FIRES OF THE FAITHFUL is the beginning story of a young woman's journey to lead her people out of oppression by fresh voice Naoimi Kritzer.

Eliana has only a short time remaining before she graduates from the Conservatory of Music and hopefully becomes an Imperial musician. When her new roommate teaches her songs played in the old way, where the music becomes the worship of the old gods, it makes Eliana wonder which is better. After she finds out that the Circle's magelight is lighting the earth, and they know and don't care, she leaves the Conservatory to warn her family. She sees the ineffectual Emperor and his Circle of Mages and Fedeli religious warriors systematically burning out worship of the old ways in favor of the Lady, and vows to fight for freedom of choice.

When the 16-year-old protagonist becomes a conduit for revolution, the narrative is powerful and moving. Ms. Kritzer sculpts her opposing religions along pagan and Christian influences, with music as a refreshing embellishment! (Oct., 400 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kelly Rae Cooper