Reader Reviewed The Order of the Furnace - Rebellion by Alex Keller

The Order of the Furnace - Rebellion

Written by Alex Keller
Part of the The Order of the Furnace Series

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A Reader Review Panel Pick of the Year 2015 - chosen by Sam Harper, aged 11 An exciting, rip-roaring, action packed book set in a time and place where fantastical machines exist alongside humans. The squires (made up of boys and girls) in the Order of the Furnace are young but they are treated equally, are valued, trusted and more than capable of fighting alongside the adults. The short, snappy chapters are full of intense danger and activity. The amazing war engines, apparatus and animalistic soul-machines add a zip of steampunk to proceedings. The story rockets along, with buckets of bravery needed by the squires in order to survive the skirmishes set in their way. A fabulous start to a thrilling new series that should appeal to boys and girls (and some adventurous adults too) - long live The Order of the Furnace! ~ Liz Robinson

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Abraham Fisher, age 12 - 'a riveting, intriguing book with a unique twist.'
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 10 - 'This book was great, filled with excitement from start to finish. I can't wait for book number two. If you like Fantasy stories with knights and dragons and adventure, you will love this.'
  • Robert Heathcote, age 12 - 'Really enjoyed this adventure story it was full of action, plenty of sword fighting battles but not too gory.  It was written with short chapters which helped me to set small reading goals as I am dyslexic.'
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 13 - This book is brilliant and contains lots of twists. The characters are truly unique...five out of five stars.'
  • Joseph Kinder, age 11 - 'The book has an excellent combination of machinery and the medieval world, and keeps you gripped from cover to cover.'
  • Holly Wilkins, age 11 - 'Mysterious, intriguing and full of 'diabolical' machinery...I cannot wait for the next book in the series.  I would definitely recommend this book.'
  • Traviss Chaytors, age 11 - 'This book is amazing! The Order of the Furnace is a brilliant book jam packed full of amazingness...I cannot wait for part two… please hurry up Alex Keller!'
  • Alice East, age 10 - 'Order of the furnace is an interesting tale about knights.  Lana is training to be a knight for the order of the furnace.  A rebellion is rising and Lana is doing all she can to stay alive.'
  • Eleanor Cookdale, age 10 - 'This is a fast paced book! It is story full of unexpected twists and turns, with exciting characters and fantastic machines. Super book and I loved it!'
  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'A really different, action-packed and enthralling read full of weird mechanical creations. Amazing!'
  • Alex Hall, age 9 - 'This book really got me drawn into it because it was full of mystery and adventure! I liked the detail of the story and the characters, I could really imagine what the characters were like.'
  • Isaac Phelan, age 11 - 'The Medieval world and the art of mechanics come together to form this superb book. Fans of war and fantasy will adore this brilliant read.'


The Order of the Furnace - Rebellion by Alex Keller

Meet Lena Faran, squire and soon to be a true knight of the Order of the Furnace. The Order has been feared and respected throughout the empire of Etlsvine and beyond, and to become an Order knight has been Lena’s dream as long as she can
remember. Yet, due to the lies and cruelty of a mad king, Lena instead finds herself an outcast, fearing for her life and the lives of her family as she is hunted by the very same people she swore to protect.


‘’The reader is gripped throughout... intrigue and suspicion pour from the pages.” Natalie Crawford (Teacher and reviewer for The Solitary Bee blog)

About the Author

Alex Keller

Alex Keller lives in North London. Haywired, a Steampunk fairytale, was his first novel released in 2010. The sequel Rewired, was released in 2011 and he is currently working on Justice - the second book in the Order of the Furnace series. In his spare time, he occasionally writes for various blog sites including the Solitary Bee and Geek Syndicate.

Q&A with Alex Keller

What inspired you to become an author? I’ve always wanted to be an author. For as long as I remember I’ve read at least a book a week and the idea of writing my own appealing to be a great deal.

Who influences your writing? I’m a huge fan of an author called Terry Pratchett. His books are very clever and very funny, and I would love to be able to write like him.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would you be? I would love to be a rock star (maybe that’s something for the future).

How do you write? I normally spend some time writing notes and making plans in notepads. Once I’m happy with at least a part of the story I start writing the first draft on a computer. Once the first draft is complete I rewrite the story until I am satisfied it works.

Where do your ideas come from? My ideas for the books come from all over the place. I studied Ancient History and Archaeology so some ideas come from there, but there’s no particular place I draw the ideas from. If something interests me or I like something then it’s likely to end up in a story; from musicians to places I’ve visited.

What made you write Order of the Furnace? I’ve been really interested in the Medieval period recently. I love the imagery of castles and knights and grand battles. However, I also like creating fantasy worlds so rather than try to set it in the real world I made a more fantastical one with weird machines in it as well.

Also, I wanted to play around with the idea of what a “boy” and what a “girl” was. In Order of the Furnace, boys and girls are not expected to act differently just because of their gender. It was a lot of fun thinking in that way.

What’s the next book you are writing? I’m doing a sequel to Order of the Furnace and then I’m not sure. I’ve been playing around with some ideas for a book aimed at grown-ups so I may do that.

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220 pages


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Publication date

1st May 2015




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