Saturday, January 7, 2023

Waking Fire by Jean Louise - OPTIONAL

Waking Fire by Jean Louise, 384 pages. Inkyard Press, 2023. $19.

Language: PG (14 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13



Lagusa has been a place of refuge hidden in the desert and safe from Sothpike and his army of monsters. But then Naira (16yo) picks a fight she shouldn’t have and ends up alone outside Lagusa’s wall in the middle of the night. When she comes to, Naira finds herself under attack by Vra Gool Dambi, some of Sothpike’s monsters, and someone who can control them – Naira has to survive in order to warn everyone that the monsters are upon them.

I was drawn by the prologue and all the worldbuilding it introduced. The actual story happens hundreds of years later, and the different religions and groups of people described as a result of the events of the prologue were my favorite parts of the book. Naira’s story is full of battle scenes and disorienting visions, lies and love, determining when to fight and why to fight. Overall, I liked the story but I loved the worldbuilding.

Naira and Nezra are described as having “pale brown” skin, and Kal is described as having “fallow-colored” skin. The mature content rating is for alcohol use and illegal activity. The violence rating is for mentions of physical abuse, assault, fantasy violence, weapon use, mention of suicide, persistent death, blood and gore, and murder.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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