Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features highly anticipated book releases.
Title: For A Muse of Fire
Author: Heidi Heilig
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
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.
Why am I excited?
This looks like another epic fantasy! It’s also an Asian fantasy and has a bipolar protagonist and I’m interested to see how that translates on page. Plus, we all love a book with a Mad King (*cough*Game of Thrones*cough*) and who can resist the magic/superntural elements?! The cover is also insanely awesome with the shadow dragon and the girl controlling it. I’m excited to see what Jetta’s true potential with her magic is beyond her shadow puppets! What else can she tie these spirits too? This power is slightly reminiscent of Zélie’s ability to control souls in Children of Blood and Bone as well.
Is this book on your TBR? Are there any other Asian-inspired fantasy books you’re excited for? Let me know in the comments!