Enna Burning

by Shannon Hale
Series: The Books of Bayern #2
336 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by LadyEarwen

An entertaining fantasy, but has quite a lot of violence.


Enna discovers that she has the power to control fire, but also discovers that it comes with a great price.


Enna struggles with knowing that she can use her power for good or for evil and also with the thought of killing people, as do all the children in the book, and it is never portrayed as good. She sees how horrible war and fighting is, and also sees that even the enemies are human beings.

Spiritual Content

The Creator is mentioned several times.


There are several battles in this book, and people get burned. It isn't always 'graphic', but there is definitely plenty of violence present.

Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content

At one point, Enna is in a tent and is curled up in a wool blanket because she just had a bath. An angry soldier sneaks in and threatens her, but nothing further happens, and Enna is saved.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

The language in this book is very mild. I cannot recall any swear words.


This was a very good book, captivating and entertaining, with a good lesson. I would recommend it, but only to mature teenagers 14+ because of the violence and the moral struggles that Enna faces.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 3.5
Written for Age: 13+

Review Rating:

Average rating: 3 stars
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