There are so many layers to this book but I can sum it up in one word: amazing. Brin Murray has created a vivid and fascinating world that serves as a warning to us all. I only wish there was a map to accompany the book*. Ferule is a hard and cruel place made even more shocking when portrayed through the eyes of children, who accept the brutality in the matter of fact way that children deal with such things. The relationships between Wil and the Ferule Squadecs is nuanced and complex. While the Squadecs at Ferule are required to dole out vicious punishments there’s also an unexpected kindness and logical thinking in their Captain, Jace. Children of the Furnace is not only an engrossing novel but also a book that changes the way you see the world.
*I believe the final version does include a map.
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