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The first edition cover of Enna Burning.
|Illustrator||Alison Jay (first edition), Juliana Kolesova (photograph cover)|
|Series||The Books of Bayern|
|August 26, 2004|
|LC Class||PZ8.H134 En 2004|
|Preceded by||The Goose Girl|
|Followed by||River Secrets|
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The story picks up from where the first book leaves off, shortly after it ends. It is set mainly in Bayern, a kingdom divided into forests and towns, with a Medieval technology. It is on the other side of the mountains from Kildenree, where the first book began. Enna and Princess Ani (Isi) became fast friends in The Goose Girl.
After the end of the first book, Enna returned to the forest to live with her older brother, Leifer. Finding a vellum scroll while in the forest, Leifer learns the secret of 'Fire Speaking', but he is unable to control his fire, or his temper, from 'flaring up'.
Enna goes to the city hoping to talk to Isi about Leifer's new power with fire. But Isi is unable to manage her own ability to communicate with the wind since the end of the first book.
The neighbouring country of Tira invades Bayern. Enna and her friends, Razo and Finn, travel to the front where they meet Leifer. He is anxious to use his power with fire to fight, and he dies in the battle, being burned from the inside while setting fire to the enemy.
When Enna finds Leifer's body, she finds the vellum and learns its secrets. She then makes a series of rules for herself, which she hopes will allow her to fight in the war without meeting the same fate as her brother.
Bayern decides to put on a mock battle between a Tiran prisoner and one of their own soldiers to decide the outcome of the war. When the captain asks for a volunteer, Finn steps up. During the fight, Finn is about to die, but Enna burns the hilt of the prisoner's sword, thereby saving Finn and giving him the opportunity to kill the other fighter. Enna takes this as a sign that she must use her fire gift to help stop the war, or all will be lost.
Enna tells Razo and Finn about her power, and asks them to come along with her on a series of raids to help keep her in check. She quickly finds she is unable to keep the promises she made to herself and can't control her use of fire. When her friends try to stop her from more sabotage raids, she runs away and is captured by Tira.
Tiran Captain Sileph uses herbs to drug Enna so she can't use her power of fire to escape. He tries to brainwash her into teaching him the secret of fire and fighting for Tira. Razo and Finn try to rescue her but are captured during their attempt.
Enna gradually gives in to Sileph's persuasive skill of speaking to people. She believes he loves her, and falls in love with him herself.
While Sileph is away at a battle, the guards forget to drug her. She fights her way out of the camp with Finn and Razo and escapes to fight for Bayern and end the war, even if it means her own death. She comes to the battle and starts burning, realize she is being burned herself from the inside like her brother. Razo and Finn stand by her and protect her from the enemy as she burns.
Before she succumbs to her wounds from using too much fire, her friends find her. The last part of the book follows Enna and Isi trying to find a cure in a neighbouring kingdom to balance the fire and wind that is killing them.
The trip takes months and along the way, Enna has to face Sileph and a band of Tiran soldiers. His charisma has worn thin for her and his troops, and they fight, with Finn showing up to help and Sileph's own soldiers killing him in the end.
Enna and Isi finally return home at peace to their friends and families, with Isi finally pregnant with the long-awaited heir of Bayern.
Enna - A headstrong Forest girl who worked in the city for several years, and befriended Isi. She comes to realize how much Isi's, Razo's, and Finn's friendship has matured and changed.
Isi - The Queen of Bayern, she knows wind-speaking and animal-speaking (She can talk to birds and some animals). She is friends with Enna, from her time as a goose girl, in the first book. She was the princess of Kildenree, known as Ani in The Goose Girl. Her full name is Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee.
Sileph - A Tiran captain of fifty, who captures Enna. He tries to brainwash her into falling in love with him, and fighting for Tira. He has the "gift" of people-speaking, and uses it to manipulate Enna and others.
Finn - A Forest boy who secretly loves Enna. He is quiet and gentle; although, forced by war, to fight to protect his friends and home, with grim determination.
Geric - The King of Bayern and Isi's husband.
Razo - A short, funny Forest boy who has no great, fighting skills, but is very friendly and a good scout.
Leifer - Enna's older brother. Leifer learned fire-speaking; but, is later killed in battle, using this skill.
Awards and nominations
- A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
- An Amazon Editor's Pick for Best Middle Grade Book of the Year
- AML 2004 Young Adult Fiction Award
- A Sonderbooks Standout 2004
- 2004, USA, Bloomsbury USA Children's Books ISBN 1-58234-889-8, Pub date 26 August 2004, Hardback
- 2005, UK, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC ISBN 0-7475-7573-8, Pub date 7 November 2005, Hardback
- Books: Enna Burning on the author's official website