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Enna Burning

(The Books of Bayern #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  39,381 ratings  ·  3,718 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
Paperback, 317 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Bloomsbury Children's Books (first published September 15th 2004)
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Shannon Oh yes! I remember reading it when I was very young and I picked it up again and I was like wow this book is dark and I don't think I noticed that. It…moreOh yes! I remember reading it when I was very young and I picked it up again and I was like wow this book is dark and I don't think I noticed that. It's not my favorite but it is really good!(less)

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Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
This was soooo good. Much darker than The Goose Girl, but it worked really well. I love the character of Enna and seeing her struggle and be faced with so many obstacles, I was rooting for her the whole time. I loved The Goose Girl, but I loved this one even more.
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
In this somewhat downbeat magical fantasy, a sequel to the marvelous The Goose Girl, Enna (best friend of Isi from the first book) comes into possession of an old manuscript that teaches her the art of fire-speaking, magically starting and controlling fire. At first it seems like a wonderful gift, but a couple of fairly major problems with this power soon become apparent to Enna. For one thing, it's a devastatingly effective weapon in war, and there are those who are anxious to control Enna, and ...more
Mar 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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 rated it liked it
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
Tamora Pierce
Apr 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Wren (fablesandwren)
I absolutely adore this series, and not in the *obsession* kind of way, but in the way that it makes me dream dreamy things.

I have reread this series at least six times now, and I won’t stop. It’s one of those series that has a special place in my dark heart that brings a little light and perspective to my world.

Hale has made a beautiful world where the elements and animals have languages that people can grow to understand if they try hard enough. Imagine being able to see pictures and hear word
Jane G Meyer
May 31, 2007 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Apr 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, middle-grade
I enjoyed this book, but definitely didn't like it as much as The Goose Girl. I found it a bit repetitive and kind of slow, even though there was a lot of action. Still plan on finishing the series though. ...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
Amelia, free market Puritan
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
Allie May
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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LOVE this second book in the series about Enna. Enna is a strong sassy girl who is a little torn between what she wants. It is hard to have a best friend with super powers and when she finds a bit of power in herself it goes to her head. Loved the growing friendship and danger and adventure in this book. I have read this 3 or 4 times and to my daughters. It is a little more violent then Goose girl. For sure a good teen read.
Feb 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, two-stars
I went into this book expecting a cute read, like all of the other Shannon Hale books I've read, but was very disappointed.
Enna was almost disturbing with the over powering urge to burn. I did not even finish the book because I skipped through the rest of the book and was rather disturbed by what I saw there. Especially (view spoiler)
Overall I was very disappointed and will not continue to read this series.
Jul 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
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. ...more
C.B. Cook
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, own
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,
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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Maria Pittarelli
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow I thought the last book was a nice light story, but this one seriously went way above and beyond. Much more plot depth, more character depth, depictions of mental illness in a completely natural way, a twisted relationship that is creepily accurate, a satisfying ending... can't wait to read (well, listen to) the next one!! I love full cast audio recordings ...more
K.A. Wiggins
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second book switches gears from a very fairytale-feeling classic fantasy to something entirely new. A side character in book one steps into the spotlight when her struggles to contain the raging power of fire propel her into the midst of a war. Enjoyable, but also upsetting, the narrative is slightly more mature and 'teen' than book 1, with a gaslighting scoundrel of an enemy captain taking up a large amount of the runtime. ...more
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was ok
A disappointment after the first one. I just couldn't get into this. Still going to continue the series ...more
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book warms my heart--no pun intended! Hale speaks in an interview in the back of the book and says that she hadn't originally planned to write anything after The Goose Girl, but that in the middle of the tale, something tugged at her, whispering, "There's a story here." I can't say how immensely thankful I am for writers like Hale who chase those tiny whispers. The world without this book would have been an incredible loss.

In this sequel, we hone in on Enna, one of my favorite characters f
I hate to give this less than four stars but this is vastly inferior to its predecessor. It was likely written in haste and the author forgot what she wrote in the previous book. The characters went from being fully fleshed out and likable to one dimensional and annoying. Also stupid, they had brains and used them in the previous books but they have all been hit with a stupid stick here. They are shallow and act like children (their ages have frozen in time too even though years have passed) of ...more
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. ...more
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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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The Books of Bayern (4 books)
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