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The Fire Chronicle: The Books of Beginning, Book 2

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Time-travel sequel even more fantastic than first book.

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This book is terrific! It's as good or better than the first, and more complicated. Stephens is a captivating storyteller who creates a world of fantasy and magic with all its creatures and battles and just the right amount of scary monsters and warmhearted orphan story thrown into the mix. All of the characters, even the elves and trolls, have personalities; the set descriptions make even the fantastic seem real, and the plot twists and turns in unexpected ways. Pursuits are scary, and escapes hair-raising! While some may find the time-traveling sequences confusing, others will think they add a complexity that's completely engaging.

Readers of all ages will find this a real page-turner. Those who are impatient about how things turn out may want to gather all three books in the trilogy before even starting it. One story is so connected to the other that none stands completely on its own. Each chapter and book has a cliff-hanger ending that makes the reader want to turn the next page, even when there is none.

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