|Plot Summary of Burning Brightly|
Lavan Chitward or Firestorm as he's later to be callled in the novel is a reluctant hero that Lackey uses in yet another Valdemer story. The story begins with a lonesome Lavan being forced to move to the city of New Haven by his seemingly uncaring parents and being forced to attend a trade school where the older students torture and beat the younger students if they fail to follow orders and generally just for enjoyment. This continued abuse leads to the early awakening of Laven's Heraldic firestarting gift and as a conquence several of the bullys are killed including the ring leader and Laven is hospitalized for severe burns to his hands. This brings him into contact with his Companion Kalira and his future mentor, Herald Pol. Soon after this meeting he is settled in and he begins his Heraldic training. Even though the use of his gift is emotionally straining and he is unable to use it without the help of his Companion he begins to mature into a young Herald that is able to withstand the knowledge that Valdemar is at war with the border country of Karse and he might well be their only chance at victory.
This synopsis report prepared by Steven Vanzant
A boy named Laven(firestorm) moves into a busy city from a farm and is sent to school. There he is teased by the
older kids, as everyone is. They attack him and powers come to life in him: the power to create fire/burn anything.
The kingdom of Valdamar inlists his help and ability in defeating their enemy, the Karcites.
This synopsis report prepared by Ravenfield k'Treva
|Chapter Analysis of Burning Brightly|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 10%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 40%
Tone of book
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy world/fantasy past
Coming of age
- a powerful magician
Mental/magical powers focus
- magical powers (general)
If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:
- fighting overt invasion (attacking aliens)
- search for identity/new understanding
- coping with mental/magical powers
War or Invasion
Major kinds of combat:
- sword fights
- mental powers battles
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- champion of justice
- a teen
If magical mental powers:
- fire/lightning/weather cntrl
- during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
- explicit references to torture
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
Sex in book?
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
- little dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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