a thousand fires

Valerie Simons knows the Wars are dangerous—her own brother was killed by the Boars two years ago. But nothing will sway her from joining the elite and beautiful Herons to avenge his death—a death she feels responsible for.

But when Valerie is recruited by the mysterious Stags, their charismatic and volatile leader Jax promises to help her get revenge. Torn between old love and new loyalty, Valerie fights to stay alive as she races across the streets of San Francisco to finish the mission that got her into the gangs.


A Thousand Fires pulls you in close and shows you the essence of what it means to keep fighting. Shannon Price is one to watch.”
—Gwenda Bond, 
New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds

Brutal and beautiful, A Thousand Fires broke my heart. A fast-paced tragedy of love, betrayal, and vengeance.”
—Heidi Heilig, author of 
For a Muse of Fire

“Modern, unflinching and filled with haunting, lingering imagery, A Thousand Fires gives the story of the Iliad the bare-knuckled update it deserves.” —Colleen Oakes, author of The Black Coats

“Fast-paced… Vivid descriptions and intricate details bring San Francisco to life… A promising debut.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A heart-wrenching tale… action-packed and intense… A fantastic read.” —School Library Journal

“Fans of stories of factional conflict such as Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy will feel right at home.” —Booklist

“Price will have readers who prefer their action spiced with a dash of romance and a pinch of speculative fiction eating out of her hand.” —Bookpage

“Packs an emotional wallop. . .” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Content Warnings

Below in white is a list of potentially triggering themes in A Thousand Fires. If you wish to view them, simply highlight the space below. I care deeply about the safety of my readers, so please use this list as a resource and share it with those who may need it. -SP

Self-harm | PTSD | Anxiety/nervous tics | Suicide ideation | Gun violence | Gang violence | Grief | Depression | Descriptions of blood and wounds | Death of a sibling