Das Buch Rubyn: Die Chroniken vom Anbeginn
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Das Buch Rubyn: Die Chroniken vom Anbeginn (The Books of Beginning #2)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  2,216 ratings  ·  351 reviews
Drei Geschwister, drei Bücher, ein großes Geheimnis

Nachdem es den drei Geschwistern Kate, Michael und Emma erfolgreich gelungen ist, das erste der »Bücher vom Anbeginn« aus den Händen des finsteren Magnus zu retten, sind sie nun bereit für den zweiten Teil ihres Abenteuers. Dieses wird sie an der Seite ihres großväterlichen Freundes Dr. Pym erneut vor gewaltige Herausforde...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published October 22nd 2012 by cbj (first published 2012)
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Martha
I actually enjoyed this book more than the first one. Probably because, of the siblings, my favorite is Michael and this is his story. I was about to give this 5 stars ... until I read the ending. Yes, I know it's not a bad ending but knowing the third book won't come out until next year (please let it be next year!) was kind of a downer. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!!! lol.

When I said on my Emerald Atlas review that Emma was the least I liked ... I take it back lol. She really grew on me a...more
Jeff Raymond
Putting aside Harry Potter, the landscape of children's fantasy is...strange. You have your classics (Redwall, various magical series from Lloyd Alexander, Fablehaven, etc), plenty of modern attempts to replicate Harry Potter or Tolkien (Eragon, anyone?). The modern stuff in particular repeatedly leaves me cold, though. Especially when you're looking for fantasy books with appeal to all genders, since most of the middle grade fiction that's not about sports or various wimpy/nerdy children is gea...more
Jeffrey
After the huge success of Harry Potter, there has been a veritable explosion of fantasy novels aimed at the youth market. But like Harry Potter, some of these books have crossover appeal to teens and even adults.

A case in point is John Stephens enjoyable series "The Books of Beginning", which had its start in April 2011 with the publication of the first book in the series "The Emerald Atlas". In Stephens capable hands, this fantasy comes alive and shines. If you have not had a chance to read it,...more
Priscilla
Initial thoughts:

1. Michael was both sweet and annoying...in that sibling/brotherly way. Lot's of great character development and introspection with his character.
2. So much magic and adventure! Fun, fast-paced read. CRAZY CLIFFHANGER CHAPTERS.
3. There were quite a few Dumbledore-eque moments with Dr. Pym. It was awesome. :)
4. Which reminds me, there were quite a few elements that reminded me of Harry Potter and LOTR... Not too sure how I feel about that. Just something I noticed.
5. Lot's of fun...more
Laura
I wasn't overly thrilled with The Emerald Atlas and even less so with this middle-of-the-trilogy book; the influences of Rowling, Tolkein, Lewis and others was just so overt and the new blend didn't work for me.

Example? A Big Bad who is supposed to be dead, but somehow still lives in an incorporeal form (and is looking to find a "new" body). Example? A world of magic and a world of 'normal' that exist side-by-side but with the normals not realizing (at least, they don't after the Great Separatio...more
Chris
Since I gave the first book in this series four stars, I feel I simply must give this one five, as the series merits at least four and this second book in the trilogy may, in fact, and most unusually, be even better than the first. It really deserves much more buzz than has come my way, and many more readers. I'm going to have to find more ways to highlight and recommend the series while we wait for the final installment.

Early on, this book gives a nice little summary of the first one (though th...more
Kerith
My first thought upon finishing this was dismay - oh NO, it's over and I have wait until the next one is published to find out what happened. When am I ever going to learn my lesson about the middle book in a trilogy. This was even better than the first one, even if (again) we have children of destiny and magic books and, now, elves. And the obligatory visit to Manhattan.
This story is Michael's, and he doesn't disappoint. We also meet Rafe - oh man, Rafe.
I should point out that I am reviewing...more
Kristin
This second installment in the fabulous Books of Beginning fantasy series finds our heroes Kate, Michael, and Emma (I can't get over how non-kid-lit those names are...nothing against those names, they're just not what I've come to expect from the genre that gave us Hermione, Klaus, Turtle, Percy, etc.) back in the Edgar Allan Poe Home for Hopeless and Incorrigible Orphans. Fear not, though, reader, the children don't have to spend too much time in that dreadful place, for they are soon whisked a...more
Shinta Suhindrati
ini juga, sampul edisi indonesianya kurang menarik dan bahkan kurang berkesinambungan dengan buku pertamanya. menurutku semestinya lebih terasa fantasinya.

anyway karena suka sama seri 1 jadi tetep aja buku 2 ini wajib baca. sayang keluarnya lama bgt ternyata ya. untung aku baca dlm waktu berdekatan hehehe karena telat sebenarnya.

di buku dua giliran michael yg menemukan kitab yang harus dijaganya. yakni kitab kehidupan. brrr. seram ya. dan pembaca ga bakal menduga deh kitab ini spt apa dan apa s...more
Fred
OH. MY. GOSH. THIS BOOK WAS BEYOND WORDS AMAZING. I can't even describe my feelings for this series so far, every little bit of it is amazing, and this book just made it even better!!! Every part of this book was perfect and it's one of my favorite books OF ALL TIME. I will definetly be re-reading the first two books before book 3 comes out. I JUST REALLY DON'T FEEL LIKE WAITING!!!
Courtenay
It's done, and now I have to wait for the third episode in this trilogy. Jim Dale's narration adds to the enjoyment of the three children seeking books of power as well as their parents, who went into hiding to protect their offspring as well as the books. It's a wonderful fantasy, with dwarves, trolls, elves, and wizards. It's not just for young adults!
Ashley Brooke
Book three, please! On the double! (please!)

While 'The Emerald Atlas' was Kate's book, 'The Fire Chronicle' is Micheal's time to shine! Don't miss out on this sequel. It is just as cleverly written as its predecessor and will stick with you well after finishing the last sentence on the last page.

Book three can't come soon enough!
Susan
I'm not too proud to admit when I have been wrong about something, and I have to say that I was wrong about this series. I felt like the first book was a little scattered and convoluted, I feel like it had somehow lost the thread, and I was a little skeptical about where this would leave the trilogy. After reading the second book, I feel like a lot of things have really come together--I can see more of the plan, and I like it.

The time-travel adventure returns and now, middle sibling Michael has...more
Megan
I'm consistently impressed by TV authors who take up novel writing. Minus a few awkward passages, this is an excellent follow-up to "Atlas!" Highly recommend! Truly, this is the heir apparent "Potter" fans have been waiting for.
Sandy Irwin
A very exciting adventure/fantasy novel. There were some parts that were clearly inspired by the Lord of the Rings, but otherwise, it was a very original story. I am looking forward to the final installment!
Shana
Even better than the first, he is really fleshing out the characters and creating a cool world!
Matt Brown
Well, just finished the Emerald Atlas and was really really looking forward to listening to the fire chronicle. However, I have just discovered that this unabridged audiobook is not available in the United Kingdom! This, despite the fact that the unabridged audiobook was produced and released into thousand and 12 in the US! I am absolutely disgusted that this title is not available in the UK. I am a totally blind reader, and prefer audiobooks too listening to a synthetic voice on an e-book reade...more
Katie
I also loved this one!
Miss Clark
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Charlyn  Trussell
Together with her sibings Emma and Michael and back at another horrid orphanage, Kate's dreams prepare her for the coming of Rourke and the Screechers, the henchmen for the Dire Magnus. Although she has not heard from Dr. Prym, she seeks his aid in letters she leaves in a tree. The Screechers arrive before she's heard from Prym and Kate, fearing the worst, instructs Michael to care for Emma should Kate disappear. And that is what happens.

As Kate led in the first book, Michael must lead in this...more
Caren
Only for an advanced 5/6 grade reader. Lots of info to keep track of. > Kate has been taken back to 1898 NY, days before the magical separation is to begin.Michael and Emma have been in search for the "chronicle", something inside Michael is guiding him to it. They have been in Spain and now have flown to the Horn Mtns. In South America. After being entranced by singing elves, a "monster" comes and snatches Emma.>2bcont..>Michael goes after the dragon that is guarding the book. He trick...more
Dandy
Narrated by Jim Dale

Although I liked the first novel of the series, this book is far better. I loved getting to know each of the characters better and Stephens did a wonderful job of maintaining the humor and candor of the younger two. Serious moments were balanced perfectly with the honest and spot-on remarks made by the siblings without sacrificing the depth of the emotions. This books is even more about love and family than the previous and we grew to understand and connect with the character...more
Brenda
Kate, Michael and Emma have been hidden away by Stanislaus Pym, their guardian. They are not safe and he hopes that he'll be able to discover more about the danger and the reasons with time. Time, though, is not on their side and Michael and Emma find themselves on a breathless quest to find the second Book of Beginning, The Fire Chronicle, while Kate is transported by the power of the Emerald Atlas through time.

Michael and Kate race from the Screechers and other who work for the Dire Magnus....more
Melissa Railey
I've had this audiobook for a while and just hadn't got to it because I got distracted by the Night Huntress series and had to listen to all of those. It took me an hour or so to get back into the feel of this series but once I did, I was not going anywhere. I like the way that Stephens builds a story and tells it. He takes the time to develop his characters and let them grow. He shows them dealing with the consequences of their prior actions. He's also inventive with his words and funny . But i...more
Rebecca
Kate, Michael and Emma don't get a chance to rest on their laurels after their success with the Emerald Atlas, the Book of Time. Sent back to the worst of the orphanages they were in before, they wait months for news, but when it comes, it's in the form of an attack--because they are children of prophecy, and someone wants them. Kate saves her brother and sister by dragging her attacker back in time, using the atlas, but then gets stuck there--in NYC in 1899, just before the Separation of the ma...more
Marie-Claire
Nachdem es den drei Geschwistern Kate, Michael und Emma erfolgreich gelungen ist, das erste der »Bücher vom Anbeginn« aus den Händen des finsteren Magnus zu retten, sind sie nun bereit für den zweiten Teil ihres Abenteuers. Dieses wird sie an der Seite ihres großväterlichen Freundes Dr. Pym erneut vor gewaltige Herausforderungen stellen, in ferne Welten und Zeiten führen und sie zwingen zu entscheiden, was ihnen wirklich wichtig ist im Leben. Und so kommen die tapfere Kate, der kluge Michael und...more
Ingrid Hansen
Jeg var vild med bind 1 af Bøger Fra Begyndelsen: Det Smaragdgrønne Atlas fordi det var sådanne en fantastisk historie der blev fortalt.
Skal dog lige hilse at sige at jeg ikke blev skuffet af bind 2. Der er fart på og denne gang er det LIVETS BOG som vi skal finde sammen med de 3 søskende Kate, Michael og Emma. Meget tidligt i bogen bliver Kate dog skilt fra sine to små søskende og de må så selv sætte deres liv og lemmer på spil for at finde bogen inden de onde finder den. Jeg synes at det er en...more
b00k r3vi3ws
There’s a gap of time of a couple of weeks in between where book one ended and from where book two begins. After finding the Emerald atlas, the siblings, Kate, Michael and Emma are back at Edgar Allan Poe Home for Hopeless and Incorrigible Orphans. Kate has been having unusual dreams and has been trying to get in touch with Dr.Pym. Her gut feeling that something bad is about to happen comes true when the orphanage is attacked by screechers. Dr.Pym arrives just in time to rescue Michael & Emm...more
Elaine D
Jan 06, 2013 Elaine D rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fantasy lovers, someone looking for a quick but enriching read
Recommended to Elaine by: Priscilla from The Readables
After just having escaped from the Dire Magnus, Kate, Michael, & Emma are now on a quest to find The Book of Life to save it from the enemy's clutches. Separation (both magical and physical) rattles the children, but their love for each other & desire to reunite their family drives them to fulfill their prophetic destiny.

This book was quick to start the action, but slow to completely capture my attention. I thought everything leading up to Michael's encounter with the dragon went on a li...more
Jason
The Fire Chronicle is a great fantasy book with wonderful characters, dialog and action. I cannot wait until the next book. After the tumultuous events of last winter, Kate, Michael, and Emma long to continue the hunt for their missing parents. But they themselves are now in great danger, and so the wizard Stanislaus Pym hides the children at the Edgar Allan Poe Home for Hopeless and Incorrigible Orphans. There, he says, they will be safe. How wrong he is. The children are soon discovered by the...more
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John Stephens spent ten years working in television and was executive producer of Gossip Girl and a writer for Gilmore Girls and The O.C. He holds an MFA from the University of Virginia. John and his wife have a dog named Bug and live in Los Angeles. His debut book 'The Emerald Atlas' is the first in a series of books.
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The Emerald Atlas (The Books of Beginning, #1) The Black Reckoning (The Books of Beginning, #3) The Emerald Atlas Gift Bundle (The Books of Beginning) L'atlante di fuoco - Assaggi d'autore gratuiti: Tre bambini. Due mondi. Una profezia

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