Tuesday, September 25, 2018

My Thoughts: For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

For a Muse of Fire
(For a Muse of Fire #1)
by Heidi Heilig
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Publication Date: September 25th 2018
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9780062380814
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
Source: Edelweiss Review Copy

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A young woman with a dangerous power she barely understands. A smuggler with secrets of his own. A country torn between a merciless colonial army, a terrifying tyrant, and a feared rebel leader. The first book in a new trilogy from the acclaimed Heidi Heilig blends traditional storytelling with ephemera for a lush, page-turning tale of escape and rebellion. For a Muse of Fire will captivate fans of Sabaa Tahir, Leigh Bardugo, and Renée Ahdieh.

Jetta’s family is famed as the most talented troupe of shadow players in the land. With Jetta behind the scrim, their puppets seem to move without string or stick—a trade secret, they say. In truth, Jetta can see the souls of the recently departed and bind them to the puppets with her blood. But the old ways are forbidden ever since the colonial army conquered their country, so Jetta must never show, never tell. Her skill and fame are her family’s way to earn a spot aboard the royal ship to Aquitan, where shadow plays are the latest rage, and where rumor has it the Mad King has a spring that cures his ills. Because seeing spirits is not the only thing that plagues Jetta. But as rebellion seethes and as Jetta meets a young smuggler, she will face truths and decisions that she never imagined—and safety will never seem so far away.

Heidi Heilig creates a vivid, rich world inspired by Asian cultures and French colonialism. Her characters are equally complex and nuanced, including the bipolar heroine. Told from Jetta’s first-person point-of-view, as well as chapters written as play scripts and ephemera such as telegrams and letters, For a Muse of Fire is an engrossing journey that weaves magic, simmering romance, and the deep bonds of family with the high stakes of epic adventure.

For a Muse of Fire is the first book in the brand new series by Heidi Heilig, and it’s also the very first book I’ve read by her as well, even though I’ve had her The Girl From Everywhere series sitting on my shelf for the longest, just waiting to be read. I was super excited to finally read something by Heidi, and For a Muse of Fire sounded like a great place to start. (And, I couldn’t resist that book cover. It’s pretty gorgeous!)

To be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect going into this book, but the summary sounded pretty awesome, and like nothing else I’ve read so far, so I was super curious to get started on it. There were a lot of things I like about this book, including the characters, all of who are interesting in their own way. I was completely (Fascinated) by Jetta, the main character in the story, and her ability as a shadow-player. (Like a puppeteer, but with a twist.) I enjoyed reading about her ability, and I loved her close relationship with her family as well.

Though the storyline for the book was a little hard to get into at first, but once I got used to the language and the writing, it was a bit easier for me to move along with the story. The setting and the world-building in this book were pretty interesting. Heidi has a nice way with words, and I enjoyed her descriptions. The Asian and French cultures were absolutely fascinating, and I can’t say that I’ve read any books in the past that have included this before. I’m super curious about the way the story ended, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, which is at this moment currently untitled and without a release date. Hopefully we will get some information on that soon.

Overall; For a Muse of Fire is the first book in what should prove to be a really great series by author Heidi Heilig! I absolutely can’t wait to get more information on the second book, and I will be checking that out ASAP. I also plan to move The Girl from Everywhere series up on my TBR to get to as soon as possible, as I’m super curious about it now as well! (Even more than before, if that’s even possible!) If you’re looking for a great series to start, do check out For a Muse of Fire!!

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