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A Kingdom for a Stage

(Shadow Players #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Jetta is a prisoner. A prisoner of the armee, a prisoner of fate, and a prisoner of her own madness. Held captive in Hell’s Court—now the workshop of Theodora, the armee engineer and future queen of Chakrana—Jetta knows she needs to escape. But Theodora has the most tempting bait—a daily dose of a medication that treats Jetta’s madness.

But the cost is high. In exchange, Je
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Greenwillow Books
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Heidi Heilig
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hey everyone! Here are the content notes for A KINGDOM FOR A STAGE behind the spoiler tag, just in case no one wants to casually see them!

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Feb 11, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-sequels
Listen. The first book's cover may be one of my favorites but this is EVEN BETTER I have never seen such a beautiful combination of pretty and creepy that also screams "necromancy", as it should

[I can't wait!]
Warnings: blood use in magic, gun violence, war, colonialism, racism, descriptions of dead bodies, mention of reproductive coercion, mentions of torture, mention of suicide

Rep: Bisexual and mental health rep (bipolar) in main character (ownvoices), biracial love interest, queer and PoC characters, including trans rep

Heilig takes us back into Chakrana fighting for its freedom, with Jetta as a crucial piece in the war between Chakrana and Aquitan. Now that the Aquitans are aware of her necromancy
Kat // Novels & Waffles
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh
In Japanese, there's this word まあまあ (maa maa), which when roughly translated, means something along the lines of "so-so," "passable," or "meh." That basically sums up my feelings for this book; there was nothing I particularly disliked about it, but there was nothing I particularly liked about it, either. It was まあまあ.
Athena Archeron
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
A Kingdom for a Stage occurs a few weeks after the events of For a Muse of Fire. Readers are once again welcomed into Chakrana, a mystical land of ghosts and jungles. I have mixed feelings about this books. On one hand, the world was interesting, as was the use of spirits, while on the other, the plot was predictable and very few things actually happened. Character relationships formed way too quickly, and I didn't find myself caring about any of the characters. The story was fun, but did not se ...more
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are spoilers for For a Muse of Fire (first in the series) below. You can find my review for that book here.

** Here Be Spoilers**

Oh man, I loved this book! From the plot-line to the characters, everything was done well. It was a worthy sequel to For a Muse of Fire, which was a huge relief after some of the sequels I’ve read lately.

Jetta is a great character. She’s tough without being cold and emotionless. In fact, her emotions are a big part of what makes her so tough. She has an illness
Laura Lee
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying this series. It’s unique and thrilling. Can’t wait for the next one.
So once again I'm left with a book that I thought was the last of a duology but feels like the second of a trilogy and I just don't know what to do with that.

First of all, I love this cover so much! I thought the first cover was fantastic but this one is absolutely amazing too.

Second, I loved/hated being back in this world with it's well-crafted beliefs and mythology. It's a wonderfully built world that's been ransacked by war and other atrocities. I loved the way that Jetta grew between this b
Honestly, I was a bit leery of this one. I mean, I LOVED the first one, but with Heilig's other series, I loved the first one and was pretty disappointed by the sequel, so I walked into this one wary. Which meant that the fact that I loved this one just as much (or really, loved it more) even better.

This one was everything the first one was and more!

We've still got all the Shadow Player necromancy awesomeness, the excellent world building with French colonialism and south east Asian occupied ter
This book is an action-packed, fast-paced follow-up to "For a Muse of Fire." The story picks right up where Muse left off and it wasn't hard to get back into the swing of things without rereading the first book all over again (which is what I usually do). In the beginning there is a lot of character development. Jetta learns more about what her powers are capable of while she struggles with her mental health issues. Once again she finds herself caught up in political intrigue, now fighting on th ...more
ashley  lloyd spanton
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was a quick and hard fan of Heidi Heilig and as a loyal reader, I've been anticipating this follow up for a while now. Though I didn’t love this series as much as I did The Girl From Everywhere series, I did appreciate the darker feel and the undertone of mental illness that was layered beneath this story about a girl who can coerce spirits.

My problem is that I am not good at reading a series. I always forget what happened in the first book unless I read them close together. I know I enjoyed t
In the middle of Heidi Heilig's second series, the sophomore entry in her first trilogy, it took me a few moments to remember a lot of details from For a Muse of Fire - details that were plenty, even if that ARC I read in summer 2018 was a little short of finished artwork, maps, sheet music, etc. Reading A Kingdom for a Stage in finished form was a real improvement over that "maps TK" ARC for sure, though the story, this time, has a tendency to drag. That may owe a little bit to the fact that we ...more
Kathy MacMillan
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm reviewing FOR A MUSE OF FIRE and A KINGDOM FOR A STAGE together because I read them one after the other in a single fiery couldn't-get-enough-streak!

Once again, Heidi Heilig shows how it's done. There is so much to love about this series: deep, intricate worldbuilding, a propulsive, compelling plot, and a story that unfolds in prose, theatrical scripts, handwritten notes, sheet music, signage, and more. The fast-beating heart at the center of it all is Heilig's vibrant cast of characters, es
Karis Rogerson
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
4.75/5 stars

Phew. Where to start with this. I can't get over the brilliance of how the cover and title tie into the story, for starters, and I just have to get that out of the way. Amazing teamwork by everyone involved, truly!

Second books in a series, especially in a trilogy, can sometimes read like you're just muddling through to get to the end to move on to the third book. This book had an arc of its own. It contained some stunning surprises, many heart-pounding action scenes, as well as some
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Words fail me.

A Kingdom For A Stage is full of impeccable storytelling. The book overflows with story beats that made me gasp and cry and swoon. All the big moments land, all the romances are alive and beat right off the page like a drum, all the small moments made my heart melt, the suspense and action are all perfectly staged and veritably thrilling. The way Jetta’s malheur plays such an important role in the narrative, and is so intelligently woven into the fabric of the character. It’s... su
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I listened to the audiobook for this one so that may color my review. The narrator had a way of performing in a kind of angry shaking whispery tone that I didn't really love. It made it hard for me to connect to the main character. Heilig uses quick pacing and fairly dense plotting which made the story difficult for me to follow at points, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. This series is not as heavily romantic as a lot of other YA female-let fantasy adventures which is kind of a plus and ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love the world of this series! I didn't know it was a trilogy before starting this, but I'm very happy that I'll get to spend more time here. This was kind of a weird reading experience - I spent a lot of the beginning trying to remember what happened in the first book, and I had trouble keeping track of what was going on in the end (which is actually a pretty common problem I have with fantasy books) - but on the whole, I flew through this and really enjoyed it.
Jess ✩
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, four-star
I enjoyed this book a heck of a lot more than I did the first one! The stakes have been raised and the characters have made decisions that will have plenty of consequences. Jetta's voice in this one is incredible, and I really enjoyed the rebellion aspect.

I sincerely hope that there will be a third one!
Heather McLaughlin
This didn't take as long to read as what it says. I started it and then tons of homework collided with too many requests from the library all at once. This resulted in frantic reading of books that couldn't be renewed. And a bunch of fines. Anyway, this is a good series. I am looking forward to the third book.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The fact that this book only has 16 reviews after being out for almost three months is proof the book review world is vastly unjust (like we didn't know that already, but anyway). Necromancy and mental health and colonialism and family and SO GOOD. And this one has a couple dragons near the end, which was cute/terrifying.
Sarah Sammis
In terms of theme and general atmosphere, Hellig's series is a good companion piece to Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger (2019). Both have characters who can work with the spirits of the dead. Both are set in worlds the draw on the history and culture of various Asian countries. Both have young would be regents in the fight for their lives while the nations around them suffer under civil unrest and/or occupation.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how to write this review.

It is going to do my head in.

This book is art. It is everything. Someone save me from this review.
Liz Griffin
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2019
Another masterpiece! Visceral and real, with characters who leap off the page!
Lindsey Anderle
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an excellent book!! Theres no second book syndrome here, and I can't wait to see where book 3 takes us
Lisa Boyer
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
The second book is ok. The story continues and we finally meet Tiger. The war wages on with a few twists. I hope you enjoy it.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
*Read at work for review for ROYAL*

This book was fine. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it. Required reading at work for my review group.

Full review to come!
Alexandra McMillan
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: quarantine
Enjoyed this more than the first, perhaps because rather than trudging my way to investment in the story, i started out more invested, which was nice.
Jessica Cunningham
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I genuinely appreciate the way Heidi has woven into her fantasy take a very real depiction of a girl dealing with a mental illness, with neither detracting from the other.
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2020, own, ya, fantasy
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Amazing. They had songs in the book and scenes ! I love the book layout and how the story is told!
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Heidi grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved to New York City and grew up even more, as one tends to do. Her favorite thing, outside of writing, is travel, and she has haggled for rugs in Morocco, hiked the trails of the Ko'olau Valley, and huddled in a tent in Africa while lions roared in the dark.

She holds an MFA from New York University in Musical Theat

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