Children Of The Furnace


Young Adult - Thriller
257 Pages
Reviewed on 09/13/2017
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Author Biography

Kia ora!

I teach, write and pretend to farm a number of feral sheep in one of the most beautiful places on earth - the top of the South Island, New Zealand.

I have three children, three dogs and a partner who spends around half of his time at sea.

I've done the usual author-y things - edited a literary journal, had the odd short story published, been short-listed for NZ literary prizes.

But this is my first novel. And it's got a five star review already, from Reader's Favorite (readersfavorite.com)! Enjoy. If it's your kind of reading then there's a whole lot more coming your way...

    Book Review

Reviewed by Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers' Favorite

Ty wasn’t Wil’s father, but he’s the only parent Wil has ever known. He’s raised him the way Wil’s deceased mother asked him too, not strong in their way, but strong in the ways of the heart. Then Wil meets a Revout in the forest. Ty told him to run if he ever saw a Revout, but it’s too late. The man sees the Heater mark tattooed on Wil’s forehead and then the others come. Wil is taken from Manitoq and the settlement burns behind him. He sees his mother’s grave dug up, her remains opened to the world, but there’s only one body when there’s supposed to be two. The Midwife is still alive, but Wil has no way of finding her in the Redukayshun centre of Ferule, and no way of discovering the truth about the Atrocity until he finds her.

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 are 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.

Brin Murray

Dark, powerful and heartbreaking - the stunning debut.

"A compelling plot and great writing. Wil is incredibly sympathetic and Jace is a brilliantly ambivalent character." – Roisin Heycock, former commissioning editor YA One World Books.
Truth died in the fires. Only through courage can it be born again.

Under the iron rule of the Revelayshun, one boy discovers the truth…

‘Ty promised my ma he’d bring me up right. Bring him up to hear the rhythm beat, she said, and to feel the heartsblood warm. Not Strong – not in their way – but strong in the ways of the heart.’

When the Revelayshun murders his pa, Wil discovers through savage inquisition that he’s marked as a Heater, one of the old-time heretics who burned up the world.
But Wil holds the key to a secret. Sekkerland’s Shame, the Atrocity, is a huge lie – and the Revelayshun will use fire, blood and death to hide the truth.