This booooook. (!!!)
Okay, so, if you’ve read The Goose Girl, and you’re thinking that this book will be just like that, since it’s the sequel and all, you’re wrong. Here’s the summary from the back of the book because i don’t feel like making my own:
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 the Tiran camps and villages. But as the power of the fire grows stronger, she is less able to control her need to burn. In her recklessness she is captured by the Tiran army and held captive by a handsome, manipulative young captain who drugs her to keep her under his influence. Can Isi and her old friends Finn and Razo rescue her without sacrificing themselves? And with the fire still consuming her, will Enna find a way to manage the gift that threatens to destroy her?
This book is different from The Goose Girl is so many ways. It’s crazy.
One, it’s much darker and intense. Two, Enna is the narrator, and she is so much more dynamic than Ani. That’s not to say that Ani didn’t change throughout the novel, but Enna’s power– fire– brings about so much more destruction. It’s haunting, really. Three, there’s a love triangle.
One of Enna’s love interests is her captor, which is so interesting because you get to experience how conflicted she truly is and it’s just so wonderful. The other love interest is Finn, who, if you recall, was in The Goose Girl. This books takes place three years later, so Enna and Finn are both sixteen, and sparks are flying, you guys. I’m Team Finn. All the way.
Seriously, though, he’s, like, simultaneously manly and adorable. I don’t really understand how that works but he’s tall and cute and Enna belongs with him.
Sileph, get out.
Also, Enna is almost assaulted, kind of, in this book, when she’s all naked and vulnerable, but then Sileph pops out nowhere and punches the guy in the face, which makes Enna feel all cared for and loved. Which was dumb, because he’s a freaking war captain for your country’s sworn enemy.
Enna struggles with being a stupid idiot.
So, anyway, this book is amazing and wonderful and I’m really sad that I checked this out of the library. I need to own it and, like, have it on my shelf and in my sight at all times, but the stupid library won’t let me just decide to keep books.
Basically, if you’re expecting light fluffiness and sunshine and simplicity out of this book, then wipe your mind of all expectations and read it anyway. If you’re not into self-conflict and burning human beings to freaking ashes, then you also probably shouldn’t read this.
Anyway, I’m rating this book seven billion stars:
Also, here’s an accurate depiction of Enna for basically this entire book: