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?
Title: Divided Fire
Author: Jennifer San Filippo
Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Publisher: Clarion Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
“War doesn’t have good or bad people. Just people who want different things.”
This was such a beautiful and heartbreaking story of sisterly love, kindness, and fighting for those you love.
The immense love the two sisters had for each other in this book was incredible. They go through so much hardship throughout the book and had already gone through so much that it was just heartbreaking. But it was incredible to see them fight so hard for each other. I think what was truly inspiring was that they would have gone through worse to get to each other again. They had already lost so much and they couldn’t lose each other as well.
We also get to see the story of another family trying to fight to find each other which is just as heartbreaking and inspiring. The cruelty we see in this book was hard to read sometimes, but it was through the courage of this family and the sisters that I knew everything would be okay.
This was such a compelling story that I couldn’t stop reading it even if I wanted to. Luckily, I didn’t want to stop. It moved at 100 mph and never slowed down. There were a couple of points where it was beginning to feel tired, but then it would quickly redeem itself and keep moving forward.
I also really loved all the signing in this book. Those with a Voice couldn’t talk so they would sign. I love how normal this was. And, I also loved that even those without a voice could read sign language. The author did a great of conveying the emotions of the characters that signed even when we couldn’t hear that emotion in their voice.
There is a bit of an open ending, which I normally don’t like, but I thought was very fitting for this book. Things couldn’t be changed in a matter of a few weeks, especially across two countries, so I thought the author wrapped things up the best way possible.
Overall, this book was so well written and plotted that it should be a compelling read for all. It’s a great reminder to fight for those you love and that which you believe to be right. This is a must-read for all!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Jennifer San Fillippo is a freelance copy editor who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Jose State University. She enjoys cycling, music, and drawing. She lives in California with her family and a small army of pets.