**Disclaimer: I was given a free finished copy of the below in exchange for an honest review as part of a tour hosted by Turn the Pages Tours.**
Title Divided Fire
Author Jennifer San Filippo
Release Date November 10, 2020
Publisher Clarion Books
In a rich fantasy world where Songs literally move heaven and earth, one sister must use magic and the other must rely on strength to reunite when pirates, greed, and war tear them away from each other.
Miren has never allowed jealousy of her sister’s magic keep her from taking care of Kesia, and Kesia has always depended on her big sister. When Kesia is kidnapped, Miren will do anything to get her back—even team up with her sister’s aristocratic and seemingly ineffectual boyfriend. Neither sister had ever left their small fishing village before, and now they are plunged into the wider world, minor players in a war between nations. Each sister faces external and internal perils, and each finds surprising allies and unexpected strengths. How will the two find each other again? And what will become of them if they don’t succeed?
Giveaway (US Only)
The publisher is giving away five (5) finished copies of Divided Fire by Jennifer San Filippo. USA only.
Start date: Monday, November 9, 2020
End date: Monday, November 16 at 12:00 a.m. CDT
Rafflecopter Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1e4a114d9/
This book wasn’t on my radar before I saw the tour email and once I read it, I was totally sold. I loved the idea of songs as magic and I love a good book about the bond of sisters.
Some Things I Liked
- Magic system. I really loved the magic system here. Elemental magic controlled by song is such an interesting concept.
- Sign language as a theme. Due to the nature of the magic, I loved that sign language was a prominent form of communication. Everyone knew how to sign in Kaleo and it was just second nature. I love when fantasy books normalize breaking barriers.
- Pirate motif. I love a good pirate story and I loved that Kesia’s kidnappers were pirates (albeit, they were the bad guys), I liked the aquatic themes.
One Thing I Wasn’t Crazy About
- The romance. Romance (or lack thereof) is a deal breaker for me. I wanted more romance in this story. Hopefully, we’ll get more in future sequels.
I really enjoyed the world building here and I’d read more of this series. I liked the characters and magic system as well. I think there is a lot of potential for more and I’d keep reading.
I liked this book. It was missing a key element for me but overall, I liked the sister dynamic, the dual POVs, and the world building.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson – if you enjoyed the sister dynamic as well as the dual POVs, try this duology by Sara B. Larson.
- The Weight of the Soul – if you liked the idea of one sister going on a journey with the other sister’s boyfriend, try this Viking inspired story.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52494616-divided-fire
Book Purchase link: https://www.hmhbooks.com/shop/books/Divided-Fire/9780358330844