About Sam

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Sam Taylor writes young adult books filled with magic and teens who get stuff done. She grew up in Arizona's desert and now lives among Connecticut's trees with her husband, son, and fire-colored cat. We Are the Fire is her debut novel. 

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Sam Taylor grew up in Arizona’s desert, but decided she likes trees and seasons better, so she moved to New England. She’s worked as a proofreader, copywriter, and instructor of university writing courses before creating her own books. When she’s not writing, Sam spends her time being mom to the world’s cutest toddler, whirling through dance workouts, and baking too many cakes. She does not possess fire magic, but does have one fire-colored cat. We Are the Fire (Swoon Reads/Macmillan) is her debut novel. 

We Are the Fire Summary

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An Ember in the Ashes with fire magic, twisted alchemy, and ash-gray morals. Two fire-wielding teen soldiers in love are pitted against each other as they fight against the empire that stole them from their homes.

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As electrifying as it is heartbreaking, Sam Taylor's explosive fantasy debut We Are the Fire is perfect for fans of An Ember in the Ashes and the legend of Spartacus.

In the cold, treacherous land of Vesimaa, children are stolen from their families by a cruel emperor, forced to undergo a horrific transformative procedure, and serve in the army as magical fire-wielding soldiers. Oksana and Pran―both taken from their homeland at a young age―only have each other to hold onto in this heartless place.

Pran dreams of one day rebelling against their oppressors and destroying the empire; Oksana only dreams of returning home and creating a peaceful life for them both.

When they discover the emperor has a new, more terrible mission than ever for their kind, Oksana and Pran vow to escape his tyranny once and for all. But their methods and ideals differ drastically, driving a wedge between them. Worse still, they both soon find that the only way to defeat the monsters that subjugated them may be to become monsters themselves. 

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