Journey into the deeper beauty and hidden turmoil of Hawaiʻi

Priase Arthur Rosenfeld

“James Michener meets Alice Hoffman here, with a salting of Paulo Coelho and Sidney Sheldon thrown in . . . this is one highly recommended thrill ride of a book”

−Arthur Rosenfeld, Huffington Post Books

Priase Jeanne Cooper

“Daughters of Fire keenly captures the boiling point of long-simmering tensions between [Hawaiʻi’s] traditional lifestyles and Western development.”

−Jeanne Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle

Midwest Book Review Praise

“An engaging saga of suspense, crafted with a deep understanding and appreciation for Hawaiʻi's unique history and culture, Daughters of Fire is highly recommended.”

− Midwest Book Review

Praise Anthony Pagnataro

“This is a book about power and justice . . . one of the most factually aware novels I’ve come across.”

− Anthony Pignataro, Maui Time Weekly

Praise Misty Lynn-Sanico

“An epic tale . . . steeped in culture, mythology and spirituality.”

− Misty-Lynn Sanico, HawaiiReads.com

Daughters of Fire is an award-winning tale of romance, intrigue, myth and murder set amid the cultural tensions of America’s fiftieth state. A visiting astronomer falls in love with a Hawaiian anthropologist who guides him into a Polynesian world of volcanoes, gods and revered ancestors. The lovers get caught up in murder and intrigue as developers and politicians try to conceal that a long-dormant volcano is rumbling back to life above the hotel-laden Kona coast.

The PhD anthropologist joins forces with an aging seer and a young activist, and these three Hawaiian women summon their deepest traditions to confront Hawai'i’s latest, most extravagant resort as the eruption and the murder expose deep rifts in paradise.

More than a decade in its research and writing, Tom Peek's mystical and provocative debut novel picks up Hawaiʻi's story where James Michener left off. Daughters of Fire illuminates how the islands' transformation into a tourist mecca and developers gold mine sparked a Native Hawaiian movement to reclaim their culture, protect sacred land, and step into the future with wisdom and aloha.

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Winner Benjamin Franklin Silver Finalist Award


Daughters of Fire was awarded a 2013 Benjamin Franklin Silver Finalist Award for Popular Fiction from the Independent Book Publishers Association, the largest not-for-profit trade group in the U.S. book industry.
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