ARC Book Review: A Muse For Fire by Heidi Heilig
ashley | I absolutely adored Heidi Heilig’s Girl from Everywhere series. I think it was easily my favourite book of 2016. And while I’d love to revisit those characters, when I saw that Heilig wrote a new book completely different, I knew I had to read it.
For A Muse for Fire feels quite darker from the get go. There is immediately a different vibe and feel to the atmosphere and characters. It’s also written very differently, mixing in formatting of a play with scene setting and acts, a cast of characters laid out at the start and an immediate jump into things without any extra context.
Admittedly, I had a hard time getting settled into this at first. I felt overwhelmed with the different structures and meeting all these people at the start and I just didn’t see the full picture for a while and that made me a bit uneasy. But Heilig is a great writer and a great storyteller and clinging to my patience eventually paid off, for I really loved this story and the cast of characters.
Jetta was great, of course. Strong willed and fiery, a little hot headed and trouble prone, but I adored her loyalty and love for her family, and her family’s love for her. Leo turned out to be the mysterious bad boy love interest that I flock to. I could never really tell if Jetta should trust him, but oh how I wanted her to follow him to the end of the earth if it meant just getting to spend a bit more time with him. All the other characters had a strong purpose and were interesting additions. I enjoyed them all immensely.
There was one aspect of the book I deeply admired, but was also left a bit confused about. Jetta’s “malheur” is quickly referenced in the start and alluded to a bit more throughout. As stated in the acknowledgements, her malheur was Heilig’s way of writing about her own struggle with being bipolar and working her mental illness and the drive for a cure into to her character. I love that this was a part of the book, but it took me a while to realize that Jetta was suffering from something more than just her spiritual ‘gift’. I don’t know if I missed something, but had I not read a note from Heilig ahead of time, I might have missed it entirely. I understand it wasn’t the primary focus of the story, but I think it would have been cool to be a bit more prominent.
That said, I deeply enjoyed this story and was sad to see it end. It looks like a sequel is already in the works, so I can’t wait to see where things go from here. I really love Heilig’s writing and imagination and she is quickly becoming one of my favourite writers. I was so happy that this was just as strong and enjoyable as The Girl from Everywhere, but also drastically different.
september 25, 2018