The sequel to the 2019 Writer’s League of Texas YA Discovery Prize winning Eloia Born.
Hirana’s War is a wonderfully complex novel about living with disability, overcoming the ravages of war, and finding hope in the most unusual of places. Leanora’s songs are able to heal wounds and transport people across galaxies. This gift could ultimately save her planet from destruction by the Yarats, but she must train with the alien race that blinded her home or lose everyone she loves…
Leanora is called upon once more to alter destiny—this time, the destiny of her mother’s war-torn planet. While preparing for war, she discovers that her musical gifts give her unprecedented power that could defeat the Yarats. In order to succeed, she must accept the help of a new ally, Gulnaz, whose destructive behavior could jeopardize Leanora’s mission and separate her from her beloved Tarrok.
“An incredibly thought-provoking and intriguing concept: the use of music to fly, to heal, to transport across worlds, and even as a weapon. Britta Jensen’s world-building is creative and fun. Animal-lovers: you can’t help but fall in love with the ulsos and gwynbees.
Follow Leanora on a journey of love, loss, and self-healing–all through song and music.”
—Tara Lundmark, YA author
“I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was a fantastic sequel to Eloia Born. This series is very heartfelt and real. The fantasy is completely unique. The series contains a lot of diversity and representation of race, ethnicity, and disability. Hirana’s war is beautifully written and it’s worth a read.”
—Emmalee Jones (Goodreads)
“A coming of age… magical teen saves world, love story set on a remote planet, but oh the world building in this book! Perhaps the two most fascinating twists are Leanora (our heroine) was visually impaired and her magic is based on music. Jensen give us all the feels – love, betrayal, joy, sorrow, despair, hate – and leaves us contemplating how far we would go to save those we love.”
—Yolanda Wilhoite, Middle School Teacher