This is the second book in Shannon Hale's Bayern Books series. I really liked Enna's spunk and attitude in Goose Girl, so I was naturally drawn to a book that is about her. And the concept behind the book is fascinating to one who is intrigued by fire. :)
Enna has moved back into the forest to care for her ailing mother and stays there due to a feeling that she doesn't really belong in the city, but isn't sure that her life experiences will allow her to ever truly return. Then she discovers that her brother has found a way to control fire, make it do what he wants. She gets the same power and finds that it makes life much better, especially when war breaks out in her land, but it gets to the point where she isn't sure any longer if she is controlling the fire or if the need to burn is controlling her.
This is darker than Goose Girl, but I LOVED it. It is an addicting book, but also shows how someone can become so addicted to something that was once thought to be controlled. While it is a fairy tale in genre, I really found it to be applicable in life, and I may have even liked it a little more than Goose Girl. I really like Enna, found her to be very real and she has a spunk that made her even more likeable. The other thing I liked about this book is that it can work either as a continuation of the series or a stand alone. My author crush on Shannon Hale continues!