Life: 1. Brenna James: 0.
An AWOL talent, an enemy-occupied hometown, and a Life Shade boyfriend-Brenna James just wants something to go right. Although her family has been given sanctuary in Syeira, Brenna will never be safe as long as Rune is hunting down and killing Firebrands.
Can someone please wake her up already?
When a prophecy sends Brenna and Baldwin on a confusing quest, they aren't sure where to begin. They must find the Caelestis Staff, a powerful object that both cuts and mends space itself. Rune wants it too, and he'll use any lethal tactics necessary to obtain it.
Yeah, nightmare material right there.
A traveling oasis, plenty of man-eating mermaids, and one Skeleton King later, Brenna seriously doubts she has the edge she needs to confront Rune. When Brenna's faced with the biggest test of her life, will she burn like the Firebrand she is? Or will she burn out?
A satisfying conclusion to a daring trilogy for teens.
*Note: While this review does not reveal the ending, it does contain spoilers.*
The final book in The Firebrand Chronicles, Burn, reveals a darker side to our teenage hero, Brenna James, and delves deeper into the Jasper Territory’s history.
Brenna’s people have been forced to seek refuge in another land as Rune’s control now encompasses Lenneah. Brenna’s boyfriend, Baldwin, is a Life Shade. And Brenna’s lost her firebrand powers, an integral part of her being. As if all that weren’t enough, Brenna learns Rune is seeking a powerful object that could destroy their world and ensure his control over the Jasper Territory forever.
What’s a girl to do?
There’s much to love about Burn: fast pace, intrigue, conflicts, and evolving powers. Romantic complications add to the challenges as well: Baldwin is a Life Shade; Brenna is drinking; and external forces seek to divide them. In the midst of it, vulnerabilities are exposed and Brenna opens up to Baldwin about what it’s like to be ADHD.
Additionally, new insights into the Jasper Territory’s history bring the entire epic trilogy into focus. And all of these elements are intricately woven to create a storyline that’s richer than the first two books (which are great stories on their own).
Readers should be aware that Burn delves into teen drinking. Occasionally, Brenna drinks a substance like alcohol and displays a mild dependency. But Brenna’s drinking isn’t glorified, ignored, or graphically depicted. Along the way, people close to her warn her of the dangers. And, in the end, she faces consequences for her drinking and turns away from it.
Overall, Burn offers readers a satisfying conclusion to an epic and daring trilogy for teens.