#336 – The Firebird Chronicles, Book 1: Rise of the Shadow Stealers by Daniel Ingram-Brown

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The Firebird Chronicles, Book 1: Rise of the Shadow Stealers

by Daniel Ingram-Brown

Our Street Books

4 Stars

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Back Cover:  Fletcher and Scoop are Apprentice Adventurers from the ancient establishment of Blotting’s Academy on Fullstop Island, the place where all story characters are trained.  The trouble is, they can’t remember how they got there.

It’s the first day of the term, but the two apprentices soon realise something is wrong.  Things are going missing, including their own memories, and Scoop has the unsettling feeling that something is creeping in the shadows.

As the children search for answers, they become entangled with the life of the Storyteller, the island’s creator and king.  They journey to his wedding banquet and find themselves uncovering a hidden past.

First Sentence:  “Curses,” the old woman spat, clutching a half-finished letter in her bony fingers.

Synopsis

Long ago—approximately twelve years ago—a demon desecrated a couple’s love.  When the man returned to his love, she was gone, having chosen darkness over their love.  He has mourned for her since.  Now, an opportunity has presented itself in the form of two Apprentice Adventurers from Blotting’s Academy, on Fullstop Island.  Fullstop Island is—as all writers know—the place where characters train for their roles in a story.  The two students, Fletcher and Scoop, are new students at the academy, but neither know how they got there, or anything about their past right up to they moment they awoke that first day.

Assigned partner in the Department of Quests, they find their first adventure gets them entwined with the Storyteller and with Grizelda, the witch from the abyss.  Grizelda is determined to stop the two kids from completing their adventure with assistance from Knot, “a mountain of a man,” and Melusine, a hissing, slithering snake.  Together, they want to stop a princess from returning, or at the very least, claim her for the abyss.

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Opinion

I love the world created for this story.  Populating the island are many interesting areas such as the Creativity Craters, Puddles of Plot, the Hills of History, the Tall Tale Tree Forest, and the Fable Fish swimming in the bay.  I would have liked to learn more about Blotting’s Academy and the training of storybook characters.  Aside from the first day and a First Word Welcome where the students learn about the teacher/mentors, the stories they are to find and sometimes be a part of, and which department they’ve been assigned, that is it.  From there the story is about Fletcher and Scoop’s adventure.

The adventure Fletcher and Scoop are on will help them regain their memories but it will also help the Storyteller have a successful wedding banquet.  To attend the banquet, the kids need to wear a robe woven with the silver thread of the Storyteller, but the thread become gold.  The entire journey is to find the Golden Feather that will turn the silver thread into a gold thread.  The journey itself was confusing at times, though the mini-adventures were wonderful.

The writing reminded me of that in a great picture book—the words flow, smooth and easy to read.  They are nearly lyrical.  The writing is some of the best I have read since becoming a book reviewer five years ago.  It was as much fun to read Rise of the Shadow Stealers as it was to read I Hate Picture Books.  When the writing is that good, it almost matters none what the story is about, just let me keep enjoying the flow of the words.

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The Firebird Chronicles, Book 1: Rise of the Shadow Stealers

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Released  January 16, 2013

ISBN:  978-1-78099-694-3

218 pages

Ages:  8-12

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© 2013 by Our Street Books

Text:  Copyright © 2011 by Daniel Ingram-Brown

Illustration:  Copyright © 2013  by Shaeron Caton-Rose

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7 thoughts on “#336 – The Firebird Chronicles, Book 1: Rise of the Shadow Stealers by Daniel Ingram-Brown

    • It is a great book. I just wish there was more on the characters learning their trade. It is the writing that got to me. Very smooth and enchanting. Hey, I heard there is music for dogs that calms all pooches down. Maybe this book, with its flowing prose, will have the same effect on you Rhythm!? 😀

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  1. I agree. When the writing is that good, you just loose yourself in the magical flow of the words. It’s like being hypnotized by the writer and you intently believe everything you read. I love this line:
    Fullstop Island is—as all writers know—the place where characters train for their roles in a story.

    This adventure books sounds amazing.

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    • Maybe you are right. You sure have a better way of describing my experience. Maybe you need to write my reviews and I will cop the credit? 👿

      When I read that Fullstop Island was where all characters learned their roles the first thing I thought of was, “do all writers know this?” I decided they must. Now I know where characters come from AND where you go to when you walk into your forest to talk with the characters. I just did not know Fullstop Island was in Canada. 😆

      Thanks for liking my sentence. How about my other sentences? 😉

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