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City of Fire by Laurence Yep

City of Fire (2009)

by Laurence Yep

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Though this isn't my usual type of fantasy, it's definitely interesting and involves historical periods (the Kushan Empire) I wasn't even familiar with (which says a lot because I majored in History and have taught World History for many years...). The story also is reminiscent of the Chinese Folktales I read in Chinese Fairy Tale Feasts because the mortals interact with gods and goddesses in disguise.
I'm not sure I would use this in conjunction with a lesson but would recommended it to fantasy fans through readers advisory conversations. ( )
  allisonreadsalot | Apr 16, 2016 |
Not the most interest keeping book, but not too bad. I may read the next in the series if I get time. ( )
  Mirandalg14 | Aug 18, 2014 |
It has been a very long time since I've read a young adult novel with this breadth of creativity and world-building. From the first chapter, CITY OF FIRE gathers an unlikely band of confederates together and sends them whizzing out into a world of adventure. From the broad political landscape to the delightful little details, I was enchanted all the way through.

Reading of CITY OF FIRE reminded me of the first Harry Potter combined with the written equivalent of DINOTOPIA. Yep lays out a fascinating magical and political structure for his world, all the while sprinkling the story with visual tidbits like a six-foot tall lizard pushing a broom or Pan-Am's new fleet of gyro-copters. The plot swept forward with an amazing amount of information without ever bogging down, due in part to the lush depth of every scene Yep wrote.

My mention of THE SORCERER'S STONE extends beyond world building and creativity, the characters in CITY OF FIRE are around twelve-years-old and are definitely pre-pubescent. Given that CITY OF FIRE takes place in the span of a day, I would imagine that we're not going to watch Scirye and Leech grow up in any physical sense. Packed with adventure, admirable character growth and inventive world, CITY OF FIRE will be a hit for almost any age range.

Sexual Content: None.

Full review at All Things Urban Fantasy.
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  Capnrandm | Apr 15, 2013 |
Scirye , the daughter of a Kushan diplomat, makes a rash vow to her goddess, to avenge her sisters killer and the theif of her peoples greatest treasure. She sets out after Badik, an evil dragon, and the rich Mr. Roland to claim the treasure. With her are her griffin, Kels, a dragon in disgues who was ordered to kill Leech, Bayang, and Koko and Leech to kids form the street who want to avenge their friend. They follow Roland to Hawaii where a new island is being magicaly created agaist the will of the volcano goddess Pele. Whom them meet when Roland tries to have them killed. They find Roland but he escapes with the treasure and leaves them to die. They escape and destroy the island with the help of Pele and her people. Once they escape they learn that Roland plans on useing the parts of a super weapon ,that once belonged to a Kushan hero, to take over and the next peice is in the City of Ice.
City of Fire is the first in a trilogy. I liked this book and plan on reading the rest of the series. It was alittle easy. I mean I don't like books where my head is running around is mental circles, but it would have been even better if it was alittle.....I don't know just a higher lexile. Other than that I thought I was great. I mean seriously what book with a dragon in it isn't good? I look forward to reading City of Ice and whichever book comes after that. I hope they are just as good.
  boullion.iris1998 | Jan 5, 2012 |
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Two-time Newbery Honor Award-winning author Laurence Yep kicks off an action-packed new fantasy trilogy

Sure to appeal to fans of Rick Riordan and Eoin Colfer, this action-packed tale takes readers on an unforgettable journey through an alternate version of our world in 1941—a world filled with magical beings such as dragons in human form, tiny “lap griffins,” reincarnations of legendary Chinese warriors, Japanese folk creatures, and goddesses in disguise.

When her older sister dies trying to prevent the theft of one of her people’s great treasures, twelve-year-old Scirye sets out to avenge her and recover the precious item. Helping her are Bayang, a dragon disguised as a Pinkerton agent; Leech, a boy with powers he has not yet discovered; and Leech’s loyal companion Koko, who has a secret of his own. All have a grudge against the thieves who stole the treasure: the evil dragon Badik and the mysterious Mr. Roland.

Scirye and her companions pursue the thieves to Houlani, a new Hawaiian island being created by magic. There, they befriend Pele, the volatile and mercurial goddess of volcanoes. But even with Pele on their side, they may not be able to stop Mr. Roland from gaining what he seeks: the Five Lost Treasures of Emperor Yu. Together, the treasures will give him the power to alter the very fabric of the universe.

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Twelve-year-old Scirye and her companions travel to Houlani, a new Hawaiian island created by magic, where they enlist the help of volcano goddess Pele in an attempt to stop an evil dragon and a mysterious man from altering the universe.

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