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For a Muse of Fire Paperback – 3 September 2019

4.6 out of 5 stars 20 ratings

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  • Paperback : 528 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062380826
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062380821
  • Product Dimensions : 13.49 x 3.02 x 20.32 cm
  • Publisher : Greenwillow Books (3 September 2019)
  • Reading level : 13 - 17 years
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 20 ratings

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"A lush land reminiscent of South Asia is the setting for a thrilling trilogy opener by Heilig. ...Telegrams, letters, and play scenes sprinkled throughout create a strong sense of place, and Jetta's struggle to accept herself is relatable. Heilig uses intricate prose to animate nuanced characters and action-packed scenes in this immersive, epic fantasy."--Publishers Weekly

"For a Muse of Fire is full of magic and danger, heartbreak and love. The book's playfulness of form deepens the story's truth, and the characters are complex and compelling. I loved it."--Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians

"An ambitious, big-souled wonder of a book, For a Muse of Fire cements Heilig as one of YA's great creators of fascinating fantasy worlds. She spins a tale of rebellion and refugees, beauty and vulnerability, art and ugliness. It's complicated and soaring, full of magic and pain."--Melissa Albert, New York Times-bestselling author of The Hazel Wood

"Evocative and refreshingly unique. ...A nuanced, heartrending story that will leave you shattered and begging for more. ... For a Muse of Fire is the anti-colonial, mental illness #ownvoices, POC-centered, female-led, young adult epic fantasy you never knew you wanted."--Tor.com

"Following on the heels of Heilig's delightful debut series, For a Muse of Fire has big shoes to fill. It succeeds in full, while aiming for even greater heights in characterization, worldbuilding, and narrative. It turns a painful and honest gaze on complex issues. Be prepared to stay up late with this one."--NPR.org

"A treacherous, darkly fantastical world...This series starter is action-packed...theatrical elements, rich world building, and loose ties to the French colonization of Southeast Asia add fascinating depth."--ALA Booklist

"Heilig skillfully mixes francophone-inflected language and South Asian aesthetics...with in-world folk songs, legends, and sections that read like a stage play to present a truly eclectic fantasy narrative of uncanny theatrics."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

"Intensely original, creatively complex--Heilig's fantastical world is a place like nothing I've seen before, and one I am desperate to revisit immediately! I was captivated by Jetta from the start, and I was left stunned and bereft by the end, cursing Heilig for leaving me wanting more. Do not miss this emotionally beautiful fantasy about a complex girl you can't help but come to love."--Ellen Oh, author of Prophecy

"Masterful and daring, Heilig deftly takes this story from a modest family stage to the grand theater of war and rebellion."--Natalie C. Parker, author of Seafire and Beware the Wild

"This start to a new trilogy is fast-paced and gripping while also offering readers a thoughtful commentary on the long-lasting ramifications of war and colonization. ...This must-have story with an inclusive cast, high stakes, and an intense cliff-hanger will leave readers clamoring for the next installment."--School Library Journal (starred review)

From the Back Cover

Never show. Never tell.

Jetta's secret has kept her family from starving. It has made them the most famed troupe of shadow players in Chakrana. With Jetta behind the scrim, their puppets move without stick or string.

Never show. Never tell.

With a drop of blood, Jetta can bind wandering spirits to the silk or wood or leather of the puppets and bring them to life. But the old ways are forbidden. If anyone discovered her ability, Jetta could be thrown in prison and left to rot--or worse.

Never show. Never tell.

As rebellion swells and desperation builds, Jetta's power becomes harder and harder to hide. Especially from Leo, the young smuggler with sharp eyes and secrets of his own. When he and Jetta capture the notice of both the army and the rebels, she may be the spark that lights the rebellion . . . if she isn't consumed by the flame first.--Melissa Albert, New York Times-bestselling author of The Hazel Wood