Burning Brightly Book Summary and Study Guide

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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.
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The review of this Book 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.
The review of this Book prepared by Ravenfield k'Treva

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Plot & Themes

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    -   depressing/sad FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   a powerful magician Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers    -   Yes magical powers:    -   magical powers (general) If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:    -   fighting overt invasion (attacking aliens) Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding    -   coping with mental/magical powers War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   sword fights    -   mental powers battles Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student    -   champion of justice Age:    -   a teen If magical mental powers:    -   fire/lightning/weather cntrl


Terrain    -   Mountains Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

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?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   little dialog

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