Ignite the Sun

Blink. Aug. 2020. 352p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780310769736.
Gr 8 Up–Fantasy lovers will enjoy this tale of family, conflict, and finding out where in the world one might truly belong. Adventurers will also enjoy following redheaded Siria’s travels as she finishes her fourth and last year at the Golden Brook school. It seems like yesterday she was home with her best friend, brown-skinned Linden, listening to old man Yarrow tell stories about the myth of the Sun, before the Queen enveloped the world in shadow. Tomorrow she’ll go to the Queen’s Court, hoping to be chosen and make her parents proud. But she is spirited away in the night, driven to the Court early with other girls who have brightly colored hair. The Queen will do anything to find the Sun Child so she can keep her from fulfilling the prophecy. Siria stands on the stage with the others, fighting the heat and dashing the hopes of her parents as she suddenly explodes in a blaze of light. Now she is on the run, fleeing an angry Queen and trying to survive being bright in a land of dark while learning how to become what she really is. Fans of Jeanne DuPrau’s “Books of Ember” series will appreciate the action and adventure, and readers of Scott Westerfeld’s “Uglies” series will enjoy the coming-of-age questing and questioning expressed so well by the main character.
VERDICT This well-paced fantasy will leave readers hoping for a second book to continue the saga; recommended for teen and older tween libraries.

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