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The Fire Chronicle: The Books of Beginning, Book 2 | [John Stephens]

The Fire Chronicle: The Books of Beginning, Book 2

It's been six months since Kate, Michael, and Emma confronted the Dire Magnus, but the trail to their long-missing parents remains cold. Then Michael and Emma find a man who saw them ten years ago - three days after they disappeared. He knows about a map of a distant land, a place shrouded in mystery that may lead them to their parents. Meanwhile, Kate's connection to the Book of Time is growing stronger and stronger, until a dangerous trick gets her stuck in the past, searching for a friend to help her. Only a perilous quest and a daring risk will help the children to harness the power of the Books of Beginning.
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Publisher's Summary

It's been six months since Kate, Michael, and Emma confronted the Dire Magnus, but the trail to their long-missing parents remains cold. Then Michael and Emma find a man who saw them ten years ago - three days after they disappeared. He knows about a map of a distant land, a place shrouded in mystery that may lead them to their parents.

Meanwhile, Kate's connection to the Book of Time is growing stronger and stronger, until a dangerous trick gets her stuck in the past, searching for a friend to help her.

Only a perilous quest and a daring risk will help the children to harness the power of the Books of Beginning. But will it be enough to save them?

©2012 John Stephens; ©2012 Listening Library

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"Irreverent humor and swashbuckling adventure collide in a fetching fantasy." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Milkman Rochester, MN 10-20-12
    Milkman Rochester, MN 10-20-12 Member Since 2008

    Erasmus

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    "The second child ascendant"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fire Chronicle the most enjoyable?

    Jim Dale's reading! Michael's growing maturity!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael & Emma


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Michael tricking the dragon


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Michael reviving his sister


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best children's books in many years. Better than Fablehaven, Maximum flight or Percy Jackson. My son is riveted.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Menlo Park, CA, United States 12-12-12
    Anne Menlo Park, CA, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Very entertaining"

    I am an adult, and as such not really the target audience for this series. Just an FYI. I chose this because I loved the work that Jim Dale did in the Harry Potter series.

    This story is very good. Compelling, and keeps moving forward. The kids actually behave in reasonable ways. The magic is fun. I enjoyed it.

    The one difficulty that I had was actually with the Dale narration: He uses a variety of voices and does them well, but it sounds odd when there is an echo of one of the Potter characters in the "voice" of characters in this series. It's just a bit disconcerting.

    Still, very well done with plot, ends nicely, and I do love the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer PA 11-07-12
    Amazon Customer PA 11-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great follow up to the Emerald Atlas"

    In this second installment of the Books of Beginning, Kate, Michael and Emma have been sent to the Edgar Allen Poe Home for Children for their safety while Dr. Pym takes care of some needed tasks.

    It isn't long until the whereabouts of the children is discovered, forcing them to flee. Kate ends up going back in time and becoming trapped, while Michael and Emma remain in the present, searching for the Book of Life, known as the Fire Chronicle.

    While at times you will be reminded of Harry Potter, this story does set itself apart and is very entertaining in its own right. Narrated by Jim Dale, whose performance is flawless, as I've come to expect. Listening to Dale is like being tucked in to bed with an epic adventure about to begin.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jojo Durham, NC, United States 03-15-14
    Jojo Durham, NC, United States 03-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't start the series if you are emotional!"
    Would you listen to The Fire Chronicle again? Why?

    Yes! There is a rollercoaster of emotions within this story. I bet if I listen or even read it again, there will be something that cuts onions on me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fire Chronicle?

    Every moment where Michael takes on a challenge. The fear and emotions he faces and the way he deals with it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Raif describing his past. I felt like I was there hearing the tale in person.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I had alotted the time I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    I should not have gotten started in this series. Too late..now I am emotionally attached to every character in this book, and I have no idea when the 3rd is coming out. Such torture!! Morever, I sometimes I would imagine my children in similar circumstances and i had to take a step back from that emotional cliff.

    I feel like John Stephens stepped it up a notch with the maturity level of the story, much like J.K. did with her series, but within one book. The challenges that Michael faces are daunting and take a heavy toll even in his victories. Nothing the children face is ever that simple. The weight of every decision weighs on them. One even finds themselves empathizing with the potential/known villain. All of a sudden bravery, the right choice, and best effort are NOT all you need for a good outcome.

    The only issue (if you call it that) I had was with the narration. Ironic, I know! It's Jim Dale! The narrator of narrators of Juvenile fiction. But, much of story takes place in the Northeast United States, and a majority of Jim's characters ( with the exception of Jake and Beatle) sounded British, Irish, and Scottish. They were brilliantly characterized, and Jim's narration was mesmerizing, but it would have made better sense if it took place in England. A small matter though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rhegan Memphis, TN, United States 07-13-13
    Rhegan Memphis, TN, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "SUPER AWESOME BOOK!"

    I can't wait for the next one to come out. I have searched the internet through and through looking for a date or any information on the next installment of this series. I love the narrator Jim Dale. I also feel that this book was 10x better than the first and I highly recommend that everyone read this book. It is action packed, exciting, tear jerking (at points) humorous and just plain awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nikki Simcoe, ON, Canada 03-11-13
    Nikki Simcoe, ON, Canada 03-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Add to your must read list Fire chronicle top ten"

    The Fire Chronicle is in the top ten rank of books I have read. I enjoyed this book and just couldn't stop reading it. Jim Dale is one of the best readers to listen to because he does all voices himself. Some of my favorite characters are the three children, Gabrielle, .Jake and Beetle but my favorite character is Dr. Pym. Dr. Pym seems like he is always showing up just when things are looking bad and always helping the children out of tight spots. The Diomagnus is a scary character but kind of funny at times. This book has many twists and turns in it. Some for the better, some for the worst but it always keeps you on the edge of your seat or from sleeping at night.(So good you don't want to put in down).


    Nikki

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    melrailey Georgia, United States 02-17-13
    melrailey Georgia, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2007

    Mel

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    "Great Middle Grade Fantasy Series"

    I've had this audiobook for a while and just hadn't got to it because I got distracted by the Night Huntress series and had to listen to all of those. It took me an hour or so to get back into the feel of this series but once I did, I was not going anywhere. I like the way that Stephens builds a story and tells it. He takes the time to develop his characters and let them grow. He shows them dealing with the consequences of their prior actions. He's also inventive with his words and funny . But it's not the kind of funny where he's telling sarcastic jokes and expecting you to laugh. It's just little things thrown in that are funny - like the Edgar Allan Poe Home for Hopeless and Incorrigible Orphans. That's a great and funny name.

    This audiobook is narrated by the great Jim Dale. Again, he is almost flawless. The only complaint I have about Jim Dale's narration is I hear Hermoine and Dumbledore when I listen to him. That's not his fault. He just does wonderful and memorable voices.

    If you like middle grade fantasies, you should definitely pick up these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli Center moriches, NY, United States 01-30-13
    Kelli Center moriches, NY, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "love it!"
    Where does The Fire Chronicle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Was an amazing part two would recomend any child or adult to listen to this story because it will keep you interested and entertained the while time


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    Yosemite Drinkie Poo NJ United States 12-19-12
    Yosemite Drinkie Poo NJ United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding"
    Where does The Fire Chronicle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Lord of the Rings meets Harry Potter. This is one of the best books ever and Jim Dale really brings it all to life in a way that I would never have dreamed


    What other book might you compare The Fire Chronicle to and why?

    This is book 2 in the series so I was very much looking forward to it, and now even more so to book 3.


    What about Jim Dale’s performance did you like?

    He gives the most expressive emotional cues that you cannot help but be transported into the world of what he reads


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    If I could have I would have but that's not realistic


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amberlyn United States 12-06-12
    Amberlyn United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Incredible follow up to the first!!"

    If you are a fan of magical young adult fiction, this series is right at the top. It stands independent from other popular, similar series and is one I HIGHLY recommend to fans of YA fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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