Ignite the Sun

Ignite the Sun

3.69 (684 ratings by Goodreads)
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3.69 (684 ratings by Goodreads)
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Once upon a time, there was something called the sun ... In a kingdom ruled by a witch, the sun is just part of a legend about Light-filled days of old. But now Siria Nightingale is headed to the heart of the darkness to try and restore the Light-or lose everything trying.

Sixteen-year-old Siria Nightingale has never seen the sun. That's because Queen Iyzabel shrouded the kingdom in shadow upon her ascent to the throne, with claims it would protect her subjects from the dangerous Light.

The Darkness has always left Siria uneasy, and part of her still longs for the stories of the Light-filled days she once listened to alongside her best friend Linden, told in secret by Linden's grandfather. But Siria's need to please her strict and demanding parents means embracing the dark and heading to the royal city-the very center of Queen Izybel's power-for a chance at a coveted placement at court. And what Siria discovers at the Choosing Ball sends her on a quest toward the last vestiges of Light, alongside a ragtag group of rebels who could help her restore the sun ... or doom the kingdom to shadow forever.

Ignite the Sun is:

A YA fantasy adventure that is exciting and unique
An allegorical exploration of the struggle with anxiety and depression
Perfect for readers 13 and up
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 225 x 38mm | 430g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • 0310769736
  • 9780310769736
  • 1,830,276

Review quote

'An original, deftly crafted, and fully entertaining fantasy fiction novel for ages 13 and older, 'Ignite The Sun' by Hanna C. Howard is especially and unreservedly recommended for middle school, high school, and community library YA Fiction collections.' -- Midwest Book Review September 2020 * Midwest Book Review * '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.' -- School Library Journal, August 2020, Cathleen Ash, Manor H.S. Lib., TX * School Library Journal *
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Rating details

684 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 25% (169)
4 33% (229)
3 30% (208)
2 9% (60)
1 3% (18)
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