Winner, The Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing, 2011
Longlisted, Gold Inky Award, 2013
Fire in the Sea is a fast-paced thrilling adventure with a feisty heroine who is not afraid to fight for what she knows is right.
Sadie is sixteen and bored with life in Perth. It’s summer, and lazing on the beach in the stifling heat with her cousins and Tom is a drag. Then something comes out of the sea.
Dark menacing forms attack an old man, leaving him for dead and Sadie wracking her brains to understand what she saw. Then there’s a mysterious inheritance, a strange young man called Jake and a horned beast trampling the back yard.
Sadie finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient conflict that is nearing its final battle, a showdown that threatens to engulf Perth and all those she loves in a furious tsunami.
‘Fire in the Sea offers a whirlwind adventure with an Australian twist, with plenty of action and mystery thrown in to keep readers engaged…Fire in the Sea is an impressive debut.’Speculating on SpecFic blog
‘Imagine John Marsden and Suzanne Collins co-wrote a Narnian story. That’s the closest approximation I can make for the entirely unique story, tone, and feel of Fire in the Sea…It’s been too long since I was excited about a debut book. It’s been too long since there was a strong, new, male voice in the Australian YA scene. It’s been too long since I felt confident in recommending a book to an older teen (particularly male) audience. Thank you, Myke Bartlett and Text Publishing.’SLV Centre for Youth Literature blog
‘It’s fast paced and exciting, violent at times but emotionally rich and interesting at others…A timely reminder that sometimes when stepping out of your comfort zone you get a rewarding surprise.’Fairfieldbooks On Kids blog
‘I really shouldn’t be so surprised that another Text Prize novel is incredible, but I am. ‘Fire in the Sea’ is a fantastic new addition to the Aussie young adult paranormal scene – set in the beautiful (if lamentably dull) city of Perth, and featuring everything from sea sirens to crazy reincarnated boys. Myke Bartlett has written a parade of paranormal creatures and a thrilling sea-depths mystery … I, for one, hope that this is just the first of many more novels from an interesting new Aussie YA voice. 5/5’Alpha Reader blog
‘A thrilling adventure with a Katniss Everdeen-style heroine…this is one showdown you won’t forget in a hurry!’Dolly Magazine
‘Fire in the Sea is a fantastic, action-packed adventure, blending the Australian setting of Perth with ancient mythology – definitely a book to check out if you’re a fan of Australian YA or paranormal stories.’Vegan YA Nerds
‘Part romance, part fantasy and part adventure, the story races along.’Magpies
‘Bartlett has created an exciting alternative world of gods and demons, but it is Sadie with whom the reader engages and who makes Fire in the Sea credible.’Saturday Age
‘If there’s one thing we like in a protagonist, it’s someone who is ballsy enough to fight for what is right—and that’s exactly why we love 16-year-old Sadie.’Girlfriend
‘Nonstop action … Aussie-flavored excitement with ancient Greek tidbits.’Kirkus Reviews