Divided Fire

HMH/Clarion. Nov. 2020. 368p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781328489197.
Gr 9 Up–Miren wanted so desperately to Sing like her mother—to use fire magic, directed by the power of her voice. But she didn’t have the Song within her, as much as she tried. Miren’s younger sister Kesia had no such issues—her Song was strong, even if her body was not. When the country goes to war, their parents are drafted, leaving the pale-skinned girls to take care of each other. As someone who can Sing, Kesia should have gone as well, but after she got sick, Miren was able to convince everyone that she lost her voice and the ability to Sing, to keep her safe. When pirates attack their small town, Kesia uses her power to try and save herself and her sister…and gets kidnapped in the process. Miren leaves the only home she has ever known to chase after the pirates who stole her sister. Both sisters must use every bit of strength they possess to be reunited. Told in multiple points of view, this is a compelling story of two sisters braving a world they’ve never seen before, and making unlikely friendships along the way. The quick pacing and perspective changes make for a fast read, which might appeal to some reluctant readers.
VERDICT A solid purchase for libraries where fantasy novels are popular.

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