The Fatal Flame

The Fatal Flame Review

The final installment in Lyndsay Faye’s Timothy Wilde series, which Lee Child called “solid-gold” and Gillian Flynn declared “spectacular.”

No one in 1840s New York likes fires, copper star Timothy Wilde least of all. After a blaze killed his parents and another left him with a terrible scar, he has avoided flames of all kinds. So when a seamstress turned arsonist threatens Robert Symmes, a corrupt tycoon high in the Tammany Hall ranks, Timothy isn’t thrilled that Symmes consults him. His dismay escalates when his audacious and charismatic older brother, Valentine, himself deeply politically entrenched, decides to run against the incumbent, who they suspect is guilty of assault and far darker crimes. Immediately after his brother’s courageous declaration, Timothy finds himself surrounded by powerful enemies who threaten to harm those he cares about most.

Meanwhile, the love of Timothy’s life, Mercy Underhill, unexpectedly appears on his doorstep and takes under her wing a starving Irish orphan who may be the key to stopping the combustions threatening the city—if only they can make sense of her cryptic accounts. The closer they come to deciphering her wild tales of witches and angels, however, the closer Timothy comes to the fiery and shocking conclusion that forces him to face everything he fears most.

A boisterous and suspenseful book from a master of historical adventure, The Fatal Flame is a tale for the ages.

Title:The Fatal Flame
Edition Language:English

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    The Fatal Flame Reviews

  • Jayson

    (B) 72% | More than SatisfactoryNotes: Secondary characters are mere objects of outrage or pity, vital insofar as they act out a narrative of moral correctness....

  • Christin

    I got an ARC! A dubious honor when the result was my heart in my throat for the entirety of the 450 pages. I care way too much about too many of these people who put their darling little lives into to...

  • Hannah Greendale

    The third installment of the Timothy Wilde series flounders a bit in its execution, and the overall tension in the series seems to continually decline as the stakes feel lower and lower with each new ...

  • Matt

    If The Fatal Flame turns out to be the final installment in the Timothy Wilde series (and I have on good report that it is), Lyndsay Faye has saved the best for last and delivered a dynamic, enormousl...

  • Marina

    The Timothy Wilde trilogy concludes with The Fatal Flame and I can’t help but feel a little sad because I’m going to miss the world and it’s characters.Timothy seemed very distracted in this boo...

  • Donna

    This is the third book in the Timothy Wilde series by Lyndsay Faye. Out of the three, this was my least favorite. (The second one was by far my most favorite.) Even though this one wasn't my favorite,...

  • K.

    Trigger warnings: fire, murder, nineteenth century approaches to mental health care, torture.What Lyndsay Faye does consistently well is capture the gritty underbelly of historical society. She's clea...

  • Cherie

    Thank you, Lyndsay Faye, I can definitely tell you that Timothy Wilde was worth getting to know....

  • Albert

    The Fatal Flame by Lyndsay Faye returns us to the world of 1840's New York City, Five Points, the birth of the Copper Stars and the graft and corruption of Tammany Hall. Young Copper Star Timothy Wild...

  • Book Addict Shaun

    I read The Fatal Flame in the midst of my Blue Bloods addiction, Blue Bloods being a rather enjoyable police series set in present day New York City and The Fatal Flame being a historical crime novel ...