A visually impaired young woman’s songs are able to heal wounds and transport people across galaxies. This gift could ultimately save her planet from destruction, but she must train with the alien race that blinded her home or lose everyone she loves…
In Eloia Born, Leanora trekked across her home planet, Eloia, to find her mother. She discovered her mother comes from the planet Hirana, where a civil war is spilling across the galaxy. Few people have Leanora’s ability to use music to transport the survivors. When a rebel group invades Eloia, Leanora is whisked back to Hirana to start training, away from everything she knows, including her boyfriend, Tarrok.
She lives and trains alongside battle-weary strangers: the talented and arrogant Gulnaz; level-headed, but deadly Mikosh, and a young healer, Selchuk, who finds a renewal of hope in Leanora. The longer she trains with Selchuk, the more he tests her loyalty to Tarrok.
In order to succeed, Leanora unwillingly accepts the help of Gulnaz, whose destructive past could jeopardize the entire mission. Leanora begins to learn that she has something that all of them need…
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.
“Hirana’s War is a wondrously beautiful conclusion to the Eloia Born duology. The sweeping worldbuilding and adventure will leave you breathless. Britta Jensen captures the fragility of coming of age and Leanora’s strength and resilience in choosing to stand against the odds.”--Amanda Bennett, Midday Moonrise Blog
"The story of Leanora and Tarrok continues as they navigate a new life together that soon becomes troubled by the Yarat people, who are bent on taking everything from them even their love for one another. Leanora not only has to overcome adversity from the enemy but deal with harsh training for the inevitable war over her home world and separation from the ones she loves. This is a story of perseverance despite loss and enduring when the reasons for doing so are minimal. Leanora and Tarrok's relationship stands out in this narrative just like in the first book, Eloia Born. You cannot help but to root for them as the strength of their relationship is tested again and again. The poetry in the songs, that are integral to the plot, are beautiful and inspiring. A story well done."--MJ Vaughn author of Coriander's Light
“This is an amazing Sequel to Eloia Born, it really has you questioning your own choices and loyalties. Would you be willing to fight in a war, even when you are a healer? I really enjoyed this novel and hope to see more of Britta Jensen in the future. I just loved turning every page and know it will definitely become a rereading favorite of mine.”
--Angelica Montanez, college freshman (Goodreads)
“A love story set in space, a healer who can sing her way into battle, trying to survive a war... YES!
Hirana's War has all of that and more. The story is well written and enjoyable. The excitement kicks off right away in the first chapter and continues throughout.”
"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
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