Buried Fire

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Overview

Deep in the English countryside, the unearthing of an ancient Celtic cross awakens an imprisoned dragon and unleashes a smoldering evil. Less than a mile away, 13-year-old Michael McIntyre falls asleep on a lush green hill, and wakes up with frightening and sinister new abilities. Michael possesses the four gifts of the dragon-and he's not the only one, nor is he the most powerful. The others, whose identities will be slowly revealed, offer Michael powers beyond his wildest dreams if he will keep their secret safe. Now he must choose: give up these astonishing but devastating new abilities and help his family and friends banish the evil that lies beneath their fragile earth, or join the others in their crusade to protect their gifts and set the dragon free - a choice that may well destroy everyone Michael loves. Those with power will stop at nothing to keep its secret, while those without it need Michael's protection to survive. Buried Fire combines elements of fantasy and mythology in a spellbinding tale of good versus evil.

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Fans of the genre of fantasy will enjoy this story. In fact, once they start reading it, they probably will not be able to put it down. The descriptions make the story so real they allow the reader to envision every scene. The third paragraph begins, "In the darkness, nothing stirs. The dragon lies as still and silent as a graveyard skull." The setting is an English countryside where a boy named Michael has four gifts bestowed upon him by the dragon. As the story progresses, he learns that others also were given gifts. These gifts make him face and deal with a great conflict within himself. Will he keep secrets he has learned from others that will free the dragon, or will he help his family try to destroy the evil that lurks beneath the earth. A page-turner with an English accent—Stroud uses words like "walkabout" and "parcels"—the adventure is absorbing and the author does an outstanding job of keeping the reader guessing. Great for school and classroom libraries, and would make a perfect gift for a fantasy buff. 2004 (orig. 1999), Miramax Books, Ages 9 to 12.
—Kathie M. Josephs
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Deep beneath a hilltop in the English countryside, a dragon sleeps. It is neither a peaceful nor a willing slumber. Michael McIntyre sleeps on the hill above, blissfully unaware of the change that is about to take place in his life. For as Michael sleeps, the dragon dreams, and a single reptilian thought rises from the earth to envelop the boy. When Michael awakens, he finds that he has the ability to see people's true identities. As the days pass, he realizes that he also has three other gifts: the gift of fire, the gift of flying, and the gift of mind control. Michael takes his brother Stephen to the hilltop to initiate him into the small group of villagers who have been changed by the dragon. However, Stephen resists the use of his gifts. Meanwhile, the Reverend Tom Aubrey of St. Wyndham church has made an interesting discovery in his churchyard: the arm of a large Celtic cross has been lifted from the ground. What he does not realize is that this cross bound the dragon into the earth, and with its removal the dragon's power has increased. Although Buried Fire has exciting fantasy elements, it is not a book that will appeal to all. The point of view within the text shifts from character to character, creating a fractured narrative that would be hard for a lower-level reader to follow comfortably. Also, the victory at the end of the story becomes dependent upon some minor secondary characters that are not terribly well developed, and as a result the conclusion feels convenient. However, the tale itself is intriguing. Although the dragon is the core menace of the story, the humans who are acting on his behalf reflect the real conflict. Their interpersonal relationshipsremain human while their actions become reptilian. This thriller will appeal to those fantasy fans who are strong readers. It will especially appeal to those who eagerly await the final volume in Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus trilogy. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1999, Hyperion, Miramax, 332p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Heather Lisowski
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786851942
  • Publisher: Miramax Books for Kids
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 336
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.58 (w) x 5.24 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Stroud is the author of the New York Times best-selling Bartimaeus Trilogy, as well as Heroes of the Valley, The Leap, The Last Siege, and Buried Fire. He lives in England with his family.

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    Dissapointed

    I read Jonathan Stroud's "Heroes of the Valley", which was amazing. I was expecting this book to be similar, but was very dissapointed. This book contains pages of newspaper articles about ancient artifacts??? It's not supposed to be a history lesson

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  • Posted April 5, 2009

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    Great Author

    This is a quick and interesting read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2007

    This Book Is Hot!

    This book is an intriguing novel from the author of my all-time favorite series. Although some parts were a bit dull, it was terrific in the long run.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2006

    A Great Read for Teens and Adults!

    This is the best dragon fantasy book I've read yet! A dragon is burried underground sealed by a celtic cross under church grounds for hundreds of years. In the year of today, when the church grounds were being dug for ancient artifacts from ancestors they crack the cross in the process. The man leading the project, Tom, has a girlfriend who happens to raise her younger brothers, Michel and Stephan. One day while Michel was sleeping on the hill a huge bubble of the dragon's 'thoughts' of anger and hate rises above ground and consumes Michel... giving him amazing powers. This is a great book between good and evil and Michel has a lust for power... A book worth reading, full of excitement and adventure. Have a great read!

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