Swift the Storm, Fierce the Flame: A Novel (Hardcover)
A girl hellbent on finding the friend she lost. A planet on the brink of total destruction. Only one way to find answers amidst the chaos: team up with a traitor to stage a revolution, in Meg Long's Swift the Storm, Fierce the Flame.
After a mission gone awry two years ago, Remy Castell has been desperately searching across worlds to find the friend she failed to save—the friend who changed her life by helping her overcome the brainwashing she was subjected to as a genetically engineered corporate agent.
Since then, she’s been chasing the only lead she has: fellow genopath Kiran Lore, the same secretive ex-squadmate who left her for dead when she compromised that mission. She nearly caught up to him on Tundar before joining the infamous sled race alongside outcast Sena and her wolf companion Iska. Now, all three of them have tracked Kiran back to Maraas, the jungle planet where Remy lost everything. But nothing on Maraas is how it was two years ago. Syndicates and scavvers alike are now trying to overthrow a megalomaniac corpo director, which Remy wants nothing to do with; fighting against corpos is as useless as trying to stay dry in the middle of the giant hellstorm that encircles the planet. But the storm—and the rebellion—are growing stronger by the minute.
When Remy finds Kiran, he doesn't run away like she expects. Instead, he offers her a deal: help with the revolution and he'll reunite her with her friend. But can she really trust the boy who betrayed her once before? With the entire planet on the edge of all-out war, Remy will have to decide just how far she's willing to go to save one girl before the impending storm drowns them all.
"Told via Remy’s ardent first-person narration and brimming with action, shifting alliances, and intrigue, this bustling continuation to Long’s broader literary canon follows charismatic protagonists navigating internal turmoil and emotionally turbulent relationships while rapidly bounding from one adventure to another." - Publishers Weekly
"Now that’s what I call a ride! With her sophomore novel, Long has created the perfect mix of intrigue, tension, and high-stakes action. A pitch-perfect companion to her debut, Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves, perfect for those looking to catch up with Remy, Sena, and Iska—or those looking for a new sci-fi adventure that stands up all on its own." - Kate Dylan, bestselling author of Mindwalker
"Long’s ability to make a setting almost a living, breathing creature is impressive, and it certainly transports you away from your comfy chair and into a ruthless jungle." - Cracking the Cover
Praise for Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves
"The perfect winter read might just be this inventive and atmospheric debut." —Buzzfeed
"Fast and furious...The worldbuilding is intricate, and the icy setting is so detailed that readers will feel the need to bundle up as they speed through to the exciting and satisfying conclusion." —Kirkus Reviews
"Whether Iska is helping Sena cross a wasteland or thawing her heart, the bond between girl and wolf is lovely and touching. Readers will root for them as they’re swept along on their wild ride." —BookPage
"Vivid, dangerous, and absolutely exhilarating, Cold The Night, Fast The Wolves imagines a world teeming with predators both animal and human, telling a captivating story of survival alongside a heartwarming bond that grows between girl and feral fighter-wolf." —Chloe Gong, New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights
"Wholly unique and unexpected, this cut-throat story of survival kept me on the edge of my seat. Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves is a beautifully written, dangerous debut that packs one heck of a punch." —Adalyn Grace, New York Times bestselling author of All the Stars and Teeth
"The worldbuilding in Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves is so amazing that for DAYS, I was walking around feeling I was being besieged by blizzards in an icy wasteland. It is a deeply immersive sci-fi book, and I can't WAIT for everyone to get their hands on it!!" —Xiran Jau Zhao, New York Times bestselling author of Iron Widow
"The winter survival aspects of the race are intense and heart-pounding, and animal lovers will appreciate Sena’s bond with vonenwolf Iska." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“If you want to immerse yourself in a world of ice and a bitter race that might end in death, you’re going to want to add this book to your list.” —The Nerd Daily