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For a muse of fire

by Heilig, Heidi,

Format: Print Book 2018
Availability: Available at 11 Libraries 11 of 12 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Young Adult YA HEILIG Heidi
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Young Adult Fiction YA Hei
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CLP - Main Library Teen Department - Teen Fiction TEEN FICTION Heilig
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Young Adult Fiction YA Fic Hei
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Young Adult YA FIC HEI
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library - Sharpsburg Young Adult YA FIC HEL
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA HEILIG Heidi
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Collection  Young Adult Fiction
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Northland Public Library Teen TEEN FIC HEILIG
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Penn Hills Library Youth Y HEI
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Sewickley Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA HEI
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Shaler North Hills Library Young Adult Fiction YA HEILIG
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"Be prepared to stay up late with this one."

"[A] must-have story."--School Library Journal (starred review)

"Evocative and refreshingly unique."--Tor

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 acclaimed author Heidi Heilig's Shadow Players trilogy 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 ever since the colonizing army conquered their country, the old ways are forbidden. 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 Southeast Asian cultures and French colonialism. 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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Jetta has lost much since her people, the Chakrans, were colonized by the Aquitans. After her brother, conscripted for an Aquitan war, disappeared, Jetta grew closer with her parents as they traveled across the country, putting on shadow-puppet shows. That Jetta's puppets seem almost supernaturally independent is something the family must be coy about: Jetta can bind the souls of the dead, old magic that the Aquitans despise. Jetta hopes to use her skill to win a cure for her mental illness. But unrest simmers, and, as she makes her way through a treacherous, darkly fantastical world, joining forces with a smuggler who has motives of his own, Jetta learns more about her family, her powers, and the place she inhabits. This series starter is action-packed, sometimes overly so; it's occasionally hard to keep up with the many twists and turns. Still, a girl dealing with bipolar disorder is a welcome heroine in a fantasy novel, and theatrical elements, rich world building, and loose ties to the French colonization of Southeast Asia add fascinating depth.--Maggie Reagan Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "A lush land reminiscent of South Asia is the setting for a thrilling trilogy opener by Heilig (The Girl from Everywhere). Sixteen-year-old Jetta, part of a family troupe of shadow performers, can bind departed souls to intricate shadow puppets with her blood, but such magic has been forbidden by the Aquitans ever since they conquered Chakrana. Her family seeks an audience with the king of Aquitan, hoping to gain access to its healing spring waters for Jetta's "ups and downs," and to find a place to weave their magic. Following a rebellion, daunting trials-such as the unforgiving jungle and a haunted underground passage-stand between Jetta and Aquitan. Jetta has her parents and her magic on her side, but there are those that would do anything to harness her power, and the specter of war looms. 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. Ages 13-up. Agent: Molly Ker Hawn, the Bent Agency. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Magic -- Fiction.
Theater -- Fiction.
Manic-depressive illness -- Fiction.
Mental illness -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Fantasy fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2018
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description iii, 494 pages : map, music ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780062380814
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