Enna Burning (Books of Bayern Series #2)

Enna Burning (Books of Bayern Series #2)

by Shannon Hale

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In this beloved second book in the Books of Bayern, from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale, the fire could save Enna . . . or destroy her.

Enna's brother, Leifer, has found the secret to an extraordinary power--to make fire without a spark. It's an ability that could be used for good . . . if he can control it. But Enna can't decide if it's a power she wants for herself, or one that should be extinguished forever.

When their home country of Bayern goes to war, the choice becomes unbearable. Enna never imagined the warm, life-giving energy of fire could destroy anything she loves, but now she must try to save Bayern and herself before fire consumes her entirely.

The second book in master storyteller Shannon Hale's beloved Books of Bayern series is equal parts fantastical and romantic, with an unforgettable protagonist to root for at its center.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599904085
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/01/2008
Series: Books of Bayern Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 23,449
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor–winning and New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Academy series, Book of a Thousand Days, The Books of Bayern, Dangerous, and the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revenge and Calamity Jack, among other books. She also wrote three novels for adults, including Austenland, now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She and her husband, the author Dean Hale, have four children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Shannon Hale is the Newbery Honor–winning and New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Academy series, The Books of Bayern, Book of a Thousand Days, Dangerous, and the graphic novels Rapunzel's Revengeand Calamity Jack, as well as the Ever After High and Princess in Black series, and the upcoming The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for Marvel. She also wrote three novels for adults, including Austenland, now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She and her husband, the author Dean Hale, have four children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah.


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Enna Burning 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 201 reviews.
BookNerd29 More than 1 year ago
I walked into the library and found this book. When I went to check it out the woman told me a surprising fact. That this book wasn't checked out ever before. They got the book 3 years ago and noone borrowed it. After reading the book I didn't get why people didnt read it. It was such and excellent book. It is about a girl named Enna who learned the gift of fire speaking after her brother died from fire speaking overwhelming him. Soon the fire overwhelmms her and she burns and kills thousnands of Tiran soldiers. Then Tira captures her. The person keeping her in captivity is a greedy people speaker who got her to think that he was in love with her. Soon she reunites with her friends and beats Tira in war. But, the fire is still overwelming her. So she has to have her friend help her. But, her friend is being overwhelmed with wind speaking. So they have to go to Yasid to find out how to solve the problem. It sounds confusing when I explain it, but it really isn't. Don't be like other people and give this book a chance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shannon Hale's sequel, Enna Burning, spotlights Isi's friend who hinted at being fascinated with fire. In this novel, however, Enna is not only captivated by its colors and radience, but a prisoner to its power. After Leifer returns,Enna notices he acts differently and his amazing skill with fire, along with his secretivity. During battle, he burns alive as the fire he once learned to control, controls him. Enna takes on this new language to better learn what happened to her brother, Leifer, but becomes distant from Isi and her friends. She becomes overwhelmed with the burdan of heat and life around her. While Enna searches as a scout, she is caught and captured. Her warrant- a handsome young man, who is smitten with her. Filling her with trust and ideas, they start to fall for each other. But the line between master and slave is still so thick. In order to ensure their safety, the Tiran (enemy) capture Razo and Finn as prisoner, too. Enna must decide if she is Bayern or Tiran...because no one can win without Enna.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fire raged through me as i read the book page by page. Suspensful, passionate, and powerful are words that fit the description in Enna Burning
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fantabulous!!! It is hard to please me. (Try hunger games+kane chronicles) I loved loved loved this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book enthralled me from beginning to end. I recommended
Zwolf12 More than 1 year ago
A great sequel to shannon hales exciting twist on the classic story of Goose girl.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enna has left her friend the princess at court and gone home to the forest. He brother begins to behave strangely, but before they can work out his troubles, war comes to Bayern, and fire becomes Enna's greatest danger, hope, and desire.Another lovely Full Cast Audio presentation.
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Shannon Hale's writting because she writes fairy tales and does not try to hide it. Its a straight forward lyrical style that I love. Not only would I suggest reading Enna Burning, but also read the Goose Girl (you may want to read this first as it introduces the main characters) and the Princess Academy. All are lovely books that I really enjoyed through the course of an afternoon.
swingdancefan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This second of Shannon Hale's Bayern books wasn't quite as entrancing for me as the first one. I very much appreciated the return of Isi from "Goose Girl," especially that she was true to her character. I enjoyed seeing Enna again, but found her somewhat changed from her role in the first book. Her struggle with her newfound power over fire (or its power over her), as well as her gullibility while a prisoner, just didn't sit well with me after her strength and compassion in the first book.Still a good book, but vaguely disappointing. I'm still a big fan of Shannon Hale, though!
keristars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though Enna Burning is a sequel to The Goose Girl, it doesn't really have the feeling of a sequel to me. It shares a setting and certain plot elements of the first story, yes, but the mood and themes are different enough that it just doesn't read like a continuation. A large part of that is most likely because the main character has shifted from Ani to Enna, a forest-born girl who kept chickens and became Ani's friend when she was the goose girl.Where The Goose Girl is about Ani becoming comfortable in her own skin and claiming her identity, Enna Burning is about Enna learning to rely on her friends, plus a bunch of stuff about wanting to prove oneself and emotions like lust, envy, or anger, which tie into the "fire" theme, which itself is partly represented in a war between Bayern and the neighboring country of Tira.Enna Burning didn't enchant me as much as the first book in the Bayern series, and it felt too rushed and deus ex machina in the final parts, when Enna and Isi (Ani) learn to temper their elemental magic by learning each other's version. I would have much really liked to have fewer chapters about the war and more about the two of them learning wind and fire (respectively) in Yasid. I also wasn't entirely comfortable with the romance subplot between Enna and Finn. I would have been happier, I think, if it had never been introduced, and instead the theme had focused solely on friendship, which seemed to be the most important part of the story.Nonetheless, I did enjoy reading the book, and I am looking forward to finally reading the third in the series, River Secrets. I just don't think that Enna Burning has quite the re-readability as The Goose Girl or other books I've read recently.
mygirljennifer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book near two years ago. Now, thinking about it I can't wait to read it again. It was a nice book when I read it, but I find the greater value of a book is in the remembering of it. I am thinking about Enna in her fanciful little world, and like the book title says, Enna is burning. I have purchased my own copy of this and can't wait for it to arrive. I am coming Enna.
michelleknudsen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I remember loving Shannon Hale¿s Goose Girl and had been really looking forward to Enna Burning, but it didn¿t quite grab me in the same way. Not sure why, and I did like it a lot, just didn¿t LOVE it like I wanted to. The second half seemed a lot stronger than the first, though, and I found myself more drawn in as the story progressed past the middle. Hale creates wonderful characters¿that hasn¿t changed. I guess maybe Enna just wasn¿t as compelling to me as some of the secondary characters, although I did fully enjoy her blossoming relationship with Finn, as well as the complicated attraction she felt for Sileph. That may have been the strongest aspect of the book for me: Enna¿s complex feelings for both men and what those feelings made her feel about herself and her place in the world. It¿s also hard not to be charmed by the many devoted friendships in the story. Enna¿s addiction to the fire was also well done, and her transition from a sensible girl worried about her brother to a tormented and conflicted addict was totally believable to me.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A companion book to The Goose Girl. This one features Isi's friend Enna, who learns to talk to fire after her brother dies - to her detriment. I did not enjoy when Enna was a prisoner, but otherwise, it was a good book.
beserene on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Enna Burning, Hale returns to Bayern, the world of her earlier book, The Goose Girl, and reminds us of the happy ending in the previous story (no spoiler there). In comparison with Princess Academy, Enna Burning and its predecessor deal with darker themes and consequences--war, manipulation, sickness and death share word-time with romance and friendship--but still promote the same message of empowerment, with strong-willed heroines and open-minded male counterparts. Just as enjoyable as Princess Academy, but definitely aimed at a slightly older crowd.
ohioyalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enna learns the power of fire. She can burn just by looking. She promises herself to stay in control of the fire that is now consuming her life and that killed her brother when he lost control. Is she strong enough? Find out in this mesmerizing fantasy.
kidsilkhaze on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a companion book to Goose Girl and is an originial tale, not a retelling. In this book, Ani's friend Enna takes the lead war as Bayern is faced with an invading army. Ani's gift of wind-speak is grown out of control to the point where it overwhelms her. Enna has learned the secret of fire-speak and uses her gift in battle but must live with the consequences of burning people alive. Her gift is also raging out of control with the war far from over, she, and Bayern need help.This is a powerful followup to Goose Girl and I think I like it even better. I highly recommend.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enna is not fit to live out her life in the uneventful Forest. One day, however, her older brother Leifer brings home a piece of vellum that holds the secrets of the language of fire. The knowledge brings about his end: in Bayern¿s war against their southern neighbor, Tira, Leifer destroys himself in using the fire to help out Bayern.Enna pledges to herself to learn the magic that had possessed Leifer. The language of fire fills a space in her chest that she didn¿t even know was there. All of a sudden, Enna is spurned to make secret missions into enemy camps to set things on fire and destroy. Tira begins to refer to her as the fire witch.Then, one night on a mission, she is captured. She is the prisoner of Sileph, a wily, smooth-talking commander who charms Enna into falling for him. Sileph wants her to use her fire abilities to make herself feel better, because by then that¿s what it has become: an insatiable desire to burn that she must obey. In short, the fire is slowly taking over Enna.Luckily for Enna, she has wonderful friends. These people include Isi, the Kildenrean princess turned goose girl turned Bayern queen; Razo, a short, playful boy; and Finn, formerly sensitive, now toughened into a world-class soldier, but who always carries a soft spot for Enna. It¿s not just that Enna needs to be rescued from the enemy camp: the fire is also killing her as well. How far will her friends go in order to save the spirited, brave young woman?Once again the talented author Shannon Hale weaves a tale of magic and realism. The characters in ENNA BURNING are well drawn out, and their predicaments are unique. Fans of Hale¿s first book, THE GOOSE GIRL, are sure to love this companion.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Enna Burning" was an amazing and fulfilling sequel to the fantastic novel by Shannon Hale, "The Goose Girl". "Enna Burning" takes up two years after the concluding events in Goose Girl. Enna has spent most of the time as Isis's lady-in-waiting in town and has somewhat recently returned to her Forest home. Her brother is acting very oddly. He is changing his mind frequently about different things and is acting impulsive. During a disagreement with Enna , her burns her. Somehow he has learned the gift of fire. When Tirden forces a War with Bayern, Enna's brother is quick to heed the call for soldiers. Enna and Isi are along for the battle because in Bayern, the men bring their women with them to remind themselves what they are fighting for. During the battle Enna witnesses the unpredictability and tragedy of the gift of fire.Almost unable to stop herself, Enna learns to call fire to her. Although she has far from perfected her skill, she decides to use it to help Bayern fight its War. But eventually she finds herself at the mercy of the Tirden army and a handsome young captain named Sileph. Will Enna be drawn to Sileph? What about Finn fighting bravely for Bayern? Can she learn to control that fire that is consuming her on the inside before it ruins or even kills her?I just loved this book. I loved seeing the characters from "The Goose Girl" back again in "Enna Buring". Enna is strong and stubborn heroine. She makes a lot of choices in this book and many of them aren't the smartest choices but she goes by her heart. I also loved Finn and was rooting for him the entire way. He has also matured since the events of Goose Girl. We get to see some progression in the marriage between Gedric and Isi and I loved every minute of that. I also think the author did a great job in making her two heroines so very different from each other. It would be hard to confuse bold, rash Enna with quietly strong Isi. I think that Enna has a much darker story than Isi had (although her story wasn't all sunshine and picnics either). The war is ugly and there are casualties. There is a loss of innocence as well in all our characters. Enna's gift of fire seems more dramatic and dangerous than Isi's gift of wind or her ability to speak with animals. I buy into the theory that there should be a cost to magic and Enna sure has a cost to bear.The Bayern books aren't just for children or young adults. They fully engaged the mind and heart of this adult reader. I strongly recommend this series.
lalalibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wish I could give this 3 1/2 stars. It was ok, but not my favorite Shannon Hale book. I can't tell if I like it less than _Princess Academy_ and _Goose Girl_ b/c the writing/story/plot isn't as good or b/c this is the first Hale book I've read rather than listened to. Both Goose Girl and Princess Academy are full-cast audio and they're _amazing_!

either way, I'm still a big fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goose girl and enna burning are he best bookes ever!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is book 2 of my favorite series! A must read! Along with the anything by shannon hale!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best Shannon Hale I've read sice Goose Girl!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book!!! MUST READ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Third favorite book next to Divergent and the Uglies series!