The Emerald Flame (Warrior Princess Series #3)
  • The Emerald Flame (Warrior Princess Series #3)
  • The Emerald Flame (Warrior Princess Series #3)

The Emerald Flame (Warrior Princess Series #3)

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by Frewin Jones
     
 

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The Emerald Flame of her people.

Branwen has finally accepted that the Shining Ones have chosen her to save her country from the Saxon invaders. But the next stage in her journey includes a seemingly impossible mission, and the path before her is filled with darkness and danger. Branwen is pushed to the brink of disaster, and with each step she takes, she is

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The Emerald Flame of her people.

Branwen has finally accepted that the Shining Ones have chosen her to save her country from the Saxon invaders. But the next stage in her journey includes a seemingly impossible mission, and the path before her is filled with darkness and danger. Branwen is pushed to the brink of disaster, and with each step she takes, she is being pulled farther from the life she once knew—the life she still desperately misses.

Guided by the spirits, with both her fearless friend Rhodri and the dashing, sometimes maddening Iwan by her side, Branwen must overcome terrifying odds if she is to succeed in her quest. But a true Warrior Princess won't back down . . . even when an old enemy returns.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“A fast-paced plot that will keep readers turning pages. The strong descriptions of medieval Britain and insight into Branwen’s character will appeal to fantasy readers who enjoy strong heroines, ancient magic, and a hint of romance.”
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“A forthright and smart heroine. Readers will be anxiously awaiting the next installment.
VOYA - Susan Allen
Emerald Flame is the third book in the Warrior Princess series after Warrior Princess (HarperTeen, 2009/VOYA June 2009) and Destiny's Path (HarperTeen, 2010/VOYA February 2010). Branwen continues to battle the Saxon warriors who have invaded her lands. In the midst of this, the Shining Ones have a new task for Branwen: find the relic holding the wind god Caradoc prisoner and return it to Merion of the Stones. As if rescuing a god is not hard enough, Caradoc's prison is in the very heart of the Saxon's main camp. Her battle with Herewulf Ironfist and his troops to save her people's citadel by the sea was a victory. Ironfist fell from the cliff to his death, except when Branwen and her followers reach the town of Chester, the Saxon's main camp, who should appear but Ironfist with a lie-filled story of the battle. So continues Branwen's journey. Even with the help of Rhodri and Iwan, her mission appears impossible. As in the previous books, the scenery and description of the world where the action takes place is plausible, and readers will easily lose themselves in Branwen's world. While there is plenty of action to keep the reader's attention, Branwen's character is more developed here. She matures before the reader's eyes as she accepts the role the Chosen Ones have selected for her. Fans of the series will be sorry to see this story end and will anxiously await the next installment. Reviewer: Susan Allen
Children's Literature - Dana Benge
The Shining Ones have given Branwyn a new task. In addition to continuing the fight against the Saxon invaders, Branywn must find the prison holding the wind god Carodoc of the North Wind and release him, so he can return to his sister, Merion of the Stones. To do this, Branwyn travels with her warriors through the heart of enemy Saxon territory where she meets her old mentor Gavin and his band of warriors in a fierce battle. To end the battle, Branwyn must convince Gavin that she is not a traitor, but has been betrayed by their own Prince Llew for unknown reasons. Only slightly convinced of the prince's treachery, Gavin begs Branywn to return home. He tells her the task the Shining Ones have set for her is too dangerous, and he fears for her life if she continues. But Branywyn is firm in her resolve to see the task finished and her destiny fulfilled. This is the third book in the series by Jones, and fans of high fantasy should enjoy it if they are familiar with the first two. As a standalone, it did not hold my interest well. It would have been helpful to readers if Jones had included more information about medieval Britain and the conflict with the Saxon invaders. An explanation of the significance of the conflict between the old gods and the new would have been welcome as well. Some of the battle scenes depict sword combat graphically, and might not be appropriate for younger readers. Reviewer: Dana Benge
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—In medieval Britain, as the Saxon invaders are at war with Wales, Branwen ap Griffith is charged by the old gods, the Shining Ones, with the task of killing the one-eyed warrior and rescuing Caradoc, the god of the wind, to return him to the sacred cave of Merion. Together with her companions, including the part-owl, part-human woman Blodwedd, she fights her way through many dangers. Jones draws on the Welsh myths of the Mabinogion, although this may not be clear to readers. The absence of background notes, together with the use of ancient place-names such as Powys, Brython, and Mercia, may leave readers at a loss when it comes to understanding the historical context of the successive Saxon and Viking invasions of Britain, and the struggle of the local inhabitants against them. While this is a story full of action and rousing adventure, some of it fairly violent. There is also the theme of Branwen's allegiance to the old gods and her struggle with those Britons loyal to the new ones. However, there is no explanation of what this means or why there is such antipathy towards the old gods. The character of Branwen is adequately drawn, and there are some appealing interactions between her and her companions. A major plot twist at the climax is unexpected and nail-biting. However, there are some loose ends, suggesting the possibility of another sequel. Buy where the earlier volumes have been popular.—Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060871499
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/26/2010
Series:
Warrior Princess Series, #3
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
1,386,284
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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