Forget what you thought you knew: This changes everything.
A man’s charred corpse is found in the latest of a string of arson attacks in the French city of Orléans. His is the first death. An extremist group claims responsibility but Interpol has never heard of them. Police inspector Capitaine Ines Picault and her team must track down the perpetrators before more people die. Their only clue? The name of a woman who has been dead for nearly 600 years: Joan of Arc.
In 1429, Tod Rustbeard, mercenary adventurer and spy, is sent into the city of Orléans to discover the truth about a young woman who is leading the defeated French to victory.
She is one of the great enigmas of history – a young woman who came from nowhere to lead the armies of France to victory against England. Her myth has sparked fiction, film and music. And yet the truth at the heart of it has never been told. Until now.
As more fires rage in Orleans and the death toll mounts, Picault must look to the past and the secrets which lie buried there to unravel the mysteries of the present. As the clock counts down, she must challenge some fundamental truths to save those closest to her…
Into the Fire is a breath-taking collision of past and present, a brilliant race-against-time thriller combined with an immaculately woven historical narrative. In it, bestselling author Manda Scott demonstrates why she is one of the most exciting, innovative and highly accomplished storytellers of our age. Rated Book of the Month in the Times and ‘A masterclass in historical writing,’ this books sets a new benchmark for dual time line thrillers.
“A masterclass in writing historical fiction” Antonia Seniorl The Times.