Prairie Fire: Sequel to The Story of Owen by E. K. JohnstonPrairie Fire: Sequel to The Story of Owen by E. K. Johnston

Prairie Fire: Sequel to The Story of Owen

byE. K. Johnston

Hardcover | March 1, 2015

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Listen! For the song of Owen Thorskard has a second verse.

Every dragon slayer owes the Oil Watch a period of service, and young Owen was no exception. What made him different was that he did not enlist alone. His two closest friends stood with him shoulder to shoulder. Steeled by success and hope, the three were confident in their plan. And though Siobhan McQuaid was the first bard in a generation, she managed to forge a role for herself and herald Owen as a new kind of dragon slayer for a new kind of future.

But the arc of history is long and hardened by dragon fire. Try as they might, Owen and his friends could not twist it to their will. Not all the way. Not all together.

Listen! I am Siobhan McQuaid. I know the cost of even a small bend in the course of history. Listen!

The cool things about Emily Kate Johnston are that she is a forensic archaeologist, she has lived on four continents, she decorates cupcakes in her spare time, she adores the Oxford comma, and she loves to make up stories. The less cool things about Kate are that she's from a small town in southwestern Ontario, she spends a lot of t...
Title:Prairie Fire: Sequel to The Story of OwenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 7.75 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:March 1, 2015Publisher:Lerner Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:146773909X

ISBN - 13:9781467739092


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Poetic, honest, emotional Prairie Fire is poetic and honest. It's a hard book, a wonderful book, a book I will never be able to adequately describe. After the slaying of the dragon, after she grabbed hold of that sword with her bare hands, Siobhan knew things would be hard for her. Her hands, her disability, it's all taken seriously and realistically. The physical therapy needed to do to regain some motor control in her fingers, the stiffness and the scar tissue. The struggle to make music, to tie ties and slip buttons into holes. To continue on as Owen's bard. She's not a dragon slayer. She knows that. Everyone knows that. But she's still important, she's still working hard, doing what she does best. She's willing to pay the price. Now out of high school, Owen and Siobhan enter the Oil Watch. It's intriguing, seeing young people in the military like this. As opposed to dystopians with their rebellions and rough and ragged groups, here it's all ordered. Regimented. It's the part you don't see on the news or read in the paper. It's the before, the training. The part that isn't all glamour and slaying dragons. This is what makes them dragon slayers, what teaches them. But there's also a bit of ugly politics. The story moves both east and west from their beginnings, and so comes even more world-building. You can see the twists and alterations in Canada's history made by the author (if you know the truth behind those parts of Canada's history). This world is more elaborate now, with new characters complete with their own world-building, their own stories and dragon slaying experience. Not just in Canada, but also other countries. It makes me wonder how far-reaching the research went, how deep into not only Canada but so man other countries' pasts the author had to look up. It's books like this that make me glad I make notes while I read them. If not, I'm not sure what I'd have left to say. I finished this at two in the morning on a Friday. It left me speechless and sobbing. I'm not sure what this book is in a broad sense, but I know what it is to me. It's a book about duty, about purpose, about doing what's right. It's a book about friendship. It's a book about not only heroes but those who stand beside them, behind them, supporting them and telling their stories. Because there is always a story to tell.
Date published: 2015-02-27

Editorial Reviews

"3Q 3P J S-Taking place a few short weeks after the dramatic conclusion to The Story of Owen (Lerner, 2014/VOYA June 2014), this story is mostly Siobhan's. Adjusting to her scarred, painful limbs, Siobhan remains Owen's bard. She has to accept the fact that she needs help with some basic things, such as tying her shoes and opening her bugle case. She feels she is letting Owen down but cannot just sit around and do nothing. Both serve on the Oil Watch in Canada, where they are part of dragon-slaying teams. Their story changes when they are stationed in different areas. This is where Siobhan finds her own place in the world where dragons, government, and teamwork are part of everyday life."Siobhan is a flawed but strong and likable heroine who finds her way in the world. Her story is one of finding strength in spite of multiple challenges. While some may enjoy the moments throughout the story that go back and explain historical events, others may get frustrated with the constant interruption in the story's action. One strength of this story is the great use of sensory detail-even when one is being put into an alternative reality, the sensory details of dragons' wings flying over help make these scenes more believable. This story is a must for those who loved the first book and want to continue with the story."-VOYA