.
The entire element of gods, priests, and superstition although very far from my own world, works very well in this story, as the social glue of this 'fear bound' phantasy world society. A good read and very enjoyable.
Clair is getting better and better at the mainstream craft of knuckle-biting storytelling but has lost out somewhat on a truly inspiring idea. Shame, but not a big shame at that.
Personally, I have had my problems with Peter Kenny as the narrator in ‘The Pursuit of William Abbey’ and ‘The End of Day’, but I found his performance in this audiobook almost agreeable.
Sadly, if one listens across the books mentioned before, his narration sounds like coming from one and the same character with no, or very little distinction... Maybe it is time for a change.