Enna Burning, by Shannon Hale
Title: Enna Burning
Author: Shannon Hale
Originally Published: 2004
Format I Read: Audio Book (via Playback)
Enna Burning is the second book in Shannon Hale’s Bayern series. (The Goose Girl is the first book.)
Enna and Princess Isi became fast friends in The Goose Girl, but after Isi married Prince Geric, Enna returned to the forest. Enna’s simple life changes forever when she learns to wield fire and burn anything at will. Enna is convinced that she can use her ability for good-to fight Tira, the kingdom threatening the Bayern borders-and goes on secret raids to set fire to the Tiran camps and villages. But as the power of the fire grows stronger, she is less able to control her need to burn. In her recklessness she is captured by the Tiran army and held captive by a handsome, manipulative young captain who drugs her to keep her under his influence. Can Isi and her old friends Finn and Razo rescue her without sacrificing themselves? And with the fire still consuming her, will Enna find a way to manage the gift that threatens to destroy her?
Sadly, I didn’t love this one. I think the main difficulty I had was that I did not connect with or like Enna. She is very selfish throughout the entire book, and I just didn’t sympathize with her very much. I also thought the plot kind of dragged on and on. And, like The Goose Girl, I just didn’t enjoy the supernatural elements very much. And I wanted more romance between Enna and Finn! Please.
A lot of these problems may have been compounded for me, because I really disliked the full cast audio recording. The narrator seemed bored, Enna was whiny, and Finn was very flat.
While it didn’t completely work for me, I did like being back in Bayern. I liked Shannon Hale’s writing. And I liked the main antagonist, Seliph, and the reappearance of Razo. I think fans of The Goose Girl will largely enjoy this one. I would just recommend reading it rather than listening to the audio.
Enna Burning, Shannon Hale [rating:3]