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The Crimson Brand
     

The Crimson Brand

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by Brian Knight
 

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The Phoenix Girls return to Aurora Hollow to learn more powerful, more difficult magic. Their strange companion and teacher, Ronan, increasingly demands more of them, even as he tracks down dangerous magical relics to close doors on trouble before it ravages Dogwood.

But closed doors never remain closed. Ready or not, the girls must defend Aurora Hollow and

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The Phoenix Girls return to Aurora Hollow to learn more powerful, more difficult magic. Their strange companion and teacher, Ronan, increasingly demands more of them, even as he tracks down dangerous magical relics to close doors on trouble before it ravages Dogwood.

But closed doors never remain closed. Ready or not, the girls must defend Aurora Hollow and themselves. New friends, new enemies, and new monsters join the mystical mayhem as an old threat returns to Dogwood with a new goal: to destroy THE PHOENIX GIRLS.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-29
Three girls learn to do magic with the help of a talking fox in this second installment of a series about the girls and the monsters they fight. Phoenix Girls Penny and Zoe, both 14, are joined by new friend Katie in this fight-against-evil story. Aided by a magical talking fox called Ronan, Penny consults an enchanted book that teaches them not only spells, but how to fly. Feeling especially melancholy after the one-year anniversary of her mother's death, orphan Penny finds an old photograph album and tries to learn her own family's obscure history. Meanwhile, the evil Morgan Duke tries to sweet-talk Penny's guardian out of their enchanted land. Morgan is the minion of the monster Turoc, whose ultimate goal remains obscure in this installment, but clearly it isn't a good one. Knight delves deeply into his characters' minds and lives, sometimes impeding narrative flow but providing full portrayals of the girls, especially Penny. Knight makes few concessions to readers, assuming knowledge of the first book in the series, The Conjuring Glass (2013), and employing sophisticated vocabulary and syntax. Fantasy and suspense elements stand out, particularly a clutch of newly hatched homunculi, and should help propel readers past occasionally dense prose. Imaginative fun. (Fantasy. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781940161372
Publisher:
JournalStone
Publication date:
03/14/2014
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
11 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

Brian Knight lives in Washington State with his family and the voices in his head. He has published over a dozen novels and novellas and two short story collections in the horror, dark fantasy, and crime genres. Several of his short stories have received honorable mentions in Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. The Crimson Brand is his second book in The Phoenix Girls series.

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The Crimson Brand 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Teritree001971at More than 1 year ago
THE PHOENIX GIRLS is the second in a series by Brian Knight for children. It takes place in a place called Aurora Hollow and involves witchcraft, magic and a talking fox to say the least. The story revolves around Kate, Zoe and Penny. They are teenagers who've just recently learned of their abilities and are having to fight evil to stay alive. Although the story is the second in a series, it can be read as a stand alone and the reader is able to follow along without any problems. As an adult, I can say I didn't find the story too interesting. Don't get me wrong, the writing mechanics are there, it was just the story didn't draw me into it the way the HARRY POTTER stories did. As I was finishing up the story, I found it to have two main action sequences and it was as if the author came up with those first and then wrote the entire story loosely around those two main scenes. Things I would have liked to see more of ie who was the woman in the picture, who took their memories, just who was Penny's parents, who is Susan and what of her life before Penny, were never fully developed and he missed the chance to make the story truly interesting.
michaelhoogkamer More than 1 year ago
Young adult book filled with magic, family, loyalty and friendship. Girls dealing with danger and difficult choices, just like they need to do outside of the literary world as well, at an ever younger age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this ebook from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and was thrilled since I had read and enjoyed the first book in the Phoenix Girls series. This book continues and expands on the first with new adventures and widening mysteries about the past. I enjoyed it very much and look forward to the next book, especially with some of the things happening when this book ended - I want to know what happens next! Magical adventures, friendship, loyalty, family, betrayal, terror...this book has it all! I like how the reader discovers new things along with the characters...revelations about past relationships and mysteries that still need unraveling, as well as new magical abilities. The relationships are complex and the author handles difficult family situations in honest ways as well as the difficult emotions that sometimes can come about because of them.  Despite being young teens, the girls deal with many difficult issues and dangerous situations and have hard choices to make about a variety of situations forcing them to use their resourcefulness, intuition and courage and rely on each other. I like how much more the characters were fleshed out in this book and how much they learned about themselves along with the reader. I found myself enjoying this book even more than the first and would highly recommend this series to anyone, young adult or adult, looking for a good magical-fantasy adventure. 
Ainat More than 1 year ago
Penny is disturbed with her mother's tattoo or was it her aunt? Ronan has something to say, but he has to wait...or would he get time to tell the girls? Why does Kat's dad do not like Penny.....? Not all silent ladies are weak....take Susan for example! Action packed with magical mystery, determination to learn, courage to stand alone at times and fight the consequence, friendship, relationships, caring...you have it all here. A must read for adults! When you are stuck in your semi- haphazard strategic life, don't you need a bit of magic kid to show you the path? You will enjoy it, as I did with this ARC!