A dream of belonging. A populace seething with malice. Can this budding peacemaker stand strong in the face of darkness? Sarah longs to leave the orphanage behind to make a new life in the coveted holy city. When a mysterious widow offers her a job there, it seems like an answer to her prayers. But Sarah finds the city smoldering with ancient hatreds…some directed at her. Jacob is proud of his priestly heritage. Though he steadfastly holds to his learned traditions, the young man yearns to escape an arranged marriage and take control of his destiny. And he believes his moment has come when he rescues a servant girl who wields a sacred language long forgotten. After thwarting a murder, Sarah is plagued by alarming visions of a demon terrorizing the city. And Jacob vows to protect his new friend, even as their leaders pay no heed to their dire warnings. Can this determined teen and her defender banish a ruthless foe and prevent an unholy catastrophe? Sacred Fire is the whirlwind first book in The Sacred Fire Saga YA fantasy series. If you like courageous characters, powerful destinies, and slow-burn romance, then you’ll love Karen Grunst’s sweeping epic.