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Enna Burning (The Books of Bayern #2): Library Edition (The Books of Bayern #2)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  33,590 Ratings  ·  3,354 Reviews
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 t ...more
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Published December 1st 2007 by Playaway (first published September 15th 2004)
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Mar 21, 2008 LeiAnn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't decide whether to give this book 4 or 5 stars. I debated for way longer than I have time to debate about truly unimportant things like this.

I struggled a bit through the first part of the book because I was reading the really exciting part of another book concurrently. (Why did I start a book before I finished my first one? I don't know, okay? I just wanted to.) I was really frustrated with the heroine from the first Book of Bayern (Isi/Ani) because she accomplished this incredible f
May 29, 2007 Tortla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shannon Hale has yet to disappoint me. Her writing is a little slow at first (even she concedes that she sucks at making a novel grab the reader from the get-go), but there's something extremely satisfying about her writing style, even when it is being slow as all get-out. She manages to make this story interesting even when it is being entirely predictable (which only happened a few times, and even then she convincingly created enough doubt that the predictable thing was about to happen that it ...more
Dec 23, 2008 Janell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok - the cute little baby prince helped this book scrape by with 3 stars! :-)

For the most part, I really did not enjoy this book. If you deleted the words fire, burn and heat, you'd lose 2/3 of the book. I thought the plot was unimaginative and very forced. Kind of like when you used to add adjectives in your English papers at school to try and get the required number of pages.

Plus, any book that spent a good part of the time BURNING PEOPLE ALIVE or talking about someone wanting to burn people
Jane G Meyer
May 31, 2007 Jane G Meyer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mmm, not sure
Shelves: youngadultbooks
This book was much less complex than the Goose Girl, Hale's earlier novel in the series... It had one recurring theme that ran tediously throughout. I felt the whole piece was rushed--that the language not nearly as creative as I know Hale is capable of; there was the constant description of how Enna felt when the fire overwhelmed her; and I can't say there were many twists of plot... Just one wildfire, raging through Enna and her forest, til it hit the shore.
Tamora Pierce
Apr 02, 2009 Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark, disturbing, and very thought-provoking. You never know what kind of book Shannon will write next, which is one of the coolest things about her! The Full Cast Audio version does it justice, too, with good acting and good music composed for the book.
Apr 13, 2009 Challis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I was very excited to read more by Shannon Hale because I LOVEd Goose Girl. I was pretty disappointed in Enna Burning. Maybe I couldn't relate to Enna as well, but I didnt' sympathize with her and was annoyed by all the talk for 3/4 of the book about the fire and the consuming desire of it etc etc. I just wanted to get on with a good love story and not hear about how she was trying to deal with this weird overpowering urge to burn things. I also didn't like how Isi became an almost weak, needy c ...more
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
At this moment, I'm still debating whether I like this book better than The Goose Girl...I certainly love them both, but 5 minutes after finishing this book, I'm thinking that I might like this one a little bit more. The Goose Girl was mostly a fairytale retelling; this book is a continuation of Bayern, but it does not revolve around a specific fairytale, and I think that enabled Shannon Hale to write with more artistic and creative freedom. Yes, this is still a "fairytale" book: as in, characte ...more
Emily Michelle
My least favorite Shannon Hale book. I mostly only kept going because I knew I had to in order to get to the third book, and also because I'm kind of in love with Finn. But for a book in which a ton of things happen, it was really quite boring.

Each of the Books of Bayern features a hero struggling with a major character flaw. Enna's is her need to stand out and do something special, which drives her to learn fire-speaking in spite of the dangers, and the need to burn almost kills her. If you rea
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I liked it, but there was way too much repetition and focus on Enna's desire to burn and fire's powerful force. Enna's ability to fire-speak overpowered the story and there wasn't much balance. I liked the beginning and end couple of chapters the best. A bit of a letdown after The Goose Girl.
Allie May
Nov 05, 2014 Allie May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 29, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I'm such a fan of The Goose Girl, but this? is a very grim tale, and a little too one-note for my taste. Apparently fire-speaking is a really dangerous gift to pursue. Who could have guessed?

Three stars because there are still some lovely scenes and thought-provoking writing. I also really enjoyed the next book in the series, River Secrets, so don't give up on the series if you liked Goose Girl but not Enna Burning.
Mar 02, 2014 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is WAY more intense and disturbing than the first book, Goose Girl. I would not recommend it for preteens or sensitive teens without a parent to preview it and discuss it with. Enna's struggle with her powers is an awful lot like a chemical addiction and/or burgeoning sexuality. The images of people burning to death are gruesome. The romantic relationship she develops with a dangerous seducer is disturbing. In the end there are good lessons learned about love and friendship and finding a ba ...more
Sep 13, 2007 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fairy tale fans
Shelves: young-adult-lit
I had to bump this one to the top of my TBR pile, as it is the sequel to The Goose Girl. Enna Burning follows Enna, who befriended Princess Anidori when Ani (also called Isi) was disguised as a goose girl. In this book, Enna learns to talk to fire, as Ani/Isi talks to wind. Enna is another ordinary girl who finds incredible strength within herself and through her friends and does extraordinary things. After almost being consumed by the fire, Enna, with the help of two loyal friends, manages to f ...more
Jul 04, 2008 Siera rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put it down! I loved it so much - probably a little scarier than the first, but the adventure kept me flipping pages. Shannon Hale continues to amaze me.
Originally reviewed here @ Angieville.

So I had another one of those uncomfortable realizations while musing on which book to review. It came to my attention that the only Shannon Hale book I've actually reviewed is The Actor and the Housewife. That's the only one! As Grover would say, "How embarrassing . . ." I read and loved Hale's Books of Bayern long before that ill-fated meeting between myself and the Book That Shall Not Be Named (even though it just was). It's high time I went back and shar
C.B. Cook
Apr 28, 2015 C.B. Cook rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fantasy
While I really liked this book, it wasn't as good as The Goose Girl. But I did enjoy it, and I like the way the story's going.

The Good
I loved how Isi was in this book! It was awesome. And she has a connection with another horse! I wish that had been delved into more. Also, the fire power was super cool, and I loved the way it worked.
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The Bad
I don't know,
Apr 20, 2009 Tanja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find it interesting that Shannon Hale said this was her least popular book. I liked it just as much as goose girl. I like her story telling. i wish the books were longer and had more detail because the world and characters she has created it enjoyable.
In both books there is magic. Their magic is being able to speak, whether to people of animal or elements. What I like about this is that there are consequences to the magic. There is a physical affect from using the gifts of speaking. It makes
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
I love this writer!
Apr 11, 2012 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: title-obsession
I love, love, love Enna Burning, to the point where I'm fired up and about to burn! (Bad pun!) I fell for The Goose Girl, but I've fallen even harder for Enna Burning. Maybe it's the word burning, but I have no idea. All that I know is that it's a definite 5 out of 5 stars!

In The Goose Girl, I didn't exactly like Enna. She was just too bubbly to the point of annoying. However, in Enna Burning, I got to know Enna Burning and understand her a little more. I can't say that she's my favorite charact
Reading Vacation
The first book in this series, The Goose Girl, is one of my all-time-favorite books. So, Enna Burning had some pretty big shoes to fill and I was not disappointed.
A seemingly normal Forest girl, Enna realizes that she is blessed with the gift of Fire. This book shares Enna’s struggle as she learns to balance her gift. Thankfully, she is not alone because her friends offer advice, wisdom, and support. Razo was hilarious and he reminded me of my little brother.
The plot itself started slow, b
Princess Debz
I love this book with a deep, burning passion (pun intended). In many ways it's even better than the Goose Girl. I love that we get to see beyond the happily ever after ending, and find out what happens next!

Enna is a feisty, strong-willed heroine, which is why I love her so much, but I also love the fact that we get to see her weak side. But she stays strong throughout it all which I think makes her so admirable.

I love how this book focuses on Enna and Isi's friendship. They would give anything
Oct 31, 2011 Megha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was just a wonderful sequel to The Goose Girl! Although this didn't start as powerfully, I still adored it and devoured it whole!

First line of The Goose Girl: She was born Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, and she did not open her eyes for three days.

First line of Enna Burning: Enna let the fire burn out.

However, this was just a wonderful book. I loved seeing all the characters grow up and become stronger, both mentally and physically. I had loved Enna from TGG b
The one thing I've always said about Shannon Hale's books is that I don't ever have to worry about content. She is completely age appropriate for the younger kids (elementary school and junior high kids). SO.....imagine my surprise when this book had a word in it that caused me to arch my eyebrows. Shannon, if you read this, answer this one question...WHY? It was not needed.

But with that being said, the story line rolled right along even though some of it was highly improbable when using adult
Aug 12, 2008 george rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enna Burning takes up a little after the Goose Girl leaves off. Enna has returned to the forest and is living with her brother. She still keeps in close contact with her city friends, especially Isi and Finn. Suddenly the country is attacked and thrust into war and Enna goes along with Isi, Geric, her friends, and the other soliders. Her brother has discovered fire power and after he dies on the battlefield, Enna discovers the secret and begins her own internal struggle with the deadly force. It ...more
Enna Burning really is all about fire. Much of it is dark, as fire magic is hard to control and Enna is struggling with this in the midst of a war. The depressing part of the book doesn't last forever, though, and I ended up enjoying the post-war resolution well enough to give it 4 stars.

Isi from The Goose Girl is still involved, and not just as a distant figure that you hardly remember. Enna's friendship with her is one of the best aspects of the book. The magic of both wind and fire get plent
I liked Enna Burning, but it just didn't come close to how much I loved the first book in the series, The Goose Girl. That one was a five star read for me. Enna Burning overall is a bit bleak, and I felt that the plot sort of dragged on in certain places. Though I didn't enjoy this one as much, there are still some beautiful passages and memorable characters. I like how it appears that all of the stories and characters are entwined, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Leslie Jennings
Feb 11, 2011 Leslie Jennings rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ashley Stringham
May 01, 2015 Ashley Stringham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love this world and this author. Great book.
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Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of six young adult novels: the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, and the highly acclaimed Books of Bayern series. She has written three books for adults, including the upcoming Midnight in Austenland (Jan. 2012), companion book to Austenland. She co-wrote the hit graphic novel Rapunzel's Reveng ...more
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