I read this book about 7 years ago, and all I can remember of the title is that it had "Fire" in it, or something similar.

It featured a young woman with bright red hair who was a commoner and was learning about medicinal techniques. She ended up going on a war campaign and struggling through being an intelligent woman in the medieval times when nobody respected her opinion.

This was the first novel in a series, and it came out around 2004, it was still in hard cover and none of the others had been released at the time. It was also a first novel for the author, and she was not well known.

Can you guys help me remember what this novel was called?


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Your question isn't actually that specific — fantasy with female heroines is quite en vogue at the moment. Nonetheless…

Could this be Firethorn by Sarah Micklem? It is indeed her first novel, published in 2004 in hardcover, and there is now a second novel in that series. The heroine is a young red-haired commoner woman, and she does get to live through a war campaign. However, the Wikipedia summary mentions a magical gift rather than medical training.

I haven't read that book; I found it by browsing the ISFDB search results with title=fire and year=2004 and type=novel. If that's not the right book, maybe a name in the search results will jog your memory.

  • this is it, thanks! Now that you mention it I think there was some magical, but I think for medical purposes. Really great book, highly recommended and I'm going to have to pick up that second novel now.
    – benstraw
    Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 0:58
  • i just re-read firethorn, and it's not exactly magic, more like green lore / witch craft. I also read wild fire, the second book and was disappointed to find it end in a cliff hanger with no mention of when the third book might be appearing (though not disappointed with the novel). she seems to like to take her time with these ;)
    – benstraw
    Commented Feb 23, 2012 at 21:41

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