Luka and the Fire of Life Salman Rushdie Published by Jonathan Cape ISBN 978 0 224 06162 9 Twenty years ago, novelist Salman Rushdie wrote Haroun and the Sea of Stories for his young son. It was a magical fantasy set in a colourfully imagined Arabian Nights-type world. We have had to wait quite a while for the formidable Rushdie to give us a new novel for young readers. But it has been worth the wait. Once again he has delivered a magical fantasy, this time for his second son, 12-year-old Luka. In Luka and the Fire of Life, young Luka's father, the city's greatest storyteller, has suddenly fallen into a mysterious coma. No one can bring him back to life so Luka travels into the Magical World to steal the powerful Fire of Life. That, he hopes, will rouse his father out of his endless sleep. Luka and the Fire of Life is another quest through a fantasy land. Readers of Haroun and the Sea of Stories have been there before and will be keen to return. Luka's faithful companions on his journey are Dog the bear and Bear the dog. Rushdie's word play is on full display in the novel.