Thursday, June 19, 2008

Enna Burning (book review)

Enna Burning, by Shannon Hale, is the sequel to The Goose Girl. Instead of focusing on the princess, Isi, however, this book focuses on her close friend Enna. Leifer, Enna's brother, found a mysterious piece of vellum, which teaches him how to start fires without anything but the heat around him. He says that it is a great power, but Enna is not so sure. Ever since he began to use the fire power, Enna has sensed a change in her brother. He has unpredictable mood swings and cannot control his temper. But when Enna's country of Bayern go to war, Enna and Leifer must follow. When Leifer dies after losing control of his fire, Enna takes the piece of vellum from him and learns to control the fire as well. She becomes an essential weapon of war, burning enemy camps and weapons. It is good to help, but Enna must constantly keep the fire in check. When one day she loses control like Leifer, she is forced to take on the consequences of her new-found power.

I enjoyed this book a lot. I'm not sure if it was better than its prequel, because they were both so well-written and engaging. I did notice that Enna Burning was much darker than The Goose Girl. I like the character of Isi more, because she isn't as rash as Enna, and I sometimes thought that Isi would have made wiser choices were she in her friend's place.

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