Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Enna Burning by Shannon Hale

        
Enna Burning
(The Books of Bayern #2)
by Shannon Hale
Summary from Goodreads:

"Enna and Princess Isi became fast friends in The Goose Girl, but after Isi married Prince Geric, Enna returned to the forest. Enna's simple life changes forever when she learns to wield fire and burn anything at will. Enna is convinced that she can use her ability for good-to fight Tira, the kingdom threatening the Bayern borders-and goes on secret raids to set fire to the Tiran camps and villages. But as the power of the fire grows stronger, she is less able to control her need to burn. In her recklessness she is captured by the Tiran army and held captive by a handsome, manipulative young captain who drugs her to keep her under his influence. Can Isi and her old friends Finn and Razo rescue her without sacrificing themselves? And with the fire still consuming her, will Enna find a way to manage the gift that threatens to destroy her?"

Rating:

Shannon Hale is one of my all-time favorite authors. I absolutely loved the Goose Girl so I was excited to read Enna Burning. Isi, Gerald, Finn, Razo, & Enna are back for a new tale.

I loved Enna's character on the first book, but I guess since her mother died on this book, she seems a bit hollow to me. Somehow, her feisty personality mellowed down a bit. I loved Sileph despite being an antagonist, and I adore Finn, so loyal and caring! 

Enna's story was interesting. Her struggle with the fire was frustrating to me. I felt sorry for her. I felt her joy, I felt her pain, all throughout the story. That's how much Hale's characters take place in my heart. 

I don't think I need to say anything about Shannon Hale's writing, it's amazing as always. I'd be saying the same thing in all my reviews of her books so I'll stop there. 

As much as I enjoyed reading Enna Burning, I still am much in love with the Goose Girl.

1 comment:

  1. In Enna Burning as well as The Goose Girl you see interesting pictures of girls growing into women. Both Isi and Enna are trying to find their place in the world. Enna is looking for some way to help others. She wants to understand and to grow as a person. She wants to help her friends, her brother, and her country. In this desire she puts herself at risk. Enna learns the dangers of meddling in things that you don't understand, and also the beauty of life and the horror of war.

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