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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; 1 edition (October 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399252894
  • ASIN: B003STCQZC
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,939,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up—In this companion to Water (Putnam, 2002), McKinley and Dickinson explore the range of their storytelling abilities. The settings of these five tales range from ancient to modern, but they are all united by encounters with magical creatures with an affinity for fire. In "Phoenix," Ellie's love for forests leads her to Dave and Welly, caretakers of the ancient Phoenix, displaced from its Egyptian home to damp, chilly Britain. "Hellhound" features animal-loving Miri, whose choice of a red-eyed shelter dog proves providential when she must face a malevolent spirit. In "Fireworm," Tandin spirit-walks to defeat the fireworm that threatens his clan, though in doing so he develops empathy for the creature and its mate and distances himself from his people. "Salamander Man" finds orphaned Tib caught up in a bewildering chain of events, which results in him taking the form of a flaming giant to free the salamanders and rid his city of corrupt magicians. "First Flight," the longest piece, deals with Ern, who helps a dragon with a missing eye find its way back into the Flame Space, which dragons use to travel quickly through time and space. All of these individuals learn something about themselves in their encounters with the fire beasts, and all are the better for it in the end. This collection of beautifully crafted tales will find a warm welcome from fans of either author, as well as from fantasy readers in general.—Misti Tidman, Boyd County Public Library, Ashland, KY END

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"This collection of beautifully crafted tales will find a warm welcome from fans of either author, as well as from fantasy readers in general." --School Library Journal

"McKinley's fans can only hope that she will return to this world in a future novel." --Kirkus

"The two writers' talents are well matched, creating a volume that's even in tone and quality while introducing novelty with every story opening." --Horn Book

More About the Author

Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine; the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.

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My Recommendation I really enjoyed this book, and will read it again.
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I went into it not expecting much as I feel McKinley has been going downhill as an author for some time, but I thought she might recapture grace in a shorter format.
Sandra M. Brown
Her blend of fantasy subject matter ( with real originality of characters and setting) and modern sounding prose makes for an unexpected and absorbing read.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ephemeral on December 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It's been the better part of a decade since husband and wife Peter Dickinson and Robin McKinley last teamed up to write Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits. Now they have once again joined forces to produce another collection of short stories, this one focused on fire. Unlike their previous attempt, in which McKinley's efforts clearly outshined Dickinson's, in Fire: Tales of Elemental Spirits, both authors put forward amazing fantasy stories that run the gamut from an eerie ghost story to a heartbreakingly bittersweet prehistoric fable, but all of which share the common thread of fire.

There are five stories in this collection, three by Dickinson and two substantially longer ones by Mckinley:

--Phoenix, by Dickinson, tells the story of an elderly British gamekeeper who discovers a phoenix, and as a result, begins to age backwards. Despite being placed first in the book, and having the best beginning, Phoenix is the weak link of the collection, and has a disappointing and anticlimactic ending. Still, don't get discouraged if you read this tale and find it lacking; the other four stories are significantly better.

--McKinley's Hellhound is a nail-biting account of a young woman and her hellhound who find themselves forced into a confrontation in a haunted graveyard. McKinley's love of animals shines in this story, as the bulk of it takes place at a riding stable, and cats, horses, dogs, and birds are practically everywhere.

--Dickinson's Fireworm is a prehistoric fable about a group of cavedwellers who must fight off their ancient enemy the fireworm. The line between heroes and monsters is completely wiped away, and midway through it's clear that regardless of the outcome, this is going to end in tragedy.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marysia on October 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm surprised at all the glowing reviews for this collection. Both terrific authors in their own right, Robin McKinley and husband Peter Dickinson team up on Fire: Tales of Elemental Spirits to give us five new stories of fantastical worlds. Unfortunately it remains a half-baked collection. Robin McKinley's and Peter Dickinson's Water collection was not perfect but a joy nonetheless, all the stories well crafted and full of interesting surprises. Fire, their latest installment in the projected elementals series, is not as strong. The stories suffer from being under- or overwritten, some confusing plot holes, and in some cases a real lack of cohesion.

The first story is "Phoenix" by Peter Dickinson, in which an elderly man finds a phoenix and interesting things happen as a result. The story didn't particularly grip me but I realize this is more of a personal preference, so I will say it is at least well written. It also touches upon some thought-provoking themes of rebirth, hope, and religion.

In "Hellhound" by Robin McKinley, a teen girl who works on her family horse ranch buys a new dog that is more than he seems. This one was also well written and easy to read. The hellhound was lovable, the family dynamic engaging, and the suspense really nail-biting at times. All in all a strong story.

"Fireworm" by Peter Dickinson was a great premise. A young man in a prehistoric setting must fight off a fireworm that consistently steals the tribe's fire. The collection goes downhill from here. It's not the subject matter; I adore prehistoric fiction, such as Maroo of the Winter Caves and Boy of the Painted Cave. The mythos in this story evoked Native American mythology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paean on July 21, 2011
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McKinley is one of my favorite authors and once again, she and Peter Dickinson have put together a lovely little collection of stories. My only wish would be that she had included a tale of Damar like she did in their book "Water." Oh well - it's still a great book.
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By Janice Lee on August 4, 2013
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Final story by Robin McKinley was by far the best one in this collection. Her blend of fantasy subject matter ( with real originality of characters and setting) and modern sounding prose makes for an unexpected and absorbing read. Will look for more of her works.
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By Southwesterners on February 7, 2013
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McKinley always satisfies, up to par. I bought it just for her work, but I enjoyed reading the Dickinson, too.
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By Bruin Fan on October 18, 2012
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I thought this was one long novel, but it turns out to be a collection of short stories of which I'm not a big fan. I prefer long novels with a lot of action and character development. But these are nice, interesting, and "sweet" - in an odd way. Good way to familiarize myself with new authors. Not great, but nice. If you like "Stephen King-ish" style stories, this may be for you. But keep in mind these are "short" (and I mean short) stories.
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By garenkay on September 7, 2012
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This is a book of short stories by Robin McKinley and her husband Peter Dickinson. She submits four and he submits four. I like her contributions a bit more than his; his are a little darker, as short stories often are. They're still all worth reading. At any rate, I would buy this just to read the McKinley stories. Enjoy!
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By Blue Meeple on May 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Anthology of fire-related short stories.

Phoenix by Peter Dickinson
An interesting, rather sweet story about people's lives being touched by the Phoenix.

There's no real conflict in this story, it's more of a build-up to a less-than-dramatic but nonetheless fulfilling conclusion.

Hellhound by Robin McKinley
Miri has always seen things just a little bit differently - a horse with a star on its forehead is a unicorn, one with two matching scars on its shoulders is Pegasus, and so on. This doesn't change when she adopts an unusual-looking dog and immediately says that it's a Hellhound. And what if it turns out she's right after all?

This is a fun story - Miri and Flame are both great characters - with a big dramatic climax that sort of wavers in the middle, though it has one of my favorite endings possibly to any fantasy story ever, when people are deciding whether or not they're going to believe what happened.

Fireworm by Peter Dickinson
A man saves his tribe from the fireworm by walking in the spirit world.

It just keeps going on and on and on and it's so boring. The story itself might not have been boring, but the way it was told made it so bland and uninteresting that I had a difficult time even finishing it.

Salamander Man by Peter Dickinson
A slave is sold to a wizard and then stranger things happen.

Again, the story could have been interesting but for the way it was written. It could be that I just don't care for Dickinson's style.

First Flight by Robin McKinley
Eldest son is a dragonrider, second son spiritspeaker, third son wizard.
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