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For A Muse of Fire



by
Heidi Heilig

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Greenwillow Bks.
ISBN
9780062380814
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Illustrations/Images: Disturbing Imagery, Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Language: Mild Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Discrimination: Disability, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
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Cast of characters. Author’s note. Black-and-white maps.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Illustrations/Images: Disturbing Imagery, Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Language: Mild Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Discrimination: Disability, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

512

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5.2: points 14

Lexile

HL700L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Dec 2018

Book Genres


Topics

Fantasy. Magic. Theater. Puppets. Bipolar disorder. Mental illness. Necromancy. Revolutions.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal*, Publishers Weekly, Booklist

School Library Journal

With luck and determination, Jetta hopes that she and her parents can parlay their fame as shadow players in Chakrana into passage to Aquitan to perform for the Mad Emperor. Jetta’s puppets move without string or stick. Instead, she uses her blood to bind recently deceased souls into her puppets—one of the old ways that is now forbidden. There are rumors that the emperor values nothing so much as shadow plays, and Jetta believes that garnering his favor could also give her access to the spring that has cured his madness—something Jetta desperately wants for her own “malheur.” An author’s note explains that Jetta has bipolar disorder—a mental illness she shares with author Heilig. 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. Chakrana and Aquitan are inspired by Asian cultures as well as French colonialism, which comes through in cultural touchstones such as food, dress, and language. Jetta’s first-person narration is broken up with various ephemera including telegraph transcripts, fliers, songs, and play scenes featuring other characters. This technique works well to flesh out the novel. VERDICT This must-have story with an inclusive cast, high stakes, and an intense cliff-hanger will leave readers clamoring for the next installment.–Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library, School Library Journal

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

With luck and determination, Jetta hopes that she and her parents can parlay their fame as shadow players in Chakrana into passage to Aquitan to perform for the Mad Emperor. Jetta’s puppets move without string or stick. Instead, she uses her blood to bind recently deceased souls into her puppets—one of the old ways that is now forbidden. There are rumors that the emperor values nothing so much as shadow plays, and Jetta believes that garnering his favor could also give her access to the spring that has cured his madness—something Jetta desperately wants for her own “malheur.” An author’s note explains that Jetta has bipolar disorder—a mental illness she shares with author Heilig. 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. Chakrana and Aquitan are inspired by Asian cultures as well as French colonialism, which comes through in cultural touchstones such as food, dress, and language. Jetta’s first-person narration is broken up with various ephemera including telegraph transcripts, fliers, songs, and play scenes featuring other characters. This technique works well to flesh out the novel. VERDICT This must-have story with an inclusive cast, high stakes, and an intense cliff-hanger will leave readers clamoring for the next installment.–Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library, School Library Journal

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