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Publisher's Summary

It's been six months since Kate, Michael, and Emma confronted the Dire Magnus, but the trail to their long-missing parents remains cold. Then Michael and Emma find a man who saw them ten years ago - three days after they disappeared. He knows about a map of a distant land, a place shrouded in mystery that may lead them to their parents.
Meanwhile, Kate's connection to the Book of Time is growing stronger and stronger, until a dangerous trick gets her stuck in the past, searching for a friend to help her.
Only a perilous quest and a daring risk will help the children to harness the power of the Books of Beginning. But will it be enough to save them?
©2012 John Stephens; 2012 Listening Library
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"Irreverent humor and swashbuckling adventure collide in a fetching fantasy." (Kirkus Reviews)
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By fxtrtr on 11-07-12

Great follow up to the Emerald Atlas

In this second installment of the Books of Beginning, Kate, Michael and Emma have been sent to the Edgar Allen Poe Home for Children for their safety while Dr. Pym takes care of some needed tasks.

It isn't long until the whereabouts of the children is discovered, forcing them to flee. Kate ends up going back in time and becoming trapped, while Michael and Emma remain in the present, searching for the Book of Life, known as the Fire Chronicle.

While at times you will be reminded of Harry Potter, this story does set itself apart and is very entertaining in its own right. Narrated by Jim Dale, whose performance is flawless, as I've come to expect. Listening to Dale is like being tucked in to bed with an epic adventure about to begin.

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By Milkman on 10-20-12

The second child ascendant

What made the experience of listening to The Fire Chronicle the most enjoyable?

Jim Dale's reading! Michael's growing maturity!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Michael & Emma

Which scene was your favorite?

Michael tricking the dragon

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Michael reviving his sister

Any additional comments?

One of the best children's books in many years. Better than Fablehaven, Maximum flight or Percy Jackson. My son is riveted.

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