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 Heidi Heilig.Jettas 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 sticka 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 familys 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 tr...
|Title||:||For a Muse of Fire|
|Number of Pages||:||512 pages|
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For a Muse of Fire Reviews
Necromancy with puppets...
French and Asian influences.
Magic and epic adventures.
For a Muse of Fire is a story about a girl named Jetta. Her family is the Ros Nai – a troupe of shadow players that is on their way to being the most famous in the country. Their puppets seem to move and dance without strings and everyone is always captivated by the stories they tell with her father singing the old tales and her mother playing the thom and flute while Jetta directs the puppets behind the scrim.
The cover art is good, the title is good, the novel is not so good.
There is a spark of potential that needs to be exploited in subsequent books in the series.
SO SO SO SO SO SO SO GOOD
It was a little hard to make sense of the world, language and storytelling format initially. But there was just enough of a draw to keep me interested in finding out how things would play out in the end.
DNF @ 62%
I’ve been pretty good about not DNF’ing this year but I just can’t get into this story. It may be the format (audiobook) but I just can’t connect with the story or world building. I may try this in physical format one day but for now it’s a no.
Okay I'm going to paste my preliminary author's note here, because it includes content notes at the bottom and I want to get those in front of people now because ARCs will become available soonish and I don't want anyone to be taken by surprise! I will format with spoiler tags as well, to keep anyone from being spoiled.
So! Here goes:
Sometimes, the inside of my head seems like the pile of returned books on a library cart. A well-worn high fantasy beside an account of the lives of party girls i ...more
Arc of For a Muse of Fire provided by Edelweiss and
HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.
Warnings (mentioned by author in book): Mental illness (bipolar), blood use in magic, gun violence, war, colonialism, racism, descriptions of dead bodies, mention of reproductive coercion, mentions of torture, mention of suicide
Heidi Heilig has created a piece of art that is multi-faceted in characters, writing structures and plot points. Within this she has interwoven an own voice struggle as a ...more