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The Fire Chronicle (The Books of Beginning #2)

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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
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Yearling (first published 2012)
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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
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
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
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
Initial thoughts:

1. Michael was both sweet and 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
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
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
Kaatje Welsh
This book was AMAZING!!!!!!! I can not even explain how good this book is....
I highly recommend this book!!!
This is a great book for ages 8-12. This is an amazing book...
Second in the Books of Beginnings series, John Stephens’ The Fire Chronicle takes young readers into two fascinating worlds of ragged orphans and terrifying dragons, tying them both together through “two magical books” and “three lost siblings.”

The middle sibling comes to the fore in this story, and his gradual transformation from bookish follower to confident leader is very appealing. On the way he acquires the title “rabbit,” resists falling in love, and loses both his sisters to different dis...more
It's an interesting book and I particularly loved it for the 'magical' feel to it. It had been ages since I read something like this. The writing style is definitely something I'd applaud the author for. Apart from the story being gripping, the sequence set in a balanced way, I loved the writing style. Despite the seriousness of the situation, the author has beautifully included wit and humor at the appropriate places, making reading the book real fun. Such language not just adds to the reading...more
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
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!!!
bello, ti appassiona subito come l'atlante di smeraldo..
non riesci a smettere di leggere, continua la storia dei ragazzi alla ricerca dei libri..
i ragazzi devono tenere d'occhio kate ,gli confessano di aver sentito mormorare che rafe diventerà potente..
poi che kate e rafe in qualche modo sono collegati. che un giorno rafe sarà un mago potente..
ed allora mi è sorto un dubbio, forse andando avanti capirò..
ma penso già di aver capito..
dirò quando finirò il libro..
poi la frase ricordi il nostro patt...more
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!
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
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!
Grabbed this book as soon as I finished "emerald atlas" (the first book) - I had to know what happened! This book does not disappoint - there is plenty of action and adventure: elves, magic folk, dragons, monsters, epic battles, kidnapping, narrow escapes and more orphans... The new antagonist in this book is Rourke - a formidable giant Irishman who works for the Dire Magnus, and who continues the hunt for the books and the children. This one ends on a cliffhanger - I hate I have to wait for the...more
Even better than the first, he is really fleshing out the characters and creating a cool world!
I also loved this one!
Amanti del fantasy, dell'avventura e di una buona storia.. Non fatevi sfuggire la trilogia-to-be (il terzo uscirà in inglese a gennaio, mi pare :D) di John Stephens!!! Sono sicura che troverete pane per i vostri denti e ne rimarrete soddisfattissimi! :)
Il primo volume, letto più di due anni e mezzo fa (Longanesi, vai con calma a tradurre.. Mica ci si dimentica le storie, nel frattempo!) mi era molto piaciuto ma non mi aveva convinta al cento per cento, soprattutto per alcuni elementi un po' butt...more
Kate, Micheal and Emma Wibberly continue their adventures in search of the fabled Books of Beginning. While Kate now posses the Emerald Atlas, the children are in even greater danger from the Dire Magnus and his minions. When Kate is sucked back in time to turn-of-the-century New York, Michael and Emma embark on a quest for the second Book of Beginning, the Book of Life or Fire Chronicle, in order to rescue their sister.

This second book is filled with action, humor and the excellent writing I fe...more
Tania Paxia
E' già un po' di tempo che ho finito di leggere l'Atlante di Fuoco, ma ho tutto ben delineato in testa. Avevo lasciato Kate nel primo libro dopo che aveva sconfitto la strega conducendola nel passato tramite l'atlande di smeraldo (alla quale lei era destinata). In questo nuovo capitolo il protagonista è suo fratello Michael: il fratello un po' pasticcione che nel primo aveva quasi tradito le sue sorelle. Su questo punto, mi è sembrato un po' troppo accosta...more
J. Else
Talk about an emotionally-driven, action-packed story. Each chapter seems to pull your heart strings taut with sentiment and with anticipation at what’s about to happen next. I honestly felt emotionally drained after finishing the book, but I very much enjoyed the story and character growth.

I think the flow of the different storylines was well executed. There are so many character moments driven by love and hope. Many moments in the book played out cinematically in my mind’s eye. I felt the aut...more
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
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
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
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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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“The point of life isn't to avoid pain. The point of life is to be alive! To feel things. That means the good and the bad. There'll be pain. But also joy, and friendship and love. And it's worth it, believe me.” 19 likes
“Dragons are notable for their lust for gold, not a bad quality taken in moderation. Dragons are immune to fire, obviously. All dragons are terrifically vain, indeed as to who is more vain, a dragon or an elf, I would not want to be the one to decide. Hint: an elf. A dragon should never be engaged in conversation as they are inveterate liars and tricksters, though if you're actually talking to a dragon, you're pretty much toast anyway. Never, ever call a dragon a worm, no matter how much they're asking for it.” 6 likes
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