I loved FOR A MUSE OF FIRE, esp because Jetta the main character is so messy, and flawed, and makes bad decisions in the moment. She feels slightly dangerous in the way I was when I was a teenager. I thought what I was doing was right a lot of the time, but I did things in the moment that were such bad choices. Jetta does the same, using her blood magic to trap souls in her shadow puppets, and exposing herself and family to incredible dangers. I also love that her queerness is up front right along with being bipolar.
Long story short, we have a colonizing army/ a theater troupe trying to escape a war/ a diverse cast you just want to hang out with / a refugee crisis that is such a reflection of our own world / a rebellion against the colonizers / love/ family/ blood magic!!!
And I love that she lives in this rich world, and we get to visit this world. I love that Heilig doesn't shy away from showing us the real world, and makes real political stands, and it's all in service to an incredible story. I really liked her first two time travel stories in The Girl From Everywhere, but FOR A MUSE OF FIRE is such a leap in craft, and world building, and storytelling. I really love this book.