Enna Burning (The Books of Bayern #2)
This book is after two other books, Goose Girl and River Secrets.
In this book Enna is able to deal with fire, and she has a hard time controlling it, and being able to resist the desire to burn. (Enna is Iri's friend; Iri was in Goose Girl).
It was a good book. The author, Shannon Hale is a really good writer. The only thing that could be seen as negative was how darkly written it was. It was different than Goose Girl. However, that could also be seen as a good thing. It depends on if you prefer dark books or bright and happy books.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has read the other books or has read anything else by Shannon Hale.
This book is a sequel to the book Goose Girl. Isi controlled wind in the first book, but that power has gotten so strong that it is causing her nightmares. Meanwhile, Enna learns to cause fire. However, soon, the fire starts controlling her. She has to burn things. Will she find a way to keep the fire within her from burning herself and her friends? Read this book to find out. If you liked Goose Girl, you will probably like this book.
If you enjoyed Goose Girl, you'll definitely want to read Enna Burning. Enna was one of Isi's friends in Goose Girl; now she is the main character, with a huge dilemma. She must decide what to do with her new found power to control fire. She intends to use it to help the army, but it becomes harder and harder to control this power as time goes on.
This was another excellent book by Shannon Hale. She is a genius at making the land of fairy tales come alive. Enna is just as compelling a character as Isi from Goose Girl. Despite being a fantasy book, Enna's relationships with Isi, Finn, Razo, and even Sileph rang absolutely true. I'm looking foward to reading the next book in the Bayern series!
A couple years after Isi's marriage to Prince Geric, Enna returns to the forest after being in the city of Bayern for so long. Her original return was to tend to her sick mother, but after her mother dies, Enna can't seem to leave her brother Leifer alone in the forest. Little does she know that Leifer has truly changed. He seems to know the language of fire, just like Isi knows the language of the wind. The fire seems to overtake Leifer and he goes as far as threatning to kill Isi and burning Enna's ankles. Bayern soon goes to war and all men, including the forest folk, are asked to join in the fight. Enna is also asked to go, not to fight, but to be Isi's maiden. At the first major battle, Leifer uses his fire and burns, and kills, many enemy soldiers. In this same battle the king of Bayern is killed as well as Leifer. Geric mourns the loss of his father, as does Isi, and Enna mourns the loss of her brother. Except Enna mourns in a different way. When saying her final goodbyes to Leifer she finds a piece of vellum that teaches the fire language. Curiosity gets the better of her and she begins to read the cryptic story. Soon the fire seems to take her over, and she seems to have changed, just like Liefer. Enna soon realizes that she must use her newly discovered power to help Bayern win the war. She gets a little ahead of her self and finds herself captured by the enemy. Just as she has finally given up hope that no one will come to her aid, she starts to discover she may have feelings for her capturer. In the back of her mind she knows he is the enemy, but all she wants is someone to love her. All changes when Isi helps her escape. Enna learns the truth of why her captor was being so nice, and she knows she must get to Bayern immediately if she still wants to succeed in her goal of helping them win the war. Will Enna's power get the better of her, or will she learn to control it?
Usually I am not so keen on follow up books, but I was definitely wrong with this book. This is a great companion to one of my favorite books, The Goose Girl. Enna Burning is told through the point of view of Enna, which I loved. I thought it was great that we got to hear another characters to voice in the follow up novel instead of the same character from the first book. Shannon Hale did a phenomenal job creating the character of Enna. She is a strong and funny character that is instantly likable. I felt myself pitying her at times, and laughing with her at others. As for the story line is was once again fabulous. There is adventure, war, and romance, which is enough for me! All in all this was one of the better books I've ever read, and for me it almost lives up to The Goose Girl, but hey nothing really can top that so I'd say it's pretty good.
This book is a continuation of The Goose Girl; it's the story of Enna who was a friend of Ani's in The Goose Girl. Enna finds a power of her own, equal to Ani's power over wind, the power of fire. Her indecision regarding the moral way to use this power is set against the backdrop of impending war between her own kingdom of Bayern and Tira.
I was aware that this book is not as well loved as The Goose Girl before I began it. However, it wasn't until I was halfway through the book that I realized why. Suddenly, I found myself in the middle of a book I had already read, Firestarter by Stephen King. So many of the elements are the same that there is little doubt in my mind that the plot was borrowed wholesale from Mr. King. Hale decides to end the relationship between Enna and her captor in a different way than Firestarter, but that doesn't excuse the nearly 100 pages of borrowed plot. I would have tossed the book aside, but I was curious if she was going to borrow someone else's plot to wrap up the book. I wish I had skipped this book and gone right from The Goose Girl to Book of One Thousand Days.
Skip this one, you're not missing anything. Maybe read Firestarter instead.
Enna is not fit to live out her life in the uneventful Forest. One day, however, her older brother Leifer brings home a piece of vellum that holds the secrets of the language of fire. The knowledge brings about his end: in Bayerns war against their southern neighbor, Tira, Leifer destroys himself in using the fire to help out Bayern.
Enna pledges to herself to learn the magic that had possessed Leifer. The language of fire fills a space in her chest that she didnt even know was there. All of a sudden, Enna is spurned to make secret missions into enemy camps to set things on fire and destroy. Tira begins to refer to her as the fire witch.
Then, one night on a mission, she is captured. She is the prisoner of Sileph, a wily, smooth-talking commander who charms Enna into falling for him. Sileph wants her to use her fire abilities to make herself feel better, because by then thats what it has become: an insatiable desire to burn that she must obey. In short, the fire is slowly taking over Enna.
Luckily for Enna, she has wonderful friends. These people include Isi, the Kildenrean princess turned goose girl turned Bayern queen; Razo, a short, playful boy; and Finn, formerly sensitive, now toughened into a world-class soldier, but who always carries a soft spot for Enna. Its not just that Enna needs to be rescued from the enemy camp: the fire is also killing her as well. How far will her friends go in order to save the spirited, brave young woman?
Once again the talented author Shannon Hale weaves a tale of magic and realism. The characters in ENNA BURNING are well drawn out, and their predicaments are unique. Fans of Hales first book, THE GOOSE GIRL, are sure to love this companion.