Monday, January 16, 2012
I love Shannon Hale's style of writing. Both The Goose Girl and Princess Academy (a sequel is coming this year!) are beautifully written and create such magical worlds and compelling characters. So when I saw Enna Burning at my local library, I checked it out. It is by no means new - having been published in 2006, but despite my love of the other two novels I had never read the rest of her writing. Enna Burning is a companion book to The Goose Girl - it takes place in the Bayern world but is a story about Enna, previously a supporting character.
Bayern is set to go to war and Enna is not content to sit around and do nothing. Enna's brother, Leifer, comes upon a piece of vellum in the forest from which he learns to command fire. Enna wants nothing to do with these powers but with the onset of war everything changes. Enna uses the piece of vellum to gain a power over fire and an ability to help with the war. But fire is powerful and the urge to burn is strong - Enna has to learn how to use fire for good and not let it destroy her and everything and one around her.
I thought this was a very fun story and written very well in typical Shannon Hale style. I think The Goose Girl is still my favorite but I would highly recommend this - especially to those who love Shannon Hale.