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City of Fire

City of Fire is a middle grade fantasy novel by Laurence Yep.

Scirye loves her older sister Niske – she’s been getting fighting lessons from her and spending as much time with her as she can while she’s escorting their people’s treasures to San Francisco in 1941, as well as guarding them.

But when an otherworldly being steals a precious item, Niske dies trying to protect it.

Determined to avenge her death, Scirye sets out with Bayang, a dragon disguised as a Pinkerton agent, Leech, a boy with powers he has yet to discover, and Leech’s best friend Koko with secrets of his own. They all have a reason to hunt down the evil dragon Badik.

Not to mention the mysterious Mr. Roland.

Even as the group gathers new friends, their enemy may be too strong to stop. His plan runs much more evil than they initially realized…

City of Fire was a Fall 2009 IndieBound Kinds’ Next List Selection, an Amazon.com Best Books of September Selection, and has received numerous admiring reviews.

Unfortunately, it never caught my attention and held it.

It seems to have many interesting elements, such as this alternate 1941 San Francisco with magic, supernatural creatures, and mini griffins for pets (I want one!).

Laurence Yep looks to have penned an intricate fantasy adventure here.

Yet, still, after many pages of attempting to read it – I just was not getting sucked in.

Did I not like it? No.

I just wasn’t excited to turn the page.

I decided to set it aside and try reading it again in the future – I have a feeling it may be a great book. For some reason, it was just not the right book for me at this time.

Don’t let that stop you, though!

Are you a fantasy lover? Like epic fantasy adventures?

Then check out City of Fire!

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