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City of Fire
City trilogy book 1

by Laurence Yep


Set in an alternate world, City of Fire begins in 1941 California where magical beings live among humans. Twelve-year-old Scirye with her lap griffon is visiting a museum which holds a display of ancient artifacts from her people. Also there are Scirye's older sister, an honor guard for the display, and their diplomat mother. Suddenly a brutal robbery occurs when flying creatures break into the museum and an important symbol of her people is stolen. Scirye determines to get it back and to seek revenge against those who stole it. She's helped by two orphan boys and an assassin—all with secrets they're keeping. The adventure they embark on includes flying carpets, dragons and even a goddess or two, and they learn that succeeding in their quest may be more important than they ever imagined.

Laurence Yep certainly has the fantasy chops to pull off such a unique and exciting alternate world. His magical creatures are wonderfully earthy and believable. And I found the goddess Pele to be one of my favorite story characters of all time. The adventure comes fast with sudden turns, startling surprises, and even a giggle or two. This is the first in a trilogy and now that I've gone this far, I'm looking forward to the full ride.

The Book

Starscape: A Tom Doherty Associates Book / Macmillan
September 2009
9780765319241 / 0765319241
Tweener Fantasy / Ages 9 - 12
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The Reviewer

Jan Fields
Reviewed 2009
NOTE: Reviewer Jan Fields is the editor of Kid Magazine Writers emagazine and has written dozens of stories and articles for the children's magazine market.
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