ENNA BURNING by Shannon Hale


From the "Books of Bayern" series, volume 2
Age Range: 14 & up
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Those who thrilled to Hale’s re-imagining of The Goose Girl (2003) will probably be as delighted with this sequel, as Enna the forest girl takes the stage. Enna (once the closest companion to Isi, formerly the Goose Girl and now queen) watches, not understanding, as her brother learns to control fire, to hold it within himself, and to send it forth as he wills. When he chooses to consume himself in battle, she takes on his gift. Extraordinary images of fire, heat, and light fill this slightly overlong tale. Enna’s fire can be seen as desire, or a drug, or the will to power, or simply as a gift that must be made manifest. Hale’s burning prose, while weighted to talk rather than action, allows for many themes: the devoted friendship between women, as Isi and Enna risk their lives for each other; the appeal of the bad boy, as the soldier who holds Enna prisoner also lays dark siege to her heart; the gentle, devoted suitor Finn, who always manages to find a place by Enna’s side to do what needs to be done. Powerful and romantic. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 2004
ISBN: 1-58234-889-8
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Bloomsbury
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2004

Kirkus Interview
Dean Hale and Shannon Hale
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In Shannon and Dean Hale’s new book The Princess in Black, Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Our reviewer writes that The Princess in Black has “action, clever humor, delightful illustrations and expectation-defying secret identities—when does the next one come out?” The Princess in Black made it onto our Best Middle-Grade Books of 2014 list, which is one reason we’re delighted to talk to the Hales this week on Kirkus TV. View video >


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