September 27, 2023

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Book Publicity, Reviews, Author Interviews, and Discussion Posts by Susan Crosby

Can't Wait Wednesday: Kingdom For A Stage (For A Muse Of Fire #2) by Heidi Heilig #CWW #WOW

This meme is hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you’re continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here

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Way back when I first started this little corner of the world that I call home, I was gifted an ARC that so touched my heart that when I started reading it? I literally could. Not. Stop. The problem? I started it around four in the afternoon and it clocked in at just under 500 pages. I was reading until dawn and you know what? I didn’t even know until the sun started peeking up over the Gateway Arch and through my window.
Unfortunately, I’m sure it is obvious by reading my review of For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig that I was both new to reviewing books and hadn’t slept all night. My apologies to Ms. Heilig.
I have been desperately waiting for Kingdom for a Stage (For a Muse of Fire #2) ever since that morning, when I read the last two words of For a Muse of Fire (which I won’t put here- but if you read it, they are etched in your memory- they must be).
And now, finally, it is just under two weeks away. I have linked it to Goodreads above. Please, add it to your shelves. If you haven’t read For a Muse of Fire, GO NOW! Just forget the rest of this, even and go read it, and then you can come back. Don’t worry. I can wait.
A Kingdom for a Stage (For a Muse of Fire #2)

Title:  Kingdom for a Stage
By: Heidi Heilig
Release Date:  October 8, 2019
Publisher:  Greenwillow Books

For A Muse Of Fire Synopsis (Kingdom For A Stage is next):

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 a new trilogy from Heidi Heilig.
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 world inspired by Asian cultures and French colonialism

Kingdom for a Stage Synopsis:

Spoiler Alert

Jetta is a prisoner. A prisoner of the armee, a prisoner of fate, and a prisoner of her own madness. Held captive in Hell’s Court—now the workshop of Theodora, the armee engineer and future queen of Chakrana—Jetta knows she needs to escape. But Theodora has the most tempting bait—a daily dose of a medication that treats Jetta’s madness.
But the cost is high. In exchange, Jetta must use her power over dead spirits to trap their souls into flying machines—ones armed with enough firepower to destroy every village in Chakrana. And Theodora and her armee also control Le Trépas—a terrifying necromancer who once had all of Chakrana under his thumb, and Jetta’s biological father. Jetta fears the more she uses her powers, the more she will be like Le Trépas—especially now that she has brought her brother, Akra, back from the dead.
Jetta knows Le Trépas can’t be trusted. But when Akra teams up with Leo, the handsome smuggler who abandoned her, to pull off an incredible escape, they insist on bringing the necromancer along. The rebels are eager to use Le Trépas’s and Jetta’s combined magic against the invading colonists. Soon Jetta will face the choice between saving all of Chakrana or becoming like her father, and she isn’t sure which she’ll choose.
Acclaimed author Heidi Heilig creates a rich world inspired by Southeast Asian cultures and French colonialism. Her characters are equally complex and nuanced, including a bipolar heroine and biracial love interest. Told from Jetta’s first-person point-of-view, as well as chapters written as play scripts, and ephemera such as songs, maps, and letters, A Kingdom for a Stage is a vivid, fast-paced journey that weaves magic, simmering romance, and the deep bonds of family with the high stakes of epic adventure. It will thrill fans of Stephanie Garber, Renée Ahdieh, and Sabaa Tahir.
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