From the very first page of For a Muse of Fire, we were hooked. This lush and complex new story of rebellion incorporates multiple storytelling formats, real life inspirations, and characters all dealing with the fallout of living in a world of clashing cultures. Jetta is one of our favorite new heroines of fall, and the mental illness rep is so well done and completely refreshing to see in a fantasy world. So, you might be able to tell why we’re so ready for everyone to read this book (the first in a series!) and talk about it with us!!
Plus, it’s freaking gorgeous. But to get a better sense of what the story’s about and meet some of the main players, we’ve got what you need right below in an Epic Reads Explains!
Epic Reads Explains: For a Muse of Fire
Come one, come all, for the show is about to begin!
This is the story of Jetta, a member of the Ros Nai, the most talented shadow players in Chakrana. Their tales bewitch. Their performances awe. And their secret, the one Jetta has always held close, can never, ever get out.
Jetta is a girl with the power to see spirits. She can bind those wandering souls to everyday objects, including the puppets in her shows, and together with her skill, her family’s fame may be enough to secure them passage on a royal ship. With rebellion ravaging their land and the promise of magical healing springs abroad, Jetta and the Ros Nai have no choice but to risk it.
But the old ways—the dark magic Jetta uses—are forbidden.
And when the Ros Nai are caught in a rebel attack, she must put her powers to a dangerous use. Despite the help of a young smuggler named Leo, Jetta’s afraid that someone has seen what she’s done. What she’s really capable of.
In spite of it all, she feels herself drawn to Leo, who has mysterious plans of his own. Soon, the shadow players find themselves torn between escape, magic, and rebellion. And while the battle rages, Jetta will find out that behind the war as they know it, an even darker evil is brewing.
We graciously invite you to experience Heidi Heilig’s For a Muse of Fire. This is a tale you’re not going to want to miss.
About For a Muse of Fire
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, 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 Emperor has a spring that cures his ills—and could cure Jetta’s, too. Because seeing spirits is not the only thing that plagues her.
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.