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The Fire Chronicle by John Stephens

The Fire Chronicle

by John Stephens

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Second in the Books of Beginnings series, John Stephens’ The Fire Chronicle takes young readers into two fascinating worlds of ragged orphans and terrifying dragons, tying them both together through “two magical books” and “three lost siblings.”

The middle sibling comes to the fore in this story, and his gradual transformation from bookish follower to confident leader is very appealing. On the way he acquires the title “rabbit,” resists falling in love, and loses both his sisters to different disasters. Meanwhile older sibling Kate isn’t sure if she’s saving her friends or losing them, after losing herself and her book in New York City’s ragged streets of a hundred years ago.

The humor is playful, modern and pleasant, for adults as well as children. The dialog is convincing and sharp. And change, even when it involves loss, isn’t always bad. “[T]he point of life isn’t to avoid pain,” says one character, counseling Michael as loss and defeat bring him down. It’s wise advice, in a book with wise lessons, exciting adventure, intriguingly different mythology, and enticing mystery. Now I’m eagerly awaiting the third in the series.

Disclosure: I read the first and couldn’t resist going out to buy the second. ( )
  SheilaDeeth | Jul 16, 2014 |
Listened to the audio edition narrated by Jim Dale. ( )
  JenJ. | Jul 18, 2013 |
As wonderful as the first in the series was, this one was even better. Great character development, edge-of-your-seat plot twists and turns, wonderful world building. We've seen the Book of Time and the Book of Life... The final one in the trilogy, dealing with Emma's adventures around the Book of Death, promises to be as enthralling as these first two. ( )
  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
Book three, please! On the double! (please!)

While 'The Emerald Atlas' was Kate's book, 'The Fire Chronicle' is Micheal's time to shine! Don't miss out on this sequel. It is just as cleverly written as its predecessor and will stick with you well after finishing the last sentence on the last page.

Book three can't come soon enough! ( )
  Kewpie83 | Apr 3, 2013 |
Split up as they try to run from their enemies, Kate is sent 100 years into the past and Michael and Emma are off with Dr. Pym to find the second Book of Beginning. As Kate gets to know the people in her new surroundings, she realizes that her life and that of Rafe are connected both where she is as well as in the future. Michael and Emma are sent on a dangerous journey to find the Book of Life that takes them to the south pole and mixes their lives with those of the elves who live there. All the siblings need each other to succeed, and more than they ever thought possible.

I really like this series, but this book had just a few too many twists and turns to be a five star. I am definitely looking forward to the third book! ( )
  agrudzien | Jan 13, 2013 |
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Prologue: The boy was small, and new to the orphanage, which meant he had the worst bed in the dormitory, the most uneven, the saggiest, the strangest-smelling; it was little more than a cot, jammed into an alcove at the back of the room.
Chapter One: The Letter in the Tree: Kate finished writing the letter, sealed it in an envelope, then walked over and dropped it into the hollow of an old tree.
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"In the second book in the Books of Beginning Trilogy, Michael and Emma must track down the Chronicle of Life, while Kate must find a way back to present day from the year 1899"--

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