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Fires of the Faithfulby Naomi Kritzer
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From a gifted new voice in fantasy fiction comes the thrilling saga of a war-ravaged land and the remarkable young woman destined to restore it...
Fires of the Faithful
For sixteen-year-old Eliana, life at her conservatory of music is a pleasant interlude between youth and adulthood, with the hope of a prestigious Imperial Court appointment at the end. But beyond the conservatory walls is a land blighted by war and inexplicable famine and dominated by a fearsome religious order known as the Fedeli, who are systematically stamping out all traces of the lands old beliefs. Soon not even the conservatory walls can hold out reality. When one classmate is brutally killed by the Fedeli for clinging to the forbidden ways and another is kidnapped by the Circle--the mysterious and powerful mages who rule the land--Eliana can take no more. Especially not after she learns one of the Circles most closely guarded secrets.
Now, determined to escape the Circles power, burning with rage at the Fedeli, and drawn herself to the beliefs of the Old Way, Eliana embarks on a treacherous journey to spread the truth. And what she finds shakes her to her core: a past destroyed, a future in doubt, and a desperate people in need of a leader--no matter how young or inexperienced....
From a gifted new voice in fantasy comes this saga of a war-ravaged land and the young woman destined to restore it. Sixteen-year-old Eliana studies at the Conservatory of Music hoping for an Imperial Court appointment. But in a land blighted by famine, and dominated by a fearsome religious order which brutally kills a student for clinging to forbidden ways, Eliana decides to escape and vows to spread the truth.
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